Nikki Sheerin

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Beyond black-and-white: Essential moments from MLK's historic 'I have a dream speech'

<i>On August 28, 1963 Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his historic “I have a dream” speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, forever changing race relations in America.</i><p><b>I have a dream today.</b><p><b>I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by</b> …

Building the ultimate paper airplane, one manila folder at a time

Third Eye for Cyclists

With more and more urban dwellers opting for bicycles over cars, it’s to be expected that more riding accidents between regular traffic and cyclists …

A Rare New Bacterium Thrives In Spacecraft Cleanrooms

A recently discovered bacterium thrives in the cleanest places on Earth—where spacecraft are assembled.<p><i>Tersicoccus phoenicis</i> is no ordinary microbe. This rare bacterium can withstand chemical cleaning, ultraviolet rays, and a dearth of nutrients to live in some of the most sterile places around: …

The Modular Robots Are Coming, One Toy At A Time

It’s fitting that the first real-world deployment of modular robotics—smaller bots that combine to form larger ones—came from a company called Modular Robotics. “We stole the name of the academic field for our company,” says CEO and design director Eric Schweikardt. “And I don’t feel bad about that …

Sad Faces Make People Support Social Campaigns

Any face. Even on a trash can.<p>At the end of last year, the international aid organization Oxfam decided to dramatically change their advertising tactics in their campaign to fight hunger in Africa, replacing pictures of sad, starving children with happier landscapes featuring the continent's …

56 Delightful Victorian Slang Terms You Should Be Using

In 1909, writing under the pseudonym James Redding Ware, British writer Andrew Forrester published <i>Passing English of the Victorian era, a dictionary</i> …

Red Sky at Night: The Science of Sunsets

A meteorologist explains why the sky is sometimes so colorful.<p><b>On a recent autumn night here in Washington, D.C., the sun seemed to personify a Dylan Thomas poem: Do not go gentle into that good night ... Rage, rage against the dying of the light. The scarlet skies inspired many viewers to grab</b> …

The Math Trick Behind MP3s, JPEGs, and Homer Simpson’s Face - Facts So Romantic

Nine years ago, I was sitting in a college math physics course and my professor spelt out an idea that kind of blew my mind. I think it isn’t a …

Mathematics

4-D Printing Means Building Things That Build Themselves

<i>In our</i> Weekly Innovation series<i>, we pick an interesting idea, design or product that you may not have heard of yet. Got an innovation you think we should feature? Fill out our form.</i><p>The advent of 3-D printing brought on a number of innovations worthy of news coverage. Printers have created …

Smart Foam In Football Helmets Measures Impact Of Each Hit

It alerts those on the sidelines when a player recieves a potentially-dangerous hit to the head.<p>On the football field, it can be easy to miss when a player suffers a concussion-level hit. The CDC estimates that between the 1.6 million and 3.8 million Americans suffer sports-related concussions …

FYI: How Did English Get To Be The International Language Of Science?

Everyone got mad at the Germans.<p>More than 98 percent of all scientific articles published today are in English, but that hasn’t always been the case. “There used to be one language of science in Europe, and it was Latin,” says Michael Gordin, a historian of science at Princeton University who is …

Most Breast Milk Sold Online Is Contaminated

A look into the world of internet breast milk commerce<p>When organizations such as the American Academy of Pediatrics and the World Health Organization tell moms to breastfeed their infants, they may not be considering the role of internet milk. Yet, driven by their conviction that "breast is best," …

How It Works: The Mechanical Bomb Sniffer

A guide to the machine that could change how we screen for explosive threats<p>Last fall, David Atkinson and a team at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory announced that they had "sniffed" certain explosives in ambient air for the first time. Most common explosives—RDX, PETN, blasting gels—exist …