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Flying Car Approaches Liftoff As Most Advanced Prototype Yet Is Unveiled

The AeroMobil 3.0, with a sportscar type cabin and dragonfly wheels, was unveiled at the Pioneers festival, an innovations conference in Vienna, Austria. AeroMobil’s CEO Juraj Vaculik envisions the car to “change personal transport on a global scale”, and could be used by commuters and middle-distance travelers, especially in countries that do not have very…

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Teaching Math to People Who Think They Hate It

Steven Strogatz, Professor of Applied Mathematics at Cornell University, wants to change how non-math majors who think they don’t like math, view math. He believes the solution lies in the way math is taught to liberal arts majors. The curriculum he teaches is called Discovering the Art of Mathematics: Mathematical Inquiry in the Liberal Arts…

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Dungeons & Dragons and Girls: Video shoots down gamer stereotypes

A new documentary called DnDnG – Dungeons and Dragons and Girls, explores gender equality in role playing games.  Director Meredith Jacobson was inspired to make the short video, after hearing her boyfriend jokingly tell a few gamer boys ages 9-11, that “girls will never play D&D with you”. In the beginning of the video, when…

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Sharks Act Like Math Geniuses

Sharks and other marine animals are found to use a mathematical principle called Lévy flight, to locate their prey. Lévy flight, named after French mathematician Paul Lévy, is a random walk comprising groups of short steps with longer movements between them. Andy Reynolds of Rothamsted Research, studied how sharks perform Lévy flights.  He investigated whether…

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Thermal Materials Drive Professional Apparel Line

At an early age, Gihan Amarasiriwardena was fascinated by performance materials. Living in the American Northeast, he experienced vast weather changes, which required different types of outdoor gear. As a result, he turned to making his own gear. As a teenager, Amarasiriwardena along with his fellow boyscout pals, would explore construction sites and take home…

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The Science Behind Alien Contact and “Earth to Echo”

The movie Earth to Echo, opening this week, is a movie in the alien genre similar to the beloved  ET.  The plot revolves around a group of kids who receive strange signals on their cell phones, which they track down belonging to an alien named Echo. Seth Shostak is a senior astronomer at the SETI…

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Physics Professor Explores Where Science Meets Soccer

Lynchburg College physics professor Eric Groff is an expert on soccer ball aerodynamics. Goff was an aspiring baseball player, but upon realization that the best he could hope for were the minor leagues, changed his focus to science. He was inspired to combine sports and science by two undergraduate students. One student proposed a project…

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New Lego figures to showcase women in science following campaign

Later this year, Lego will produce a new female mini-figure set, that will include a paleontologist, astronomer and chemist. This is one of the few female only mini-figure sets released and they will depict actual work that scientists do. Swedish geochemist, Ellen Kooijman, designed the Research Institute kit, that includes the female scientists. She had…

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