Oregon suffered defeat at the hands of Cam Newton and Auburn last night in the 2011 BCS championship game. But hard as it may have been to watch the gut-wrenching loss, you probably couldn't take your eyes off the Oregon players the whole time, thanks to flashy uniforms that made Auburn look stuck in the 1950's. How'd those Oregon guys get to looking so sharp? And why did those uniforms look the way they did?
Every stretch of America has at least one: an old industrial site that's so trashed and toxic, it looks like the setting for a Garbage Pail Kids reunion -- not exactly the type of thing you want in your backyard (unless, of course, you're an 8-year-old boy).
In 2011, you will win prizes for buying broccoli. You will seek help from a device to control your fetish for Eames furniture. And all that twee analog crap Urban Outfitters is always hawking to bed-heady undergrads?
Microchips are made from silicon and plastic for a good reason: it's very easy to control and make sure each component is exactly like every other. But Dr. Jean-Baptiste Labrune of Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs thinks that electronics made of softer stuff -- like wood, for instance -- have their place too.
Once in a blue moon, a data visualization comes along and wallops you with its brilliance. Case in point: "Notabilia," which shows the debates behind some of the most controversial Wikipedia entries.