Chris F. Nicholson

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Rise Of The Insect Drones

Nature spent millions of years perfecting flapping-wing flight. Now engineers can reproduce it with machines.<p>Five years ago, Richard Guiler and Tom Vaneck were sitting at a bar a few blocks from their office, trying to take their minds off work. For nearly a year, the two engineers had been …

The ‘Dream 9’ Ripple Effect

The nine undocumented immigrants who tried to enter the U.S. may have sucker-punched immigration reform.<p>Nearlytwo weeks after staging what is now …

Searchers recover body of Mt. Hood snowboarder

Rescuers searching for a snowboarder on Oregon's Mount Hood have recovered his body, authorities said Sunday.<p>Hood River County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Tiffany Peterson said a rescue crew found the body of Collin Backowski, 25, under 8 to 10 feet of snow and ice Sunday morning, KATU …

Experts say Brazil is unlikely to be ready for 2014 World Cup

BOGOTA -- Although doubts about Brazil's readiness to host next year's World Cup have focused on renovations at 12 stadiums, some Brazil trade experts say they are more concerned about travel logistics and whether airports, mass transit systems, hotels and railroads will be up to handling the crush …

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The History of CTRL + ALT + DELETE

<b>By Virginia Hughes</b><p><i>In 2013, Bill Gates admitted ctrl+alt+del was a mistake and blamed IBM. Here's the story of how the key combination became famous</i> …

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Prometheus unbound

PROMETHEUS, a Titan bound to a rock by Zeus, endured the daily torture of an eagle feasting on his liver, only to have the organ regrow each night. …

After the personal computer

THE first iPhone went on sale on June 29th 2007. Tom Sun recalls the date easily, because TPK, of which he is the chief executive, began …

MIT tool connects the dots of your life through Gmail metadata

How much does the metadata gathered in your inbox reveal about you? Quite a lot, judging by what researchers at the MIT Media Lab have managed to accomplish with Immersion. They've built a web app that — once you grant it permission to do so — digs through your email history to piece together a …

Understanding The Recess Appointment Truce

For the first time in a long while, Congress is on recess — an actual recess, without the so-called pro-forma gaveling in and gaveling out staged every few days to technically remain in session and thereby prevent President Obama from making recess appointments that don't need Senate approval. A …

Egypt's Mohamed Morsi remains defiant as fears of civil war grow

The Egyptian president, Mohamed Morsi, has vowed there will be no second revolution in Egypt, as thousands planned to gather outside his presidential …

And the best doughnut in D.C. is ...

Our fingers are sticky, we’ve loosened our belts a few notches and our eyes are glazed over. We have tasted and retasted, scored and rescored more than 250 doughnuts weighing more than 50 pounds, all in a quest to crown Washington’s best.<p>After 13 weeks, it all comes down to . . . a photo finish …

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Legalizing marijuana is hard. Regulating a pot industry is even harder.

It’s not every day that a former Microsoft executive holds a press conference to announce his new venture into the exciting and profitable world of drug dealing.<p>But that’s exactly what happened earlier this month when Jamen Shively, a former Microsoft corporate strategy manager, announced that he …

Eugene Robinson: Paula Deen’s slurs are a bitter pill to swallow

Paula Deen needs to give the self-pity a rest. The damage to her carefully built image is self-inflicted — nobody threw a rock — and her desperate search for approval and vindication is just making things worse.<p>Sorry to be so harsh, but come on. Deen is tough and savvy enough to have built a …

Glenn Greenwald Is Ralph Nader

The debate over domestic surveillance is not a debate about what we think about Glenn Greenwald. But Greenwald is a fascinating character. His …

Why D.C. is wrong to discredit Iran’s new president

The Great Debate<p>« Previous Post<p>The cost of America’s first black president<p>Next Post »<p>Why did court treat two minorities so differently?<p>No comments so far<p>We welcome comments that advance the story through relevant opinion, anecdotes, links and data. If you see a comment that you believe is …

Cocktail Science: 5 Myths About Ice, Debunked

Editor's Note: Please welcome Kevin Liu of Science Fare to SE: Drinks. We're pumped to have him here to share a bit of cocktail science.<p>The difference between a perfectly balanced cocktail and a so-so one often comes down to ice. How does ice affect temperature? Dilution? Since as much as half the …

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Photos from the World’s First Underwater Nuclear Explosion

In in 1946, the United States conducted a series of nuclear weapon tests at Bikini Atoll in what’s known as Operation Crossroads. A total of two …

Photos: The Top 10 Creepiest Hats from Royal Ascot

A highlight of the committed equestrian’s calendar, this week’s Royal Ascot enjoys quite a prominent audience. Not only does the Queen herself arrive each day in a horse-drawn carriage, but hundreds more of her dignified subjects mingle around the track’s manicured lawns. On Tuesday, air kisses …

Apple’s Golden State: Just Doing What’s Right

Among his last advice he had for me, and for all of you, was to never ask what he would do. “Just do what’s right.”<p>That’s what Tim Cook told the audience of Apple employees at the memorial for Steve Jobs, following his passing in 2011. Now, nearly two years later, we’re starting to see that plan …

The clearest lake in the world – in pictures

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/gallery/2013/jun/12/clearest-lake-in-the-world-in-pictures<p>720<p>The visibility of distilled water is about 80 …

10 Inspiring Entries in National Geographic's Traveler Photo Contest

You now have less than a week to enter the ultimate photo contest! To date, we've shown you both some nature standouts as well as some stellar animal entries in the National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest. If you think you've got what it takes, you have until June 30th to enter and win a …

Infographic: The Literal Meaning Of Every State Name In The U.S.

Washington translates to “Marsh Farm Land, Missouri to “Land of the People with Dugout Canoes.” What does your state or city name mean? You may not want to know.<p>The New Navel of the Moon. It’s so poetic, isn’t it? (And sure, maybe a bit anatomically confusing.) That’s the real meaning behind the …

Watch 6 Wondrous Clouds Float Inside Museum Walls

Like a magician, Berndnaut Smilde conjures up miniature indoor clouds.<p>Anyone who has tried drawing or painting clouds knows that they’re incredibly difficult to reproduce in pictorial form. Well, that can’t actually be tougher than making them, right? In the last few years, artist Berndnaut Smilde …

20 Most Important Restaurants in America

<b>By Andrew Knowlton, Bon Appétit</b><p>No, we're not talking the fanciest, trendiest, or even the ones with the most stars. These are the places that define how we eat out. They're the fearless spots the drive chefs to innovate, restauranteurs to imitate, and the rest of us to line up. In short, these are …

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