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Practice Not As Important As Believed For Success

But don't use this as an excuse when you mess up at your piano recital.<p>You may have heard of the "10,000 hour rule," popularized in Malcolm Gladwell's book <i>Outliers</i>, which suggests that many people who have reached the top of their fields got there, in large part, due to practicing for 10,000 hours. …

Lack Of Sleep Kills Brain Cells, New Study Shows

If you’re burning the midnight oil, you may be burning out brain cells, too, new research shows. A study published this week in the Journal of Neuroscience found that staying awake too long destroys brain cells in mice, and may do the same in humans.<p>It’s the first study to show (if only in animals) …

Technology in education: if students aren't worried, why are teachers?

The third episode of the BBC Radio 4 series, My Teacher is an App, offered a provocative glimpse into the ways that technology is now being used to meet current educational needs. I attended the debate at The Great Hall of King's College London, where a respected panel and an energetic audience …

Poor state education in India threatens the futures of millions of children

Armal Ali lives in one of the poorest neighbourhoods of Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh, India. The family of 11 occupy a breeze-block shack with no windows. Ali works all day at a hand loom, sitting cross-legged on the ground, making embroidered saris that are highly prized across the …

Lego robotics | Electrical engineering | Science

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What Lies Beneath

Deep below the streets of New York City lie its vital organs—a water system, subways, railroads, tunnels, sewers, drains, and power and cable lines—in a vast, three-dimensional tangle. Penetrating this centuries-old underworld of caverns, squatters, and unmarked doors, William Langewiesche follows …

Lasers and robots explore ancient Rome’s hidden aqueducts

With the help of precision 21-century technology, archaeologists are mapping a dozen tunnels that were carved by Roman engineers into the mountains east of Rome in order to supply the ancient city with water<p>Hacking through thickets of overgrown bushes, reeds and stinging nettles, Alfonso Diaz Boj …

Jellyfish are taking over the seas, and it might be too late to stop them

Last week, Sweden’s Oskarshamn nuclear power plant, which supplies 10% of the country’s energy, had to shut down one of its three reactors after a jellyfish invasion clogged the piping of its cooling system. The invader, a creature called a moon jellyfish, is 95% water and has no brain. Not what …

University of British Columbia

The winners of the Nikon Small World photomicrography competition: This incredible image of a colonial plankton organism, magnified 250x by Wim van Egmond of the Micropolitan Museum, took first place. http://theatln.tc/1aTxQJe

Leap Motion

Leap Motion’s technology is literally reminiscent of the computer interface portrayed in the 2002 science fiction movie Minority Report. The company’s $80 sensor and software package allows users to control computers with their hand motions, tracking the movements of all ten fingers down to one …

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Watch These 13 Amazing Documentaries On Netflix Instant And Abandon All Hope Of Productivity

By Ted Pillow,<p>Comment<br>• FlagFlagged<br>• http://tcat.tc/1aPdssL<p>1. Man on Wire<p>I avoided Man on Wire for a few years – something about an Oscar-winning …

What Recruiters Look At During The 6 Seconds They Spend On Your Resume

Although we may never know why we didn't get chosen for a job interview, a recent study is shedding some light on recruiters' decision-making behavior. According to TheLadders research, recruiters spend an average of "six seconds before they make the initial 'fit or no fit' decision" on …

July 2013

Surreal Photo Manipulations by Caras Ionut | Colossal

<p>Photo artist Caras Ionut lives in the world of Photoshop where he digitally assembles surreal landscapes and portraits using largely his own …

Astronaut Chris Hadfield Brings Lessons From Space Down To Earth

While floating weightless in the International Space Station last spring, Commander Chris Hadfield recorded his own version of David Bowie's "Space Oddity" — a video that's now been viewed more than 18 million times on YouTube. But when he wasn't busy being an Internet phenomenon, the Canadian …

Captivating Time-Lapse Captures Over 700 Hot Air Balloons Lifting Off into the Sky

What better subject for a time-lapse than 700+ colorful bags of hot air rising into the sky all at once, many of them shaped like beloved (or …

Our Mission: Hack to Learn, Hack to Imagine, Hack to Share

<i>A mission to explore strange new worlds… to boldly go where no (body) has gone before.</i><p>What are Robot Hacks? At Maker Media we’re on an adventure to explore activities beyond traditional publishing and broadcasting.<p>We’re creating live online participatory events for the MAKE community, and re-making …

How-To: Rock Candy Geode

For the intrepid kitchen explorers amongst us in search of the most dazzling of candy geodes, check out this impressive and challenging-looking Rock Candy Geode tutorial from Ann Reardon of How To Cook That.<p>[via Foodbeast]

How to Make a Maker Class

Howdy folks! Would you like to learn how to MAKE a maker class at your school? I have been a middle school art teacher for seven years and I want to share with you how I got my Project Make class up and running on a shoestring budget, with a large (35) group of low-income English Language learners. …

Raspberry Pi “Kitchen” set for Engadget Expand in NYC Nov. 9-10

Organizers of Engadget Expand expect 10,000 attendees to descend on New York City Nov. 9-10. Designed for tech enthusiasts and gadget geeks, the weekend offers an opportunity to hear from consumer electronics luminaries and a first-hand peak the latest new devices.<p>MAKE will roll out its …

MOSS: A Simple Magnetic Robotics Kit

Taking wiring, coding, and connector screws out of the equation, the folks at Modular Robotics (creators of 2011’s well-received Cubelets robotics system) have created MOSS: The Dynamic Robot Construction Kit. It’s a modular robotics kit with magnetic connectors, enabling you to literally snap …

A 3-D Printer Can Pay For Itself In Less Than A Year

Routine questions for the makers of desktop 3-D printers: "what do you do with this thing?" and "why would you want one?" A study from Michigan Technical University answered that with some math: the researchers found that you could recoup the up-front cost of a 3-D printer in less than a year.<p>The …

3D printable objects modeled on expired 19th century patents

Martin Galese's Thingiverse account is full of amazing 3D objects modeled on 19th-century patent drawings. Galese, a patent attorney, has launched …

Get Ready: 3D Printing Will Explode Next Year, When Key Patents Expire

The lifting of intellectual property barriers will lead to a rise in competition and a huge drop in price.<p>Here's what's holding back 3D printing, the technology that's supposed to revolutionize manufacturing and countless other industries: patents. In February 2014, key patents that currently …

3D printing for all: Inside Chicago library’s new “pop-up maker lab”

3D printers, laser cutters, and milling machines are now open to the public.<p>CHICAGO, IL — If you've ever had a hankering to try out a 3D printer, a …

A Young YouTuber’s Disney Parody Imagines Dark Fates For Princesses, Sets Internet Ablaze

The <i>Shrek</i> franchise has made some serious strides toward demystifying the characters of beloved animated fairy tales. It’s impossible to unsee Pinocchio’s thong in <i>Shrek 2</i>, for instance. A new video appeared online on March 12, however, that will rain much harder on your beloved cartoon movies …

3D Printable DIY Kit Turns Almost Anything Into a Drone

Drones are met with a great deal of suspicion at the moment, given that no-one can really agree what, if any, regulations should be imposed on their use in public and private spaces.<p>Jasper van Loenen, an independent designer working in the field of interaction/information, design and art, has …

The 10 Coolest Things You Can 3-D Print Right Now

Cameras, guitars, RC aircraft and more!<p>One survey of the 3-D printing landscape will quickly show you that it's brimming with novelty items and useless junk. But don't let that overwhelm you! We sorted through the clutter to create this list of 10 projects that are both awesome and practical.<p>Don't …

10 3D-printable home goods that could put Target out of business

Sure, 3D printing has brought us a ton of cool creations and unique ideas (can we just go back to the whole 3D-printed Aston Martin thing?), but did …