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A Clever Hack Makes Any Receipt Printer Spit Out The U.S. Constitution

Swiss artist Thibault Brevet apparently has an affinity for America’s most treasured document: the Constitution. He created a hack that can produce a brand-new paper copy of it from any receipt printer.<p>Brevet, best known before this for a project called “Grand Central” that used a robot equipped …

Microcontroller

Google Glass’s battery is lousy on purpose, says Google man

Thad Starner has been wearing computers on his face for 21 years. Today he works with Google on Glass, the web giant’s wearable computing project which, because of its high-profile backer and the accompanying publicity blitz, also happens to be the go-to example of all that is good and evil about …

Wearable Tech

Affordable Asus Chromebox Cloud PC Fires Shot Across Microsoft's Bow

Recently I spent some quality time testing (and tearing down) the new Asus Chromebox small form factor Chrome OS PC. This little 5×5-inch brick runs Google's latest Chrome operating system and the model I tested was based on an Intel Core i3 dual-core (Haswell) processor, 4GB of 1600MHz RAM and a …

How A Seven-Sexed Organism Gets It On

Science solves a mystery that's more than 50 years old.<p>The specifics of how a single-celled organism called <i>Tetrahymena thermophila</i> gets it on has been a scientific mystery for more than 50 years. See, <i>T. thermophila</i> has seven sexes, and it can reproduce in 21 combinations. For sexy-time, each <i>T.</i> …

Here’s Where They Make China’s Cheap Android Smartphones - MIT Technology Review

A little over a year ago, 38-year-old entrepreneur Liang Liwan wasn’t making smartphones at all. This year, he expects to build 10 million of …

Mobile

No More Woof reads dog brainwaves, translates to speech

The in-development No More Woof project aims to translate dog brainwaves into human speech through a crowdfunded device.<p>Dug from "Up" may be closer to reality than you think. The animated dog's translation collar is pretty close to what the No More Woof project is trying to achieve. The …

Brainwaves

Reconstructing the Past: How Recalling Memories Alters Them - PsyBlog

• Next article in this series: Can Doodling Improve Memory and Concentration?<p>The first experiment to show the enhancing and distorting effect of …

The Upside of Anger: 6 Psychological Benefits of Getting Mad - PsyBlog

• Next article in this series: 12 Laws of the Emotions<p>• Previous article: Does Keeping Busy Make Us Happy?<p>We tend to think of anger as a wild, …

The 7 Sins of Memory - PsyBlog

Psychologists have found that right from the moment an event occurs to the moment we try to retrieve it, our minds are fallible.<p><i>“Memory itself is an</i> …

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Meet The Sourpuss Gene

A genetic variant predisposes people to perceive events more negatively than others.<p>The inability to look on the bright side might have a genetic basis. A new study from the University of British Columbia has found a genetic variant might make the negative more salient than the positive for its …

Psychology

Fashion Zoo Animals

Barcelona-based graphic artist Yago Partal offers photo manipulations featuring various animals in different outfits, dress from the most stylish …

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