By Natania Barron Contributing Writer, [GAS] I have a confession to make: I’m not that into horror flicks. It’s not that I’m a total wuss, necessarily, but I happened to have been raised in a household where viewing such material was simply off-limits. So I didn’t really get the opportunity to watch anything gory or […]
The bad news: Americans pay more than anybody else in the world for cell phone service. The good news: Putting that expensive device down will help keep your IQ up.
By Casey Lynn Contributing Writer, [GAS] Just when you thought it was disturbing enough that 75% of high school students in Oklahoma can’t name the first U.S. president (and less than half can name the two U.S. political parties), it seems like there is always some new study lurking around the corner to show the […]
By Casey Lynn Contributing Writer, [GAS] As with the last week of September every year, it is Banned Books Week, which is about celebrating the freedom to read. The American Library Association (ALA) compiles a list of the most challenged books every year, from Philip Pullman’s The Dark Materials trilogy to the Gossip Girls series. […]
By John Lister Contributing Writer, [GAS] Type the words “sexy” and “geek” into a search engine and, aside from this fine website, you’ll find a wide range of lists. Ranging, that is, from ones which have Alyson Hannigan first and Kari Bryon second to ones which have Kari Byron first and Alyson Hannigan second. But […]
If you’ve ever dipped a toe into the aether of steampunk subculture, you’ve likely heard of Jake Von Slatt. As the proprietor of The Steampunk Workshop, he’s been a champion of true steampunk making, both in re-imagining and re-creating Victorian technology. You’ve likely seen him in Make magazine, and his creations have graced the stage […]
A British exam board plans to grade written responses to English tests with computers. It’s the first time machines have been used to assess language rather than merely mark multiple choice tests. At the moment, the marking will only be used for a test designed to check if students have the English skills necessary for […]
Talk Like a Pirate Day was of course last weekend, but assuming that some of you are still in the swashbuckling mood, here are some geek-inspired pirates… or pirate-inspired geeks… or something. Yo ho ho. ARRRRRR2D2 – kaptainkobold (CC)
In the following video, American astrophysicist Neil Degrasse Tyson explains why people should raise their kids to be scientifically literate. Another brilliant piece of advice (among countless others) from our favorite scientific personality here at [GaS].
A team of seven former rivals has won a three-year contest to improve Netflix’s recommendation system. They pipped another team to the million dollar prize by just twenty minutes. The contest involved the system the movie rental firm uses to predict which films a particular customer might like, based on how they’ve rated previous titles. […]
By Natania Barron Contributing Writer, [GAS] I have a theory. I believe it is impossible to remain sad in the presence of a ukulele. There have been moments in my life where despair has crept in, and in spite of efforts to the contrary, very little has managed to scatter those dark clouds. Except my […]
A few weeks back, when Sony dropped the price of the PS3 to $299, they started airing the following ad to promote the new deal: But now that this has been running for a few weeks, it seems that Nigeria is Mad at Sony and wants them to withdraw the ad. The country also “demands […]