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Explain that Stuff
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Are you a Hidden Genius? ..... Tech giants like Google, Facebook, and Yahoo! are working hard to employ people from all sectors of the community - but maybe not hard enough? The statistics speak for themselves. Google's workforce, for example, is 59% White, 32% Asian, and only 2% Black. In the United States, Yahoo! is 45% White, 44% Asian, and again only 2% Black.

Thank goodness, then, for projects like Hidden Genius, which are running year-round events and workshops to help unemployed black youths to train for careers in the tech industry. Are you a hidden genius? Could you benefit from one of their courses... or help to teach them? Check out the website and find out more!
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Surfing on science.... It's not just skill and body strength that power a surfer over the waves - science plays a part too. I've just published a new article with the European Association of Surfing Doctors explaining some of the hidden secrets of #surfing   #science .
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Science about the house!...... How many pedalling hamsters would you need to boil the water for a cup of coffee? Why can't you dust your home just by blowing? How do canal barges help us understand storing? You'll find the answers to these and other bafflingly weird things in my new book Atoms Under the Floorboards: The Surprising Science Hidden in Your Home, just published by Bloomsbury. Find out more at http://www.explainthatstuff.com/mybooks.php
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Why your car is a chemistry lab on wheels..... Yahoo Originals is publishing an extract from my new book, Atoms under the Floorboards, which is published by Bloomsbury in two weeks time.
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Are scientists running out of names for big #space #telescopes?..... We've had the Very Large Telescope (VLT) at Paranal in Chile; now astronomers are hoping to build the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT) nearby. Is there a risk we could soon run out of superlatives? While we ponder that, take a look at Robin McKie's excellent summary of the project for The Guardian.
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How does #chemistry get your clothes clean?..... Ever looked at the label on a bottle of laundry detergent? What do all those dozens of different chemicals do - and why do they need to be there? In this nice little 5-minute BBC video, Richard Craven, an industrial chemist with Unilever, explains how to make a super-concentrated clothes washing liquid, going through all the ingredients, step by step.
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A home robot that can do anything?..... Factory #robots can weld or paint, nothing more. Roombas can vacuum your carpet or mop your floor, but they can't do the shopping or cut your lawn. Who wants 20 different robots in their home to do 20 different jobs? If robots are ever going to catch on at home, they'll need to be able to turn their robotic hands to anything we can throw their way. Engineers at #Robomow (a company making robotic lawn mowers) have finally realized that's what we need! [Via Evan Ackerman, IEEE Spectrum].
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3D print yourself a new face!..... Amazing story on BBC News today about a person who has had replacement parts made for his face by 3D printing after a serious motorcycle accident.
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If Earth becomes unliveable.... where will we go? Another planet? A giant space station? Back in the 1970s, #NASA artists tried to imagine artificial space worlds fit for people. The artworks they came up with show vast Bernal spheres and O'Neill cylinders packed with tree-lined landscapes, houses, rivers - and much that we love about Earth itself. Like giant mouse wheels spinning in space, they'd slowly rotate to give thousands of Earth refugees a fake idea of gravity. The thing is,  if we love Earth enough to project it onto weird future worlds, do we love it enough to protect it as it is? [Image courtesy of NASA Ames Research Center].
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Feeling small - a quick trip through the Universe: Cleaning up my bookmarks today, I stumbled on this video from a few years ago: a quick trip through the entire Known #Universe from the American Museum of Natural History. I've you've never watched it, take a look now - and put human life in its proper perspective!
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