Just in time for Father’s Day, if your dad is a Geek, “Geek Dad: Awesomely Geeky Projects and Activities for Dads and Kids to Share” is a perfect book to gift that will provide you and him hours of entertainment. Written by the editor of the incredibly popular GeekDad blog on wired.com, GeekDad (the book)… Continue reading Book: Geeky Projects for Dads and Kids
100 Science Podcasts
You gotta love the Internet for its wealth of knowledge. A great example of this – science podcasts on subjects ranging from biology and astronomy to physics and engineering. Here is a list of 100 such science podcasts. Enjoy, and remember to get some sleep!
Science: Device converts light into vibration
Recent research over the past few years have shown that light can be converted at least partially into motion, or more specifically vibration. While this seems innocuous, it could open up new ways of performing actions in optical microcircuits. Physicists at Caltech and Duke University have shown that light could be made to make glass… Continue reading Science: Device converts light into vibration
The future of the mind – uploaded to computers?
H+ Magazine recently interviewed AI researcher, Bruce Katz, who believes that we as a species will ultimately want to be free of the limitations of the human brain, which by extension means uploading our memory and consciousness to a different device, a computer of some sort. Katz describes the brain as having a kludgy design… Continue reading The future of the mind – uploaded to computers?
Jakks EyeClops Bionic Eye – 200x microscope plugs into your TV
Ever wanted a microscope, but didn’t really care to squint through a small eyepiece? Then the Jakks EyeClops Bionic Eye is for you. Long name, but it magnifies practically anything up to 200 times its regular size and displays it on your TV screen. It plugs directly into your TV without any software. Think of… Continue reading Jakks EyeClops Bionic Eye – 200x microscope plugs into your TV
Electronic Tongue can identify 14 different types of sweeteners
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed a device about the size of a credit card that can ‘taste’ the type of sweetener that is in food or drinks. It can detect 14 different sweeteners (I can’t even name 6!). While it still takes about 2 minutes for the result, target audiences… Continue reading Electronic Tongue can identify 14 different types of sweeteners
Robotics, robots, bots – a pictorial
Robotics research continues unabashedly as the human race strives to capture their essence in machinery, or at least put together a C-3PO! Boston.com has a great photo essay of all kinds of robots from the recent past, although there seems to be a preponderance of androids. My favorite is of course, the soccer-playing bot! Hint:… Continue reading Robotics, robots, bots – a pictorial
Black Hole in November – CERN to re-open Hadron Collider
After being shut down for about a year, the LHC (Large Hadron Collider) is set to re-open in November, but only at half power (about 3.5 trillion electron volts). Love this photo of the LHC. Notice the guy standing on the platform in the middle. via ZDnet
Great Pacific garbage Gyre to be studied
Finally. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a huge area in the Pacific Ocean that has a concentration of debris and garbage, particularly plastic. A scientific crew has set off to investigate it in-person. This trash gyre is not the only one, but it is the largest. Despite the NOAA having predicted its existence over… Continue reading Great Pacific garbage Gyre to be studied
IEEE’s Engineering Your World contest – submit your video
The IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year, and one of the things that they are sponsoring is a contest called Engineering Your World where they’re inviting folks to submit videos showing off the use of engineering/technology in enhancing life in fun and/or interesting ways. The grand prize… Continue reading IEEE’s Engineering Your World contest – submit your video