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PageRank: Is There Anything It Can’t Be Applied To? PageRank: Is There Anything It Can’t Be Applied To?
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We’ve seen Google’s PageRank algorithm applied to cancer outcome prediction and used to determine molecular shapes and chemical reactions. Now, PageRank is being used to reveal soccer teams’ strategies. MIT’s technology review points to a paper from Javier Lopez Pena …

Spray Paint Battery Could Turn Any Surface Into Power Storage Spray Paint Battery Could Turn Any Surface Into Power Storage
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Researchers at Rice University have developed a battery that can be spray-painted. The lithium-ion battery can be painted onto nearly any surface, and is rechargeable. The battery is spray-painted in layers, with each layer representing a part of a traditional …

Baby Robot Learns Its First Words Baby Robot Learns Its First Words

At team of scientists lead by the Caroline Lyon at the University of Hertfordshire, UK have developed a “baby robot” that learns human speech in much the same way a human child learns. The robot converses with a human teacher …

Matt Cutts: Here’s What You Should Read To Learn About Search Engines Matt Cutts: Here’s What You Should Read To Learn About Search Engines
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Google’s Matt Cutts posted an interesting video today, responding to a user-submitted question: “What resources (textbooks, online PDFs etc) would you recommend to people interested in learning more about LSI, search engine algorithms, etc?” Cutts first suggests checking out the …

Google PageRank Applied To Cancer Outcome Prediction Google PageRank Applied To Cancer Outcome Prediction
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While PageRank may still be a huge part of Google’s search algorithm, some feel the model is outdated, and are looking for new approaches to web search. That’s not stopping scientists from finding interesting applications for PageRank, however. Earlier this …

Google Science Fair Finalists Announced – Prepare to Feel Humbled Google Science Fair Finalists Announced – Prepare to Feel Humbled

The pool of entrants to Google’s 2012 Science Fair has been winnowed down to 90 insanely brilliant finalists from different regions around the world. Winners from each of the three age divisions will compete for the Grand Prize of a …

The ‘Map of Life’ Tracks All Life on Planet Earth The ‘Map of Life’ Tracks All Life on Planet Earth

The Map of life is an online tool that tracks and catalogues all of the world’s biodiversity. Every species of animal and plant life is catalogued and presented to you on an in-browser app. The project is led by biodiversity …

Rarest Gorilla Seen On Film For The First Time Rarest Gorilla Seen On Film For The First Time
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One of the most amazing things about life on our planet is the staggering diversity of its plants and animal species. The fact that there are tons of living organisms out there that most of us have never seen is …

Storms Move Boulders Weighing 78 Tons Storms Move Boulders Weighing 78 Tons

As LiveScience is reporting, boulders on Ireland’s coast have been confounding scientists for years. You see, these boulders, some weighting in excess of 78 tons, have a tendency to get up and walk around. The rocks on the coastline of …

Researchers Have Created Solar Cell Paint Researchers Have Created Solar Cell Paint
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Researchers at the University of Southern California have created a stable, nanocrystal form of solar cells that can exist as a liquid ink. The cells could be used to paint or print onto a clear surface, turning it into a …

Oldest Human Blood Found In Arrow Wound Of “Iceman” Oldest Human Blood Found In Arrow Wound Of “Iceman”
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Meet Otzi – the 45-year-old prehistoric man who was killed by an arrow some five millennia ago. Ever since mountain climbers found him sticking out of a glacier in the Austrian Alps back in 1991, scientists have been studying him, …

MIT Researchers Create Glare-Free Glass MIT Researchers Create Glare-Free Glass

MIT researchers have created a type of glass that is nearly invisible. MIT News reports that the glass and the process of creating it were described in a paper published by the journal ACS Nano. The paper is titled (get …

Enormous Golden Orb Spider Devouring A Snake Is A Giant Dose of NOPE Enormous Golden Orb Spider Devouring A Snake Is A Giant Dose of NOPE

Australia, you simply scare the sh*t out of me. Seriously, every time I see some freakishly terrifying creature pop up on the interwebs, it’s from down under. I know this is at least minus 2 man points, but Australia’s reputation …

Facebook Engineers Discuss Time Travel Facebook Engineers Discuss Time Travel
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There’s a very interesting thread on Quora, in which people of varying backgrounds are discussing time travel. Specifically, they’re addressing a pretty good question: Why are people from the future not time traveling to our period? There is a lot …

Sex Robots: Prostitution As A Science, Not An Art Sex Robots: Prostitution As A Science, Not An Art
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We can relegate this one to the realm of science fiction for the moment, but two researchers from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand suggest that in the near future, we could all be looking at a world where prostitution …

Scientists Create First Quantum Network Scientists Create First Quantum Network
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Scientists at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics in Garching, Germany have successfully created the world’s first quatum network. A team of scientists led by Professor Gerhard Rempe, director at the institute and head of the Quantum Dynamics devision, …

Scotch Maker Experiments With Maturation In Space Scotch Maker Experiments With Maturation In Space

Most of the time, science makes me smile. Every now and then, science makes me grin like a drunk schoolboy. This is one of those times. Ardbeg Distillery, a Scotch whisky distillery on the isle of Islay in Scotland, is …

Using Pencil Lead for Microprocessors? Using Pencil Lead for Microprocessors?

Graphite, more commonly known as pencil lead, could become the next big thing in the quest for smaller and less power-hungry electronics. Resembling chicken wire on a nano scale, graphene – single sheets of graphite – is only one atom …

Women In Science & Math: Where Are They? Women In Science & Math: Where Are They?

Girls may be more precocious than boys when it comes to getting good marks in the classroom, but somehow that doesn’t lead to most of these girls pursuing careers in the fields of science and math in their adult life. …

Project Glass Engineer Presentation Makes Google Contact Lenses Seem Likely Project Glass Engineer Presentation Makes Google Contact Lenses Seem Likely
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Remember Solve For X – that Google-hosted event earlier this year, where smart people gathered to discuss technology and solutions for real world problems? One of the presentations was from Babak Parviz. That presentation was about building microystems on the …

Robotic Jellyfish Swims With ‘Smart Material’ Bell Robotic Jellyfish Swims With ‘Smart Material’ Bell

A robotic jellyfish dubbed “Robojelly” was created by a team of researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas and Virginia Tech. The robot runs on hydrogen, and so might theoretically run forever in an underwater environment. The study, which …