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Older Dads Have Geekier Sons

Study says mother's age appears to have no effect at all

(Newser) - A new study suggests an upside for boys who have older dads: higher IQs. More specifically, they tend to score higher on what the researchers call the "geek index," reports the Guardian . And this is clearly seen as a positive: "If you look at who does well... More »

14 Geeky Celeb Gals

Anna Kendrick is a 'Lord of the Rings' fan; Megan Fox likes anime

(Newser) - Anna Kendrick may be a rising star with a role in the Twilight franchise to boot, but she's not above some good old-fashioned nerdiness. "I happen to be a huge Lord of the Rings fan," she recently revealed, adding that she watches the extended editions, marathon-style, every ... More »

Students Calculate Price of the Death Star

LeHigh University students determine that yes, there is enough iron on Earth

(Newser) - Just how wealthy would the Empire have to be to build a Death Star? Well, wealthy enough to blow somewhere around $852 quadrillion on metal alone, according to a group of economics students at Lehigh University. How did they get that number? Well, the first Death Star has a reported... More »

High School Outcasts Rule the World

So let's stop treating them like misfits: Alexandra Robbins

(Newser) - High school graduation feels more like the end of a prison sentence for far too many students, writes author Alexandra Robbins in the Los Angeles Times . But here's some solace for the outcasts: "The differences that cause a student to be excluded in high school are often the... 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,
... 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
... More »

Geeks Channel Mario With Wedding Invite

Beat the villain, get the details

(Newser) - A pair of self-proclaimed “geeks” have channeled the old-school, 8-bit likes of Super Mario and Donkey Kong to create an unusual wedding invitation—and invitees only get the details if they beat the gorilla-ish villain. “We knew that we didn’t want standard paper invites,” the bride-to-be/game... More »

Truly Wacky Online Dating Sites

From vampire lovers to geeks to punk rockers, a site for everyone

(Newser) - If the matches you’re finding on eHarmony are too vanilla, never fear: There’s a dating site out there for you, and Julie Gerstein of Lemondrop rounds up the quirkiest of the quirky:
  • If you wear a lot of black: Find your “own personal Satan” at Gothic Match.
... More »

100 Must-Have Skills for Geeks

Do you have the know-how to be a true techie?

(Newser) - Think you're a geek? Living up to the label requires a certain set of skills—or knowing how to Google them. Wired compiles the 100 essential skills for true geekdom:
  1. Secure a wireless router.
  2. Steal wi-fi from your neighbor.
  3. Mess with people stealing wi-fi.
  4. Name all the Dwarves in The
... More »

April Fools Prank May Pay Off for Star Wars Fans

Tens of thousands try to order a 'Tauntaun sleeping bag'

(Newser) - What started as an April Fools joke may turn into a dream come true—almost literally—for Star Wars fans, LA Weekly reports. The Tauntaun sleeping bag seemed just plausible enough that retailer ThinkGeek was bombarded with orders—and raked over the coals when the truth came out. Now Lucasfilm,... More »

Computer Science School Tries to De-Geekify Students

Everyone majors in computer science

(Newser) - At Utah’s Neumont University, everyone majors in computer science and “geek” is a badge of honor, not an insult. But some at the school are worried that grads—though highly valued for their tech skills and nearly certain of landing jobs—might be lacking in other areas, the... More »

These Twittering Geeks Need Your Support

(Newser) - With all the normal people suddenly overrunning Twitter, “we have to stick together, and keep the geek community thriving,” writes GeekDad Ken Denmead for Wired. He’s compiled a list of 100 geeks worth following. Here are a few:
  • Wil Wheaton (wilw): Blogger, writer, and, oh yeah,
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Woz Could Win Dancing With Geek Power

(Newser) - Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is competing on Dancing With the Stars, and with the right kind of support, he just might win, David Zeiler writes in the Baltimore Sun. Woz’s appearance on the show could animate the Apple faithful to actually watch and vote, and “win it for... More »

Obama Is One of Us, America's Geeks Cheer

President-elect digs Star Trek and comics ... though he does play sports, and is married

(Newser) - Barack Obama may be America’s first geek-in-chief—or at least that’s what Star Trek and comic book fans are hoping. The president-elect embraces technology, flashes “Live Long and Prosper” signs, and jokes about being from Krypton—all characteristics of his repressed inner geek. The title is more... More »

Why Tragik Lolcats Tug on Human Hartz

(Newser) - Lolcats are as funny as their fans believe, but it's the sadness of this kitty sub-genre that makes them special, Jay Dixit writes in Salon. On, which attracts millions of hits a month, lolcats yearn and comfort each other, inspiring a teary eye in us human visitors. There... More »

D&D DNA Endures in Digital Era

Co-creator's death comes on eve of game's reinvention

(Newser) - Dungeons & Dragons co-creator Gary Gygax valued interaction and innovation above all. He devised the game with friends equally inspired by war games and bedtime stories, starting with tabletop battle re-enactments, then injecting magic and mythology into his creations. Wired visits Wisconsin for a lengthy profile that was in the... More »

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