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8 Sounds That Are Trademarked

Most of us are aware that you can trademark a slogan, a logo, and a name, but did you know that it is also possible to trademark a sound? Of course, in order to get approval from the United States Patent and Trademark Office, said sound must “uniquely identify the commercial origin of the product [...]

The Resistance of Astronomers to New Paradigms

By Eric SchulmanAlexandria, Virginia AbstractIn this paper we explore the resistance of astronomers to new paradigms. 1. IntroductionIn the classic work The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (Kuhn 1962), Thomas S. Kuhn describes scientific research as “a strenuous and devoted attempt to force nature into the conceptual boxes supplied by professional education.” He points out that in some [...]

The Late Movies: Geeking Out on “The Edge’s” Guitar Rig

Today in 1961, Dave Evans (known as “The Edge” of U2) was born. In the 51 years since, The Edge has become known for his layered, echoing guitar lines. He famously developed an ultra-complex guitar rig, involving a massive pedal board, a series of rack-mounted effects processors, a stunning array of pedals, and [...]

11 Words With a ‘Q’ But No ‘U’ Acceptable in Words With Friends

At this very moment, someone is Googling “Words With Friends words without vowels,” and there’s a good chance they’ll land on this story I posted last year. If your problem isn’t a lack of vowels but a nagging ‘Q’ (and no ‘U’ to go with it), perhaps one of these words will help. 1. Qwerty/s – [...]

A Small Mystery Hidden In Five Postage Stamps

In 1993 the Royal Mail in Great Britain issued a set of five se-tenant stamps to honor the legendary fictional detective Sherlock Holmes.  The stamps depicted iconic scenes from The Reigate Squire, The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Six Napoleons, The Greek Interpreter, and The Final Solution. Hidden within the design of each stamp is a [...]

The Late Movies: Lin-Manuel Miranda Raps on The Electric Company

Lin-Manuel Miranda came to my attention when he rapped about Alexander Hamilton. Miranda is the Tony award-winning star, writer, and composer of In the Heights — and he has what we call in the business “mad skills.” For tonight’s nerdy kid-friendly goodness, here’s Miranda dropping educational pronunciation-related rhymes on PBS’s The Electric Company. If you [...]

Calculator Words

In my day, middle school math class was pretty boring, and led to some remarkable goofing off. (I’m sure math class isn’t like that today; surely no modern kid would waste time in school.) For me, math class was an opportunity to explore new worlds with my calculator — but not new mathematical worlds. The [...]

Merry Christmas Microbes Tree Ornaments

Merry Christmas Microbes Tree Ornaments – $24.95 In true geek fashion you can now trim your tree with very merry Christmas Microbes Tree Ornaments. The set comes with Common Cold, Brain Cell, Kissing Disease, E. Coli, and Amoeba. All the things you might expect to encounter this wonderful holiday season. For more microbe fun be sure to [...]

Glass Microbiology by Luke Jerram

SARS Corona Virus by Luke Jerram Artist Luke Jarram has created glass sculptures of some of the deadliest diseases known to man including HIV, E. Coli and Small Pox.  The incredibly intrincate sculptures challenge both the state of the art in glass sculpting and the ability of scientists to visualize these diseases.  For instance scientists are [...]