Texting slang is, according to one report, more an art than a crutch for the semi-literate. The study found more of a correlation between reading ability and "sound-based textisms," such as "wiv" for "with," than with acronyms like "lol." (No word on who pronounces "with" so that it sounds like "wiv," though.)
Also in today's links: robot psychotherapy; nerds on The Daily Show, and more.
As promised, here are stunningly clear satellite images of the tops of some two million heads during today’s inauguration. These images were snapped at 11:19am today by GeoEye-1, the most powerful commercial imaging satellite in the sky, from 423 miles above the trampled grass on the National Mall.
Over the past eight years, the rift between the scientific community and the federal agencies that govern it has deepened. What opportunities will President Barack Obama's administration have to bridge the divide?
Call it the "green" team or even the "dream" team, but what environmentalists can now say with affirmation is that change really is here. President-elect Barack Obama's picks for his administration's green team are among the best and brightest scientists and advocates of environmental change.
If a man walks into a bar….who laughs? Liberals or conservatives? Dan Ariely, a psychologist at Duke University, and Elisabeth Malin, a student at Mount Holyoke College, looked into just that question in a recent Boston study. The two came up with a list of 22 jokes – conventional, quirky, corny, clever, etc. – and tracked the reactions of about 300 people who were asked to rate the jokes on a scale of 1 (not funny at all) to 9 (hilarious).
It may be the most important question the country faces: What will we do about energy?
By Michael Moyer and Amanda SchupakPosted 10.31.2008 at 11:25 am 5 Comments
Energy is the blood that runs through our economy: the highway miles paved with crude, the kilowatts of coal, those tentative first heartbeats of large-scale wind and solar. America famously uses more energy than any other country—measured either per capita or in total—and conservation measures aside, our rising standard of living will mean that we will consume even more in the future.
How will the next American president keep the country at the center of the high-tech universe?
By Michael Moyer and Amanda SchupakPosted 10.30.2008 at 3:24 pm 0 Comments
The technological dominance of the United States may soon go the way of the dollar. Our statistical snapshot shows that government spending on pure research—the kind of investment that pays off big, but only after decades—is in decline. Our schools educate the world, but students increasingly return home with their advanced degrees. Most discouraging, the U.S. now imports more high-tech goods than it exports.
Just as the 1960 election was the first to be truly shaped by the television medium, this year's presidential throwdown will go down as the first that was undeniably shaped, and perhaps even decided, by technology. From the very beginning, the news media, the pundits, the public, and the candidates themselves have engaged tech in ways and to levels that simply weren't possible before now. As a technology enthusiast, it's been thrilling to see things like blogs, widgets, Twitter feeds, Facebook, and text messaging enter the mainstream political lexicon.
The competition to land a man on the moon could create tensions within NASA
By Michael Moyer and Amanda SchupakPosted 10.29.2008 at 4:39 pm 4 Comments
Fifty years ago last month, NASA opened its doors. The launch of Sputnik the year before had rattled the United States' faith in its technological superiority and pushed it to assert itself as the leader in space. In the decades since, that dominance has scarcely been challenged.