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ResearchGate Receives Funding From PayPal Co-Founder ResearchGate Receives Funding From PayPal Co-Founder

It seems there’s a social network for everything and everybody these days. Not all of them take off, but I’m glad to see that ResearchGate has received funding to keep expanding. ResearchGate announced yesterday their completion of its Series B …

Space Elevators: The Only Way To Travel To Space In 2050 Space Elevators: The Only Way To Travel To Space In 2050
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Recall when Charlie and Willy Wonka traveled around Earth in a glass elevator in Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator? Remember how fun that sounded? Your childhood dreams (or adulthood dreams, depend on when you read the book) …

Heinrich Hertz Doodle: Did Google Get It Wrong? Heinrich Hertz Doodle: Did Google Get It Wrong?
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I’m sure by now you’ve all seen today’s animated Google Doodle. The multi-colored never-ending wave pattern honors Heinrich Rudolf Hertz, who is best known for his studies on electromagnetic waves (and the fact that the unit of frequency, the Hertz, …

Heinrich Rudolf Hertz Google Doodle Gets Wavy Heinrich Rudolf Hertz Google Doodle Gets Wavy
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Today’s Google Doodle honors German Physicist Heinrich Rudolf Hertz who is probably best known for the unit of measurement that bears his name. Hertz’s experiments in electromagnetism paved the way for wireless communications, as he was the first scientist to …

Viral Videos: Goldeneye 64 Mod, Tim Tebow Reads Dr. Seuss, & Sun Tornadoes Viral Videos: Goldeneye 64 Mod, Tim Tebow Reads Dr. Seuss, & Sun Tornadoes

A viral video is one that becomes popular through the process of Internet sharing, via social media, sharing sites, or good ‘ole email. Everyday we highlight some of the best that are currently viral and some that are trending that …

Gamers Pave The Way For Cheap Cancer Research Gamers Pave The Way For Cheap Cancer Research
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Gamers are somewhat reviled by the media and politicians as being violent psychopaths who use violent first-person shooters and other “murder simulators” to play out acts that may lead to real life consequences. Those extreme graphics causing all the violence, …

Google PageRank Applied To The Molecular World Google PageRank Applied To The Molecular World

Washington State University chemistry professor Aurora Clark claims to have adapted Google’s PageRank algorithm for use in moleculaRnetworks, which is designed to enable scientists to determine molecular shapes and chemical reactions “without the expense, logistics and occasional danger of lab …

TED Quotes Launched Today, Will Soon Grace Status Updates Near You TED Quotes Launched Today, Will Soon Grace Status Updates Near You

Go log in to any of one of the social networking sites you belong to and undoubtedly you will see an update from that one friend of yours who only speaks in quotes. You may even have more than one …

German Scientists Make Iron Transparent German Scientists Make Iron Transparent

Scientists at DESY have made iron transparent. Well, let’s back up a moment. DESY is the Deutsches Elektronen Synchrotron, or “German Electron Synchrotron”, the biggest German research center for particle physics. What they have been working on there is making …

Meet The Robot That Eats And Poops To Power Itself Meet The Robot That Eats And Poops To Power Itself
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This week in “What has science done?” comes the pooping robot. Before you ask, yes, the robot actually does ingest matter and excretes it out. Scientists working at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory invented a robot that powers itself by ingesting …

Google Solve For X Event: The Presentations [Videos] Google Solve For X Event: The Presentations [Videos]

It was discovered that Google quietly hosted an event last week called “Solve For X” where smart people gathered to discuss technology and solutions for real world problems. One particularly interesting element to the story was that Richard DeVaul, of …

Where Is The Universe? Where Is The Universe?

Have you ever asked yourself “Where am I?” “What am I?” “Who am I?”; Have you ever just stopped to ask “where is the universe?” As Robert Lanza, M.D. of Wake Forest has a very interesting article, where he explains …

The Science of Spider Webs The Science of Spider Webs

Arachnophobia; the fear of spiders. Most people are afraid of these little guys for varying reasons; some are poisonous and some are just creepy looking. However, these 8-legged architects can build some astonishing structures using their silk. Spider silk is …

Twitter: Study Finds A Quarter Of All Tweets To Be Worthless Twitter: Study Finds A Quarter Of All Tweets To Be Worthless

Twitter can be a magical place full of 140-character bites of wisdom. It can also be an idiotic place full of incomprehensible jibberish being passed off as worthwhile. Science has confirmed that the latter takes up a third of all …

TED Announces TED2013 WorldWide Auditions TED Announces TED2013 WorldWide Auditions

In an effort to broaden the scope of content and presenters at their conference next year, TED (Technology Entertainment and Design) announced that they’ll be holding public auditions throughout the world in order to put together a their first crowd-sourced …

Smartphones May Be Diagnosing You In The Future Via New Touchscreen Technology Smartphones May Be Diagnosing You In The Future Via New Touchscreen Technology

You can do a lot with your smartphones. You can get directions, pay your bills, watch movies, play games, browse through dinner recipes. It’s an endless list that everybody could probably contribute to. In other words: you get it. But …

Robot Cockroach Produces Its Own Power Robot Cockroach Produces Its Own Power
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I think we can all agree that cockroaches are pretty gross. Science has always stuck up for the disgusting vermin and are once again championing the little guys as the first step towards cyborgs. Science has found a way, according …

“World Record For Largest Observed Snowflake” Google Doodle Puzzles The Web “World Record For Largest Observed Snowflake” Google Doodle Puzzles The Web

Yesterday, Google ran an interesting, animated doodle for its logo, celebrating the 125th anniversary of the world record for largest observed snowflake. As I asked, in my article about it, where does Google come up with this stuff? A lot …

SHMEAT: The Lab-Grown Meat We May Get To Eat This Year SHMEAT: The Lab-Grown Meat We May Get To Eat This Year
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Finally, we will likely have the chance to eat test-tube meat. Soon! Wait, what? That grosses you out? Hah, really? C’mon! It’s only shmeat: lab-grown in vitro meat, and it’s not fake meat. It’s meatsie meat. Food Safety News describes: …

Man Who Received Face Transplant Smiles For First Time Man Who Received Face Transplant Smiles For First Time

This is probably one of the most miraculous things you will ever see or even hear about in your life. There’s not much I can say about it without revealing myself to be an ignoramus and a pedant, so I …

Homeless Teenager Becomes Semifinalist In Intel Science Competition Homeless Teenager Becomes Semifinalist In Intel Science Competition
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With the ETA of the workday’s end inching closer, here’s your feel-good story to ferry you into the weekend: Samantha Garvey, a 17-year-old high school senior in Long Island, New York, has been selected as a semifinalist in the eminent …