STEM

Hour of Code

Code.org Wants 100 Million Kids to Learn How to Code

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In an effort to attract more — and more diverse — programmers, the CEOs of two dozen big tech companies, including Microsoft , Google and Salesforce.com, will launch a campaign Wednesday with non-profit Code.org to introduce computer science to 100 million students world-wide. The companies agreed to promote Hour of Code, a campaign that encourages […]

Blue LEDs

Inventors of Blue LEDs Awarded Nobel Prize for Physics

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The 2014 Nobel Prize for Physics will be awarded to three inventors — two Japanese and one American — who helped create blue light emitting diode (LED) technology. Blue LED semiconductors paved the way for energy-efficient white LED lighting and enabled LED lighting to get cheaper, produce more high-quality light and break into the mainstream. […]

SpaceX

Elon Musk Thinks Travel to Mars Can Happen Really Soon

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We’ve been hearing from real-life Tony Stark inspiration Elon Musk about his hopes for sending humans to Mars for a few years now. But in a new interview, the SpaceX founder shares a vision that’s far more grandiose than building a small base on the fourth rock from the sun. He envisions a Martian metropolis […]

Portal 2

Playing Portal 2 Trains Your Brain Better Than Programs Made for That

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A recent study from Florida State University pitted Portal 2 against a piece of software specifically designed to train one’s brain. The result: Portal 2 was more effective at that sort of thing. The study, popularised by Popular Science and captured below via Gamasutra, had its 77 participants randomly assigned to play either eight hours […]