Tag Archives: Whimsy

Amazon adds Star Trek skills to Alexa’s repertoire

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has said the Alexa voice-activated AI assistant was inspired by the talking computer on “Star Trek,” so it only makes sense that Alexa is saluting the latest incarnation of the Star Trek saga. “Star Trek: Discovery” premieres Sept. 24 … Continue reading

Posted in GeekWire | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Ig Nobels put catty science in spotlight

Now here’s news you can use: To stop snoring, try playing the Australian didgeridoo. The scientists who demonstrated that regular playing of the elongated wind instrument could serve as an effective treatment for obstructive sleep apnea and snoring were among … Continue reading

Posted in GeekWire | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

NASA handles viral VP pic with a light touch

You know that viral photo of Vice President Mike Pence putting his hand on a piece of space hardware marked with a “Do Not Touch” sign? Don’t worry about it, NASA says. The picture, snapped by news photographers on July 6 during Pence’s … Continue reading

Posted in GeekWire | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Balloon leak ends ‘space sandwich’ flight

World View Enterprises said its “Zinger 1” mission to keep a KFC chicken sandwich aloft in the stratosphere was terminated earlier than planned, due to a small leak in an altitude-control balloon system on its Stratollite platform. The company’s CEO, Jane Poynter, said … Continue reading

Posted in GeekWire | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Mannequin Challenge jumps the shark in zero-G

Standing still for a Mannequin Challenge video is a faddish feat, but floating still in zero-G raises the degree of difficulty to the level of a true challenge. And the crew of the International Space Station proves they’re up to … Continue reading

Posted in GeekWire | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

3 ‘Silicon Valley’ jokes with a kernel of truth

SPOILER ALERT: Readers, please note: The following item discusses plot points from Sunday night’s season premiere of “Silicon Valley.” If you haven’t viewed the episode yet, please refrain from reading this story or you will be spoiled. You have been warned. One … Continue reading

Posted in GeekWire | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Gravitational waves spark tuneful tribute

Tim Blais, the singing scientist behind “Bohemian Gravity,” “Rolling in the Higgs” and “The Surface of Light,” is back with another pop parody that’s packed with physics. And this time it’s as big as a black hole – or at least the gravitational … Continue reading

Posted in GeekWire | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment