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.