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Nanobomb Creates Massive Explosion On Tiny Scale

Buckminsterfullerene buckyballs become buckybombs<p>What the world needs most are more things that explode in more ways. A team of researchers from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, as well as one with Brazil’s Federal University of São Paulo, sought the answer to a simple …

Chemistry

Build An 'Honest ETA' Device--And Never Be Late Again [Video]

Our first project with electronics maker and partner littleBits<p>One moment, you're on the way home from the office. The next, 30 minutes have slipped by because you tried to finish that <i>one last thing</i>--and oops, you forgot to tell your significant other.<p>I love my job as much as the next workaholic, …

Makerspaces

The CPU from the original PlayStation is guiding a probe to Pluto

You probably already know that your smartphone is more powerful than the computers used to land astronauts on the Moon. But did you know that the processor used in the original Sony PlayStation is currently guiding a space probe the size of a grand piano towards Pluto? Yep, the same MIPS R3000 CPU …

Man Makes Special Ammunition For 3-D Printed Guns

Time intensive assembly required<p>As police from Germany and Australia will tell you, 3-D printed guns are likely to be as fatal to the person firing as they are to anyone else. This is true primarily for poorly made 3-D printed guns using weaker plastics that can't absorb the explosive shock from …

3D

Fundraising Acceleration Is The New VC Investment Thesis

There was a quite a jolt on Friday from the news that Slack, a company whose eponymous enterprise communications platform was first publicly launched this year, raised $120 million in new venture funding from KPCB and Google Ventures.<p>Even more eye-popping was the valuation: $1.12 billion. Although …

Pumpkin geometry: stunning shadow sculptures that illuminate an ancient mathematical technique

Like a Halloween pumpkin, the hollow sphere casts a dramatic shadow across the room.<p>The curved lines on the spherical shell magically produce a grid of perfect squares. It would make for an amazing lampshade, or maybe even a disco ball.<p>The light sculpture is also a very cool reinterpretation of …

Elon Musk warns against unleashing artificial intelligence 'demon'

Elon Musk has met a technology he doesn't like.<p>Musk, who promises to take humans to new heights with space and battery technologies, was especially grounded in his latest caution on artificial intelligence.<p>Elon Musk<p>He told an audience at MIT on Friday that "we should be very careful about …

Skybox For Good Gives Charities Access To Satellite Imagery

Real-time satellite imagery company Skybox, which was acquired by Google back in August, announced today that it will be making imagery available for some charities.<p>In a blog post today, the company said that it will contribute imagery to projects that “save lives, protect the environment, promote …