Sign language is a versatile tool for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community. But the more specific and technical words and phrases become, the more complicated it can be for the language to keep pace. To fix this, students and educators are getting together and wikifying the process of creating brand new signs for science.
A growing body of evidence is suggesting that genetics has a subtle but measurable influence on our political views. While our genes can't fill out our ballots for us, the relative position of a person on a liberal to conservative scale may be somewhat predictable through genes. This is called genopolitics.
We love drooling over the latest Lumia or Droid or iPhone, but we tend to forget about the low-end of the smartphone market. Nokia's latest effort, the Lumia 620, is aimed squarely at the developing world. The Windows Phone 8-equipped device has quite a bit of value packed in, especially for just $250 off-contract.
NASA has had quite a year. The Curiosity rover, aside from an unidentified discharge, has been an huge success. So much of a success in fact, that the next Mars rover, launching in 2020, will be based almost entirely on Curiosity's design.
Last week, the Syrian government shut down the Internet across its entire country. Last year, the Mubarak regime did the same thing in Egypt. Renesys, an authority on Internet infrastructure and security, has published an informal report on the risk other countries face of similar occurrences of total Internet disconnection.
The Belgian capital of Brussels is taking a non-traditional approach to its Christmas tree this year. An 82-foot-tall architectural sculpture has replaced the traditional fir in Brussels' central square.
Valve's Steam gaming service has quietly exploded in popularity over the last few years. The platform continues to expand today with the launch of Big Picture. Now out of beta, Big Picture enables a new UI layer meant to be used (via HDMI) on TVs with a traditional gaming controller.
The Holy See is joining the Twittersphere. Pope Benedictus XVI has joined the service under the handle @Pontifex (Latin for bridge builder.) His first tweet will come on December 12th, coinciding with the Feast of Our Lady Guadalupe.
On Friday, U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Stephen Chu announced the creation of a research center focusing on battery and energy storage technology. The ambitious project will attempt to deliver technologies that are five times as powerful as and five times cheaper than today's technologies.
Reportedly, Intel is preparing to put an end to user-replaceable CPUs. Their next architecture, the 14-nanometer Broadwell, will use a new interface.