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How to Draw a Dotted Line

Think you can draw dotted lines? See if you can do it the way Professor Walter Lewins of Massachusetts Institute of Technology does it!

Scientific Dining: Reviews of Research Institute Cafeterias (part two)

(Image credit: Flickr user Juan Manuel Caicedo Carvajal) The CERN Cafeteria, Geneva Switzerland by Lois Malone Autumn in New York! April in Paris! January in Geneva! The winter destination of choice for the high-energy physicist. Only the most discriminating mind can appreciate the delicate shadings of the gray skies, the nuances of a weather pattern that daily promises rain but [...]

The Time Douglas Adams Met Jim Henson

“Kermit and Dr. Bunsen Honeydew in the digitally created world of the Muppet Institute of Technology, 1985.” -Image © The Jim Henson Company On September 13, 1983, Jim Henson and author Douglas Adams had dinner for the first time. Henson noted the event in his “Red Book” journal, in characteristic short-form style: ‘Dinner with Douglas [...]

Unlocking the secrets of the human voice

Scientists working at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience are studying human speech. In an effort to better understand how the sound coming from e…

MIT Offers Certificates in Piracy

For a generation, the famed Massachusetts Institute of Technology has secretly trained pirates to ravage shipping on the high seas: It’s been an unofficial, underground practice among students at MIT for at least 20 years: Any student who completes courses in pistol, archery, sailing, and fencing is considered a pirate. Now it’s no longer an informal process. [...]

Second Mayan 2012 reference found

Mexico has acknowledged that more than one reference to 2012 has been found on Mayan artifacts. While Mexico’s archaeology institute is keen to dismis…

Raincoat Turns Rain into Drinking Water

Hyeona Yang and Joshua Noble, two students at the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design, built the “Raincatch.” It’s a suit that collects rainwater and filters it into drinking water. If Joshua Noble’s name seems familiar to you, it may be because he’s one of the people responsible for the playable receipt printer. Link -via DVICE

Silicon Valley Billionaire Funding Creation of Artificial Libertarian Islands

 As we have reported before The Seasteading Institute has plans to build floating cities out in the ocean. Now Paypal founder Peter Theil has recently given 1.25 million dollars to the group in an effort to create Libertarian countries out of these floating cities. Thiel has been a big backer of the Seasteading Institute, which seeks [...]

Bacon Statue

Photo via J&D’s Food Sonoma State University is not only an institute of higher learning, it’s also an institute for those with highly refined taste as this Bacon Statue clearly shows. Let the pilgrimage begin to the school where BYOB surely stands for “Bring Your Own Bacon.” – via Worley Gig Don’t miss: Bacon Store at [...]

Largest Plant Protein Interaction Map

Image: Joseph R. Ecker, Salk Institute of Biological Studies. Plant Photo: Joe Belcovson, Salk Institute for Biological studies. Network Map: Mary Galli, Salk Institute for Biological Studies and Matija Dreze, Center for Cancer Systems Biology at the Dana-Faber Cancer Institute.   Scientists have created the largest map of protein-to-protein interactions of the plant Arabidopsis thaliana: “For this project, [...]