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GLaDOS from Portal explains nuclear fusion for NASA

This is the best thing. The best. Imagine if GLaDOS from Portal had amnesia and went to work for NASA with a pair of...well, idiots, and this is what you might get.

The video was created as part of NASA's educational outreach program at the Spitzer Space Telescope, which focuses on STEM education.… Read more

Kids play with gadgets more than toys, study says

Why bother twisting real, plastic arms when you can play twisting games on an iPhone?

What's the point of unpacking a board game when you can alleviate boredom instantly on an iPad?

Kids, you see, don't need the hassle. They just want instant gratification. Yes, they're little adults.

A study performed by child-education specialists the Michael Cohen Group, suggests that touch screens have overtaken all other forms of playful delight for kids.

The research, which examined the world of Digital Kids, shows that more than 60 percent of parents say their kids aged 12 and under play … Read more

Earth revolves around the sun? 1 in 4 Americans say nope

Please let's be honest about this: knowledge is a dangerous thing.

If everyone knew everything, this would only lead to anarchy.

There are some basics, however, that are always useful when chatting with strangers in bars or going on a blind date with a very attractive scientist.

It helps, for example, to know that the Earth isn't the center of the universe. (There's at least a 30 percent chance that the attractive scientist might be from outer space.)

Not everyone, it seems, is aware that the sun doesn't in fact worship us by circling our planet … Read more

Ah, Vanity: Wrinkle videos trump cancer vids in getting teens to bust out the sunscreen

Want to get kids to wear sunscreen more often? Teaching them about skin cancer and death apparently doesn't cut it; compare their face to a grape soon to be shriveled up like a raisin, however, and sunscreen becomes their new best friend.

It probably shouldn't come as much of a surprise that appealing to our vanity works better than a biology lecture, but the extent to which the approach increases sunscreen use is sizable.

Reporting in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, researchers at the University of California, Davis, say they showed 50 11th graders in … Read more

'Math Bites' show with Danica McKellar makes numbers hip

While many fans know Danica McKellar from her role as Winnie Cooper on "The Wonder Years," she also happens to be a best-selling author of the educational books "Math Doesn't Suck," "Kiss My Math," "Hot X: Algebra Exposed," and "Girls Get Curves," geared toward girls to make math more exciting.

She got the brains to back up the books, considering she's a summa cum laude graduate of UCLA with a degree in mathematics. She's also the co-author of a groundbreaking mathematical physics theorem -- the Chayes-McKellar-Winn Theorem.

So if anyone deserves to host a whimsical math show on YouYube's Nerdist Channel, it's her. The show "Math Bites" airs on Thursdays and explores everything from learning how to do math in your head to understanding binary numbers and percents.Read more

Teen charged with child porn for allegedly tweeting nude selfies

Can the law offer education?

This might be the question that follows the tale of a 16-year-old Virginia girl who has found herself in more trouble than she ever might have imagined.

It all started when the teen allegedly decided to take some nude selfies and post them on Twitter.

She's certainly not the first to sext. But, as far as the police see it, her case warranted a charge of distribution of child pornography.

As WAVY-TV reports, police say that because she left nothing to the imagination, this constitutes child pornography.

Some local parents wonder how it can … Read more

Sherlock meets his Muppet match in Murray-arty

Move over, Jim Moriarty and Charles Augustus Magnussen. Sherlock Holmes has a nemesis -- and he's adorable! "Sherlock" star Benedict Cumberbatch recently visited "Sesame Street" to discover that there's a new villain in town -- a Muppet named Murray-arty!

This isn't the first time "Sesame Street" has paid tribute to the Great Detective. In the past, Sherlock Hemlock has tackled mysteries in episodes of "Mysterious Theater," which spoofed the PBS series "Mystery!" Not to mention, "Muppet Sherlock Holmes" -- a comic book featuring Gonzo as Holmes, with Fozzie Bear as Dr. Watson, Kermit the Frog as Inspector Lestrade, and Miss Piggy in various female leads including Irene Adler. … Read more

Apple, Microsoft join carriers in $750M pledge to education

President Barack Obama has won a commitment totaling $750 million from a number of technology companies to help low-income students in K-12 public schools get early access to the Internet and educational tools.

Apple is pledging $100 million in iPads, according to the AP. Microsoft is offering up its "billion-dollar response," which is essentially the potential to inject $1 billion in savings into the system. The company will offer Windows-based tablets, laptops, and devices through its manufacturing partners; 12 million copies of Office; copies of its Windows 8.1 Pro operating system; and student and teacher educational resources. … Read more

Tim Cook lands in Turkey, could he be planning an iPad deal?

Apple CEO Tim Cook's visit to Turkey this week has been in the works for a while now. It coincides with the opening of the company's first retail store in the country. However, during his visit, Cook also has plans to meet with Turkish President Abdullah Gul on Tuesday.

Word has it that Cook will be discussing an initiative that could bring millions of iPads to children in Turkey's schools, according to AppleInsider. The deal is said to be worth as much as $4 billion.

The iPads are a central component to Turkey's technology education initiative, … Read more

How do you make a PSA go viral? You blow up some kids

Editor's note: Please see the update note at the bottom of this post regarding the alleged foundation.

Kids, you should stay in school.

Unless, that is, you've already sold your social abacus to Yahoo. In which case, I recommend the Turks and Caicos Islands.

On the other hand, Yahoo can't buy every teen's little startup, so you might have to stay in school, so that you can become CEO of Yahoo one day and buy teens' little startups.

Kids don't always want to stay in school, so that means adults have to find new ways … Read more