Scientists there created a magnetic field of 91.4 teslas, strong enough to rip apart the electric conductors that created it if it lasted for more than a few milliseconds. But that’s nothing … some neutron stars have magnetic fields 100,000,000 times stronger.
“And while the physical properties of materials undeniably constrain what artists can accomplish, the creative process must transcend physics or else cease to be creative. The prerogative of artists is to shape their medium—be it liquid paint, colored sand, or molten bronze—according to an aesthetic vision, to intervene rather than yield to how materials would naturally behave. As Voltaire remarked, “le secret des arts est de corriger la nature” (the secret of the arts is to correct nature).”
To understand how the social web and rich content microblogging sites like Tumblr are changing the way that we follow, receive and distribute news, look no further than this article. Only here on Tumblr can humor (cats!) and culture (cats!) carry the same weight of influence as the latest personalized reporting from Syria or Libya.
Although, I’ve always looked at De Rosa as more of a McNulty than a Bubbles. Better teeth.
"Engineers at Oregon State University have discovered a way for the first time to create successful "CIGS" solar devices with inkjet printing, in work that reduces raw material waste by 90 percent and will significantly lower the cost of producing solar energy cells with some very promising compounds."
The name of the game in solar energy is decreased manufacturing costs and waste and increasing energy yield per cell. Who would have thought that your printer might be the answer?
I’ve noticed over the years is that while everyone from his coaches to other parents and even family members are quick to point out his potential to earn a college scholarship, they do so with all of the emphasis on his athletic prowess.
No one — and I mean, no one — ever brings up his grades, a shame considering he has a 3.86 in an international baccalaureate program, studies Chinese, currently is in debate camp and has wanted to go to Stanford since the fifth grade.
Cornell’s his back up plan.
In short, as good as he is in sports, I’m not raising him with the hopes of him being a jock. I’m raising him to be a nerd.
This guy’s got a lot of good points in this article. Sure, we don’t encourage curiosity and intellectual pursuits the way we should. We don’t reward kids for their success there like we need to. We are also losing students as drop-outs because of science and math difficulties. We need to increase the value of education.
But I disagree with him too. What 12-year-old wants to be a nerd? Can you make them change their mind, as a whole population? Will it ever be “the thing” to be a nerd? Probably not, not the way it’s “the thing” to want to grow up to be like LeBron. That’s not to say that being a nerd isn’t awesome, because it is. I’m living proof. But that’s a tough sell to the youth of America. Not all of them, but most I think. Before you disagree with me outright, read on … I’m going somewhere.
I have a different idea, that takes LZ’s good suggestions and combines them with reality. Encourage children by rewarding their efforts and passions in all areas. Demonstrate that intellectual pursuits are rewarding. Do not, however, try to tell them that being a nerd is cool. A vast majority of 12 year-olds would disagree with you, and you would lose the battle.
You know what will happen? They’ll see that being a nerd is cool later in life, when they realize they’ve grown up to be one, and they’re happy, all because they were rewarded for doing good things when they were younger. That’s what happened to me, and I am proud of all the ways I am a nerd and all the ways I am not.
“I’m old enough to remember when people were predicting there was going to be the next ice age. Until recently people were worried as much about global cooling. There is climate change but the reality is the science indicates most of it, if not all of it, is caused by natural causes. And as to the potential human contribution to that, there’s a great scientific dispute about that very issue.”—
Sarkozy bucks the recent European trend away from nuclear power, which is not surprising considering that they get >70% of their electricity from it today. France is a European leader in nuclear tech and safety, and seems confident that they can avoid a Fukushima-like situation.