Friday Fun Links: STEM Edition
I’m sure you have heard of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and the many efforts encouraging these fields of study for current and future students. In the spirit of STEM, since we’re in the business of technology, I bring you this week’s round of Friday Fun Links:
Yesterday was the final day of GE’s #6SecondScienceFair, held exclusively on Vine (a mobile app that allows users to create and share six-second videos). GE posted some of the submissions on its Tumblr site, but hundreds of entries were submitted. I love absolutely love this entire concept – a great way to promote science using an increasingly popular social app.
Take this one with a huge grain of salt. There’s a new app for your iPhone that claims to speak for the dead. Yep. Allegedly, the app detects “otherworldly spirits” and then displays text that they would likely communicate. Naturally, skeptics are quick to denounce the validity. So if you were thinking of forming your own Ghostbustin’ crew, check out the article.
Elon Musk, chairman and CEO of Tesla Motors, was disappointed (to say the least) in the announcement about the recently-approved, high-speed train planned in California. So, he released his plans for Hyperloop, a high(er)-speed transportation system that would travel between San Francisco and Los Angeles in under 30 minutes. While he has no time to actually build it (due to existing commitments with Tesla and SpaceX), he estimates it would cost $6 billion to build and could take as little as one to two years to complete - if it were his top priority. Compared to the $70 billion and 16 years estimated for the current high-speed rail project, it sounds pretty good.
Because the many of us at RJS love “The Walking Dead,” this last link is pretty cool. Texas Instruments, the creator of the graphing calculator, is redefining math and science education using zombies. A program simulating zombie outbreaks can be loaded onto graphing calculators, computer or tablets to demonstrate a number of scenarios including brain damage and how the disease spreads. To learn more, read the article on Wired.com.