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The Kilogram is Getting Heavier

According to a group of scientists from Newcastle University in the United Kingdom, the original kilogram may getting heavier. The International Prototype Kilogram (IPK or Le Grand K, as it is also known), a platinum and i...
by Catarina Loureiro
 

 
 

NERD ALERT! Canadian Researchers Debunk IQ Myth

A large online intelligence study tested the myth that intelligence quotient (IQ) accurately measures one’s intelligence. According to the results, researchers argue that they have debunked the myth. IQ tests do not accur...
by Sera Yoo
 

 
 

Nerd Alert! NASA: Voyager 1 Headed towards Interstellar Space

Looks like the future is closer than we thought. NASA announced early this month that its spacecraft, Voyager 1, has entered a new region at the edge of our solar system. This is known as the magnetic highway due to the charged...
by Sera Yoo
 

 

 

Super Telescope will Explore the Edge of Space

The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) will be the world’s largest radio telescope, capable of detecting faint radiation from the Milky Way along with hundreds of millions of distant galaxies. Here’s the run down. The SKA: - ...
by Alice Formwalt
 

 
 

A Diamond Planet: A Discovery that May Change the Way We See Planets

A recent study conducted by a team of investigators from Yale University in the US and from the Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planetologie in France suggests the existence of a planet in the Milky Way made mostly o...
by Catarina Loureiro
 

 
 

Particle Physics Bares All, Publishers Blush

The Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics (SCOAP3) announced last week that 90% of particle physics articles will soon be available for free. Publication costs will be covered by a collection of ...
by Michael Jones
 

 

 

NERD ALERT! New Record for World’s Largest Crocodile

In the Philippines, a monster crocodile named Lolong is the world’s biggest croc, beating out the previous Guinness Book of World Records holder by more than two feet and clocking in at a super-scary  20.24 feet (6.17 me...
by Ling Shu
 

 
 

NERD ALERT! Plagiarized Dissertation Turned Into Artsy Map

Following our recent article on the ghostwritten essay boom, I’d like to share this awesome graphic.  It looks like bar codes or a super-expensive area rug, but it’s actually the visualization of completely and sec...
by Tiffany Tsai
 

 
 

Nerd Alert! First Ever Intercontinental Journey By Sun-Powered Airplane

On May 31, 2012, the solar-powered airplane Solar Impulse completed its first manned intercontinental journey, flying 19 hours from Spain to Morocco, a distance of 830 kilometers. The plane’s next big trip? Flying arou...
by Ling Shu
 

 

 

Nerd Alert! Once in a Lifetime Chance to See Venus Pass Before the Sun

Depending on where you are in the world, on June 5th or 6th, you might get to see Venus pass between Earth and the Sun. The planet will look like a “tiny” (in comparison) black dot against our very own star. The la...
by Ling Shu
 

 
 

NERD ALERT! Mini-Projector for Smart Phones Modeled after Insect Eyes

The new projectors for smart phones are modeled after compound insect eyes.  With over 300 chips, each containing 200 lenses, the mini-projector can do something other projectors cannot.  It can project a clear image that is ...
by Jessica Wheeler
 

 
 

NERD ALERT! Dinosaurs’ Farts Started It—An Early Impact on Global Warming

The warming of Earth’s climate might not just be a modern-day problem after all. According to a new study, dinosaurs may have already been warming the atmosphere a couple hundred million years ago. Just how did these dinosaur...
by Sera Yoo
 

 

 
Light painting of several figurative subjects in studio.

NERD ALERT! Real Paranormal Powers

The idea of humans having an aura is an ancient concept and has been described in spiritual practices from Europe to Asia.  An aura is a color or light surrounding a person, showing their emotional and physical state.  Often ...
by Jessica Wheeler
 

 
 

NERD ALERT! Kinetic Sculptures Claim the Beach for Their Own

Remember when you were little and thought your toys could walk on their own? When Animal Planet seemed to promise there were huge, beautiful beasts out in the world you could observe within breathing distance if you just went t...
by Tiffany Tsai
 

 
 

Commercial Entity Buying Up Open Source Software Alternatives

How does one compete against FREE? That’s an interesting question for Blackboard, a company which creates learning management systems (LMS). Blackboard previously engaged in buying up and either dismantling or integrati...
by Jonathan Davidson
 

 

 

NERD ALERT! Robojelly – the Robotic, Search-and-Rescue Jellyfish

I think jellyfish are absolutely awesome.  So when I learned about this amazing jellyfish-inspired robot, named Robojelly, I felt I needed to share it with other nerds.  Robojelly is constructed from smart materials that reme...
by Jessica Wheeler
 

 
 

Hollywood Blockbusters Go Anime: Crowdsourcing Sci-Fi Series

Over at kickstarter.com, Peter Hyoguchi has some epic plans underway for a crowdsourced, CGI series of 5-7 minute episodes of a science fiction series called The New Kind. Inspired by a genre of anime that doesn’t resona...
by Jonathan Davidson
 

 
 
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Pi Day! Celebrating Circles in Free Pictures!

March 14th, or 3.14, is known around the world as Pi day! Join us in celebrating circles, and Pi (and even pie) on this momentous occasion!   Creative Commons Love: Gloson, Wonderlane,  Mykl Roventine, peasap, estherchase...
by Michael Jones
 

 

 

NERD ALERT! From Quarks to Super Clusters

 Opening the website The Scale of the Universe, designed by Carrie and Michael Huang, brings you to a world scaled to humans.  Using the scroll bar at the bottom, you can zoom in to smaller scales – through the world ...
by Jessica Wheeler
 

 
 

NERD ALERT! I Want (Cotton) Candy

World’s smallest computer. Relatively cheap. Interested? Imagine the ability to turn any screen into a computer, and then revel that it exists in FXI’s new Cotton Candy. This USB stick-sized device, a little more th...
by Jonathan Davidson
 

 
 

NERD ALERT! Open Source Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse

Here at Open Equal Free, we love all things open source.  So when we discovered The Open Source Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse, we were pretty excited.  I mean, who could ask for more?  This document was written in an effort...
by Jessica Wheeler
 

 

 

NERD ALERT! Leaves, the Original Powerhouse

What if you could make a solar panel from agricultural waste?  What if these solar panels were so simple to make that a small bag of chemicals and one sheet of cartoon instructions were the only necessary supplies? This is not...
by Jessica Wheeler
 

 
 

NERD ALERT! Soda vs. Pop

Do you call it “Soda” or “Pop”?  I’ve always called Coca-Cola or any soft drink “Coke”.  That fact goes to show that the awesome map below is accurate.  I’m from central Oklaho...
by Travis Thompson
 

 
 

NERD ALERT! The All Time Diva of Flies

If you were a taxonomist put in charge of describing and naming a horsefly with a sexy golden rump, wouldn’t you also be tempted to honor your favorite pop-star?  Bryan Lessard did just that when he named a previously un...
by Jessica Wheeler
 

 

 

NERD ALERT! Bicycles Will Save You!

As a teacher in northwest Cambodia, I ride my bike to and from school every day.  When I travel 15 miles into Siem Reap for a visit, I ride my bike.  When I go 20 miles to visit friends, I ride my bike. But, bikes haven’...
by Travis Thompson
 

 
 

NERD ALERT! Pentagon Achieves True Invisibility

If you’re a nerd, any type of nerd, you know a thing or two about invisibility, maybe even about space-time. The Pentagon and a team from Cornell have made strides in both, hiding a point in space entirely. Before this, s...
by Michael Jones
 

 
 
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NERD ALERT! Africa is Big, REALLY BIG

I’m nerding out on this map because: 1.)  I love maps. 2.)  This map is extremely enlightening and cool. Looking at most maps it’s tough to tell exactly how big Africa is.  It’s REALLY big. It’s 11.7 ...
by Travis Thompson
 

 

 

NERD ALERT! Silicon Island!

Blueseed has an interesting solution to America’s pesky visa laws: Build an offshore office complex. The company plans to build a floating office and living space about 12 miles off the California coast. The goal? To make...
by Michael Jones
 

 
 

NERD ALERT! Go Go Gadget Water-Propelled Jetpack!

I’m totally nerding out over this video.  This is the stuff of my dreams.  Mom, if you need any holiday gift ideas for me… Creative Commons Love: Mathieu Marquer on Flickr.com
by Travis Thompson
 

 
 

NERD ALERT! Is there Life on Mars?

The robot, Curiosity, was recently sent on a mission to Mars, to answer the question, “Is there Life on Mars?”  Or, more accurately, “Is Mars capable of sustaining life?” Using a robot the size of a car...
by Deb Myers