Posts Tagged ‘technology’

Lunar Eclipse Defined by Wikipedia

In cel­e­bra­tion of today’s lunar eclipse, Google‘s logo fea­tures an ani­mat­ed moon.  When you click through, as usu­al, you get a page of relat­ed search results.

A lit­tle while ago, one of the top results includ­ed a sur­pris­ing def­i­n­i­tion of “lunar eclipse” from Wikipedia:

Accord­ing to Wikipedia:

Lunar eclipse: A lunar eclipse is when the moon turns black and explodes, releas­ing a poi­so­nous gas, killing all of human­i­ty.  Of course this can occur only when the Sun, …

The page had already been cor­rect­ed by the time I saw it.  But the false def­i­n­i­tion was appar­ent­ly cached and show­ing up in Google’s search results, until a lit­tle while ago.

I love Wikipedia. But it’s still fun­ny.

Check out the page devot­ed to Google Doo­dles.

April Fool’s Tribute to Thomas Edison

Last year, for April 1st, I was asked to make a guest post to a GE blog called Edison’s Desk.  So I made this April Fool’s Trib­ute to Thomas Edis­on.  I had a lot of fun with the links – try ’em all!

I must real­ly be an April Fool because this is a big day for me.  I’ll be on NPR’s Sci­ence Fri­day with Ira Fla­tow – to talk about sci­ence and com­e­dy with my friends Tim Lee and Norm Gold­blatt.  The show streams live from 11am to 1pm Pacific/2-4pm East­ern, in addi­tion to air­ing on your local pub­lic radio sta­tion.  Lis­ten to it here.

Then lat­er tonight I’m emcee­ing a great STEM edu­ca­tion event (STEM = Sci­ence Tech­nol­o­gy Engi­neer­ing Math­e­mat­ics) in the plan­e­tar­i­um at the Cal­i­for­nia Acad­e­my of Sci­ences.  It’s called STEM­Po­sium and it’s an evening to hon­or some fan­tas­tic edu­ca­tion inno­va­tors.  This event will be live streamed from their web­site at 7:30pm Paci­fic. Check it out! 

Schmahl Science Workshops Fundraiser

Sat­ur­day, Novem­ber 6, 2010.  I’m per­form­ing at a fundrais­er for a very worth­while cause – Schmahl Sci­ence Work­shops offers an after-school career men­tor­ship pro­gram that enables pre-K through 12 stu­dents to par­tic­i­pate in on-going sci­ence and engi­neer­ing research pro­grams.

16th Anniver­sary Cel­e­bra­tion and Fundrais­er:  “The Sci­ence of Suc­cess”

Food, wine, live enter­tain­ment (that’s me!)

6-10pm, Sat­ur­day, Novem­ber 6, 2010
Quadrus Con­fer­ence Cen­ter
2400 Sand Hill Road
Men­lo Park, CA 94025

Tick­ets avail­able at

More info on Schmahl Sci­ence Work­shops:

The Bay Area is home to sig­nif­i­cant inno­va­tion in sci­ence and tech­nol­o­gy.  How­ev­er many local school dis­tricts have elim­i­nat­ed sci­ence edu­ca­tion from their cur­ricu­lum. The key is more Sci­ence, Tech­nol­o­gy, Engi­neer­ing, and Math (STEM) edu­cat­ed grad­u­ates if we want to con­tin­ue to be lead­ers in the glob­al econ­o­my. By part­ner­ing with schools, insti­tu­tions of high­er edu­ca­tion, sci­ence based insti­tu­tions, muse­ums, local gov­ern­ments, and the busi­ness com­mu­ni­ty our non-profit, Schmahl Sci­ence Work­shops (SSW) devel­ops young sci­en­tists to par­tic­i­pate in the next wave of sci­en­tific inno­va­tion. We need your help to keep Schmahl Sci­ence Work­shop strong.  We invite you to join us to cel­e­brate the accom­plish­ments of our stu­dents and to learn more about how you can inspire the next gen­er­a­tion of sci­en­tists.

Tim Westergren of Pandora & the Music Genome Project

My newest video for Time Mag­a­zine is about Pan­do­ra, the inter­net radio ser­vice.  I vis­it­ed the Oak­land offices of Pan­do­ra and spoke with founder and Chief Strat­e­gy Offi­cer Tim West­er­gren.  We dis­cussed var­i­ous rec­om­men­da­tion engi­nes used by oth­er com­pa­nies and what makes Pandora’s Music Genome Project dif­fer­ent.

Link to the Pan­do­ra video on Time’s web­site

H+ Summit @ Harvard

I’m thrilled to be speak­ing at the H+ Sum­mit @ Har­vard. An amaz­ing line­up of 50 speak­ers includ­ing Ray Kurzweil, Stephen Wol­fram, and Aubrey de Grey.

The H+ Sum­mit @ Har­vard is an edu­ca­tion­al, and sci­en­tific out­reach event that cov­ers the themes of the impact of tech­nol­o­gy on the human con­di­tion. It is host­ed, and orga­nized by the Har­vard Col­lege Future Soci­ety, in coop­er­a­tion with Human­i­ty+.

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James Cameron Interview About Avatar

New half-hour inter­view with James Cameron about the mak­ing of Avatar. From Pop­u­lar Mechan­ics:

Why is Science Important?

Alom Sha­ha has made a won­der­ful 28-minute film enti­tled “Why is Sci­ence Impor­tant?”

Sha­ha is a physics teacher at an inner city school in the UK, and also a TV pro­duc­er who spe­cial­izes in sci­ence pro­grams.  The film was made to be broad­cast on Teach­ers TV (a UK cable chan­nel) but it’s also avail­able online in excel­lent HD qual­i­ty – and can even be shared and embed­ded, as seen below (you can view a larg­er size if you click over to his site).

The web­site also con­tains “a col­lec­tion of thoughts from lead­ing sci­en­tists, pub­lic fig­ures …and you.”  Add your thoughts on why sci­ence is impor­tant and they’ll appear alongside the thoughts of Bad Astronomer Phil Plait, SETI’s Seth Shostak, LabLit’s Jen­nifer Rohn, and many oth­ers.

Vis­it Alom’s YouTube Chan­nel – sci­ence­films – to see more answers to the ques­tion “Why is Sci­ence Impor­tant?” as well as some of his oth­er films.

Why is Sci­ence Impor­tant?
Bad Astron­o­my blog
Seth Shostak

Unluck­i­ly, it can be a gen­uine cat­a­stro­phe for the mark you get in an exam­i­na­tion. good essay writ­ing com­pa­nies imper­son­ation of Dick­enss idiom Our edi­tors and writ­ers will pee any req­ui­site rewrite and broad­cast it to you in 3 years or less

Year of Science – JetBlue and Cell Phones

In con­junc­tion with the COPUS Project’s Year of Sci­ence – and the March the­me of Physics and Tech­nol­o­gy – I offer up a bit of humor on bad web­site usabil­i­ty on the Jet Blue web­site and also a cou­ple thoughts on cell phones – loud users and shrink­ing sizes.

Do you think we’ll live to see implantable cell phones?…  or the end of obnox­ious­ly loud cell phone talk­ers?  When will they real­ize that tech­nol­o­gy is here to relieve the strain on their voic­es?

Hi-Tech Magic Teaser

At the end of the Sifta­bles ses­sion, I met Seth Raphael (also here), who was sit­ting two seats over from me.  We also hap­pen to be shar­ing a stage togeth­er tonight at the LateTech event – I’ll be doing sci­ence com­e­dy and Seth presents “a new tech­no­log­i­cal mag­ic show.”

In the three or four min­utes we spoke, Seth gave me an absolute­ly amaz­ing demon­stra­tion of his abil­i­ties.

He told me that when top hats and hand­ker­chiefs were in style magi­cians devel­oped pre­sen­ta­tions mak­ing use of them.  But they are no longer in style.  So, as a mod­ern magi­cian, he draws from more mod­ern mate­ri­als.

His demon­stra­tion involved a Google search that I defined.

He asked me to type two ran­dom words into the search field but not to hit Enter yet.  I typed “turtle opin­ion.”  He sug­gest­ed I add a third word because my two words were going to gen­er­ate too many hits.  I added “can­dy.”

He jot­ted some­thing down on a piece of scratch paper that I pro­vid­ed.

Then he asked me to hit Enter on my Google search and, as I did, he quick­ly put his paper face­down.   He esti­mat­ed that it took him about a third of a sec­ond to do so.  The Google search took slight­ly less time.

Now here’s the amaz­ing part:

Seth had writ­ten down on the piece of paper the num­ber 2,510,001.

Google returned 2,510,000 results.

Then, appar­ent­ly off the top of his head, he typed in a url at that he claimed is the one result/page that Google missed.

And, as a bonus, there was anoth­er num­ber that he’d first writ­ten and then scratched out…  it was 3,540,000.  And, when we removed “can­dy” from the search, so that it was sim­ply on “turtle opin­ion,” that was exact­ly how many results the search returned.

How did he do it?

I can’t wait to see what else he has up his vir­tu­al sleeve.