Georgia Institute of Technology Researchers Bridge the Airgap
From the history books:
Declassified NSA Document Reveals the Secret History of TEMPEST
Nobel Laureate and Laser Inventor Charles Townes Passes
Surely you jest, but to go along with you, we must remember that H.G. Wells wrote about the Martian invaders using a "heat ray" in 1898.
Nobel Laureate and Laser Inventor Charles Townes Passes
...goes that they wanted to name the invention Light Oscillation by Stimulated Emission of Radiation, but nobody would like a LOSER
Computer Chess Created In 487 Bytes, Breaks 32-Year-Old Record
Could anyone do it in one line of APL?
Finding your longitude on Earth with Jupiter's moons
That is how they did it in the old days when charting out new territory. Lewis & Clark used the method on their famous expedition in 1804.
Finding ET – we're gonna need a bigger dish
Acta Astronautice has the subject paper listed as "licensed under a Creative Commons " but wants $35 to read it.
Is there any way for us cheap bastards to read it?
SpaceX, US Air Force Settle Spy Sat Dispute
The ULA CEO, Tory Bruno, has already offered to help SpaceX fix their problems with landing boosters. Everybody is playing nice! :)
Education Debate: Which Is More Important - Grit, Or Intelligence?
Author Susan Cain wrote about the current cult of the extroverted personality and how it excludes other personality types. She wrote a book about it that you may find interesting.
Box Office 2014: Moviegoing Hits Two-Decade Low
If they won't treat us as guests, at least treat us as paying customers, not just more eye balls they can sell to advertisers. Maybe all that advertising (not the movie previews) really has degraded the movie-going experience?
Designing the Best Board Game
A lot of people like monopoly, in spite of it being a terrible game. For those folk, the following video from this fellow Scott Nicholson could be mind opening
(skip the first two or so minutes of puppet show to get to the good parts)
Quake On an Oscilloscope
Very cool hack! Back in my younger days, I met a lab technician who would impress the much younger engineers by displaying broadcast TV on an oscilloscope.
Who Needs NASA? Exoplanet Detected Using a DSLR
That question was asked by Bruce L. Gary and the answer is what he wrote in his free book: EXOPLANET OBSERVING
Millions of Spiders Seen In Mass Dispersal Event In Nova Scotia
National Geographic did a story about spiders fleeing to higher ground when facing floods. The massed spiders end up enclosing entire trees with their webs.
Military Laser/Radio Tech Proposed As Alternative To Laying Costly Fiber Cable
This reminds me of a DARPA project from a while back that sounds very similiar: The ORCLE program. I wonder if this is an outgrowth from the DARPA funded work.
MARS, Inc: We Are Running Out of Chocolate
I read somewhere (I lost the source) that one solution being worked on is to develop a new variety of the cacao tree that is more productive. Seems there has been some success in that except that the cocoa produced by the new trees tastes like crap. Like tomatoes and corn, expect the new variety to displace the current one resulting in a lesser quality product being accepted as "normal".
MIT Professor Advocates Ending Asteroid Redirect Mission To Fund Asteroid Survey
Where did it say that the ARM was a profit driven mission? If it is, why is the taxpayer subsidizing what a private company could do with its own money?
Maps Suggest Marco Polo May Have "Discovered" America
I don't want to excuse the "History" channel's many transgressions (and there are many) but they did air a well received documentary on the subject a couple of years back. Search the intertubes for "WHO REALLY DISCOVERED AMERICA". Most of the theories presented are speculative, though some are supported by circumstancial evidence. No aliens involved (this time).
Ask Slashdot: How To Pick Up Astronomy and Physics As an Adult?
I am late to the party here, but want to leave one last tidbit: read astronomy journal articles. Many you will not understand, many, you will understand the language, but not the math (especially articles, they omit many many steps since they are so short), but ultimately, you will understand some, and understand the data they took to arrive at a conclusion, and maybe even question the data, the measurement, or the data processing. Maybe even enough to contact the authors and ask for clarification, or suggest alternate methods. At this point, you are doing astronomy. One added bonus to being a college student: Awesome libraries that can access all these journals at no cost to you (except your tuition of course).
Some suggestions for more hands on stuff:
Kewl book: Exoplanet Observing For Amateurs, by Bruce Gary (free! courtesy of the author)
edX Courses: They actually teach from journal articles! Math is at the high school level.
Citizen Science projects:
Dicover and measure KBOs
Age? Phooey on that. Upon completing my 2nd M.S. degree in my mid 50's, I got letters of recommendation for PhD school (which I chose not to pursue).
Newly Discovered Asteroid To Pass Within Geostationary Orbit Sunday
Not to worry! Jebediah Kerman has been launched in a special purpose rocket and is on his way for rendezvous!
XKCD Author's Unpublished Book Remains a Best-Seller For 5 Months
It's an honest question. I've seen many of these on the web over the years but some of the (IMHO) better ones use the web in some clever way, use long contiguous panels, or feature odd page layouts (3099 panels anyone?). How well does xkcd translate to book form?