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Posts from March, 2014

How 3D Printing Will Create On-Demand Swarms of Disposable Drones

Mar 31

i6xb70psbwdoohcl7ftrNew advances in 3D printing are making it not only possible but also viable to manufacture cheap, print-on-demand, disposable drones designed simply to soar off over the horizon and never come back. Some British engineers did just that, and this is only the beginning. The team hails from the Advanced Manufacturing Research Center (AMRC) at […]

    



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Why Facebook Ditched a Nice Redesign

Mar 31

abhjewt2bjqv4mvb1flcLast year Facebook debuted a nice redesign that featured big, beautiful pictures, seen above. But Facebook never rolled it out. Why? Because most people have crappy old computers. Entrepreneur Dustin Curtis had claimed that the reason for the redesign abandonment was because it didn’t drive enough advertising dollars. But Facebook product designer Julie Zhuo said […]

    



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The New Budapest Metro Line is an Awesome Psychedelic Trip

Mar 31

tyiqlawpi4kfc2l8r86x>After ten years of extremely expensive, slow, and politically messed up construction work–it is a long and sad story of government corruption and incompetence–Budapest, the Hungarian capital, got its fourth metro line today. Despite its ill-fated genesis and controversial usefulness, the Metro 4 is an amazing engineering, architectural, and artistic achievement, a mix of stunning […]

    



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Hearing Trick Convinces People Their Arms are Made of Stone

Mar 31

sbfap7y2peiulytl3kmnIf your arm falls asleep for a while, it can sort of feel like it’s made of rubber. But how do you make your arm feel like it’s made of marble? According to Italian researchers, all you need is the sound of a hammer tapping stone. And some psychological trickery. You may be familiar with […]

    



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Watch a Bus Stop Get Redesigned Before Your Very Eyes

Mar 31

Screenshot_29When patience is short and waits are long, squeezing onto the bus becomes a mad, lawless scramble. And that won’t do if your buses have to transport 100,000 passengers a day, like Vancouver’s extremely busy 99 line. So transportation planners got out a camera and some tape—you can watch the results in this transfixing time-lapse […]

    



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Microsoft Appeal to Users’ Honour as Office for iPad Loophole is Found

Mar 31

ipad-2You may have noticed that an iPad version of Microsoft Office was released on Thursday, which was a massive improvement on the iPhone version since you can use basic features without a £100 Office 365 subscription. Well now it turns out that with a bit of fiddling you can access more than the basic features without a subscription. Get in! […]

    



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Just Flick This Clock’s Simple Face Switch to Activate its Alarm

Mar 31

Screenshot_28Dieter Rams left a lasting legacy at Braun that still influences the products the company creates today. Just take a look at this simple analogue alarm clock, that’s found a clever way to compete with all the other monstrous smartphone docks vying for space on your bedside table. Instead of a hard-to-find button on the […]

    



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Fanboys be Warned: Turns Out iOS Apps are Twice as Likely to Crash

Mar 31

Dumb SiriThere are a number of claims that Apple fanboys use to justify their fondness for a closed operating system. Something something regularity. Something something universal availability. Well I hate to break it to you, but it turns out iOS apps are twice as likely to crash compared to their Android counterparts. According to Crittercism apps […]

    



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Want the Most Booze per Calorie? Skip Liquor and Go for Champagne

Mar 31

wxusb3x7w65rdpt9osqcIn surprising booze news, Wonkblog’s Christopher Ingraham gives a surprising (and classy) spin to conventional drinking wisdom: if you’re looking to get the most alcoholic punch per calorie, don’t reach for “the hard stuff.” You’re better off drinking champagne or sparkling wine. The whole evaluation is great—you really should read Ingraham’s entire data-driven look at […]

    



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The Lick Observatory’s Newest Telescope is an Exoplanet Hunting Robot

Mar 31

q9knd0mxqklqqutmibwoExoplanets—planets orbiting stars that aren’t our Sun—seem to be popping out of the cosmic woodwork now that we know where and how to look for them. The Kepler mission alone has discovered 961 of them, and it’s only looking at a tiny sliver of distant space. Just think of how many we’ll find when the new […]

    



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