Patrick Michael Lafferty

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How to Build a Mini Supercomputer for Under $100

Wei Lin built a scalable computing cluster comprised of $7 chips.<p>Supercomputers are used by governments and research institutions around the world to solve some of science’s most complex problems, such as hurricane forecasting and modeling atomic weapons. In most cases, a supercomputer is actually …

Raspberry Pi

A 2nd 'Big Bang' could end our universe in an instant — and it's all because of a tiny particle that controls the laws of physics

Our universe may end the same way it was created: with a big, sudden bang.<p>That's according to new research from a group of Harvard physicists, who found that the destabilization of the Higgs boson — a tiny quantum particle that gives other particles mass — could lead to an explosion of energy that …

Worried about what Facebook knows about you? Check out Google

Upset about how much of your data Facebook has? Wait until you see what Google has got on you.<p>Dylan Curran, an information technology consultant, took a look at just what Google knew about him. Even with his experience as a web developer, he was shocked.<p>"I was really like: 'Oh, my God. This is …

Privacy

Download and protect your Facebook data in just a few clicks

The Facebook privacy scandal has users demanding to see how much the social media giant knows about them and how they can limit the amount of data they're giving out.<p>The bad news is that your data may already be out in the wild and in the hands of third party advertisers. The good news is that you …

Social Media

Cheddar

The Problem Isn’t Just Trump. It’s Our Ignorant Electorate.

It is not effete snobbery or elitist condescension to note that ill-informed voters contributed to the current mess.<p>For many of us, mornings have …

The top ten mistakes that make life easy for cyber-criminals

Russian hackers have managed to get into the German government's computers. We don't know exactly how they did it. But we do know which common …

This is how the mould and damp in your home actually affects your body and health

It's something many of us have had to deal with from time to time - the emergence of damp or mould in our houses.<p>The sight is never pleasant but it …

De-Extinction in 10 (Not So Easy) Steps

Everyone these days seems to be talking about de-extinction—a proposed scientific program to "re-breed" species that have been extinct for hundreds …

Genetics

The massive asteroid that killed the dinosaurs was even more devastating than anyone imagined

The massive asteroid that is thought to have wiped out the dinosaurs was one of the most significant events in Earth's history, and without it there's a really good chance humans might never have existed at all. With that in mind, it's hard to imagine how the space rock's impact could have been …

Tesla shareholders just approved a $2.6 billion stock option plan for Elon Musk — here's how he spends his $20 billion fortune

Elon Musk may be the world's richest rocket scientist.<p>The 46-year-old CEO of Tesla and SpaceX and cofounder of OpenAI has said he won't be happy until we've escaped Earth and colonized Mars. Luckily, he has the mind and the money to make it happen.<p>Despite a massive net worth hovering around $20.1 …

Eating bogies is good for teeth and overall health, scientists conclude

It might be wise to look away now if you are eating or have a weak stomach, but scientists have discovered that ingesting bogies is good for teeth, and overall health.<p>Scientists at a number of universities including Harvard and the University of Saskatchewan and say parents should not discourage …

Dreams of the Stone Age dated for first time in southern Africa

Ancient rock art research could piece together how the peoples who lived in the region some 5,700 years ago interacted.<p>Scientists have directly dated …

Scientists Think These Ancient Carvings Depict an Apocalyptic Comet Impact

Deciphering the mysterious “Vulture Stone” at the 11,500-year-old ruins of Göbekli Tepe.<p>The harrowing tale of an apocalyptic comet impact may be etched into the pillars of the earliest known temple, Göbekli Tepe in southern Turkey, erected by humans some 11,500 years ago.<p>Excavation of this site …

24 Bronze Age axes found in Norway

The first finds were made by metal detecting brothers Joakim and Jørgen Korstad on January 25th of this year. Scanning a field in the village of …

10 Mysterious Ancient Caves That Could Re-Write Our History

<i>“The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.”</i> <i><br>― Joseph Campbell</i><p>What prehistoric structures and art hidden in ancient caves around the …

The Best Science Documentaries on Netflix in April, Ranked

Knowledge is power and Netflix is our professor.<p>Sure, Netflix has a bevy of cheesy rom-coms, sexy capers, and superhero content. But Netflix can also …

Film Festivals

Five Ways to Make Extra Cash While You Travel

Some jobs come with a built-in requirement for travel, like teaching a language abroad or working in sales. But if you want to travel for fun and …

The U.S. Virgin Islands Will Give You Money to Visit in 2017

🚨 This is not a drill. 🚨<p>When daydreaming about your life next year, are you envisioning yourself lounging on a beach with the wind in your hair and some sort of fruity tropical drink right beside you? No? Well, YOU SHOULD. Because in 2017, the U.S. Virgin Islands will *pay you* to take a vacation …

Your dreams just came true: Download any content on Netflix with this free app

After years of clamoring from users all around the world, Netflix finally — and somewhat surprisingly — gave subscribers what they wanted late last …

Deal Alert: US to Puerto Rico from $81 Round-Trip

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Trump and his team are shocked that people actually believed all those insane campaign promises

"This is the problem with the media. You guys took everything that Donald Trump said so literally," Lewandowski said, as quoted by the <i>Washington Post</i>. "The American people didn't. They understood it. They understood that sometimes — when you have a conversation with people, whether it's around the …

Browse & Download 1,198 Free High Resolution Maps of U.S. National Parks

I cannot, and do not wish to, imagine the U.S. without its National Park system. The sale and/or despoliation of this more than 80 million acres of …

Deal Alert: Cheap Flights to Europe for $400 on Delta - Points Miles & Martinis

Looking to head to Europe next year without spending a whole lot of money? Then, you’re in luck, since there are some super cheap fares right now for …

The $5 PoisonTap quickly, completely hijacks even a locked computer’s internet

After I learned of this clever exploit from Samy Kamkar, my poor 2012 MacBook Air looks more vulnerable than venerable: Asleep on the table, its USB ports exposed, it could be hijacked in seconds by a malicious Raspberry Pi Zero called PoisonTap. No need for passwords, zero-days or million-dollar …

Raspberry Pi

Flights to Europe are as low as $392 this winter!

I’ve frequently mentioned two sites when it comes to finding cheap airfares: The Flight Deal and Google Flights. I even put together a quick video …

Fly to Paris on American Next Summer for Only ~$450

Related Articles<p>This is a great sale for summer European flights. You can fly to Paris from New York for only ~$450 on American Airlines.<p>Valid for …

Google is making it easier for anyone to design beautiful apps

New collaboration tools for designers embrace the Material Design philosophy<p>Google is launching a new suite of tools meant to make it easier for designers and app makers to collaborate. It’s partially an expansion of Google’s Material Design efforts, which launched two years ago as a way to rethink …

Want to Raise Down-to-Earth Kids? It Helps to Know a Little Psychology

Know the psychology of how kids become brats so you can effectively fight back.<p>The rap on young people is that they're entitled and narcissistic. They think the world revolves around them and owes them something. They're brats, basically.<p>Is this true?<p>Absolutely not, reply a whole host of …

Psychology