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The latest cool stuff about science:
- OurAmazingPlanet.com explores the wonder and beauty of Earth through news, features and images. Be sure to check out this amazing infographic that displays the tallest mountains and the lowest trenches of the oceans -- all in one cool image by NASA and NOAA!
- Top 50 inventions of 2009
Vertical farming? An electric eye? Check out Time Magazine’s Top 50 inventions of 2009 for these cool new innovations and 48 more. We especially love the robo-penguins and the 3-D digital cameras!
- Social networking WAY before Facebook...
Anthropologist Pauline Wiessner studies the value of social networks among hunter-gatherers like the !Kung people, who live in the Kalahari Desert of South Africa. Read this amazing interview with her and learn her theory that invention of social networks -- "the storing of relationships for a time when you will need them" -- enabled early humans to spread across the globe.
- I think... therefore I love cogito.org, a cool website for young thinkers!
This site is run by the John Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth, and has all kinds of cool science news, interviews, and more.
- Geek Chic
Move over, boys. According to this New York Times article, girls are taking over as the next generation of computer whizzes.
- Kinetic Sculpture
Artist Theo Jansen is occupied with the making of a new nature. He doesn't use pollen or seeds, though -- his new nature is made up of plastic yellow tubes! He makes massive skeletons that "walk" on the wind. Be sure to check out the video of his sculpture "animals" strolling along the beach!
- Robots that communicate, help, and even trick each other!
Scientists in Switzerland created robots whose software "evolved" over the course of several generations due to random mutations. By the 50th generation, robots had learned to communicate with each other to signal "food" or danger - and even tricked each other to hide "food" for themselves! The moral is: watch your robots, they can be sneaky!
14 Best Ways to Use Your Computer’s Spare Time
Between checking your email and watching the newest videos on YouTube, your computer could be searching for extraterrestrial life, finding a cure for AIDS, or analyzing climate change models. Supercomputers don't come cheap, so these programs harness the processing power of your computer when you're not using it to analyze small chunks of data, which get sent back to the programs' scientists as they study all sorts of important issues. Cool!
Project 'Eye on the Sea'
This is a totally cool, interactive, and constantly updated window on the New Zealand marine environment, a site where divers, research students, and people who live and work on the sea can share unusual observations, sightings and images of marine creatures and habitats... expanding our knowledge in the process. Check out the fish-bowl view of New Zealand!
Slaying the Vampires that Lurk in your computer (and dvd player, iPod, phone, and more...)
Standby mode is harmless, right? Not so much. When things like your cell phone, computer and TV are on, but in standby, they are consuming energy. Turns out they consume LOTS of energy. Between 5 and 13% of your total energy bill comes from the microwave clock and all the other energy-sucking electronic devices we love! California has a Vampire Slayer law that helps reduce this cost to the environment of electronics. What's happening in your state? Summon Buffy to come back and rid your own house of Vampires, and talk to your friends about theirs.
- 60 Second Science Podcasts - Presented by Scientific American.
- For my birthday: A wearable Air Guitar T-shirt
The Air Guitar T-shirt was created by CSIRO, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, Australia's national science agency.
- Mount St. Helens is making some noise - Presented by National Geographic.
- A new science: The science of the Web - Presented by Scientific American.
- The science behind the movie, Happy Feet - Presented by National Geographic Kids
Women, Science, Leadership
A flurry of national reports, articles, and worldwide media have taken the stage, shedding light on women, science and leadership. New studies and urgent actions are illustrating that the gender gap is still a very real part of daily life.