Looking Inside Darwin’s Room (and Also Where Virginia Woolf, Lord Byron, & Kipling Did Their Thing)

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Darwinmania (as The New York Times dubbed it) is about to begin. During the next year, we will celebrate Darwin’s 200th birthday and the 150th anniversary of the Origin of Species (download zip audio here) and the discovery of natural selection. It’s pretty much a given that the minutiae of Darwin’s life will get thoroughly reexamined.

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Wind Powered Art

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When art meets engineering:

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Find Any Song Online and Share. Now.

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Tinysong.com offers a service that’s rather impressive. You go to their homepage, search for a song, and then you can listen to it online and share it with a friend (via a specially created url). Just how it all works (copyright included), and just how deep the collection actually goes, I am not totally sure.

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Top 10 TEDTalks (and Do Schools Today Kill Creativity?)

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Late in the week, TEDTalks named its top ten videos. Whether this is a quantitative or qualitative judgment, I am not sure.  On the list, you’ll find Al Gore talking about how to avert a climate crisis, David Gallo showing amazing underwater creatures, and Ken Robinson describing why schools kill creativity (we’ve posted that one below).

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Stephen Hawking’s Explosive New Theory

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Article begins: “Prof Stephen Hawking has come up with a new idea to explain why the Big Bang of creation led to the vast cosmos that we can see today. Astronomers can deduce that the early universe expanded at a mind-boggling rate because regions separated by vast distances have similar background temperatures.

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Superstring Theory Explained Dynamically

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“In clear, nontechnical language, string theorist Brian Greene explains how our understanding of the universe has evolved from Einstein’s notions of gravity and space-time to superstring theory, where minuscule strands of energy vibrating in 11 dimensions create every particle and force in the universe.

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No Ice at the North Pole

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The chance of ice disappearing this summer? 50/50. Worrisome, I’d say.

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The Gas Mileage Illusion (and the Future of Electric Cars)

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Given the sudden national obsession with the price of oil & gas, it seems worth flagging this bit of video put together by two professors from Duke University. Some may find their perspective on gas mileage rather obvious, others not. Either way, it can’t hurt to get their point across.

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Great Literature in Three Lines or Less

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Here’s 1984, Moby Dick, Paradise Lost, The Great Gatsby and other classics boiled down to three lines, courtesy of McSweeny’s.

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How’s This for a Book Trailer?

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A couple weeks ago we talked about a new trend in the book publishing world — creating promotional videos for new books and letting them go viral on YouTube and other social video sites. Here’s one of the better examples I’ve seen. 12 books by Lemony Snicket get promoted at once. Lots of bang for the marketing buck:

via JermiahTolbert.

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