Archives for January 5, 2008

Wielding laypeople’s terms and a sense of humor, Nobel Prize winner Murray Gell-Mann drops some knowledge about particle physics, asking questions like, Are elegant equations more likely to be right than inelegant ones? Can the fundamental law, the so-called “theory of everything,” really explain everything? His answers will surprise you.

Hod Lipson demonstrates a few of his cool little robots, which have the ability to learn, understand themselves and even self-replicate. At the root of this uncanny demo is a deep inquiry into the nature of how humans and living beings learn and evolve, and how we might harness these processes to make things that…

Cabin Kitch In The Modern Age

An innovative computer hacker stuffs a computer inside a beaver.

Investor and prankster Yossi Vardi delivers a careful lecture on the dangers of blogging. Specifically, um, for men.

Christian Creationists are accusing scientists of being defensive, ignorant, reprehensible, and troubling. They might be right.

OMG It’s So Cute!

Redmond, Wash.-based Microvision is unveiling a fully functioning, self-contained prototype that should be available as a real product–possibly from Motorola–later this year. Dubbed SHOW, the lensless PicoP projector is designed for home and business use, and uses tiny lasers to shoot a WVGA (848 by 480, roughly DVD resolution) image on virtually any surface that…

Isabel Allende: Tales of passion

In one of the most beloved talks from TED2007, novelist Isabel Allende talks about writing, women, passion, feminism. She tells the stories of powerful women she has known, some larger-than-life (listen for a beauty tip from Sophia Loren), and some simply living with grace, dignity and ingenuity in a world that, in too many ways,…

It is interesting to see words like “doomed” and “ruined” in the context of the current election cycle in the US. Many of us had those words in our minds and on our lips during the last two election cycles. I wonder if the rhetoric of doom, which is largely accurate, will be more over…

To get his annual predictions, I mean. Actually, now that I think about it, talking to god does not work either…