By Susannah F. LockePosted 07.29.2010 at 4:36 pm 0 Comments
At least one group of seventh graders is happy to go back to class this month: students at New York City’s Quest to Learn, the first school that teaches solely through game-inspired lessons. Its teaching style is based on the concept (reported by Popular Science in January) that kids absorb more information if they learn it while solving complex tasks, rather than just reading about it and completing context-free problem sets.
Ears pulled back? Nose bulging? Eyes squinting? Get some morphine for that mouse, stat. The first animal "pain face" scale, published in May by neuroscientists at McGill University in Montreal, measures the agony of lab mice. After giving mice a mild stomachache-inducing drug, the researchers recorded changes to five facial features, such as squinting eyes and bulging cheeks, which they combined to produce a 1-to-10 scale. They then verified it with more than 100 other mice, and it correlated with the degree of pain administered.
Russia's oil reserves have given the nation considerable political muscle, but Russian leaders also want to resurrect some scientific grandeur. Now they hope to build its first scientific city since the Berlin Wall came down, and they're looking to California's Silicon Valley for inspiration, the New York Times reports.
Tomorrow's cruise ship will sail through the air, not the water
By Joshua TompkinsPosted 02.05.2006 at 2:00 am 18 Comments
This is not a Blimp. It's a sort of flying Queen Mary 2 that could change the way you think about air travel. It's the Aeroscraft, and when it's completed, it will ferry pampered passengers across continents and oceans as they stroll leisurely about the one-acre cabin or relax in their well-appointed staterooms.
Peugeot's ultralight 20Cup concept presents a radical vision of the automotive future
By Matthew PhenixPosted 12.08.2005 at 2:00 am 0 Comments
Talk about a dream job. A handful of lucky engineers just outside Paris earn their euros creating wild concept cars for Peugeot, and their only imperative is to advance the state of automotive design. While dreaming up their latest project, they hit upon a radical way to skim weight: ditch the vehicle's rear end. Specifically, they eliminated one of the wheels and all the accompanying components, including suspension, brakes, and the actual body around it. The result, dubbed the 20Cup ("two-oh cup"), is a 1,279-pound three-wheeler that carries just 20 percent of its weight in the rear.
The latest TVs handle all the multimedia your living room has to offer
By Michael MyserPosted 07.21.2005 at 1:00 pm 0 Comments
First there were big screens. Then big flat screens. Now there are big flat screens packed with tricks, like the ability to record TV or access your home network. It’s all part of the push to minimize the number of decor-busting black boxes while maximizing entertainment choices—movies, slideshows, your music collection. Here are five reasons to chuck your TV in favor of a multitalented model.
1. The Laptop Impersonator This 2.7-inch-thin flat screen takes its cue from the computer world, with two PC-card slots to handle its latest features.
A new internal transmission makes it easy
to ride hard
By Stephen RegenoldPosted 06.30.2005 at 10:00 pm 0 Comments
In the evolution of ride-over-anything mountain bikes, the ever-vulnerable rear derailleur—that gangly parallelogram that shifts the chain up and down the rear cogs when it´s not clogged with mud or bent by rocks—has been a glaring technical handicap. So GT (gtbicycles.com) got rid of it. With its $5,000 IT-1, GT moves gear-changing duties to an unsullied haven inside the bike frame, by way of an eight-speed internal transmission.
Replace your second computer with this portable tablet
By Paul WallichPosted 06.27.2005 at 7:00 pm 0 Comments
Since the dawn of wireless, the roving Google junkie has faced two options: a bulky wireless laptop or a Web-page-cropping PDA. This fall, however, Nokia (nokia.com) will introduce a palm-size Internet gadget that surfs Web pages in full, albeit scaled-down, glory, anywhere. Measuring three by six inches, the 770 connects to the Internet via Wi-Fi or a Bluetooth cellphone. Think of it as a $350 replacement for that second PC.
An automotive designer best known for building sports cars shifts gears to invent a safer subcompact
By Matthew PhenixPosted 06.26.2005 at 2:00 am 0 Comments
Pint-size cars are the practical option in European cities, whose streets seem to be designed for wheelbarrows, but they come up short on safety. Keenly aware of this dilemma, Milan-based automotive designer Pininfarina has reconsidered subcompact safety from the inside out with its Nido concept car. Named after the Italian word for â€nest,â€ Nido refers to the unique design for protecting passengers of this diminutive two-seater (it´s 2.5 feet shorter than a Mini Cooper).