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  • Nobel Prize: How LEDs change the world

    Three scientists took home the Nobel Prize for physics Tuesday for “the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes which has enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources,” according to the Nobel committee. Previously, the lights were limited to red and … Continue reading

  • Texas proposes textbooks that deny manmade climate change

    Texas has proposed re-writing school text books to incorporate passages denying the existence of climate change and promoting the discredited views of an ultra-conservative think tank. The proposed text books – which come up for public hearing at the Texas … Continue reading

  • Egyptian chronology and the Bible

    Egyptian chronology can be a challenging subject for biblical creationists. That’s because the secular, majority view about these chronologies extends further back than an objective reading of the biblical chronogenealogies allows for creation: a little over 6,000 years ago. These … Continue reading

  • Southwestern US Likely to Face ‘Megadrought’ this Century

    According to a study by researchers of Cornell University, University of Arizona and U. S. Geological Survey, the southwestern region is likely to experience a “megadrought” in future. The detailed findings were published in the Journal of Climate. The study … Continue reading

  • Humans would rather take orders from robots, scientists say

    According to a report from MIT, new research from the prestigious university’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) proposes that letting robots have control over human tasks in manufacturing is not just more efficient, but in fact preferred by … Continue reading

  • How Darwin Destroyed The Wolf Of Wall Street

    Michael Lewis made some noise, that much for sure. The March 31, 2014, publication of his high-frequency trading expose, Flash Boys, continues to reverberate. Questions abound. Is, as Lewis maintains, the market rigged? The New York AG thinks so, so … Continue reading

  • 2 Steps Closer to Landing on Mars

    Long-time readers of this Geekend column know I’m psyched about the idea of putting a person on Mars. I think it should be one of humanity’s top goals, not only because of the stunning achievement, but also because the attempt … Continue reading

  • Decline of monarch butterflies linked to modern agriculture

    The massive migration of monarch butterflies is amazing—the insects go from grazing on milkweed plants as caterpillars in the midwest to spending winters in Mexico. But Monarch populations have been on the decline for some time, with a variety of … Continue reading

  • Trending: Debating creation/evolution online

    The topic of creationism and evolution has long caused heated debates, and the conversation has found a new, more involved, battleground – social media. More than 170,000 people have shared a recent video which claims to “destroy” the case for … Continue reading

  • IBM’s Watson: Designed to Learn Like a Human

    by Randy J. Guliuzza, P.E., M.D. * On March 5, 2014, the IBM supercomputer “Watson” became a pioneer virtual chef, inadvertently showcasing the remarkably superior hardware and software found between our ears. This intelligent machine, named after IBM founder Thomas … Continue reading

  • Gecko-Footed Robot Fit For Outer Space

    By: Brian Thomas, M.S. Abigaille the robot can climb up smooth walls, but she leaves behind no residue, much like living geckos. Engineers at Simon Fraser University copied gecko design when they developed the robot’s tiny treads to navigate tight … Continue reading

  • Snail trail

    by David Catchpoole, Australia Creeping forward on a layer of goo, their tell-tale slimy pathway trailing behind them—the way snails move has long puzzled biologists. How is it that snails (and slugs) motor along on slime—the thicker the goo, the faster … Continue reading

  • 3-D Printing Is a Simplified Form of Biomimetics

    By David Coppedge One of the hottest industrial revolutions in progress is 3-D printing.  It can’t hold a candle, though, to biological materials construction. In a story on PhysOrg, Chad Henry of CSIRO proudly holds two large insect models he made with a … Continue reading

  • Raymond Damadian: b. 1936

    By David Coppedge On a given Sunday morning, in a small Bible Baptist church on Long Island, New York, sitting alongside his wife, you might find a quiet, unpretentious white-haired gentleman who changed the world.  Other than by his distinguished … Continue reading

  • Aerospace Engineer professes creation

    Robert Carter chats with Dr Dewey Hodges Dr Dewey Hodges has been a professor of aerospace engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta since 1986. A native of Tennessee, he received his M.S. (1970) and Ph.D. (1973) degrees in aerospace … Continue reading

  • DVD makers copy mantis shrimp eye design

    by Jonathan Sarfati We have already reported on the amazing mantis shrimp,1 highlighting its powerful punch due to a catapult mechanism—it can accelerate up to 10,600 g (humans pass out at 10g). Its superb colour vision system includes 12 primary colour receptors—four … Continue reading

  • Toddler Beats Artificial Intelligence Computers

    By David Coppedge Artificial intelligence, despite decades of work, still cannot match some of the mental capabilities of a 3-year-old.  Computers have no common sense. “To create a robot with common sense, mimic a toddler,” says a story on New Scientist.  … Continue reading

  • Bug-Eye Camera, Fly Robot and other Bio-Inspired Tech

    By David Coppedge Incredible advancements in technology are coming from the imitation of nature, but engineers cannot yet attain animal performance. Look like a bug:  “New Camera Inspired by Insect Eyes,” announced Science Now.  If you thought insects with their compound eyes … Continue reading

  • Lessons from locust wings

    by David Catchpoole The challenges confronting designers of small robotic aircraft are many. For example, fixed wings, like those used on passenger aircraft, become very inefficient in tiny robotic planes.1 So aeronautical engineers are looking at flapping wings as an alternative. Researchers … Continue reading

  • The Christian Leader in the Digital Age

    By Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr. The Digital Age is upon us. In the span of less than three decades, we have redefined the way humans communicate, entertain, inform, research, create, and connect – and what we know now is only … Continue reading

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