Kevin Heddwyn

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Why Standard Deviation Should Be Retired From Scientific Use

An anonymous reader writes <i>"Statistician and author Nassim Taleb has a suggestion for scientific researchers: stop trying to use standard deviations</i> …

Home Test Kit Helps You Find Antibiotics In Leaves

One pair of scientists is trying to crowdsource the development of drugs to defeat antibiotic-resistant infections.<p>Penicillin comes from bread mold, and many antibiotics in use today come from soil bacteria species called actinomycetes. You might even have some antibiotic-producing critters in your …

The Thing System aims to Revolutionize Home Automation

Marshall T. Rose was recently at the O’Reilly Video Studio to discuss The Thing System, an open-source solution for both home automation and controlling the internet of things. It’s currently in alpha, but already boasts an impressive array of functionality with devices as varied as lightbulbs and …

Home Automation

FYI: Can Wireless Electricity Kill People?

Probably not. Even when it's nipping at our toes, wireless electricity is pretty safe. In 1899, Serbian engineer Nikola Tesla built a 142-foot-tall, 12-million-volt electric coil in Colorado Springs and transmitted electricity wirelessly across 25 miles, illuminating 200 lamps with the charge. …

How to Encourage Independence and Confidence in Children

Staff Reviewed<p>Maybe you’re trying to help your toddler learn to tie their shoes. Or you could be wanting to help your high-schooler learn some adult …

Kids

Five ways to train the Philips Hue to act automagically

That new car smell wore off, and now you're left wondering if the Hue is just a glorified light bulb. Sulk no more -- here are five ways to get more out of your smart light bulbs.<p>You geeked out. You showed your friends how crazy it is that you can make the living room purple using your phone. But …

Home Automation

Mass UFO Sighting At Minor League Baseball Game

Openminds.tv writes:<p>A UFO was spotted at a Canadian minor league baseball game. One of the teams scored four runs about the time of the sighting, …

Let This Gorgeous Chart From 1944 Teach You About Electromagnetic Radiation

Everything you need to know about electromagnetic waves in one poster<p>Reflection, refraction, diffraction, oh my! Dive into the wonderful world of electromagnetic radiation--i.e., the energy that travels through space in waves, like x-rays, microwaves and good old visible light.<p>Lawrence Livermore …

Antarctic ice at greater risk of melting than presumed, spy satellite data shows

It's long been acknowledged that climate change is having an impact on some of the world's ice sheets: glaciers in Greenland, for instance, experienced massive ice loss due to above-average temperatures last year, and a recent report suggests that the Arctic might be entirely ice-free as early as …

The Vitamin Myth: Why We Think We Need Supplements

Nutrition experts contend that all we need is what's typically found in a routine diet. Industry representatives, backed by a fascinating history, argue that foods don't contain enough, and we need supplements. Fortunately, many excellent studies have now resolved the issue.<p>On October 10, 2011, …

Buddha Had It Right: Relax The Mind And Productivity Will Follow

Eastern thought and meditation are pushing ever-closer to the mainstream. Today, many ancient teachings coincide perfectly with modern research on improved mental agility.<p>“The great enigma for psychologists and philosophers is the mind.”<br>–Bhante Wimala<p>Several decades ago, the term ‘mindfulness’ used …

9 Easy-To-Steal Habits Of The Super Successful

We wish there was a handbook for success, but there isn’t. Here’s the next best thing: a list of ways you can realize your dreams–and be a more productive person in the process.<p>Wouldn’t it be great if success was simple?<p>But it isn’t.<p>There’s no one-size-fits-all answer for success in work and life, …

Evidence For 'New Physics' Means Universe Is Not As We Know It

First evidence that the universe is not as we know it has emerged from the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the giant atom-smashing machine built to …

Physics

Alexis Ohanian, Garry Tan & Harj Taggar raise $39M to invest in tech startups

New York angel investors Alexis Ohanian, Garry Tan and Harj Taggar raised $39 million to invest in tech startups, according to an SEC filing.<p>Their joint fund is known as Initalized Capital; given the background of the three partners, it’s likely that the funds are intended for early-stage startups, …

Asteroid Mining To Become A Two-Horse Race

Deep Space Industries is due to reveal its plans to mine asteroids. The announcement will occur later today in Santa Monica’s Museum of Flying. Within just two years Deep Space Industries says it will send drones called FireFly to examine asteroids reachable in near-Earth space. Once is has proven …

Can new corporate structure help education startups overcome industry distrust?

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit: OHiShiapply<p>More investors may be fawning over education companies, yet among educators themselves, entrepreneurs don’t …

Cenote Angelita: An Underwater River Photographed by Anatoly Beloshchin | Colossal

<p>It seems improbable, but these photographs by Anatoly Beloshchin tell the story of a hidden underwater river in in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula called …

BMW's First True Electric Car Is Here

The former concept i3 has been made real, and might be the most interesting electric vehicle we've seen in years.<p>BMW isn't entirely new to electric vehicles, or EVs; the company has been testing an electric Mini Cooper for awhile now, and we actually wrote about the i3 two years back, when it …

Faster Forward, Together

How Can You Use Digital Marketing To Your Existing Customers? <i>bookmark_border</i> Kevin Layton<p>Marketers love their customers. So much so that they want …

Entrepreneurship

Making New Elements

How scientists create superheavy atoms.<p>Last year, scientists in Germany set out to create the heaviest known element in the universe: element 119. For five months, they attempted to fuse the atoms of two lighter elements to form one large atom with 119 protons in its nucleus. Like other …

7 Keys for Creating Stunning Urban Landscape Photography

When thinking of landscape photography, what often comes to mind are photographs of mountainsides or desolate beaches, but landscape photography is …

Landscape Photography

Portrait Photography Tips

Portraiture can be very rewarding. It’s a chance to show the best side (literally) of someone, and create a photo that communicates something …

Landscape Photography

Good Ways to Ruin a Fine Photo: #1 Don’t Use a Tripod

Hand holding a camera limits the shutter speed you can use without getting a blurred image. It depends on who’s holding it as some have steadier …

Landscape Photography

Photography Basics: Qualities of Natural Light

We all know that we need light to take pictures. If you’re planning to take pictures outdoors during the daytime, you might believe that light is the …

Landscape Photography

Neat Trick If You Need a Macro Lens in a Pinch

No macro lens? No problem! Now you can get those lovely, detailed close-up shots without investing in another pricey lens. How? By converting one of …

Neat

Ultracapacitor Experiments

I love this quirky video by Jesse Holleran, showing a bunch of experiments he did with a 3,000-farad capacitor, including welding two pieces of metal together, melting a paper clip, and electrolyzing water into oxygen and hydrogen.<p>An ultracapacitor, also called a supercapacitor, is an electrical …

How To Argue With The Anti-Vaccine Crazies: A Guide

In honor of Jenny McCarthy's new seat at "The View"<p>Jenny McCarthy—savvy, telegenic, and pulchritudinous—is joining the popular daytime talk show "The View."<p>McCarthy is a strident proponent of not vaccinating kids, as she believes vaccinations made her son autistic. Now, many scientists and science …