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What a Chess Grandmaster Can Teach You About Solving Problems

Have a complex problem? International chess grandmaster Maurice Ashley suggests trying this.<p>How do <i>you</i> go about solving problems?<p>My father grew up playing chess in his native Philippines, where the game is hugely popular. He became fairly skilled, and even won a few tournaments after immigrating to …

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This wearable chair from Japan helps surgeons through long hours of surgery

<i>(The Bridge) –</i> As IT industry workers normally work facing to desktops or laptops, more than a few of them are willing to use items like a standing desk to avoid sitting at work for all day. While there are many jobs that let people work while standing, one of the hardest is probably surgical …

In case there was any doubt Apple is working on the next major computing platform ...

This week, the Financial Times reported that Apple hired Doug Bowman, a researcher and professor at Virginia Tech who specializes in virtual reality. No one knows exactly what Bowman will be doing at Apple, but it's not difficult to figure out what kinds of projects he'll be focusing on based on …

Samsung Foldable Smartphone To Launch Next Year (Rumor)

According to a recent report there will be a new Samsung foldable smartphone launching next year and Samsung is apparently testing out the handset at …

Star Wars: new videos detail changes to Original Trilogy

It's news to nobody that the original <i>Star Wars</i> trilogy is impossible to (legally) get hold of right now. Whilst there have been rumours that Disney …

Hands-On with New Board: the PSoC 4 BLE Pioneer Kit

First the Physical<p>Last month we announced the release of PSoC 4 BLE by Cypress. It’s similar to the PSoC 4 that came before it, but as the acronym might imply, this latest board integrates Bluetooth Low Energy (which I’ll detail further down).<p>At a size not much larger than an Arduino Uno (only …

Out in the Open: The Site That Teaches You to Code Well Enough to Get a Job

Wanna be a programmer? That shouldn't be too hard. You can sign-up for an iterative online tutorial at a site like Codecademy or Treehouse. You can …

Electronic Components Online

An Energy Saving Air Vent In The Cloud Designed By A 13-Year-Old

Father and daughter team Gabi and Shani Zuniga put their heads together with neighbor and long-time friend Danny Eizips to create Ventix, a home heating and cooling device controlled by the cloud.<p>Think of it like Nest, but one step into the future. While the Nest thermostat controls your entire …

The Maker Movement in a cool new Infographic

The Grommet released a very cool infographic about the Makers Movement:<p><i>Today we’re unveiling a visual representation of the Maker Movement; its</i> …

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Arduino, l'open puce

Fab labs, «makers» et autres bidouilleurs font un triomphe mondial au circuit imprimé open source et hyper abordable. Simple à programmer, ses usages …

Three Projects That Make LEGO Toys Into High-Tech Tools

LEGOs aren't just for kids. They're also a maker's best friend.<p>Hand a kid some LEGOs, and you’ll get anything from a sword to a starship. The same adaptability that makes the bricks amazing playthings also endears them to makers, who use the simple toys to create complex machines—at a fraction of …

Here You Go, A Cockpit For Your Flying Video Games

This is a Kickstarter for a cardboard package that, when assembled, becomes a wrap-around cockpit for your flight sim and space shooter sessions.<p>It …

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Top Xposed Framework Modules

Xposed Framework is a powerful tool, that allows you to add certain functionality and features to your device which would otherwise be available only through flashing custom ROMs. Xposed framework requires root to access core Android resources, using them to run different modules to add new …

A $100 Origami Robot That Folds Itself Up and Walks Away

I have a thing for low-tech robots, especially when they’re made from everyday stuff. The body of this new little robot bug from MIT and Harvard, described last week in the latest issue of Science, is made from a five-layer sandwich of copper traces, paper, and shape-memory polymer — the stuff you …

Next-gen OpenGL initiative announced, bridging desktop and mobile APIs

The Khronos Group, the non-profit group behind the popular OpenGL ES graphics API for mobile devices, has just detailed the specification for OpenGL 4.5 and has released SPIR v2.0 (OpenCL C intermediate representation). For us mobile users, Khronos has let out a few more details on OpenGL ES 3.1 …

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Fischertechnik CNC Machine Looks Innocent Whilst Cutting Your Face

Hallo iedereen! All the way from the Netherlands comes this fairly unique CNC milling machine built by a handful of Mechanical Engineering students …

Researcher Details USB-Based Attack That Circumvents All Known Protective Security Measures

Security research Karsten Nohl of Berlin's SR Labs has revealed a flaw in USB devices that potentially allows hackers to evade all known security measures used by a computer. In a report by <i>Wired</i>, Nohl says his BadUSB exploit is "almost like a magic trick" because "you cannot tell where the virus …

How "Star Wars" Influenced Jibo, The First Robot For Families

Jibo creator Cynthia Breazeal explains why, despite not having a face, her newest creation is the most “human” robot yet.<p>Cynthia Breazeal traces her interest in robotics to the first time she saw <i>Star Wars</i> in theaters as a 10-year-old. “Your jaw just drops,” she told <i>Fast Company</i>. “In many ways those …

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This fully functional microscope is built entirely out of Lego

Lego Ideas -- formerly Cuusoo -- has seen some pretty great sets come to life, with the high-profile Ghostbusters set really highlighting the power of fan love, but it's science and research that has seen the most success, with the female scientists set and several real-life spacecraft hitting the …

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Scientists Are Afraid To Talk About The Robot Apocalypse, And That's A Problem

I thought it'd be a cool story to interview academics and robotics professionals about the popular notion of a robot takeover, but four big names in the area declined to talk to me. A fifth person with robo street cred told me on background that people in the community fear that publicly talking …

The Neurochemistry of Positive Conversations

Why do negative comments and conversations stick with us so much longer than positive ones?<p>A critique from a boss, a disagreement with a colleague, a fight with a friend – the sting from any of these can make you forget a month’s worth of praise or accord. If you’ve been called lazy, careless, or a …

The Rise of Nintendo: A Story in 8 Bits

From ‘Donkey Kong’ to the NES — how a Japanese company took over the American living room. An exclusive first serial from ‘Console Wars.’<p><i>The</i> …

The hidden value of Amazon's Fire TV

After a week with the Fire TV, I was confident that it was just another streamer, and our review reflects that. Amazon put a few nice tweaks on the existing set-top formula with an easy setup and voice search, but my TV stand is crowded with game consoles, dongles and other boxes that bring their …

What the Science of “Sleep Paralysis” Reveals About How the Brain Works

<i>“In both writing and sleeping,”</i> Stephen King wrote in his meditation on “creative sleep” and the art of wakeful dreaming, <i>“we learn to be physically still at the same time we are encouraging our minds to unlock from the humdrum rational thinking of our daytime lives.”</i> But while he was exploring the …

Things You Cannot Unsee (and What They Say About Your Brain)

We're going to rewire your brain. Are you ready?<p>I want to show you something simple your mind can do, which illustrates a fascinating emerging theory about how the brain works. First, look at this logo of the World Cup this year.<p>The idea of the emblem is obvious: This is an illustration of a trophy …

4 Marine Corps Leadership Lessons | The Art of Manliness

<i>Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Jeff Clement.</i><p>I did two deployments to Afghanistan as a US Marine Corps logistics officer, and led hundreds …