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The Sailing Stones of Death Valley: An Overdue Correction

At TAM 2013 last month, I presented a news article (courtesy of The Weather Channel’s website) which told of a long-standing mystery that had “finally” been solved. However, it appears I presented an incomplete report. Here is how my report basically went, as told at TAM.

Known as The Sailing Stones of Death Valley, these [...]

She’s Not Negative. See? She’s Smiling.

Check this out.  I recently found this on a few feeds in my Google Reader setup.  Stare at the 3 dots on the nose of the woman in this image for about 30 seconds.  Then look at some sort of white space (a blank piece of paper, or a white background on a computer screen) and [...]

Failing at Prediction, Succeeding at Bias

In Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series, the future can be predicted through a new method known as psychohistory. It’s a concept that turns up quite a lot — not only in science-fiction but from every so-called analyst, expert, advisor, talking head, and pundit across the spectrum of armchair philosophers and industry insiders.

We’re not talking about psychics here, but good [...]

The Blob on the Other Side of the Wall

MIT has recently come out with yet another cool piece of tech. A radar system that can see behind walls.It’s not yet like making a wall completely transparent but it’s pretty cool and useful for a first-gen device and  the science behind it of course is pretty awesome.

When you look at something, even people [...]

Christopher Hitchens leaves us…

An authentic original. An uncompromising independent, roguish and brilliant, and one of the brightest lights in the world today. Christopher Hitchens died Thursday night at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston of pneumonia, following his epic battle with cancer. He was 62.

His bestseller God is Not Great is what propelled Hitchens into the public spotlight [...]