Dropping Science: Can rapping about science help minority students in New York City in the classroom. A Columbia University professor thinks so and has put together a city wide science rap battle to test his theory. Video by Adam Cole, Maggie Starbard and Ben de la Cruz / NPR.
Happy 80th, Michael Caine!
LIFE celebrates the man’s career with a series of previously unpublished photos from 1966, made by LIFE’s Bill Ray. Ray remembers that Caine “seemed to be a magnet, without ever lifting a finger. And that was another part of the laid-back thing. He seemed to have perfected a way to make things look easy, and so things became easy. See the photos here.
Pictured: Michael Caine lifts girlfriend Natalie Wood off the ground, 1966.
(Bill Ray—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)
Harvard’s RoboBees to Fill Pollination Gap Caused by Bee Die-off
The Robobees won’t just share the pollinating function of real bees; the team is also looking to imbue them with colony behaviors. Although they won’t have a queen, the Robobees will live in a hive, which functions as a refueling station. Coordination algorithms and communication methods are in the works as well, hopefully giving the Robobees the ability to inform and help one another—sadly, without dancing.
The Microrobotics lab seems a host of possible uses for the robotic insects, including military surveillance, search and rescue missions, exploration of hazardous environments, traffic surveillance, and weather and climate mapping. Unfortunately, though, it seems they won’t be taking over all of the bees’ regular duties. While these Robobees don’t come with stingers yet, they aren’t off making honey, either.
Am I the only one who finds the idea of bee-sized predator drones terrifying?
Garry Winogrand, Coney Island, New York, ca. 1952
Introducing the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, the first new version of the sports car in eight years. “It’s finally here, folks, and it looks great.”
The look and the resurrection of the Stingray subtitle, which dates to 1963, “hint at the past of the Corvette,” while some other cues — the old round tail lights are gone, the hood is vented, and the improved interior is wrapped in leather and aluminum — point to the car’s future.
A few weeks ago, a few of us headed over to the Supreme Court to retrieve a suitcase. It belonged to Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, and it contained, effectively, her family history in photographs. We sat in the kitchen in her chambers over her lunch break. She ate a bowl of soup and told us stories about the photos.
NPR’s Nina Totenberg went back a few weeks later to get Sotomayor’s full story (airing throughout the week): a childhood in tenement housing in the Bronx; a diagnosis with diabetes; her father’s death to alcoholism; her cousin’s death to drugs; and her divorce.
She also shares memories of huge family parties, cooking with her grandmother and receiving a scholarship to Princeton (and her corollary thoughts on affirmative action).
Without further delay, check out the presentation, in which Sotomayor shares her photos and stories.
(P.S. Hey, other justices: We’re currently accepting suitcases of photos.)
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Justice Sotomayor and Kainaz Amaria/NPR