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May The 4th Be With You: Star Wars Items You Need


Star Wars Imperial Wallpaper

R2D2 Helmet

Han Solo in Carbonite Mini Crayons

Xbox 360 Star Wars Edition

Operation Star Wars Edition

Star Wars Poker Chip Set

Storm Trooper Fleece Mask

R2D2 Shorts

Boba Fettish Bumper Sticker

Jedi Ring

Religious Websites Are Worse for Your Computer than Porn Sites


“I have a virus.”

“Stop visiting all those porn sites!”

Pretty much every conversation about malware ever, right? Well, Symantec’s 17th Internet Threat Security Report found another genre of sites that, on average is worse than porn: Religion.

Religious sites had and average of 115 software threats, while porn sites only had 25. The religious sites were mostly full of fake anti-virus software, which sounds relatively harmless, but it can leave an unsuspecting user’s computer totally vulnerable. Symantec wasn’t able to come up with a good explanation for why the religious were such a popular target for the fake software. [Symantec via WSJ]



Why Does 0.999… = 1?


Consider the real number that is represented by a zero and a decimal point, followed by a never-ending string of nines:


It may come as a surprise when you first learn the fact that this real number is actually EQUAL to the integer 1. A common argument that is often given to show this is as follows. If S = 0.999…, then 10*S = 9.999… so by subtracting the first equation from the second, we get

9*S = 9.000…

and therefore S=1. Here’s another argument. The number 0.1111… = 1/9, so if we multiply both sides by 9, we obtain 0.9999…=1.

Vi Hart gives 9.9 reasons why .9=1


Isaac Newton Fun Facts
Isaac Newton (1642-1727) was without a doubt one of the most important scientists of all time, if not the most important. Here are some fun facts about ol’ Ike: 
  • Newton became a professor of mathematics at only 26.
  • Newton practiced Alchemy. 
  • Newton was elected as a member of parliment. His membership lasted only a year.
  • Newton earned the title of Warden of the Royal Mint.
  • Newton oversaw the recoinage of the whole country.
  • Newton was knighted because of his political activites.
  • He was named after his father who died three months before Isaac was born.
  • Isaac was born early. He was so small he could have put him in a quart jug.
  • Isaac’s father could hardly write his name.
  • Isaac was one of the worst in his class until a bully at school kicked him. Isaac challenged him to a fight even though he was smaller. He won. That wasn’t enough for him, he decided to be better than the bully at school as well.
  • Isaac liked to draw, his room was even colored on the ceilings and walls.
  • Newton was born on Christmas.



One of Us - Adam Savage and Grant Imahara

  • Adam Savage is a geek to rival all geeks. When he’s booked at a convention, he sews his own costumes and spends the time he’s not doing panels wandering around.
    • He’s also known for making models for fun, including the most accurate reproduction of The Maltese Falcon.



Some of the Founders of Quantum Mechanics

Left to Right: 

  • Niels Bohr: (1885-1962)
  • Max Planck: (1858-1947)
  • Max Born: (1882-1970)
  • Albert Einstein: (1879-1955)
  • Louis de Broglie: (1892-1987) 
  • Werner Heisenberg: (1901-1976) 
  • Erwin Schrodinger: (1887-1961) 
  • John von Neumann: (1903-1957) 
  • Paul Dirac: (1902-1984) 
  • Wolfgang Pauli: (1900-1958) 


Marie Curie

Few physicists throughout history, male or female, can match up to the greatness of Marie Curie. Besides her revolutionary, pioneering research into radiation, she also discovered the pathways to technologies such as chemotherapy and nuclear weaponry. If that wasn’t enough, she was the first person honored with two Nobel Prizes - at a time when women were not taken seriously in the scientific field. 

Maria Sklodowska was born on November 7th, 1867 in Warsaw, Poland. Her family had been involved with acts of Polish patriotism during a time where the Russians controlled the area, and the family had thus lost all of their wealth and property. As a young woman she studied at the clandestine Floating University, and acted as a tutor to Polish women in factories. 

Once she had moved to Paris to study physics, she met Pierre Curie. The two fell in love, and were married - creating arguably the greatest scientific partnership of all time. She worked towards earning her Ph.D by studying radioactive materials, a recent discovery by Henri Becquerel. At this time, the couple was effectively broke - and both worked as full-time teachers. They worked in a slipshod, homemade laboratory that they built in an old shed. Although they couldn’t afford assistants, proper supplies or even food at times - the couple still made outstanding discoveries. The couple discovered two new elements, Radium and Polonium. Marie, during this time, coined the term ‘radioactivity,’ and was so selfless that she didn’t patent her ideas. She didn’t want other scientists to deal with copyright issues, so the left her discoveries in the public domain, an uncommon act at the time. 

In 1903, Marie Curie cleaned up - earning both her Ph.D and the Nobel Prize. She became the first woman to win the Nobel Prize, and once she was awarded the Nobel in Chemistry in 1911 she became the first person, regardless of gender, to win two Nobels in two different fields. To this very day, Madame Curie remains the only person to win the Prize in two different sciences. Later, in 1935 - her daughter Irene would win the Prize as well. 

In 1906, tragedy struck Marie when Pierre died from a horse-drawn carriage accident. Marie took over his chair at the Sarbonne Academy in Paris, thus becoming its first female professor. When World War I broke up, she donated her gold Nobel Prizes to be melted down to support the war effort, and hopped in a mobile radiation therapy truck. She used gamma rays to help alleviate the pain of wounded soldiers, thus essentially beginning the process of chemotherapy. 

After the war, Curie realized that working with nuclear materials was hazardous to her health, but at this point she wasn’t phased by the discovery. In fact, the Curie (Ci) has become the standard unit of radiation. She warned others against working with gamma rays without appropriate precautions, but she continued her own research. Marie Curie died on the 4th of July, 1934 - she was 66. 


Alan Turing Statue

On display at Bletchley Park, UK. 


According to one account, Einstein’s favorite limerick was: 

There was an old lady called Wright
who could travel much faster than light.
She departed one day 
in a relative way
and returned on the previous night. 


The Poincaré Conjecture

Imaginestretching a rubber band around the surface of an apple, then shrinking it down slowly. This shrinking could occur without tearing the rubber band or breaking the apple - and the band would never have to leave the surface. However, if this rubber band were to be stretched across, say, a tire - there is no way to shrink to a point without breaking one or the other. The surface of such an apple is “simply connected,” but the tire is not. Henri Poincaré (shown below), during the early twentieth century - knew that two dimensional spheres had this ‘connected’ property - and he asked if the same applied for three dimensional spheres. 

The conjecture turned out to be immensely difficult to prove. After more than a century, Grigori Perelman finally devised a solution. In 2006, Perelman was awarded the Fields Medal for this contribution, but he decided to turn it down, stating that:

“I’m not interested in money or fame, I don’t want to be on display like an animal in a zoo.”

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