Brian D. Scott

45 Flips | 6 Magazines | 15 Likes | 6 Followers | @rockymtnbri | 51, avid reader, movie watcher, traveler, amateur photographer

How scientists managed to store information in a single atom

In the quest to shrink data storage down into tinier and tinier forms, scientists have scored a very, very small triumph.<p>They did it by creating what’s essentially an incredibly diminutive magnet: It’s just one atom in size, and while it’s not going to be holding birthday cards up on your …

Chemistry

Grandmaster Flash: ‘Hip-hop’s message was simple: we matter’

Ahead of Baz Luhrmann’s TV dramatisation of rap’s roots, The Get Down, we turn back the clock to 1970s New York, when the youth of the neglected South Bronx sowed the seeds of a musical revolution<p>History remembers the South Bronx in the 1970s as an urban catastrophe; the ground zero of a city in …

Rap & Hip-Hop

A Professor Explains How 1980s Game Theory Could Explain How Morality Evolved

The mathematical origins of morals.<p>Using maths and game theory to explain decision making is nothing new. But what’s really stunning is that game …

5 Blue Chip Stocks to Buy for Dividend Income

Image source: Getty Images.<p>One of the best ways to boost your dividend income is to invest in blue chip stocks. Blue chip stocks are large, well-established market leaders, and financially sound. They also tend to be stocks with dividends that lesser companies simply can't match. To start your …

Investing

One chip to rule them all? The Internet of Things and the next great era of hardware

Narbeh Derhacobian Contributor<p>Narbeh Derhacobian is the co-founder and CEO of Adesto Technologies, which provides application-specific, ultra-low-power non-volatile memory products.<p>It’s been almost 10 years since Apple unveiled the iPhone. Since that day, the smartphone has been the overwhelming …

Harvard Scientist Engineers Bacterium That Inhales CO2, Produces Energy -- A 'Bionic Leaf'

The chemist who gave us the artificial leaf has genetically engineered bacteria to absorb hydrogen and carbon dioxide and convert them into alcohol fuel.<p>When Harvard Professor of Energy Daniel G. Nocera announced he was working with bacteria last year, other scientists cautioned it would be …

University of Chicago

Video games are revealing the secrets of our aging brains

Our brains change as we age — this much we know. Some abilities peak in early adulthood, while others don't reach their maximum potential until approximately age 50.<p>And while researchers have used a variety of tests to analyze different aspects of mental acuity, we now have an especially powerful …

Interactive map lets you delve into New York City history

The Landmarks Preservation Commission unveiled a new interactive map that lets you explore the more than 33,000 landmarks across the five …

New York City

Newly Discovered State of Matter Could Be a Breakthrough for Quantum Computing

Quantum spin liquids seem to defy the laws of nature.<p>Physicists have finally detected the existence of a mysterious new state of matter known as quantum spin liquid in a real material.<p>This new discovery is not only exciting in its own right, it presents vast possibilities for the future of quantum …

'This Is Really Extreme Science': Adrift in the Arctic Ice With a Shipload of Norwegians

A Norwegian research vessel has locked itself in the shrinking ice cap to gather data needed to predict the cap's future—and that of the planet.<p>R.V. <i>LANCE</i>, 82.6 Degrees North—Curious polar bears, venturing too close to working scientists, have had to be scared off with flares shot from a gun. …

How the ‘Internet of Everyday Things’ could turn any product into a service

Imagine a near future where there will be a wireless sensor on the bottom of every shampoo, detergent, and medication container. It will tell you how much product is left and trigger a replacement order once it gets to 10% full or approaches its expiration date.<p>Now imagine a future laundry …

Internet of Things

World's first 3D-printed apartment building constructed in China

A Chinese company has successfully 3D printed a five-storey apartment building and a 1,100 square metre villa from a special print material.<p>While architectural firms compete with their designs for 3D-printed dwellings, one company in China has quietly been setting about getting the job done. In …

3D Printing

At HP Labs, an effort to make the biggest change to computing since the 1940s

HP Labs has been Hewlett-Packard’s engine of innovation for decades, but the division won a lot of attention this year when it began talking about …

The secret of great product managers: Balancing the worlds of ‘techie’ and ‘fuzzy’

Microsoft created the “modern” role of product manager 25 years ago, and the job holds an aura of myth even today. Two-and-a-half decades later, the role of product manager is still misunderstood and ill-defined, and the most important qualities in a product manager are often overlooked. As a …

Product Management

Watch A 5-Part Series On The History Of Video Game Graphics

This pixelated flashback takes you from Pong to Call Of Duty.<p>Stuart Brown‘s five part YouTube series–where one episode is being released every day this week–takes viewers through the evolution of video game graphics, starting with the most rudimentary games of the 1970s up through today.<p>What makes …

iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Boost Apple's Customer Base in Europe, but Market Share Slightly Down in U.S.

Research firm Kantar WorldPanel has released a new report (via <i>TechCrunch)</i> highlighting global smartphone sales over the July-September period which saw the debut of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The report found that Apple's market share in major European markets is now higher when compared to …

The mixtape will always have a place in my music collection

Advances in technology heralded the end of the mixtape, the most intimate and personal of musical mementos. But is it making a comeback?<p>Like some sort of minimalist muggins who watches too many TV property shows, I recently embarked on a “decluttering” mission.<p>One thing I couldn’t bring myself to …

How to install Windows 10 Technical Preview as a virtual machine

Want to test-drive the new OS with the least amount of hassle? Give it a sandbox to play in.<p>Windows 10 has arrived! Well, almost: as we now know, the final version will drop July 29.<p>In the meantime, you can test-drive the OS in the form of the Windows 10 Insider Preview. If you have an old PC lying …

VirtualBox

The 10 phones that fueled the big-screen revolution

It's safe to say that Steve Jobs was off the mark when he declared that no one would buy big smartphones -- they've become popular enough that Apple itself is now making large iPhones. But how did these supersized devices escape their niche status to become the must-haves they are today? The …

Acer's Chromebox CXI ships next month for $180

Have a spare display sitting around that you want to turn into an (albeit limited) PC? You might consider picking up a Chromebox. The tiny low-powered machines, which run Google's Chrome OS, are best for basic productivity apps and content consumption, but if you don't need to do any complex …

IBM says sale of low-end server business gets regulator approval

(Reuters) - International Business Machines Corp IBM.N said on Friday that U.S. regulators had approved the $2.3 billion sale of its low-end server business to Lenovo Group Ltd 0992.HK, as the company continues its shift to more profitable software and services like cloud computing and data …

Experimental Evidence Confirms That D-Wave Systems' Quantum Computers Are Truly 'Quantum'

Williams is Director of Business Development at quantum computing company D-Wave Systems, as well as an author, researcher, and noted thinker in the field in his own right.<p>There's been a fair bit of quibbling among physics professionals as to whether D-Wave's computers are truly "quantum," but …

A visit to Galloping Ghost, the largest video game arcade in the USA

From the archives: We took a trip down memory lane through Galloping Ghost's 400+ games.<p>It's Thanksgiving week in the US, and most of our staff is …

3D-Printed Memes Are the Desk Toys of the Future

Turning a meme into a 3D-printed model is no easy task — but that's exactly what 3D model marketplace CGTrader asked people to do in its 3D printing …

Paintings by Joseph Zbukvic

'24: Live Another Day' Trailer: No One Gets in Jack Bauer's Way

Time is running out: There are just three weeks left until Jack Bauer returns in "24: Live Another Day."<p>A new "red band" trailer for the 12-episode limited series debuted today, with the warning "restricted to real-time audience members only." In the first minute, Jack (Kiefer Sutherland) doesn't …

Watch Batman Kick Butt in This Gorgeous, Noir-Style 75th Anniversary Short

Batman saves the day... and gets the girl.<p>To celebrate 75 years of The Dark Knight, DC Entertainment and producer Bruce Trimm released a beautiful three-minute short that pays homage to the early animated series. The nostalgic video -- titled "Batman: Strange Days" -- features the Caped Crusader …

Can Dell’s social media experience be used to rebrand the company? - Direct2Dell

The world we see in the movie Her isn’t far off

Two weeks ago, I watched the movie <i>Her</i> in preparation for an interview by a Brazilian newspaper. I knew I would find something closer to science fiction than reality, but the movie does have a foundation in reality. It was particularly interesting to see that the future depicted in the movie shows a …

A Conference Call in Real Life