By Natania Barron Contributing Writer, [GAS] One of the biggest draws about steampunk technology, for me, is that much of it actually existed in some form or another. Last night, through the joy of Twitter, I discovered the endless wonder of GoogleBook’s expansive Popular Mechanics archive, and spent far too long ogling the various inventions […]
Sensing the motives and feelings of others is a natural talent for most people. But how do we do it? In the following video presentation, Rebecca Saxe shares fascinating lab work that uncovers how the brain thinks about other peoples’ thoughts — and judges their actions.
By Sterling “Chip” Camden Contributing Writer, [GAS] ReadWriteWeb alerted us to the stealth release of Google Internet Stats, a new service from Google in which you can browse or search for trivia about the Internet and related topics – just in case you can’t waste enough time on Wikipedia or YouTube. The service is hosted […]
The British prime minister has issued an official apology for the 1950s mistreatment of Alan Turing, the man sometimes dubbed “the father of modern computer science.” It follows a petition signed by more than 30,000 people and may boost the case for Turing receiving a posthumous knighthood. Turing was prosecuted in 1952 for gross indecency, […]
By Casey Lynn Contributing Writer, [GAS] According to an Australian psychologist, Facebook makes you smarter, but Twitter makes you dumber. Why? Well, it has to do with exercising your working memory. Staying on top of Facebook is like solving puzzles, since it hones our ability to remember and use information. But more “micro-level” activities like […]
By Casey Lynn Contributing Writer, [GAS] I had the geeky joy of spending last weekend at Dragon*Con in Atlanta. It’s known for being one of the best cons for costumes, probably because it’s so broad – everything from the traditional Klingons to the crazygothpunk to the increasingly trendy steampunk (and of course, obligatory Stormtroopers). I’m […]
Jim Hines is a fantasy writer who writes about goblins and princesses. Neil Gaiman is, of course, famous for writing awesome comic books and creepy stories and a blog before it was super trendy. Oh, and Chuck Norris is a guy who spawned a list of facts and has another fist under his beard. Apparently […]
How many books would you expect to see in a New England prep school library? Until recently, the correct answer in the case of Cushing Academy was 20,000. But soon the answer will be zero. The school has decided to replace its stock of physical books (pictured) with a collection of internet-enabled screens and electronic […]
A clever little Venn diagram that will help you determine which type of “nerd” you are. In what category would you put yourself? Let us know in the comments!
Ok, maybe not “happy” but at least happier than they used to be. According to “Measuring the Happiness of Large-Scale Written Expression: Songs, Blogs, and Presidents“, a research report from Peter Dodds and Christopher Danforth, two mathematicians from Vermont University, the general mood of bloggers seems to be in an upward trend since 2005. Starting […]
Origami – the traditional Japanese art of paper folding – is something that a geek could really get into. It’s all about visual math, and problem-solving, but with that artistic nuance as well. The origami artists below came up with some very cool designs, which we can definitely appreciate, and most of them have a […]
In the following video, ‘E-Mom’ Gloria Bianco shows Today Now’s hosts Jim and Tracy how geographical distance is no longer a roadblock to shamelessly interfering with the lives of your children, thanks to online services such as Twitter and Facebook.