PBS Kids Statement on "Mr Rogers"

“In this time of great sadness about Fred Rogers’ death, we understand that parents may be concerned about how to approach the Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood series and our Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Website with their children. We here at Family Communications have given this a great deal of thought and have talked with our colleagues in child development and mental health. We’d like to share our thoughts with you.” –PBS Kids…

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NASA's Worst Fears Realized

“Newly disclosed e-mail inside NASA showed senior engineers worried a day before the Columbia disaster that the shuttle’s left wing might burn off and cause the deaths of the crew, a scenario remarkably similar to the one investigators believe actually occurred…. After intense debate — occurring by phone and e-mail — the engineers, some supervisors and the head of the space agency’s Langley research facility in Hampton, Va., decided against…

New Twin Tower Plan Chosen

“The new building is planned to be taller than the trade center towers, which briefly stood as the world’s tallest at 1,350 feet. Libeskind’s tower also would surpass Malaysia’s 1,483-foot Petronas Twin Towers, the tallest buildings in the world.|The choice was made by a committee with representatives of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the governor and the mayor. The committee met…

Artificial Stupidity

This article will whip your head around a couple of times… take it slowly, and don’t stop until you get to the Looney Tunes references. “To mainstream researchers, Loebner is a self-aggrandizing fool and his contest is hokum: at best irrelevant and at worst a public disservice that encourages bad science….. [T]he closer one looks at the history of the Loebner Prize, the more it appears that Loebner’s real offense…

Computer Made from DNA and Enzymes

“Israeli scientists have devised a computer that can perform 330 trillion operations per second, more than 100,000 times the speed of the fastest PC. The secret: It runs on DNA….|hink of DNA as software, and enzymes as hardware. Put them together in a test tube. The way in which these molecules undergo chemical reactions with each other allows simple operations to be performed as a byproduct of the reactions. The…

Bourke-White's 'Photography of Design': Early Work Found the Hidden Beauty in Industry

“Margaret Bourke-White hung out of bombers to take pictures, climbed out on a gargoyle high atop the Chrysler Building to take pictures, was the first Western photographer to go to the Soviet Union, covered the dangerous days of India’s partition….Margaret Bourke-White was in love with the shapes of industrial design — the mechanical muscle and sheen of it.” Susan Stamberg reports on an exhibit of Bourke-White’s extraordinary photographs of the…

Breaking News Multimedia: Not an Oxymoron

“The template system is also good for the audience. Apcar says that when readers come to a NYTimes.com multimedia project, it will look familiar to them — they will know how to navigate it. That’s not so for a news site that treats every multimedia project as an independent entity, not bound to existing practices or guidelines. Make it easy for the Web user to view your multimedia, he suggests,…

Death to Videogames

“They aren’t videogames, after all; except for the occasional cut scene, we almost never use video. We use images rendered on the fly–and the images are the surface of the game, the interface, the cotton candy. The meat of the game, the heart of it, is in the underlying code. These are games that run on processors, not on magnetic tape; algorithm and interactivity is what they are….Indeed, given the…

Psychologist Helps Victims of Data Loss

“When the company receives a call from someone who’s clearly lost it — which can happen several times an hour — [psychologist]Chessin comes on the line to help the caller rediscover their happy place. Then the engineer returns to discuss the technical problem in detail.” –Psychologist Helps Victims of Data LossSFGate) At first I thought this article was a hoax, especialy when it mentioned that Chessin used to work for…

Analysis Hints at Shuttle's Last Seconds

The article is worth reading, but I’m quoting from the “Procedures for Shuttle Bailout” box at the bottom: “Although no formal requirements or plans exist for crewmembers to bail out of the orbiter during uncontrolled flight, they may be able to do so under certain circumstances. The hatch jettison pyrotechnics do not require orbiter power to function and can be activated even if orbiter power is lost. Each crewmember is…