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Glasshole heaven: Hotel offers free drink if you wear Glass

Being seen in public wearing Google Glass is a statement.

Some, though, see it as a statement that you are tone-deaf, socially blind, and congenitally self-righteous.

Casinos have banned it and one Seattle restaurant owner described Google Glass wearers as "man children stinkin' up the joint."

But now one joint has come to Glassholes' rescue. As the San Francisco Chronicle reports, the Stanford Court, in San Francisco's snooty Nob Hill, is welcoming Glass wearers.

Indeed, it's not just opening its arms. It's opening its pockets, by offering a free cocktail to anyone who DOES wear Glass in its Aurea Lounge.… Read more

See physicist surprised by news his Big Bang theory was right

Physicists on Monday revealed a major discovery in our understanding of how everything got started by spotting gravitational waves that can be traced back to the exponential expansion that occurred in the fractions of a second after the Big Bang.

These ripples in space-time back up a theory of cosmic inflation developed by physicists Alan Guth and Andrei Linde in the early 1980s. Linde is now a professor at Stanford and could not hide his excitement when he first learned of the discovery from his colleagues.… Read more

10,000 free folding microscopes traded for inspiring ideas

The Foldscope -- a low-cost microscope that can be constructed like origami out of a sheet of paper with components embedded -- has the potential to revolutionize health care in developing countries -- but it has the potential to do something else, too.

Creator Manu Prakash of Stanford University's Prakash Lab wants to inspire a new generation of up-and-coming young scientists. To this end, he has created the Ten Thousand Microscope Project. Prakash will be giving away 10,000 Foldscopes to "people who would like to test the microscopes in a variety of settings and help us generate an open-source biology/microscopy field manual written by people from all walks of life." … Read more

Flies run on tiny treadmills, watch videos for science

Jeff Goldblum may have had more in common with that housefly he accidentally melded with in "The Fly" than his character ever suspected. A team of Stanford University researchers have determined that both flies and humans have a similar way of perceiving motion.

The researchers figured this out by placing flies on a tiny movable ball that acted like a mini, multi-directional treadmill. The flies were shown movies and had their movements monitored, since fly behavior is to turn in the direction of motion.… Read more

Ford enlists Stanford, MIT for driverless car research

Behind the wheel, your brain does a lot of processing you take for granted, such as calculating the paths and speeds of nearby vehicles so you can successfully make a lane merge. Ford is turning to Stanford and MIT researchers to come up with computer algorithms to mimic that processing of environmental data.

Last month, Ford showed off the Fusion Hybrid autonomous car research vehicle, fitted with four lidar sensors, it was using to develop future driverless systems. The company will implement new algorithms developed at the universities to test these driving behaviors in the cars.

MIT gets to take … Read more

Computer code gets literary with code poetry slam

When one thinks of poetry, perhaps Neruda or Eliot or Shane Koyczan come to mind. One doesn't usually think of Boolean strings or close tags, but Stanford University is looking to change that. It recently hosted its first annual Code Poetry Slam, a competition to turn computer code into poetry.

Leslie Wu, a doctoral student in computer science and one of eight finalists, won with her poem "Say 23." Wearing Google Glass, she wrote her code -- projected onto a screen -- while speaking each word out loud. When she was finished, she ran the script she … Read more

The mouse that roared, and launched a PC revolution

Forty-five years ago today, a group of techies sat in a room in San Francisco, eagerly awaiting what would become known to some as "the mother of all demos."

The occasion was the demonstration by Douglas Engelbart, director of Stanford Research Institute's Augmentation Research Center, of, among other things, the world's first computer mouse. Many have since credited that December 9, 1968, presentation with helping to launch the personal-computing revolution.

The demo was actually of a number of projects that Engelbart and his colleagues at SRI were working on. But it's the mouse that won … Read more

Stanford scientists 'eavesdrop' on the human brain

The research is young and the tech has only been used experimentally on three patients, but neurologists at Stanford say they are officially able to eavesdrop on the human brain in real-life (not just clinical) situations. What's more, they say their new method of recording brain activity opens the door to devices that can not only read but also manipulate the mind.

"This is exciting, and a little scary," Henry Greely, steering committee chair of the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics who observed but did not work on the study, said in a school news release. "… Read more

First carbon nanotube computer to help extend Moore's Law?

Silicon Valley may soon require a name change to avoid the risk of sounding like a relic from a generation of bygone tech, thanks to new computer system created -- where else -- in Silicon Valley.

A cover story for the journal Nature, out Wednesday, details the efforts of a team based at Stanford to create the first basic computer built around carbon nanotubes rather than silicon chips. … Read more

Making the grade in Massive Open Online Courses

Back to school isn't just for kids. As professors at top universities put more of their course materials online, everyone from Silicon Valley entrepreneurs to teens at Ghana Internet cafes are taking advantage of Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs, to expand their minds.

Some subjects don't lend themselves to just lectures and multiple choice quizzes, though. Stanford lecturer Clint Korver teaches entrepreneurship.

"A lot of online education you're seeing the video of the professor. You're taking a multiple choice test. That's the most boring parts of the educational experience. Now it's the … Read more