Priyam Parikh

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Marie Curie on Curiosity, Wonder, and the Spirit of Adventure in Science

<i>“Few persons contributed more to the general welfare of mankind and to the advancement of science than the modest, self-effacing woman whom the world knew as Mme. Curie.”</i> So read the obituary for Marie Curie, the first woman to win a Nobel Prize and the only person to date to win a Nobel in two …

Japan Solar Energy Soars, But Grid Needs to Catch Up

Japan’s solar energy market now leads the world, thanks to a new incentive policy, but an inadequate and disconnected grid stymies power flow across the island nation.<p>Hokkaido, Japan's second largest and northernmost island, is known for its beautiful wild nature, delicious seafood, and fresh …

Are Utilities Ready for the Coming Death Spiral?

Utilities may soon be on the verge of a "death spiral" as more customers leave the grid and implement distributed energy technologies like solar. A …

Telecoms

Why we’re a long way from computers that really work like the human brain

IBM was in the news last week when it announced it had created “an entire computing architecture based on the brain” (at least, that’s how Gizmodo summed it up). A few days before that, a press release announced that scientists from Forschungszentrum Jülich, a research center in Germany, had run …

Singularity

Watch This Tiny Robot Leap Over Walls [Video]

Hello, TailBot!<p>With the goal of making a robot that can run, jump, and maneuver in the air, a student team at Michigan State University came up with this monkey-like miniature machine: TailBot. It is <i>super</i> goofy. For example: to run, it doesn't run on its legs so much as knock itself over with its …

10 Years After The Blackout, How Has The Power Grid Changed?

Ten years ago, a sagging power line hit a tree near Cleveland, tripping some circuit breakers. To compensate, power was rerouted to a nearby line, which began to overheat and sink down into another tree, tripping another circuit. The resulting cascade created a massive blackout in the Northeast …

Promise and Perils of Hyperloop and Other High-Speed Trains — NOVA Next | PBS

Flipping through Elon Musk’s proposal for the “hyperloop”—his vision for the future of transportation—you’re left with an impression of thoroughness. …

High-speed Rail

Anthony S. Karen: A photojournalist’s unrestricted access to the Ku Klux Klan (PHOTOS).

Photographer Anthony Karen’s use of the word <i>sir</i> in emails might stem from his service in the Marine Corps. It could also be indicative of his …

The 1998 Dystopian Novel That Eerily Foresaw 2013 Detroit

Set in the near future, Nalo Hopkinson's prophetic book Brown Girl in the Ring tells the story of a run-down, segregated city that turns its luck around.<p>Reuters / Rebecca Cook<p>Speculative fiction writer Nalo Hopkinson's award-winning dystopian novel <i>Brown Girl in the Ring</i> takes place in a walled-off …

International Food Festivals

Festivals

Ex-Cuban leader Fidel Castro 'surprised' by survival

<b>Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro has said that he decided to step down and transfer power to his younger brother, Raul, because he was diagnosed with a fatal illness in 2006.</b><p>In an article published to mark his 87th birthday, Fidel Castro said he didn't expect to survive the stomach ailment and live …

Cuba

China media: Japan PM criticised

<b>Media rebuke Japanese PM Shinzo Abe for sending a ritual offering to the controversial Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo on the anniversary of Japan's surrender in World War II.</b><p>State media question Mr Abe's sincerity on improving ties following his decision to donate personal funds as ruling party president …

China

Report: Manziel engaged in two more autograph sessions

Two people with knowledge of the events told ESPN <i>Outside the Lines</i> on Monday that Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel signed memorabilia for autograph dealers in two January sessions, though it is unclear whether he was paid to do so.<p>The report said the events were organized by a Florida-based …