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Why America’s Top Colleges Offer Free Classes Online

Elite universities are throwing open their classrooms’ doors to anyone with an Internet connection—for free. Why are colleges offering free classes? They don’t want to be left behind in the digital revolution that has already transformed the way we consume news, music, and books. Stanford, Duke, Princeton, and Johns Hopkins are among the 16 universities that have [...]

Scientists engineer first ‘cyborg’ tissue

Researchers at Harvard University are blurring the lines between organic and electronic systems. ‘Cyborg’ tissue comprised of both organic material an…

Why is the sun so perfectly round ?

It’s hot, it’s bright and it also happens to be one of the most pefectly round things ever measured. Jeff Kuhn and Isabelle Scholl of the University o…

Is the Sun surrounded by dark matter ?

University of Zurich researchers have made the claim after building a simulation of the Milky Way. The team believe that previous techniques have unde…

Universities offering ‘alien search’ course

Edinburgh University is to become the latest to offer an online course on the search for alien life. The course is being provided as part of the Cours…

The End of Cavities?

A team of scientists led by José Córdoba from Yale University and Erich Astudillo from the University of Chile have developed a chemical that can kill all the cavity-causing bacteria in a person’s mouth -in only 60 seconds! They call it Keep 32, because using it may let you keep all 32 of your teeth [...]

Physics Students: Batman Would Die If He Tried to Glide

Image: University of Leicester It would be Knightfall for Batman to actually try to glide using his cape. Physics students at the University of Leicester have calculated that he wouldn’t be able to survive the aerial maneuvers displayed in the movie Batman Begins: Due to the high speeds he would be travelling, his impact with the ground [...]

Exam From Hell: Drunk Teacher Forced Students to Take 23-Hour Exam

Think that your professor is bad? Try this one for size: A lecturer at a Russian university allegedly submitted students to a 23-hour exam without food or lavatory breaks while she was drunk. Landysh Zaripova is said to have mostly ignored [...]

Dark Matter Bridge Connects Galaxies

Image: Jörg Dietrich, University of Michigan/University Observatory Munich Scientists have discovered a "bridge" made of dark matter that connect clusters of galaxies: A ‘finger’ of the Universe’s dark-matter skeleton, [...]

World’s Largest Collection of Mechanical Puzzles

In 2006, puzzle enthusiast and author Jerry Slocum donated his extensive collection of mechanical puzzles (he’s got more than 30,000 puzzles and about 4,000 puzzle-related books) to The Lilly Library at Indiana University. Today, [...]