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It's Time to Destroy Nerd Culture

Pete Warden: Nerds have won, but they've become bullies themselves

(Newser) - Pete Warden is a self-described nerd with two decades in the computer industry to back up the claim. In an essay at Quartz , however, he no longer sounds very proud of it. Nerds, he points out, just aren't what they used to be. Twenty years ago, they were the... More »

Stop Bashing Silicon Valley Nerds

They've become scapegoats: Noah Smith

(Newser) - Silicon Valley has taken some serious heat lately on many fronts; in fact, as Noah Smith puts it on Bloomberg View , it's effectively been branded the new "Mordor." Among its evils: "venture capitalists who trick bright young people into throwing their lives away on hopeless startups;... More »

Jeopardy Champ: Let's End Misogyny in Nerd Culture

Idea of male entitlement has got to go: Arthur Chu

(Newser) - When it comes to women, male nerds grow up in a media-fed culture of entitlement, writes Arthur Chu in the Daily Beast . From Steve Urkel to The Big Bang Theory, we've seen the story of the "awkward but lovable nerd" with the "unreciprocated crush on hot non-nerdy... More »

Make Your iPhone Do Magic Tricks

New apps use technology for prestidigitation

(Newser) - Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic, as Arthur C. Clarke famously theorized. But now, some creative young nerds, er, entertainers are adding smartphones to their magic acts, dazzling audiences with some high-tech prestidigitation, reports the Washington Post . Now a guessed number can appear on screen, a digital pic... More »

Nerdiest US Colleges

MIT, CIT lead the way

(Newser) - While some colleges are known for their sports teams or ability to party, others make time to observe Pi Day (3/14, of course), run scientific studies on campus graffiti, design campus-wide (literally) Rube Goldberg machines, and pump up their students by playing Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries during finals... More »

10 Nerdiest Contests Ever

If you can solve a Rubik's Cube in under 7 seconds, prepare for glory

(Newser) - You may not have realized it, but last weekend people got together in Europe to compete at "speedcubing." To the uninformed, that's the act of solving a Rubik's Cube—really fast. (The current record? 7.08 seconds.) Time lists nine more extremely geeky competitions:
  • Muggle Quidditch: Yes,
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Site Lets Nerds Pay Girls to Game (Wink, Wink)

GameCrush connects lonely males to gaming females

(Newser) - A site where users pay to play video games against young female opponents is open for business, Mashable reports. Though GameCrush has been in a public beta stage since March, the site formally launched today. Players—generally, men—pay 60 cents a minute to play games on Xbox Live or... More »

Cure for the Common Nerd: Nasal Spray

A spritz of oxytocin transforms awkward wall flowers in experiment

(Newser) - A blast of oxytocin nasal spray can turn a nerd into a potential playa—but only if a guy is "socially awkward" to begin with, scientists have found. Researchers discovered that the chemical—know as the "love hormone" for its ability to increase empathy and bonding, particularly between... More »

How Not to Be Boring

Esquire's advice on keeping things interesting

(Newser) - Are you a bit of a dullard? Me, too. Thankfully, the folks at Esquire have put together a guide to being cool. Well, cooler. Here are some of their tips for the socially challenged:
  • First of all, just don't be boring: If what you're saying is making your own eyes
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Orszag Is a Hot, Sexy Nerd

Like other 'recovering' dweebs, he's now the high school quarterback

(Newser) - Peter Orszag is possessed of a “uniquely pernicious form of roguishness” that Meghan Daum likes to call “recovering-nerd syndrome.” The White House budget director has “long been known around Washington as a ladies man,” even if you don’t believe the rumors that he dumped... More »

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