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Death Metal from Space

Let’s hope the words, “commence the orbital bombardment” don’t enter our vernacular in the near future. Imagine a bundle of metal telephone poles dropped from Earth’s orbit onto a target. They’d reach a speed of Mach 10 and have the

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Mad Genius: Alexander Bogdanov

Alexander Bogdanov was an intellectual who persistently attempted to change the world to a logical arrangement he thought would lead to the ideal society. He was also a risk-taker, and while he possessed many of the traits of a genius,

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Up All Night To Get Palmer Luckey

At the 2012 SXSW Interactive, Bruce Sterling commented on the emergence of “stacks” during his closing remarks. These stacks are: Facebook, Google, Amazon, Microsoft and Apple. They’re corporations that are competing not just in business, but as ecosystems for the

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The Uncertainty of Heisenberg’s Nazi Bomb Motivations

When history turns back to look at me, I only hope its judgement isn’t determined solely by an unsent letter from one of my colleagues. That’s the predicament of Werner Heisenberg’s legacy. His Uncertainty Principle still weighs more on the

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8 People Who Received Their PhDs Before Age 20

These individuals all received their PhD before they were 20 years old, when most of us are still struggling to figure out what we want to be when we grow up. (If you have trouble viewing the slideshow, add Stuff

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Albert Einstein, the Big Bang and How We Know What We Know

Consider that before Tycho Brahe humanity collectively thought the universe was immutable, with planetary bodies forever stuck in the same place like cardboard cutouts in the sky. After Brahe, we agreed that objects in the cosmos were moving. Today, we

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The Weird Science of Tycho Brahe

The first time I heard about astronomer Tycho Brahe’s extravagant life was on comedian Dan Telfer’s album “Tendrils of Ruin.” Telfer covers the gamut of Brahe’s eccentricities: an enslaved psychic jester named Jepp, a pet elk that got drunk and

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I Was a Teenage Genius

The hidden gem in the launch of Google’s 2014 Science Fair registration is its “Idea Springboard” search tool, which helps students narrow their submissions through a  combination of selecting what they love, what they’re good at and what they want

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Dismemberment Plan: Lifehand 2 Develops Sensational Prosthetic

Remember at the end of “The Empire Strikes Back” when Darth Vader lops off Luke Skywalker’s hand? Just before the credits roll we see Luke in a medical bay with a droid testing the reflex sensitivity of an easily attached,

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10 Awesome Inventions for Living with Snow

Whether your community gets only 1-inch (2.5 cm) or 24-inches (60 cm) snow can be a major impediment to getting to school, work or even just the grocery. Luckily, we’re always coming up with new ways to live with how

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