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Your weekend reading: Depression in comics, betting on the origin of the universe

Posted By Thu-Huong Ha

A round-up of funny, interesting and strange stories on the Internet this week: Hyperbole and a Half’s Allie Brosh is back after a two-year hiatus, with part 2 of an illustrated account of overcoming depression. Dark and delightful. [Hyperbole and a Half] Even world-famous scientists have tiffs. Obviously this bet between Stephen Hawking and Neil […]

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Canada gives $20M to expand AIMS across Africa

Posted By Emily McManus

Today in Ontario, Stephen Harper, the Prime Minister of Canada, announced $20 million CDN in federal funding to expand the African Institute of Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) into five new locations across Africa by 2015, including Ethiopia, Ghana and Senegal. AIMS was founded by TED Prize winner Neil Turok, the director of the Perimeter Institute in […]

 

Hawking makes $100 bet that the LHC won't find Higgs

Posted By Emily McManus

Dr. Stephen Hawking has made a $100 bet that the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, which throws its first beam tomorrow, will not find the elusive particle knows as the Higgs boson. What makes the Higgs the most highly sought-after particle in physics? In his TEDTalk, Brian Cox describes the Higgs particle “in language a […]

 

Flying Stephen Hawking into zero g: Peter Diamandis on TED.com

Posted By Tedstaff

X Prize founder Peter Diamandis talks about how he helped Stephen Hawking fulfill his dream of going to space — by flying together into the upper atmosphere and experiencing weightlessness at zero g. (Recorded February 2008 in Monterey, California. Duration: 04:01.) Watch Peter Diamandis’ 2008 talk on TED.com, where you can download it, rate it, […]

 

Stephen Hawking meets Nelson Mandela for AIMS

Posted By Tedstaff

Above: Professor Stephen Hawking met South Africa’s former president, Nelson Mandela, in Houghton, Johannesburg, today. From left to right are Stephen Hawking, Neil Turok, Nelson Mandela, Pik Botha and David Block. Photograph by Dr Robert Groess. Professor Stephen Hawking today met with South Africa’s former president Nelson Mandela to discuss the NextEinstein initiative — part […]

 

20 new AIMS scholarships from Barclays

Posted By Tedstaff

Amy Novogratz reports from the AIMS celebrating weekend in Muizeberg, Cape Town: During a luncheon to celebrate the opening of the new Research Center at AIMS — the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences — Barclays announces their support by starting with 20 AIMS scholarships a year, renewable. Stephen Hawking (right) is in South Africa for […]

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Celebrating the new AIMS Research Centre in South Africa

Posted By Tedstaff

2008 TED Prize winner Neil Turok sends these great photos from the new AIMS Research Centre, which is set to open May 12 in Muizenberg, Cape Town, South Africa. AIMS — the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences — promotes math and sciences education throughout Africa. Its goal is, quite simply, to find the next Einstein […]

 

The answer was there all along

Posted By Tedstaff

In his TEDTalk released today, physicist Stephen Hawking asks Big Questions about life, the universe and everything. His talk was recorded at Cambridge, in a borrowed classroom — whose well-used blackboard happens to contain the Answer to life, the universe and everything. It’s visible in the upper-right-hand corner of the shot above, and in this […]

 

Asking Big Questions about the universe: Stephen Hawking on TED.com

Posted By Tedstaff

In keeping with the theme of TED2008, professor Stephen Hawking asks some Big Questions about our universe — How did the universe begin? How did life begin? Are we alone? — and discusses how we might go about answering them.(Recorded March 2008 in Monterey, California, and in Cambridge, UK. Duration: 10:12.) Watch Stephen Hawking’s talk […]