The 10 Most Influential Scientists of 2012

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Best College Reviews released an infographic highlighting the 10 most important scientists of 2012 and their breakthroughs. Below are some featured examples. Which one do you find the most interesting among the group? John Hafernik: Biology, San Francisco State University – Revealed a parasitic fly responsible for the worldwide honey bee disappearance. Bees are responsible for pollenating about a third of the U.S. food supply. Nate Silver: Statistics, New York Times – Predicted 2012 election results accurately adding to his impressive resume of statistical prediction. James…

29 Groundbreaking Women In STEM

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When I was a little girl growing up in Michigan, my parent’s garage was my study, the swamp down the street was my amusement park, and the lagoon in my backyard was my basin of fun and adventure.  I was the only girl in my neighborhood, so helping my dad, now a retired electrical engineer, fix things in the garage was status quo. I didn’t think of myself as a tomboy. I just loved learning about how things worked. I thrived off of collecting and…

Kickstart My Heart With A 3D Printed Robotic Hand

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My desires are simple. I want the impossible to be realized, and I want the future to get here faster. With today’s technology and advances in the sciences, it’s really not a tall order. While we may not have hot tub time machines in our backyards to expedite the process, we do have some titillating products on the market that are opening minds to what is possible on a tangible level. Yes, I’m talking about 3D printing. All the rage at SXSW, the Kairos Society…

How A 15-Year-Old Is Changing The Face Of Cancer Detection

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Fifteen year old Jack Andraka doesn’t pay attention in science class, but that’s not stopping him from changing the face of science. In May, the teen genius won the grand prize of $75,000 at the 2012 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF 2012), or as Jack calls it “the Olympics of science fairs.” After high school, he’s attending John Hopkins University to further develop his scientific breakthrough–a test for early stage pancreatic cancer. According to FastCoExist.com, the test is 90% accurate, 400 times…

Tesla: Electrical Genius, Master Of Lightning

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I recently came across this documentary about Nikolai Tesla. Fascinating. A technological wizard of his time and today, Tesla was largely responsible for shaping the modern world with electrified cities and wireless power. The progressive development of man is vitally dependent on invention. It’s ultimate purpose is the complete mastery of mind over the material world, the harnessing of the forces of nature to human needs. This is the story of a modern prometheus who changed the world with electricity. If he were alive today,…

Detachment And Play

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“Play is that which is done just for itself, for fun.” ~Alan Watts British philosopher Alan Watts delivered Eastern ways of thinking to the Western world, which I’m guessing was no small feat. I believe that ultimately, he was trying to express that the mystery of life isn’t always meant to be understood, but embraced.

Calling All Future Thomas Edisons: Will.i.am Wants To Make Your Invention Come Alive!!

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Doesn’t seem like rapper, songwriter, entrepreneur, actor and producer Will.i.am is taking a break since Black Eyed Peas announced an indefinite break last year. The “I Got A Feeling” singer is helping young inventors bring their ideas to life and make life more awesome, as part of Time Warner Cable’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) education challenge “Wouldn’t It Be Cool If….” From now until March 28th, young people across the country can enter the no-purchase-necessary contest by explaining how math and science can…

We Are In The Universe And The Universe Is In Us

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“…when I look up at the night sky, and I know that, yes, we are part of this universe, we are in this universe, but perhaps more important than both of those facts is that the universe is in us.” ~Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson. I’ll admit I’m an unabashed proponent for most things stunningly sciency and set to cinematic music. When I absorb this kind of content I become emotional. I become incentivized to seek answers and share them. In a visceral sense, I become filled…

The Answers to Changing The World May Come From Outer Space

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It’s a one-day mission…To explore strange new worlds…and save our own. On April 21-22, NASA and society organizations all over the world will co-host the International Apps Challenge on seven continents and in space! Designed to integrate open data from global space agencies, the challenge will revel in the minds of scientists and innovators who are collaborating to solve the Earth’s biggest problems — the ones affecting all of humankind. Yes, it’s quite the undertaking. And get this, anyone can compete in the event. Of…

LEGO Space Shuttle Sweeps Through German Skies

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President Nixon approved the Space Shuttle program on January 5, 1972. The launches of Enterprise, Columbia, Challenger, Discovery, Atlantis, and Endeavour were monumental moments that will never be replicated again. While the end of the space shuttle era has arrived, and endless possibilities for more scientific exploration in space are still up in the air (pun intended), the miracle of flight lives on. A special LEGO aircraft tribute that took place in the skies of Germany is proof of that. On the last day of…

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