science

  • The Future of Science

    The Future of Science

    Almost every technological and medical innovation in the world has its roots in a scientific paper. Science drives much of the world’s innovation. The faster science moves, the faster the world moves. Progress in science right now is being held back by two key inefficiencies: Read More

  • NSF-Funded Project Aims To Enable Print-On-Demand, Customizable Robots

    NSF-Funded Project Aims To Enable Print-On-Demand, Customizable Robots

    In some of the old science fiction stories I remember from Weird Tales and Ray Bradbury and the like, robots always figured. But they always came the way you might expect a new dryer or hot water heater to arrive. In a big box, packed in straw or foam, heavy and metal of course as they always were back in the day. But the world of robots is different from the way they imagined it then: the… Read More

  • Algorithmic Essay-Grading: Teacher’s Savior Or Bane Of Learning?

    Algorithmic Essay-Grading: Teacher’s Savior Or Bane Of Learning?

    A contest is underway at data-crunching competition site Kaggle that challenges people to create “an automated scoring algorithm for student-written essays.” This is just the latest chapter in a generations-long conflict over the nature of teaching, and to that end it’s also just one of many inevitable steps along the line. Automated grading is already prevalent in simpler… Read More

  • A Chicken In Every Pot And An Open-Source Tricorder In Every Home

    A Chicken In Every Pot And An Open-Source Tricorder In Every Home

    The world of portable, general-purpose computing is moving along two parallel paths. First, and most popularly, you have devices like smartphones, which are focused on user interaction and connectivity, but are smart enough to be the “brain” for any number of more capable devices. Then there are purpose-built devices with one or a few specific functions: a high-precision range… Read More

  • Armed With New Funding & A Global Mission, ResearchGate Adds PayPal Co-founder To Board

    Armed With New Funding & A Global Mission, ResearchGate Adds PayPal Co-founder To Board

    At the 2010 TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco, Benchmark Capital Partner Matt Cohler took to the stage to talk about the state of the venture capital industry. In so doing, Cohler said that he thought too many investors were becoming focused on risk mitigation, which can often deter investors from going after companies that may be building something really big, trying to change the world… Read More

  • Dogbnb: DogVacay Wants To Help You Find A Boarding Alternative For Your Four-Legged Friends

    Dogbnb: DogVacay Wants To Help You Find A Boarding Alternative For Your Four-Legged Friends

    As a former dog owner, I know how challenging it can be to find the best care for your four-legged-friend when going on vacation or taking a trip. While boarding dogs at kennels is an option, I always prefer to have a dog sitter at an actual home (or at my own home) take care of my pet to ensure one-on-one care. The difficulty is actually finding dog lovers who want to babysit for dogs in… Read More

  • Google Launches “Solve For X” Website, The New Home For Its Global Innovations Conference

    Google Launches “Solve For X” Website, The New Home For Its Global Innovations Conference

    Google today launched a somewhat mysterious website called “Solve for X,” which will now be the official homepage for a conference by the same name. Solve for X, according to the description provided, seems similar in format to the series of conferences from TED, but with more of a scientific focus. The invite-only gathering is designed to attract global innovators who present… Read More

  • Self-Guided Bullet Could Strike Laser-Designated Targets From A Mile Away

    Self-Guided Bullet Could Strike Laser-Designated Targets From A Mile Away

    You might remember the scene in The Hurt Locker where some soldiers are ambushed by a sniper and must do a little return sniping. That process of spotting, adjusting the sights, and altering the bullet’s ballistic trajectory bit by bit and degree by degree may soon no longer be necessary: Sandia Labs has developed a bullet with a built-in processor that guides its own flight via tiny… Read More

  • LabGuru Offers Project Management For Science People

    LabGuru Offers Project Management For Science People

    Science People AKA Scientists need project management, too. At least that’s what Macmillan, a major science publisher, thinks so they’ve created a new business unit, Digital Science to push their Basecamp-like lab products. Take, for example, their new site, LabGuru. This site offers collaborative project planning and document storage for labs, allowing science people to work… Read More

  • Science Data Sharing Site figshare Relaunches, Adds Features

    Science Data Sharing Site figshare Relaunches, Adds Features

    figshare, originally launched in January 2011, is re-launching today with some new features. figshare aims to be a repository for scientific figures, raw datasets, videos and more. The retooled service offers AWS storage, version control, and unlimited public storage capacity. All uploaded data is made available with easy-to-use citation links (and a QR code) and is licensed under… Read More