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10 must-see posts from August

Thu, 09/06/2012 - 4:23pm
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Here’s a rundown of the most read, most popular, most awesome articles for August. They all come with a witty, engaging summary just in case you missed them the first time or want to check up on an old favorite.

Keep checking out the Lead and follow us on twitter @ecnmagazine for our most up-to-date articles.

1. Bill Nye the Science Guy says creationism not good for kids  By Reuters
Bill Nye, The Science Guy, starred in a controversial video about creationism, stating, “'If you want to deny evolution and live in your world that's completely inconsistent with everything we've observed in the universe that's fine. But don't make your kids do it.” The video sparked outrage and support among the scientific community—and our readers—taking the number one spot for August.

2. The most overdesigned shower ever created By Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor
The shower is usually a place to escape the world, but these designers created a design to take the world into the shower with you. ‘Le Terme’ is a shower with OLED panels that turn your walls into a computer screen. As of publication, there were no plans for video conferencing.

3.Iran bars women from engineering courses By Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor
In a controversial move, Iran barred women from 77 BA and BS courses across 36 different universities by making them “single gender.” Declining birth and marriage rates, a result of educating females according to senior clerics, were cited as the reason for the banning.

4. Why Nikola Tesla deserves a museum By Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor
An online campaign to save his NY laboratory and turn it into a museum took root, raising over one million dollars to honor the scientist who first invented the radio, radar, and recreated ball lightening.

5.  The light bulb you can't live without By Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor
Some people like to think about vacations in exotic places; we like to think about light bulbs-- particularly ones like this that allow me to control them from afar. 
 
6.  U.S. hypersonic aircraft crashes seconds into military test flight By Reuters
In a disappointing blow for the U.S. Air Force, an aircraft designed to fly at six times the speed of sound broke apart only seconds into a test flight. The Air Force cited a faulty control fin as the cause.

7. Why 4D technology ruins movies By Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor
For anyone who is tired of the 4D movie experience being the exact opposite of immersive, you should avoid the Chill Chair, specifically designed to recreate feelings of fear for the user. We are not impressed.

8. Space-warping white dwarfs produce gravitational waves By EurekAlert!
Astronomers observed gravitational waves at optical wavelengths from a pair of eclipsing white dwarf stars. As gravitational waves are notoriously hard to see, the sighting was exciting for the astronomy community.

9. This helmet attachment could save lives By Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor
This motorcycle helmet attachment makes motorcyclists more visible by syncing lights on the attachment with the RFID lights on the back of the bike.  

10. Would you eat printed meat? By Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor
3D printing is all over the news these days, but it has been mostly relegated to objects made of plastic or other materials. But while some scientists are saying it’s possible to “print” 3D meat, we say, “No, thank you. Please show me the cow.”

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