STEM

Albert Einstein

New iPad app shows inner workings of Einstein’s brain

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The story goes that one of the world’s greatest geniuses had a slightly different shaped brain than mere mortals. Now anyone can verify the tale for themselves with a new iPad app. The National Museum of Health and Medicine Chicago launched an interactive app today that has about 350 scanned and digitized slides of Albert […]

Bee

Flying Math: Bees Solve Traveling Salesman Problem

Bumblebees foraging in flowers for nectar are like salesmen traveling between towns: Both seek the optimal route to minimize their travel costs. Mathematicians call this the “traveling salesman problem,” in which scientists try to calculate the shortest possible route given a theoretical arrangement of cities. Bumblebees, however, take the brute-force approach: For them, it’s simply […]

Crow

Bird brains? Crows remember your face (and know you’re hiding in there)

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One of the most enjoyable facets of studying other species is discovering the amazing things they’re capable of. As humans, the things we tend to find most amazing are the abilities that remind us the most of, well, us—parrots that can speak, bonobos that play Pac-Man, monkeys that use rocks like hammers to crack nuts, […]

Dryptosaurus

3-D Printing Goes Prehistoric with a Kickstarted Dinosaur

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Paleoartist Tyler Keillor has long specialized in sculpting realistic clay dinosaur heads for museums and universities, but for his next project — an exacting replica of a full Dryptosaurs built entirely as a 3-D digital object — Kiellor needed a little help from the crowd. He set up a modest Kickstarter campaign to help buy […]

Columbia University

Columbia, Brown, and 15 More Universities Join Coursera’s Free Online Platform

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Coursera, the platform for “massively open online courses” founded by Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng of Stanford, announced today that it has doubled its number of university partners. The new roster includes several global institutions. Since its debut earlier this year, 1.3 million people have signed up for a free six- to ten-week Coursera class, […]