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Let Electric Ink Light Up Your Next Project

Pencil shavings make for cheap circuits<p>Liberate your next electronics project from the constraint of wires and run current through a painted line of graphite instead. A DIY graphite paint won’t conduct electricity as well as a wire or an expensive commercial conductive ink. But it’s perfectly good …

How computers change the way we learn

Can technology improve the way we learn and think? Google’s head of research argues we're headed into a new era of education.<p>“This discovery of yours will create forgetfulness in the learners' souls, because they will not use their memories,” a concerned commentator once spoke of a new technology. …


Evolution: Why don’t we have hairier faces?

Men may have beards, but compared to many of our primate cousins our faces are pretty hairless – why is that? Jason G Goldman explores the enigma of our bare-faced cheeks.<p>Have you ever stopped to consider your face? Compared to most of the rest of the animal kingdom, the human face has at least one …

Why (and How) Do Bees Make Honey?

Episode 544: The M&M Anomaly

The other day we noticed something strange: a pack of Milk Chocolate M&M's weighs 1.69 ounces, but a pack of Peanut Butter M&M's weigh a tiny tiny bit less, 1.63 ounces. The two packs are same price, but you get slightly less of the Peanut Butter M&M's! 0.06 ounces less! It turns out there is a …

Balance: the incredible balancing act of Rigolo Swiss Nouveau Cirque artist Maedir Eugster

Balance: the incredible balancing act of Rigolo Swiss Nouveau Cirque artist Maedir Eugster.

Theo Jansen’s Strandbeests, wind-powered sculptures that walk on the beach