People Changing the World
You’ve probably never heard of them, yet they’ve changed your life, says Frederick E. Allen of the latest innovators inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.
What's the Latest Development?
Frederick E. Allen says Steven Sasson, Eric Fossum, Joseph Woodland, and Bernard Silver have changed your life in ways that affect you just about every day, yet you probably don't know their names. They are among the latest inventors inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame. Sasson invented the digital camera, Fossum invented the “camera on a chip” that is now in 90% of all cell phones, and Joseph Woodland and Bernard Silver developed the very first bar code scanning system.
What's the Big Idea?
When dealing with doubters remember people like Sasson, who invented the digital camera. In his acceptance remarks, Sasson described how when he showed his unwieldy first camera around Kodak, people saw the future destroyer of the photographic film business as “interesting” but wondered why anyone would ever want to see their pictures on a screen.
How a cataclysm worse than what killed the dinosaurs destroyed 90 percent of all life on Earth.
While the demise of the dinosaurs gets more attention as far as mass extinctions go, an even more disastrous event called "the Great Dying” or the “End-Permian Extinction” happened on Earth prior to that. Now scientists discovered how this cataclysm, which took place about 250 million years ago, managed to kill off more than 90 percent of all life on the planet.
A new study discovers the “liking gap” — the difference between how we view others we’re meeting for the first time, and the way we think they’re seeing us.
We tend to be defensive socially. When we meet new people, we’re often concerned with how we’re coming off. Our anxiety causes us to be so concerned with the impression we’re creating that we fail to notice that the same is true of the other person as well. A new study led by Erica J. Boothby, published on September 5 in Psychological Science, reveals how people tend to like us more in first encounters than we’d ever suspect.
Using advanced laser technology, scientists at NASA will track global changes in ice with greater accuracy.
Leaving from Vandenberg Air Force base in California this coming Saturday, at 8:46 a.m. ET, the Ice, Cloud, and Land Elevation Satellite-2 — or, the "ICESat-2" — is perched atop a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket, and when it assumes its orbit, it will study ice layers at Earth's poles, using its only payload, the Advance Topographic Laser Altimeter System (ATLAS).
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