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  • 10-year-old scholar takes Calif. college by storm/ Homeschooled Boy is a College Sophomore

    05/18/2008 3:05:27 PM PDT · by wintertime · 74 replies · 212+ views
    DOWNEY, Calif. - With the end of another school year approaching, college sophomore Moshe Kai Cavalin is cramming for final exams in classes such as advanced mathematics, foreign languages and music. But Cavalin is only 10 years old. And at 4-foot-7, his shoes don't quite touch the floor as he puts down a schoolbook and swivels around in his chair to greet a visitor. "I'm studying statistics," says the alternately precocious and shy Cavalin, his textbook lying open on the living room desk of his parents' apartment in this quiet suburb east of Los Angeles.
  • Mother of Child Prodigy Turned Prostitute Asks: Did Our Hunger for Success Destroy Her(Sufiah)

    04/04/2008 7:40:17 PM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 30 replies · 1,283+ views
    Telegraph UK ^ | 00:34am on 5th April 2008 | KATHRYN KNIGHT
    Until a week ago, her instinct was always the same: any time she was away from home, Halimahton Yusof would scan the streets, hoping to catch a glimpse of her daughter's face. "I always looked for her. For the past few years I didn't even know whether she was alive," she says, her eyes moist with tears. "Every time there was a story on the news about an accident, or a death, I feared the worst. I just wanted to know she was alive." Child genius and now prostitute: Sufiah Yusof attended Oxford University at just age 13 Then, last...
  • Albert Einstein 'found genius through autism'

    02/22/2008 10:44:32 AM PST · by BGHater · 71 replies · 1,895+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 21 Feb 2008 | Nic Fleming
    Many leading figures in the fields of science, politics and the arts have achieved success because they had autism, a leading psychiatrist has claimed.Michael Fitzgerald, Professor of Psychiatry at Trinity College, Dublin, argued the characteristics linked to autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) were the same as those associated with creative genius. (l-r) George Orwell, Albert Einstein and Thomas Jefferson Prof Fitzgerald cited Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, George Orwell, H G Wells and Ludwig Wittgenstein as examples of famous and brilliant individuals who showed signs of ASDs including Asperger syndrome.Beethoven, Mozart, Hans Christian Andersen and Immanuel Kant have also received post mortem...
  • Whiz kid (homeschooling IGNORED by newspaper)

    01/26/2008 9:36:35 AM PST · by wintertime · 39 replies · 301+ views ^ | 01/25/2008 | DOUG BELDEN
    Martin Camacho taught himself to read about age 1, his parents said. By 3, he was doing multiplication. As a 5-year-old, he tested into fifth grade, and at age 10, he started classes at Central High School in St. Paul. Now 12, Martin is tied for fourth in the state heading into the final meet of the high school math-league season. (skip) "It's an unusual talent," Roberts said. "We're going to hear a lot from him." It may seem odd to picture a 12-year-old walking the halls of a big city high school, but "it's natural now, after three years,"...
  • Volcano under the Antarctic (Yes I am a GENIUS)

    01/21/2008 10:39:47 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 66 replies · 160+ views ^ | January 21 2008 |
    Scientists have discovered a huge active volcano under Antarctica. - The BAS team says data from the volcano will help it predict future rises in sea-levels caused by melting ice.
  • Zeffirelli Brands Mel Gibson's Passion Anti-Semitic; Calls Director “Bloodthirsty”

    02/26/2004 2:26:41 PM PST · by mgist · 43 replies · 1,930+ views
    Yahoo ^ | Thu Feb 26,12:12 PM ET | Godfrey Deeny
    Zeffirelli Brands Mel Gibson's Passion Anti-Semitic; Calls Director “Bloodthirsty”   Thu Feb 26,12:12 PM ET     Godfrey DeenyFashion Wire Daily February 26, 2004 - New York - Franco Zeffirelli, the last person before Mel Gibson (news) to direct a major feature film on the life of Christ and someone who has himself directed the actor as Hamlet, has lambasted Gibson's controversial film The Passion as anti-Semitic.   "They tell me that in America, despite the ban on minors, that mothers absolutely want their children to see the film, in order to understand the suffering Jesus underwent to save...
  • Clinton Calls Wife 'World-Class Genius'

    12/22/2007 3:12:29 PM PST · by John Semmens · 24 replies · 48+ views
    AZCONSERVATIVE ^ | 22 Dec 2007 | John Semmens
    Former President Bill Clinton says his wife is a “world-class genius” when it comes to improving the lives of others. Clinton contended that the ability to help others the most important quality in a president. “The reason she ought to be president, over and above her vision and her plans is that she has proven in every position she has ever had in life, whether it was in elected office or not, that she is a world-class genius in making positive changes in other people’s lives,” he said. “Look what she did for me. How many other wives would tolerate...
  • My Son Just Blew My Mind!

    12/21/2007 11:20:22 PM PST · by Bloody Sam Roberts · 15 replies · 127+ views
    My computer room ^ | 12/22/07 | Me
    Here I sit. I sit in my computer room. My son, who is home from college after ace'ing his first semester final examinations...sits with me. We are discussing historical tidbits. World War II is the current subject.. We discuss certain aspects of the War in the Pacific in late 1944. I have Winamp playing selected numbers from Roger & Hammerstein's "South Pacific". My son holds in his hand one of my posssesions. A Rubic's Cube. I have owned this puzzle for a number of years. It has been sitting on my computer desk for many a month in a completley...
  • Clinton says wife a 'world-class genius'

    12/21/2007 12:13:40 AM PST · by kik5150 · 70 replies · 125+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 12/20/07 | HOLLY RAMER
    WOLFEBORO, N.H. - Former President Clinton says his wife is a "world-class genius" when it comes to improving the lives of others. ADVERTISEMENT Clinton stuck mostly to familiar themes in two hour-long appearances Thursday, describing at length what he views as the nation's biggest challenges. Nearly 15 minutes into his first speech, he added almost as an afterthought that "everything I'm saying here is my wife's position, not just mine." It was his third trip to New Hampshire in little more than a month, and the visit came the day before Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton was to return...
  • Young, Gifted and Skipping High School

    12/03/2007 6:32:48 AM PST · by wintertime · 127 replies · 209+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Sunday, December 2, 2007 | Sunday, December 2, 2007
    STAUNTON, Va. -- As Jackie Robson rushed off to Japanese 101, a pink sign on the main door of her college dorm reminded her to sign out. There were more rules: an 11 p.m. curfew, mandatory study hours, round-the-clock adult supervision and no boys allowed in the rooms. Jackie is 14. She never spent a day in high school. Like the other super-bright girls in her dorm, the Fairfax County teen bypassed a traditional education and countless teenage rites, such as the senior prom and graduation, to attend the all-female Mary Baldwin College in the Shenandoah Valley. The school offers...
  • How to be a genius

    11/24/2007 1:30:26 AM PST · by a_chronic_whiner · 71 replies · 131+ views
    New Scientist Magazine ^ | 15 September 2006 | David Dobbs
    My mother, rest her merry, brainy soul, convinced me early on that I was - as she liked to put it, quoting the cartoon character Yogi Bear - "SMARRR-ter than the average bear!" I happily assumed that my Yogi-like intelligence would ensure great things. My sense of entitlement grew when I easily won good marks in school, then grew some more when three different college professors told me I had a talent for writing. Rising to the top, I gathered, was a matter of natural buoyancy. The reality check came in my twenties, when nearly a decade of middling effort...
  • She's Barely Legal! UCLA Grad, 18, Passes Bar Exam

    11/21/2007 1:55:23 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 20 replies · 462+ views
    ap/cbs ^ | Nov 20, 2007 12:07 pm US/Pacific
    LOS ANGELES Kathleen Holtz only got her driver's license two years ago. Now, at 18, she's got a law license. Holtz learned Friday that she passed the California bar exam. "It's not a big deal to me," Holtz said of her age. Eighteen is the minimum age to practice law in California but 30 is the average age of admission to the state bar. Holtz was 15 when she entered law school at UCLA, where she was a Law Review editor. "If you sat in the same class with her for a whole semester, you would never know she was...
  • Surfer dude stuns physicists with theory of everything

    11/14/2007 6:48:22 PM PST · by em2vn · 75 replies · 617+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 11-14-07 | roger highfield
    The E8 pattern (left), Garrett Lisi surfing (middle) and out of the water (right) Garrett Lisi, 39, has a doctorate but no university affiliation and spends most of the year surfing in Hawaii, where he has also been a hiking guide and bridge builder (when he slept in a jungle yurt). In winter, he heads to the mountains near Lake Tahoe, Nevada, where he snowboards. "Being poor sucks," Lisi says. "It's hard to figure out the secrets of the universe when you're trying to figure out where you and your girlfriend are going to sleep next month."
  • Laid-Back Surfer Dude May Be Next Einstein

    11/16/2007 2:43:16 PM PST · by Zakeet · 74 replies · 112+ views
    Fox News ^ | November 19, 2007
    A surfer dude with no fixed address may be this century's Einstein. A. Garrett Lisi, a physicist who divides his time between surfing in Maui and teaching snowboarding in Lake Tahoe, has come up with what may be the Grand Unified Theory. That's the "holy grail" of physics that scientists have been searching for ever since Albert Einstein presented his General Theory of Relativity nearly 100 years ago. Even more remarkable is that Lisi, who has a Ph.D. but no permanent university affiliation, solves the problem without resorting to exotic dimensions, string theory or exceptionally complex mathematics. A successful Grand...
  • British Brains Dominate List Of Geniuses

    10/28/2007 7:25:16 PM PDT · by blam · 87 replies · 740+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10-29-2007 | Aislinn Simpson
    British brains dominate list of living geniuses By Aislinn Simpson Last Updated: 1:07am GMT 29/10/2007 Britain has more living geniuses per head of population than anywhere else in the world, according to a new survey which reveals the country's influence on science, technology, business and the arts. Almost a quarter of those featured in the list of 100 living geniuses are Britons, including Sir Tim Berners-Lee, who invented the world wide web, in joint first place, and physicist Stephen Hawking at seven in the list. British artists and musicians feature heavily, including Brit Art leader Damien Hirst at number 15,...
  • HUMINT: Mendeleev Sleep

    10/22/2007 2:06:41 PM PDT · by humint · 3 replies · 162+ views
    human intelligence ^ | 22 October 2007 | humint
    MENDELEEV SLEEP: The development of the periodic table of the elements was a leap forward in the chemical sciences. Although not responsible for discovering the elements he knew existed, Mendeleev organized the information available to him like no one else before him. It was his organizational skills that revealed something critically important to the advancement of mankind. What he discovered was new! Mendeleev noticed patterns in the properties and atomic weights of halogens, alkali metals and alkaline metals. According to the legend, Mendeleev had written what he knew about existing elements on the equivalent of flash cards and organized, reorganized...
  • The Gifted Children Left Behind

    08/27/2007 8:25:48 AM PDT · by shrinkermd · 282 replies · 3,722+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 27 August 2007 | Susan Goodkin and David Gold
    With reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act high on the agenda as Congress returns from its recess, lawmakers must confront the fact that the law is causing many concerned parents to abandon public schools that are not failing. These parents are fleeing public schools not only because, as documented by a recent University of Chicago study, the act pushes teachers to ignore high-ability students through its exclusive focus on bringing students to minimum proficiency. Worse than this benign neglect, No Child forces a fundamental educational approach so inappropriate for high-ability students that it destroys their interest in learning,...
  • World mourns 'a genius of our time'

    07/31/2007 3:59:31 AM PDT · by WesternCulture · 9 replies · 568+ views ^ | 07/31/2007 | AFP/The Local
    Tributes have been pouring in for Ingmar Bergman, one of the most influential film directors of the 20th century, who died on Monday at his home on the Swedish island of Fårö. He was 89. Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt hailed Bergman as "one of the great dramatists in this world," and French President Nicolas Sarkozy paid tribute to "one of the geniuses of our time." "The dream ended, the music went quiet that night on the island of Fårö, where Ingmar Bergman died," Sarkozy said. "France, a land of the cultural exception that was dear to Ingmar Bergman, honours...
  • Queen Guitarist to Complete Doctorate

    07/25/2007 5:21:42 PM PDT · by Cecily · 26 replies · 752+ views
    Associated Press ^ | July 25, 2007
    LONDON — Brian May is completing his doctorate in astrophysics, more than 30 years after he abandoned his studies to form the rock group Queen. The 60-year-old guitarist and songwriter said he plans to submit his thesis, "Radial Velocities in the Zodiacal Dust Cloud," to supervisors at Imperial College London within the next two weeks. May was an astrophysics student at Imperial College when Queen, which included Freddie Mercury and Roger Taylor, was formed in 1970. He dropped his doctorate as the glam rock band became successful. Queen were one of Britain's biggest music groups in the 1970s, with hits...
  • Two-year-old 'Matilda' becomes youngest ever girl in Mensa (IQ Equivalent to Stephen Hawking)

    06/23/2007 10:26:26 PM PDT · by Paleo Conservative · 66 replies · 4,735+ views
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | Last updated at 23:01pm on 21st June 2007 | DUNCAN ROBERTSON
    Her parents knew Georgia Brown was bright. After all, she could count to ten, recognised her colours and was even starting to dabble with French. But it was only when their bubbly little two-year-old took an IQ test that her towering intellect was confirmed. Georgia has become the youngest female member of Mensa after scoring a genius-rated IQ of 152. This puts her in the same intellectual league, proportionate to her age, as physicist Stephen Hawking. According to an expert in gifted children, Georgia is the brightest two-year-old she has ever met. Parents Martin and Lucy Brown have always...
  • Two-year-old 'Matilda' becomes youngest ever girl in Mensa

    06/22/2007 10:40:24 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 117 replies · 3,497+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 21st June 2007 | DUNCAN ROBERTSON
    Her parents knew Georgia Brown was bright. After all, she could count to ten, recognised her colours and was even starting to dabble with French. But it was only when their bubbly little two-year-old took an IQ test that her towering intellect was confirmed. Georgia has become the youngest female member of Mensa after scoring a genius-rated IQ of 152. Georgia Brown has an official genius-rated IQ - Intelligence Quotient - of 152 This puts her in the same intellectual league, proportionate to her age, as physicist Stephen Hawking. According to an expert in gifted children, Georgia is the brightest...
  • HUMINT: Genius is Bliss

    05/18/2007 5:52:23 PM PDT · by humint · 5 replies · 401+ views
    humint ^ | 18 May 2007 | humint
    True pleasure comes from finding things out. Acquiring knowledge is like a zero dollar investment that can pay its owner dividends for the rest of their life. If you’ve ever experienced the feeling of breaking new intellectual ground, you know it’s transcendent. Discovery is a form of renewal, more revolutionary than any war or politics. Having experienced epic revelation is like being born again; renewed through cognitive baptism. When you know you’ve learned something [so extremely] important, it consumes you, that’s Shangri-La! Learning has an extremely spiritual dimension to it which makes it deserving of its own religion. Learnianity, for...
  • Gang focus now on immigrants-Feds, county plan to deport criminals[LAPD]

    04/01/2007 7:03:57 PM PDT · by Dacb · 43 replies · 1,120+ views
    LA Daily News ^ | 31 March 2007 | RACHEL URANGA
    As the LAPD cracks down on the city's most violent street gangs, federal and county officials have launched their own campaigns to apprehend and deport gangsters who are in the county illegally. For the first time, federal immigration officers are tracking incarcerated gang members, and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is creating a database of gang members who are in the U.S. illegally. The FBI is also strengthening its ties to international police agencies and hopes to create a gang intelligence center in El Salvador. "We want to connect the dots the same way we have been doing with...
  • SAVAGE NATION LIVE!! Monday, March 19, 2007

    03/19/2007 2:39:02 PM PDT · by Tarkus2040 · 207 replies · 2,766+ views
  • SAVAGE NATION LIVE!! Friday, March 16, 2007

    03/16/2007 2:33:03 PM PDT · by Tarkus2040 · 250 replies · 1,959+ views
  • Federer Perfect in Winning Australian Open (There is a God)

    01/28/2007 3:40:48 AM PST · by beyond the sea · 110 replies · 1,231+ views ^ | 1/28/07 | unknown
    Top-seeded Roger Federer defended his title at the Australian Open, beating 10th-seeded Fernando Gonzalez 7-6 (2), 6-4, 6-4 in Sunday's final. Australian Open Scoreboard Every match, both men's and women's, throughout the Australian Open. Complete Scores It was Federer's 10th Grand Slam title, and his third in the last four years in Melbourne. The win also extended his win streak to 36 matches, the longest of his career and fifth best in the Open era. Federer also became the first player since Bjorn Borg at the French Open in 1980 to win a Grand Slam title without dropping a set....
  • Calvin and the Christian Calling

    01/13/2007 7:54:24 AM PST · by AlbionGirl · 13 replies · 362+ views
    The sixteenth century was a period of tumultuous change in Western Europe. The need for some kind of moral and intellectual shake–up within the church had been obvious for some time. Many religious and political writers of the fifteenth century had been aware of the weaknesses of the medieval church and the society in which it was embedded. However, there are good reasons for thinking that few were really prepared for the radical events of the sixteenth century, which are generally referred to collectively as "the Reformation." The Reformation remains of central importance for Christian theology and the life...
  • Freud's Will to Power

    11/30/2006 11:30:32 AM PST · by globalwhiplash · 42 replies · 575+ views
    New York Sun ^ | 11/29/06 | Ronald W. Dworkin
    Freud's Will to Power BY RONALD W. DWORKIN November 29, 2006 Legend has it that Freud, although educated in the philosophies of his day, studiously avoided the work of Nietzsche to preserve the originality of his ideas against external influence. Nietzsche's analysis of the human psyche, how values were supposedly projections of people's unspoken jealousies and fears, ran dangerously close to Freud's idea (still a work in progress at the end of the 19th century) that the roots of conscious behavior lay in unconscious desires. But after reading Dr. Peter Kramer's outstanding new biography of Freud (HarperCollins, 213 pages, $21.95),...
  • Ain't Got No Cigarettes: Memories of Music Legend Roger Miller

    09/16/2006 5:58:25 PM PDT · by Nita Nupress · 260 replies · 10,651+ views
    My head | Nita Nupress
    BOOK REVIEW & DISCUSSION: Ain't Got No Cigarettes: Memories of Music Legend Roger Miller By Lyle E Style "It's an endless story about Roger. He was one of the cleverest people I've ever met in my life." (Waylon Jennings) This is my own review of Ain't Got No Cigarettes, the first Roger Miller book ever published. My review is based on reading the book (twice) and having several discussions with Lyle E Style, the author. He may stop by later to answer questions (as his schedule allows). This one is a must-read, folks. And for you radio personalities who...
  • How did this St. Paul 18-year-old ace the SAT and ACT?

    09/01/2006 11:32:58 AM PDT · by aculeus · 111 replies · 3,874+ views ^ | August 25, 2006 | BY TAD VEZNER, Pioneer Press
    Parents and teachers call him St. Paul's low-key whiz kid. Jake Heichert grew up spurning studying, sleeping through the occasional exam — and, most recently, earning a rare pair of perfect scores on the ACT and SAT. Last week, his family sat around their living room, wondering how it all happened. Rich and Susan Heichert's only child received a 2400 on his SAT college assessment test in May. In February he scored a 36 on his ACT. He earned perfect 5s on his Advanced Placement tests in chemistry, U.S. history, and government and politics. Oh, and calculus, Jake added. Almost...
  • Maths genius declines top prize (Jewish genius = humble, new Einstein)

    08/30/2006 11:37:01 AM PDT · by PRePublic · 26 replies · 3,230+ views
    Maths genius declines top prize Photos of the reclusive genius are rare Grigory Perelman, the Russian who seems to have solved one of the hardest problems in mathematics, has declined one of the discipline's top awards. Dr Perelman was to have been presented with the prestigious Fields Medal by King Juan Carlos of Spain, at a ceremony in Madrid on Tuesday. In 2002, the mathematician claimed to have solved a century-old problem called the Poincare Conjecture. So far, experts working to verify his proof have found no significant flaws. There had been considerable speculation that Grigory "Grisha" Perelman would...
  • America's Taliban strikes again

    08/28/2006 6:31:13 AM PDT · by PatrickHenry · 712 replies · 8,997+ views
    Arkansas News Bureau ^ | 28 August 2006 | John Brummett
    The Holocaust wasn't Hitler's fault. Darwin made him do it. Complicit as well are any who buy into the scientific theory that modern man evolved from lower animal forms. That's the latest lunacy from one of our more fanatical right-wing American Christian television outfits, the Coral Ridge Ministries in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Coral Ridge espouses that America is not a free-religion nation, but a Christian one. It argues there should be no separation of church and state. Thus it's America's Taliban, America's Shiite theocracy. It certainly has a propensity for explaining or excusing Hitler. A few years ago it brought...
  • He's got the numbers

    08/23/2006 1:41:53 AM PDT · by Dundee · 8 replies · 885+ views
    The Australian ^ | August 23, 2006 | Brendan O'Keefe
    A boy genius from Adelaide has won the world's most famous maths prize. He gives Brendan O'Keefe a glimpse inside his extraordinary mind TERRY Tao was just two when he stunned a family gathering at home in Adelaide by giving a maths and spelling lesson to friends' children who were up to five years his senior. Using blocks, and knowledge he had gleaned from television, Tao showed the children how to add up and to make words. Tao's father, Billy, an Adelaide pediatrician, remembers his son's party-stopper. "The children were playing and the adults were talking ... suddenly, we found...
  • Pujols aces tests given to Babe Ruth

    08/22/2006 5:09:48 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 62 replies · 703+ views
    AP via Yahoo! ^ | 8-22-06 | Anon
    How does El Hombre match up against the Sultan of Swat? This spring, Washington University scientists, at the request of GQ magazine, put Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols through a series of tests similar to those given to Babe Ruth 85 years ago — tests ranging from finger tapping to visual responses to bat speed. The results? Both men aced the tests, and their results were strikingly similar. In 1921, psychologists at Columbia University put Ruth through scientific tests to try to determine what made him great. He had faster than average reflexes, steady nerves, and superior sight and hearing. The...
  • Maths 'Nobel' prize declined by Russian recluse

    08/22/2006 11:33:56 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 58 replies · 2,703+ views
    Nature ^ | 8/22/06 | Jenny Hogan
    Grigory Perelman a no-show for his Fields Medal.Four mathematicians were today due to collect gold medals and glory in Madrid, Spain, having been declared winners of the 2006 Fields Medals — referred to as the 'Nobel prizes' of mathematics. But only three turned up. Grigory Perelman, a reclusive Russian mathematician who was widely expected to be one of this year's winners (see 'Maths 'Nobel' rumoured for Russian recluse'), was indeed honoured at the opening ceremony of the International Congress of Mathematicians. But after a round of applause, president of the International Mathematical Union John Ball said "I regret that Dr...
  • World's top maths genius jobless and living with mother(Grigory Perelman found)

    08/20/2006 3:13:20 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 143 replies · 7,057+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 08/20/06 | Nadejda Lobastova
    World's top maths genius jobless and living with mother By Nadejda Lobastova in St Petersburg and Michael Hirst (Filed: 20/08/2006) A maths genius who won fame last week for apparently spurning a million-dollar prize is living with his mother in a humble flat in St Petersburg, co-existing on her ’30-a-month pension, because he has been unemployed since December.   Grigory 'Grisha' Perelman The Sunday Telegraph tracked down the eccentric recluse who stunned the maths world when he solved a century-old puzzle known as the Poincare Conjecture. Grigory "Grisha" Perelman's predicament stems from an acrimonious split with a leading Russian mathematical...
  • Kansas teen aces ACT, SAT exams

    08/18/2006 6:09:39 AM PDT · by markomalley · 35 replies · 1,402+ views
    AP (via Yahoo) ^ | 8/17/2006
    A perfect score on the American College Testing exam is rare enough. Same goes for perfection on the SAT Reasoning Test. Acing both? No statistics are available on how many students manage that feat, but it's a safe bet that Bishop Carroll High School senior Jakub Voboril doesn't have a lot of company. "Suffice it to say, it's a very, very small number," said Brian O'Reilly, a spokesman for the College Board, which administers the SAT. Voboril, 17, learned last month that he had scored a 36 on his ACT, which he took in June. His perfect score, one of...
  • Happy Birthday Nikola Tesla

    07/06/2006 7:02:41 PM PDT · by eleni121 · 168 replies · 2,380+ views
    NikolaTesla Memorial Society ^ | July 6, 2006 | Me
    The Nikola Tesla Monument within Queen Victoria Park, Niagara Falls (Canadian Side) will be unveiled on July 9, 2006 at 12 noon celebrating the 150th birthday of Nikola Tesla.
  • The genius sperm bank

    06/16/2006 12:02:23 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 20 replies · 730+ views
    BBC News ^ | 15 June 2006 | Paul Olding
    He was a millionaire who dreamed of saving humanity using the sperm of geniuses. But what became of Robert Klark Graham's master plan? In the late 1970s, in a underground bunker on his ranch near San Diego, American millionaire Robert Klark Graham set up the world's most controversial sperm bank known as the Repository for Germinal Choice. Already famous as the inventor of the shatterproof spectacle lens, 70-year-old Graham was set to turn his hand to a much more infamous career. He believed that "retrograde humans" were breeding unchecked. He wanted to reverse this trend by bringing thousands of geniuses...
  • Toddler can identify every nation, draw accurate maps

    06/01/2006 2:58:19 AM PDT · by beaversmom · 12 replies · 917+ views
    The Kansas City Star ^ | May 28, 2006 | ERIC WESLANDER
    LAWRENCE, Kan. - Some toddlers like to draw smiley faces and stick figures. Tavi Shaffer-Green likes to draw detailed maps of the world. Sitting on the floor of a home in western Lawrence, the 2 1/2-year-old pointed out all the countries on a map of Asia he was drawing by hand with a crayon. "We did Russia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, China, Afghanistan, Iran, Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan," he said in a sing-song toddler voice, tapping each country as he listed them. He drew a shape under Afghanistan and marked it with a "P" for Pakistan, then asked his mother...
  • An Awakening

    05/24/2006 7:07:31 PM PDT · by Anitius Severinus Boethius · 157 replies · 2,750+ views
    Anitius Severinus Boethius | 05/24/06 | Anitius Severinus Boethius
    I have seen the light! I am reborn! I realize now that I have been a RINO, a wimp, a Republican and not a True Conservative. I had been laboring under the impression that since it has taken 60+ years of liberal small steps to get to the point we are at now, it would take decades of conservative small steps to get back to a more conseravative view of government. I was wrong. We can do it now, and all at once. You see, when we got 2 new Justices on the Supreme Court, I thought that was good....
  • Stanley Hiller Jr., 81; Pioneer in Helicopter Design, Rescuer of Troubled Corporations

    05/02/2006 2:14:42 PM PDT · by Rakkasan1 · 10 replies · 686+ views
    la times ^ | 5-1-06 | Valerie J. Nelson
    The surest sign that Stanley Hiller Jr. was just a kid when he designed the first helicopter to fly successfully in the Western United States was the field on which he chose to test it in 1944: the football stadium of UC Berkeley. A novice helicopter pilot, he learned to fly the bright-yellow contraption dubbed the Hiller-copter while it was anchored to several cars. He wore what might pass for safety gear among 19-year-olds: a T-shirt and slacks.
  • Honk if you want to meet a police officer (and are an idiot)

    04/18/2006 8:24:31 AM PDT · by xjcsa · 4 replies · 179+ views
    NDEPENDENCE --- At times, discretion is the best course. David Neblock, 28, of Independence, perhaps knows that now. Police officer David Winger made a traffic stop Thursday. As he worked, Neblock drove by, repeatedly honking his horn. Not a good move. At about 9 p.m., Winger made a second stop. The result: Neblock was arrested for operating while intoxicated and driving while his license is suspended. He is also charged with second-offense possession of a controlled substance, failure to have insurance and --- ironically --- with having a "defective audible warning device," according to the Independence Police Department. Neblock was...
  • High School Student Recites 8,784 digits of Pi

    03/16/2006 6:18:46 AM PST · by ketelone · 82 replies · 1,415+ views
    AP ^ | 16 MAr 2006 | Unknown
    Student Recites 8,784 Digits of Pi Wed Mar 15, 10:02 PM ET SALEM, Va. - A high school student Tuesday recited 8,784 digits of Pi — the non-repeating and non-terminating decimal — likely placing him among the top Pi-reciters in the world. ADVERTISEMENT Gaurav Rajav, 15, had hoped to recite 10,790 digits and set a new record in the United States and North America. But he remembered enough to potentially place third in national and North American Pi recitation and 12th in the world. His ranking should be verified by the Pi World Ranking List within two months. "I'm kind...
  • When Mozart Stunned Rome & caught a pope's attention (study in conflict between Masons & Catholics)

    01/27/2006 9:41:55 PM PST · by Coleus · 32 replies · 883+ views
    Zenit ^ | 01.26.06 | Elizabeth Lev
    When Mozart Stunned Rome; God at the Pub Wolfgang's Memory Caught a Pope's Attention ROME, JAN. 26, 2006 ( As any good music aficionado knows, 2006 marks the 350th anniversary of the birth of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Opera houses worldwide are featuring "Don Giovanni" and "Figaro," while Mozart biographies and boxed sets of concertos and sonatas proliferate in music stores. Even Rome was enchanted by this great composer and, indeed, the child prodigy from Salzburg was warmly received in the Eternal City during his brief sojourn here in 1770. Mozart is often associated with the Freemasons -- he joined the...
  • Eight-year-old physics genius enters university

    11/06/2005 7:51:15 PM PST · by sasherm13 · 5 replies · 844+ views
    Korea Herald ^ | November 5, 2005 | Hwang Si-young
    Song Yoo-geun, 8, wants to build flying cars, defying Newton's law of gravity, and the physics genius which has made him Korea's youngest university student may very well drive him to that dream. Amid scholastic achievements that have confounded experts, the public spotlight is squarely on the child prodigy and his parents, both 46 and both former teachers. What has made Yoo-geun - born late November 1997 and actually just shy of 8 years old - so special? _____________________________ Whoa! Wish I had those kinda brains. Do you think he knows about Santa, the Tooth Fairy, Easter Bunny, etc?
  • Eight-year-old physics genius enters university

    11/06/2005 11:06:05 AM PST · by sourcery · 113 replies · 6,823+ views
    Korea Herald ^ | 2005-11-05 | Hwang Si-young
    Song Yoo-geun, 8, wants to build flying cars, defying Newton's law of gravity, and the physics genius which has made him Korea's youngest university student may very well drive him to that dream. Amid scholastic achievements that have confounded experts, the public spotlight is squarely on the child prodigy and his parents, both 46 and both former teachers. What has made Yoo-geun - born late November 1997 and actually just shy of 8 years old - so special? His parents differ from the vast majority of Korean parents who show a passion approaching zeal for their children's education. "No fixed...
  • Is the "No Child Left Behind" Policy hurting our best and brightest?

    10/31/2005 9:04:55 AM PST · by SouthernBoyupNorth · 249 replies · 2,108+ views
    There's a growing movement in the US that says the educational concept of "No Child Left Behind" is putting an emphasis on basic skills even as it leaves super-achieving kids behind. Bob Davidson is a dot-com millionaire who has co-written a book with his wife Jan titled, "Genius Denied."
  • How Leonardo gave top surgeon change of heart

    09/29/2005 6:49:35 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 59 replies · 2,125+ views
    London Times ^ | 9/28/05 | Dalya Alberge
    HIS drawings, diagrams and maps have excited and inspired us for half a millennium. Now once more Leonardo da Vinci has proved that he was far ahead of his time — and ours. A leading heart and lung specialist has been inspired by anatomical discoveries made by Leonardo 500 years ago to change the way he conducts certain operations. Francis Wells, consultant cardiac surgeon at Papworth Hospital in Cambridge, said yesterday that he had had a “eureka moment” as he pored over drawings and notes by the artist in the Royal Collection at Windsor Castle. Mr Wells was studying Leonardo’s...
  • 13- and 14-year-old siblings enter UC Berkeley as junior transfer students (Homeschooling success)

    09/23/2005 7:45:55 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 44 replies · 3,148+ views
    UC Berkeley News ^ | 9/21/05 | Noel Gallagher
    BERKELEY – Charles Pierce really likes playing video games. He practices piano and violin. He used to study aikido, but lately he's been more interested in taking up fencing. Lately, however, the 13-year-old has mostly been hitting the books. Charles is the youngest transfer student this fall at the University of California, Berkeley, where he's now in his junior year. His 14-year-old sister, Mayumi, also transferred in this fall as a junior. Attending UC Berkeley is a bit of a family tradition: Their parents, Wincie Pierce and Qin Ma, met and married while they were students at UC Berkeley in...