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2. Stephen Hawking on Time Travel via LettersofNote.com: In 1995, a magazine asked the renowned genius for a time travel formula. Hawking had his personal assistant fax over this very brief response: "Thank you for your recent fax. I do not have any equations for time travel. If I had, I would win the National Lottery every week." Doesn't hurt to ask, I guess!
3. Chewing Gum Aids Focus on Wired: Hey scatterbrain, need a little focus pocus? Chewing gum evidently helps you concentrate on the task at hand, according to this study. Maybe we knew this intuitively because there's definitely always a pack of gum at this desk!
4. Hackers Can Set Your Printer on Fire via our Bishop-Wisecarver Daily: If your HP spontaneously combusts, it may be a targeted attack and not a freak accident. That's according to this Wired article, which says HP laser printers are vulnerable because of a feature that allows you to upgrade the firmware remotely. Great, something else to worry about!
5. Self-Driving Cars Swarming to Future Roads on the Bishop-Wisecarver Daily: Swarm behavior helps fish, birds and even Tour de France bicyclists save energy. Well, according to this Australian industrial engineer, the same principles could drive transportation in the future. Thought-provoking concept there!
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7. Welcome to Robot-ville, Population 20 on New Scientist: Sweet! A zoo just for robots! Turns out a science museum in Europe has a pretty robust exhibit of automatons, including some with a little personality, like iCub the robot toddler. Neat!
8. Entangled Diamonds Bridge the Quantum-Classical Divide again on New Scientist: Two earring stud-sized diamonds got linked in the trippy quantum state the experts call "entanglement." That's when the fate of two or more particles intertwine despite a distance between them. It's observable in very tiny matter, but not on a macro scale (your coworker's coffee mug won't jostle if you pick up your own, for example). That's why scientists made a big to-do out of this pair of diamonds sharing a vibrational state even though they were separated. A case-in-point of science being stranger than fiction!
9. Rebuilding American Manufacturing on the Bishop-Wisecarver Daily: We caught this story on MIT News about how a bunch of bigwigs gathered in Washington D.C. earlier this week to talk about what they called the "innovation gap," where new advances and technologies in the U.S. rarely cross over to become a viable business. The whole discussion is pretty interesting, so be sure to check out some of the video clips along with the article!
10. On the First Day of Christmas, My Geek Friend Gave to Me ... an Evil Squirrel in a Tree! on Redeye.com: No, not the actual rodent — we're talking about purveyors of pulp fiction Evil Squirrel Comics, the first gift idea for geeks on this wish list. Love it!