Neil deGrasse Tyson: What NASA Means to America’s Future

During a presentation given at the University at Buffalo, a student asked renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson for his thoughts on U.S. federal cutbacks to NASA funding. while you may or may not be American, I think Tyson’s answer should be (as always) heard by everyone and gives new insights on what can happen if […]

Scrabble Fears Prove Overblown

Scrabble purists do not fear: the official rules are NOT changing. There has been much tutting among linguists since the BBC reported yesterday that license owners Mattel are to change the rules to allow proper nouns to be used for the first time. While that might produce the entertaining scenario where a player could actually […]

A Lesson in Human Nature: How to Start a Movement

With the help of a video that went viral a few years ago, online entrepreneur and professional musician Derek Sivers explains how movements really get started. (Hint: it takes two.)

And Man Created Woman…

Once you’ve creeped people out by building an Android replica of yourself, there’s only one way to up the eeriness ante: build a female version. That’s what Hiroshi Ishiguro, a professor at Osaka University, has done. He’s already known for creating the Geminoid HI-1, a robot built to closely replicate his own appearance. It’s even […]

Five of the Best Nuclear Apocalypse Movies

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By John Lister Contributing Writer, [GAS] There are very few generalizations which I hold true in life, but one of them is that if you aren’t slightly obsessed with the aftermath of a nuclear apocalypse, we probably won’t be friends. Whether it’s the result of inborn geekiness or the era in which I grew up, […]

Computer pioneer Ed Roberts: 1941-2010

The man who arguably inspired the creation of Microsoft has died at the age of 68. Ed Roberts launched the Altair 8800, one of the earliest home computers, and gave Bill Gates his first big break. Roberts and his company Micro Instrumentation and Telemetry Systems marketed a series of electronics kits in the early 1970s, […]

April Fools’ Day Prank: Voice Activated Printers / Copiers

Since tomorrow is one of the most anticipated day of the year for many geeks, we though you’d enjoy this little prank we recently stumbled upon on the web. Thanks to these custom-made PDFs designed for the most popular brands of printers/copiers, you can now get your work colleagues talking to empty air, making complete […]

What Do Women Want?

Joe Quirk takes a look at the implications of evolutionary biology in the human mating ritual we call “spring break” in the article The Geek’s Guide To Getting Girls. He starts out wondering “what do women want?” I have to sigh a little every time I hear that one. Women want everything. Just like men. […]

Geeks do good: Twitter users raise $300k+ for charity

Next time someone tells you Twitter is good for nothing, tell them this: thanks to the site, enough money has been raised to build 13 schools for the world’s poorest children. That’s all thanks to Twestival, a global event held yesterday in 175 cities around the world. Local organizers held parties in venues “hired” without […]

Multitasking

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You want to know the definition of a geek? This young lady is balancing 15 books on her head while solving a Rubik’s cube and reciting the digits of pi. Ten years from now, someone will have to sit down and explain to her that you do NOT have to volunteer to lead a Girl […]

Geek etymology: five tech words explained

Geek: Originally the term referred to a carnival performer who would bite the head of animals, most commonly a chicken. It comes from “geck”, an old British term for “fool” which stems from a German word of the same spelling; another derivative is the Dutch “gek” (a crazy person). The most likely explanation for its […]