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Today is Character Day: Check Out a Short Film Explaining What That Means | Chaz's Journal

In December, I wrote about Tiffany Shlain, whom I had met at the TED Women conference. Tiffany was promoting a film project "The Science of …

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Pupil reflections in photographs could help investigators solve crimes

The eyes are more than windows to the soul, thanks to technologies that can reveal reflected faces in pupils of photographs. Dr. Rob Jenkins of the University of York's Department of Psychology published a study that showed how pupils in photographs of faces can be "mined" for hidden …

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At STREB Action Lab, Dance and Physics Collide

Choreographer Elizabeth Streb pushes the boundaries of Newtonian physics—with dance. In her show <i>Forces</i>, dancers fly, fall, and collide in mid-air. No wonder the "action architect" has her share of scientist fans, among them, big-thinking particle physicist Lisa Randall.<p>Transcript<p>IRA FLATOW, HOST:<p>If …

It's time to listen to the voices in your head

Hearing voices in your head when there's no one around … that's a sign of madness, right?<p>In the popular imagination voice-hearing is often viewed with fear and suspicion, frequently reified as a chaotic, corrupted symptom of illness. But that is changing, with a growing acceptance of voice-hearing …

Bandit9 Nero MKII Motorcycle

One of the most attractive parts of riding a motorcycle is standing out from the pack of minivans, subcompacts, and SUVs that dominate the roads — …

MIT researchers develop self-assembling, flywheel-powered miniature robots - ExtremeTech

By on October 4, 2013 at 10:31 am<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>As a senior at MIT in 2011, John …

Robotics

A Crazy Size Comparison Of Sci-Fi's Greatest Ships [Infographic]

The _Star Wars _vessels are puny compared to the ship from _Independence Day. _<p>Being a small child, I often think to myself: <i>What if the _Star Wars _spaceships got into a fight with the ships from _Star Troopers</i>? _Thanks to this infographic from DeviantART user Dirk Loechel, I finally have an …

Science Fiction

Is Trypophobia a Real Phobia?

We investigate the fear of creepy clustered holes<p>If you're like me and you have a visceral reaction to the image above—if it makes your skin crawl, your hair hurt, and your stomach turn—you can count yourself among the trypophobic. According to its Facebook page, which is more than 4,000 members …

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What Does It Feel Like To Be The CEO Of A Startup That Fails?

It feels as if you have just lost your child. You try to look back at it and can’t refrain from feeling sad about it, about the amount of passion you have invested that didn’t bear fruits, about the grand dreams that were trampled in a snap of a moment, about the convincing promises you made to …

Researchers find gears in nature – on planthopper insects

Gears may seem like a purely human invention. And yet the basic interlocking mechanismfound inside grandfather clocks and car steering systems has now turned up in the remarkably powerful legs of young planthopper insects.<p>The discovery, published in Friday's edition of the journal Science, provides …

Insects

Transfer a secret audio message by poking someone with your finger

Disney researchers have developed a microphone that lets a user record a voice message and then relay that message to another person simply by …

Coiffure le Bird, Portraits of Birds with Stylish Hairdos

Birds show off their fancy hairdos in the digitally manipulated photo series “Coiffure le Bird” by photographer Rene Mesman and Dutch photo studio …

Researchers Use Sound to Levitate a Chemical Reaction

<i>BBC News</i> reports that researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) used acoustic waves to make objects, such as particles and …

If The Sun Went Out, How Long Could Life On Earth Survive?

Don't worry, you'll have time to post your goodbye selfies to Facebook.<p>If you put a steamy cup of coffee in the refrigerator, it wouldn't immediately turn cold. Likewise, if the sun simply "turned off" (which is actually physically impossible), the Earth would stay warm—at least compared with the …

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