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How Much Could the Real Floating House Lift? | Wired Science | Wired.com "The internet is all pumped up over this real floating house recreating the scene from Up! (the movie). Here is a video: Or perhaps you prefer some pictures. Here is a website full of pictures. here is the deal. National…
Which Traits Predict Success? (The Importance of Grit) | Wired Science | Wired.com "For a long time, talent seemed to be about inheritance, about the blessed set of genes that gave rise to some particular skill. Einstein had the physics gene, Beethoven had the symphony gene, and Tiger Woods (at…
nanoscale views: Einstein, thermodynamics, and elegance "Recently, in the course of other writing I've been doing, I again came to the topic of what are called Einstein A and B coefficients, and it struck me again that this has to be one of the most elegant, clever physics arguments ever made.  It…
Video Breakdown: Khan and Kinematics | Wired Science | Wired.com "So my quick take - Khan Academy is a textbook video. Are textbooks new? No. Are they the best thing for students? No. Should we ban textbooks in all forms? I don't think so. What about other aspects of Khan Academy videos? How are…