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Why do we call computer glitches “bugs”?

A page from the Harvard Mark II electromechanical computer's log, featuring a dead moth that was removed from the device.
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The term “bug” is another way of saying something is wrong with our computer or software, but where did the term come from? While many attribute the reference to computer scientist Grace Hopper, this article from Curiosity explains that it dates back to Thomas Edison’s private journals.

Scientists must be free to learn, to speak and to challenge

Kirsty Duncan, TED Talks 2018
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"Science is humanity's best effort at uncovering the truth about our world, about our very existence." Kirsty Duncan, Canada's Minister of Science, makes the case that researchers must be free to present uncomfortable truths and challenge the thinking of the day -- and that we all have a duty to speak up when we see science being stifled or suppressed. #ScienceAroundMe

The Future of Food Safety: Bacterial Detection through a Smartphone

Clumping together of Janus molecules after binding with E.coli substitute
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Researchers at MIT and the Max Planck Institute have developed a method for quick, on-site E. coli detection in food. While current food safety testing either requires days to complete or expensive equipment, this new method, paired with a smartphone and QR code, will make testing inexpensive and portable. The new detection process uses Janus emulsions, droplets consisting of two hemispheres of different densities. In water, the less dense, hydrocarbon hemisphere sits above the denser hemisphere

Bloodhound Diary: Learning from the past

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This article is written by Andy Green, the world land speed record holder, and the driver of the Bloodhound SSC; the car that will attempt to reach 1,000 mph sometime in 2018. In this article, Green gives a quick overview of the engineering work that's been done so far as they design the car that will push the limits.

Raising the Avro Arrow

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Using Kraken Sonar Inc. advanced high resolution sonar technology to scan Lake Ontario, a team from OEX Recovery Group Inc. launch the search and recovery of nine free-flight Avro-Arrow models.

Seaweed: From superfood to superconductor

Seaweed: From superfood to superconductor
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Seaweed, an edible algae with a long history in Atlantic Canada (e.g. dulse seaweed) and some Asian cuisines, could turn out to be an essential ingredient in another trend: the development of more sustainable ways to power our devices. Researchers are using a seaweed-derived material to replace traditional non-renewable carbon materials to help boost the performance of superconductors, lithium-ion batteries and fuel cells in a sustainable way.

How does Los Angeles get its water?

How does Los Angeles get its water?
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Technology From hundreds of miles away, mostly. More people live in the sunbaked cities of Los Angeles County than the local water supply can support. So the metropolis steals what it needs from regions all over…