Actor Alan Alda sponsors 'fiery' science contest

American actor Alan Alda remembers the disappointment of being 11 and asking a teacher about the flame at the end of a candle, only to be brushed off with the answer: "It's oxidation."

International contest asks hackers to write 'evil' code

While most hackathons and programming contests encourage participants to develop usable software, a contest hosted by Binghamton University's Scott Craver asks users to develop code that is "subtly evil."

Texas Tech, U of Utah win Sandia microdevice competition

The world's smallest chess board — about the diameter of four human hairs — and a pea-sized microbarbershop were winners in this year's design contest for, respectively, novel and educational microelectromechanical systems ...

It Takes a Solar Village

(PhysOrg.com) -- Rain didn't ruin the 2009 Solar Decathlon in Washington, D.C. University teams successfully operated 20 net-zero, grid-connected solar power homes for a week on the National Mall. Some used more power-generating ...

One app for a smooth multi-device user experience

How do you watch television? Perhaps you move from a traditional cable or satellite broadcast to a streaming service on your PC, tablet or phone? Or maybe you like to 'multi-task' during TV time, checking the news on your ...

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