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What is school science for? Who is it for?

What is school science for? It’s one of those philosophical sounding questions which can seem unhelpfully abstract. But it is worth asking because choices we make about school science reflect ideas about what we value in science, its relationship to non-scientists and what sort of future we want to …

Scientists create “impossible material”—dubbed Upsalite—by accident

Reaction left over the weekend produces a material sought since the 1800s.<p>Researchers in Uppsala, Sweden, accidentally left a reaction running over …

The 20 big questions in science

1 What is the universe made of?<p>Astronomers face an embarrassing conundrum: they don’t know what 95% of the universe is made of. Atoms, which form everything we see around us, only account for a measly 5%. Over the past 80 years it has become clear that the substantial remainder is comprised of two …

Google's Ngram Viewer Goes Wild

With the addition of wildcard search-term capabilities, Google's fabulous language-analysis tool gets even more powerful.<p>It's been nearly three years since Google rolled out its Ngram Viewer, allowing armchair historians to plot the trajectories of words and phrases over time based on an enormous …

The creators of Myst launch a $1.1 million Kickstarter to fund new game

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit: Cyan, Inc.<p>First-person adventure game <i>Myst</i> was an unlikely success story: Developed by brothers Robyn and Rand Miller, …

Mygola could (at last) be the startup to make your travel planning dreams come true

We wait all year to take a vacation and jet off someplace exotic for a week or two of glorious relaxation and adventure.<p>Unfortunately, the process of planning a trip sucks.<p>Travel startup Mygola has raised $1.5 million for its platform that CEO Anshuman Bapna said is the “world’s best travel …

After Snowden’s leaks, China’s Huawei calls for more transparency in the tech industry

With all of the recent revelations about the US National Security Agency’s surveillance programs, it must be hard for the Chinese telecom equipment manufacturer Huawei not to gloat a little bit.<p>After all, the leaks from former contractor Edward Snowden showed that the NSA enlisted US technology …

When Playing Video Games Means Sitting On Life's Sidelines

A facility outside Seattle, surrounded by pine trees, is a refuge for addicts — of technology.<p>There are chickens, a garden and a big treehouse with a zip line. A few guys kick a soccer ball around between therapy appointments in the cottage's grassy backyard.<p>The reSTART center was set up in 2009. …

Money For Dam Project In Shutdown Deal Riles Conservatives

This week's congressional compromise to end the government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling had a few other provisions as well.<p>One of them allows additional spending on a lock and dam project on the Ohio River between Kentucky and Illinois.<p>The amount is $2.1 billion — a rounding error compared …

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July 2012