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Art.sy: An Art Genome Project

An art genome project called Art.sy went live on Monday.  Its mission is “to expose as many people as possible to art.” Art.sy explains that its “growing collection comprises 17,000+ [10+04] artworks by 3,000+ [10+03] artists from leading galleries, museums, private collections, foundations, and artist estates.  Art.sy works with 300+ [10+02] of the world’s leading [...]

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Curiosity Rover Lands on Mars

On August 5, 2012, the Curiosity rover landed on the Red Planet in what The New York Times calls “a flawless, triumphant technological tour de force.” It took the rover over eight months to make the 352-million-mile trip (10+08). In a recent video, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) details the final minutes of the rover’s [...]

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The Smaller the Spider the Larger its Brain

New research indicates that the smaller the spider, the larger its brain.  William Eberhard, a biologist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Costa Rica, recently studied nine species of spiders in which the largest weighed 400,000 times (10+05) as much as the smallest.  He found that in the tiniest spiders, “…the central nervous systems [...]

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India’s Push for Solar Power

India has ambitious plans to reduce its dependency on coal-fired power plants by integrating solar power into its energy portfolio.  Azure Power is providing clean, solar-generated electricity to a state-government electric utility.  The city of Khadoda, for example, has blanketed 63-acres of land with 36,000 (10+04) solar panels, each of which must be dusted by [...]

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Challenging Leading Social Behavior Theories

A recent study published by scientists from the University of Oxford challenges well established theories about social behavior, according to an article in The New York Times today.  The findings, published in the journal Nature are based on the research of over 200 primate species whose social organization has already been determined. “[The] new survey [...]

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Memory Shift

According to Scientific American, “The human brain consists of about one billion neurons [10+09]. Each neuron forms about 1,000 connections [10+03] to other neurons, amounting to more than a trillion connections [10+12].  If each neuron could only help store a single memory, running out of space would be a problem.  You might have only a [...]

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Building the Analytical Engine

Researchers at the Science Museum in London plan to build a computer called the Analytical Engine, which was designed in 1830 by Charles Babbage, “the father of computing,” but never completed.  A recent article in the New York Times explores the challenges they face with this 10-year, multimillion-dollar endeavor (10+07). In 1991, the Museum replicated [...]

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Asteroid Flyby

The largest asteroid since 1976 zipped past earth last Tuesday.  NASA says a similar occurrence won’t happen again until 2028. A recent article in The New York Times notes that the asteroid, known as 2005 YU55, headed towards us at 29,000 mph (10+04) and came within 202,000 miles of earth (10+05), which is “…just inside [...]

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Let’s Cozy Up—All 7 Billion of Us

China may abide by a “one-child” policy, but that hasn’t slowed down the rest of the world.  According to a recent  New York Times article, UN demographers announced that, as of November 1, there are 7 billion of us walking the globe (10+09). Overpopulation is in full force. It’s a vast world, but we’re bumping [...]

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