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?
California Passes Law Mandating Smartphone Kill Switch
Not a bad idea, but there is no guarantee Orwell's books will stay on your phone. The US Constitution may fare no better.
Anomaly Triggers Self-Destruct For SpaceX Falcon 9 Test Flight
SpaceX has been suing the government to be able to bid on launching military satellites. Will this hurt their chances of getting access to that market?
By 2045 'The Top Species Will No Longer Be Humans,' and That Could Be a Problem
Clearly, he got the date wrong: Inspired for his never ending quest for progress, in 2084 man perfects the Robotrons, a robot species so advanced that man is inferior to his own creation. Guided by their ineffable logic, the Robotrons conclude: The human race is inefficient and therefore must be destroyed. Because of a genetic engineering error, you possess superhuman powers. Your mission is to stop the Robotrons and save the last human family.
Saurabh Narain and His Homemade Lego-Based Rubik's Cube Solver (Video)
I don't think the youngster needs any encouragement to go into STEM. For that matter, I don't think we need to encourage any young people to go into STEM - the field is crowded enough already.
However, for those whose true passion lies in that direction, just stay out of their way.
Recommendations For Classic Superhero Comic Collections?
Rather than read what somebody think is a classic, why don't you strive to get a better understanding of the medium of comics in general? For that, there is no better resource than Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud. It's not a book about comics, it is a comic about comics!
That being said, I haven't read any superhero stuff since I was 12, but in my ripe old age, I still enjoy Prince Valiant
Bill Watterson (briefly) Returns To Comics
For those that remember Calvin & Hobbes from their childhood: http://www.coffeeandcigarettes...
Bill Watterson (briefly) Returns To Comics
The saddest Calvin & Hobbes comic ever (a fake I know, but still clever).
Not A Hoverboard, but Close (Video)
Yea, I think I would prefer a Solowheel.
Google Unveils Self-Driving Car With No Steering Wheel
The gar costs $9.99, the mobile Google Play license is $5000 a year.
US College Students Still Aren't All That Interested In Computer Science
You speak wisely Kimosabe. There is a shortage of welders now.