There is some truth to the American ideal of meritocracy. But there's a lot of myth, as well. Biologist Danielle Lee describes her experience coaching poor kids in St. Louis on science fair projects — an activity that often becomes a stepping stone to a career in the sciences. But, for the kids Lee met, intelligence and a good idea aren't enough to overcome the institutional barriers working against them. This is how discrimination happens. It's not simple and easy to fix and it isn't pretty to watch.
A kalliroscope is a rheoscopic fluid display that uses magnets and mica to create a vortex when spun. There are a few models that are dome shaped, and even some spheres. The Vortex dome is a highly addictive science toy that offers a tactile insight into fluid dynamics. It's skillfully crafted from borosilicate glass and… READ THE REST
This NASA Gemini training console from 1963 is part of a spectacular upcoming "History of Science" auction at Bonhams. The seated instrument panel, including joystick, was used to train the Gemini astronauts on orbit and landing procedures for their lunar mission. It's estimated to hit US$20,000-$30,000. Hopefully, it'll end up in a museum and not… READ THE REST
Colored droplets in corn syrup can be mixed and then unmixed by reversing the mixing motion thanks to a phenomenon called Stokes flow or creeping flow, similar to how lava flows happen. It almost looks as if the video is simply reversed. Via University of New Mexico: This apparatus allows for the visual examination of… READ THE REST
"Build a better mousetrap, and the world will beat a path to your door." That century-old quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson (sort of) is just as true today. If you build a better product, offer a better service or create a better infrastructure for customers, then with a bit of time and attention, the world… READ THE REST
"The smaller the headphone, the more meticulously built it has to be. The Freedom+ is pure precision." – CES 2020 Innovation Awards Earbuds come and go. But when your earbuds attract awards from the hyper-vigilant gatekeepers of CES, you've clearly gone above and beyond the norm. That's how those industry mainstays are judging the Freedom+… READ THE REST
With every industry looking at how machine learning and artificial intelligence could soon be impacting their business, it's really no surprise to find that the robots have rolled their way on to Wall Street as well. In fact, it's hard to argue that robots haven't been running Wall Street for decades. Jokes aside, the influx… READ THE REST