Hilaire Phillips

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Gay prejudice? It's not easy admitting you're … a scientist

Where are all the gay scientists? On one level the answer to this question is obvious: lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) scientists are in their laboratories all over the world doing great research. But in some less obvious ways they are almost entirely absent.<p>With the anniversary of …

You Built What?! A Supersize Robotic Chess Set

Inspired by Harry Potter's magic chessboard, a Lego roboticist takes his creations to the next level<p>A veteran designer of Lego robots (he built one that plays Connect Four), Indiana programmer Steve Hassenplug was looking for something still grander. When he watched the first Harry Potter movie …

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There’s one key difference between kids who excel at math and those who don’t

• Different kids with different levels of preparation come into a math class. Some of these kids have parents who have drilled them on math from a young age, while others never had that kind of parental input.<br>• On the first few tests, the well-prepared kids get perfect scores, while the unprepared kids …

Glow-In-The-Dark Paths Could Be The Future Of Street Lighting

Particles absorb light during the day, then emit a blue glow at night.<p>Evening visitors to Christ's Pieces park in Cambridge, England are basking in the glow of a whole new type of street light. Starpath, a new type of resurfacing material being tested within the park, absorbs ultraviolet light …

How to explain Stephen Hawking’s genius observations about the universe in less than 3 minutes

Pretty much all I know about science I learned from <i>The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy</i>. So basically all I know is: 1) The universe is big, and 2) …

Brains Sweep Themselves Clean Of Toxins During Sleep

While the brain sleeps, it clears out harmful toxins, a process that may reduce the risk of Alzheimer's, researchers say.<p>During sleep, the flow of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain increases dramatically, washing away harmful waste proteins that build up between brain cells during waking hours, a …

Extreme Big Data: Beyond Zettabytes And Yottabytes

If we’re going to talk about big data—and it’s one of the most important discussions in business today—we better all speak the same language. In the hierarchy of big data, there are petabytes, exabytes, zettabytes, and yottabytes. After that, things get murky.<p>The challenge is only partly one of …