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The Blorg

Most people know about network effects. You know, the value of a network (to its users) increases with the number of users on that network.
The same is true of information. Look at Wikipedia and Linux.
Millions of users added an article or two each to Wikipedia, and now everyone has a whole encyclopedia. (Actually, most of [...]

Steampunk from 150BC: The Antikythera Mechanism

The mechanism was salvaged off the coast of the island of Antikythera in 1900. Ever since then, people have been wondering what the heck it was for. I mean, here’s a device made in 150 BC, of a complexity that wouldn’t be seen again for a thousand years.
Early speculation on the device’s nature thought it [...]

Improve Your IQ With Dual N-Back Task Training

There’s recently been quite a buzz about the recent research that suggests that fluid intelligence can be improved by training working memory.
If the original article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (or PotNAoSotUSoA as it’s more affectionately known) is too technical for you, try the articles [...]

You Too Can Be A Bioengineer

Protein Scientist David Baker and game designer Zoran Popović have created an online game called Foldit that they hope will become the future of protein engineering. You can download and play the game for free, and you’ll be doing actual bioengineering!
Foldit attempts to predict the structure of a protein by taking advantage of [...]

Iron Man (Fiction) and the Raytheon Sarcos XOS (Reality)

Tony Stark Hates Cockroaches
You need to see Iron Man. Why? Because it is awesome. Robert Downey Jr. is completely believable as Tony Stark. It’s also a much more believable back story than the Orson Scott Card comic book prequel (Brain Disease Monkeys Bit My Mom So My Body Is My Brain And It Hurts So [...]