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Does reading this blog post make you stupider? Nicholas Carr Says So In His New Book, The Shallows

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As you read this post, you probably have your email open in another window, your smart phone sitting next to you, and, of course, your Twitter and Facebook accounts opened up as well. Sure, this information-laden world of ours has made us all multitasking maniacs, but do these skills actually help us in the long-run?

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Robot Monday: Farmer Wu — Peasant, Farmer, Robot Inventor — Goes To The Shanghai Expo

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Wu Yulu’s “children” are made of rubbish.

Wu, a peasant farmer from a small village near Beijing, started making robots at the age of 11. Since then, he has constructed 47 of them, all from junk salvaged from the local junk yards.

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Handshake Discovers The Power Of Poo

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Handshake recently travelled to the anaerobic methane digester at Morrisville State College, a State University of New York, to understand the process of converting poo to energy.

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Cassini findings may indicate life on Titan

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Cassini, the Saturn-orbiting module of the Cassini-Huygens joint mission, has recently sent back detailed spectrometric images of Titan’s atmosphere and surface.

Astrobiologists from across the world are arguing that the moon’s abundance of organic molecules indicates methane-based, hydrogen-breathing life or pre-life on Titan.

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Oil Spilled In BP Gulf Coast Disaster Could Power A Moped To Uranus

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The tragedy happening in the Gulf of Mexico right now is terrible. Every day more and more oil leaks out.

The New York Times suggests 35 million gallons of oil has already flowed into the ocean. When Handshake saw this number, we thought, “Hey, we should find a way to represent that.” Originally, we thought we’d make a post called Moped to the Moon.

Then we thought, “Hey, maybe we can do Moped to Mars.

And then we did the math. Man were we wrong.

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Six Men Alone In A Box For A 17-Month Simulated Trip To Mars

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520 days. That’s 12,480 hours, or how long a six-member, all-male team will be in a windowless mock spaceship to simulate a flight to Mars. The project, called Mars500, began yesterday, and is run by the Russian Institute for Medical and Biological Problems in conjunction with the European Space Agency ESA and China’s space training center.

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Mark Gasson Talks to Handshake Magazine

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Handshake recently talked to Dr. Mark Gasson. You might remember him: he was the first human to be infected with a computer virus.

Here’s what Gasson had to say about his groundbreaking experiment:

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Genius Chimpanzee Uses Water As A Tool

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Add this to the list of Awesome Things That Everybody Missed. The clip is from a 2008 NOVA documentary called Ape Genius.

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UK Scientists Make Step Toward Quantum Computer—Humankind Inches Closer To Infinite Computing

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Nature reports that Scientists in the UK have found a way to use light-emitting diodes (LEDs) to work as switches in a possible quantum computing system. A true quantum computer could have infinite computational abilities—or at least be exponentially more powerful than today’s computers. Mark Stevenson and his team at Toshiba Research Europe in Cambridge, […]

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Radioactive Fish Found Near Nuclear Power Plant

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The Post Chronicle reports that a recently-caught yellow perch in the Connecticut River contained high levels of Strontium-90, a radioactive byproduct of nuclear reactions.

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