STEM

Alyssa Carson

This 13-Year-Old Girl Aims to Be the First Human on Mars

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When I was 13, I just wanted to be 14. Alyssa Carson, however, seems to be made of stuff that is sterner and more imaginative than most humans. She positively insists that she will be the first person on Mars. You might think this the quaint dreaming of an impressionable teen. But Carson told the […]

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 […]