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Remote Door Controls Are Car Security Flaw

Researchers found that a bad actor could cheaply and easily clone a remote keyless entry system to gain entry. Christopher Intagliata reports.

Raspberry Pi in the sky: How to build this awesome $115 airplane tracker

If you’ve ever looked up at a plane and wondered where it’s headed, this simple project is for you. Thanks to cheap, miniaturized electronics, you can now build a receiver that connects to your smartphone and shows details about all the aircraft in the sky around you. It takes less than an hour and …

This Crazy-Ass Skydiver Just Jumped From 7,600 Metres Without a Parachute

That's a lot of trust in science.<p>An American skydiver has become the first person in the world to purposefully jump out of a plane at 7,620 metres …

Sniffing Bluetooth Devices With A Raspberry Pi

Hackaday was at HOPE last weekend, and that means we got the goods from what is possibly the best security conference on the east coast. Some of us, …

Piloting Drones With Mind Control? This Researcher Has Done It

Is this the beginning of the end?<p>A researcher from Arizona State University has found a way to control multiple drones using nothing but the power of …

Step-by-Step Guide to Building Your Own Apple Computer on The Cheap

Meet your new ‘hackintosh’.<p>Apple computers are great, but they're often very expensive. So what's the solution if you want a super-powerful Mac …

Computer Hardware

A Brilliant Leaning Mechanism Lets This Lego Wheel Corner Like a Motorcycle

As part of his research into building a functional Lego version of <i>Star Wars: The Force Awakens’</i> BB-8, Jason Allemann of JK Brickworks created this …

Doctor Who Style Raspberry Pi Watch Created (video)

Maker and Raspberry Pi enthusiast Jeremy Lee has published a great Raspberry Pi watch he has created taking inspiration from the Vortex Manipulator …

Solve The Mystery Of The Mathematical Mistakes

Welcome to The Riddler. Every week, I offer up a problem related to the things we hold dear around here: math, logic and probability. These problems, …

26 of the most hilarious, unfortunate online ad placements

Therefore, advertisers and publishers are not always aware of exactly what content the ad will be put around.<p>This can turn out to be disastrous, or just funny. Examples of ad misplacement range from Donald Trump ads next to pro-Isis videos, to beer ads next to stories about drunk driving.<p>These …

An Unbeatable Game From the 1960s That Uses Physical Computing to Win

In “The Unbeatable Game from the 60s: Dr. Nim,” <i>Standup Maths</i> host Matt Parker demonstrates Dr. Nim, a seemingly simple plastic game that uses …

Scripting in Swift

IntroductionThere has been a lot of talk about how Swift could be used to develop in many areas outside of iOS app development. Indeed there is (very …

Python Programming

The science of revision: nine ways pupils can revise for exams more effectively

Ditch the highlighter and teach a friend. Psychology shows us a lot about how to improve our memory and avoid distractions – here are some dos and don’ts<p>The weeks and months leading up to exams can be challenging for students (and parents and teachers alike). Now more than ever, young people seem …

Pedagogy

This company will build a secret passageway in your house

Steve Humble dreamed of filling his giant house with secret passageways, but when he looked for a company to build them, he couldn't find one. So he started a company himself. Now, Creative Home Engineering installs hidden doors, secret rooms, and trapdoors in homes.<p><i>Story by Jacob Shamsian and</i> …

12 oddly sexual lines in the Star Wars films

The Star Wars saga is known for being family-friendly, despite burned corpses in Episode I and Anakin burning to death (almost) in Episode III, but …

Star Wars

Genius Stocking Stuffer Gifts Under $40

You’d never think to ask for these cheap trinkets, but you’ll be glad you did<p>These gifts aren’t the items at the top of your wish list, but they should be. They’re small, practical, and cheap—the three necessary components to the perfect stocking stuffer.<p>Some are brilliant, some are downright fun, …

The Only Type of Cardio That Gets You Jacked

It actually exists: a cardio workout that lifters will love<p>There is cardio.<p>And then there’s High-Intensity Continuous Training (HICT)—aerobic workouts sent from lifters’ heaven.<p>HICT is essentially a slow aerobic session, so your heart rate will never go above 150 beats per minute. You’ll do one …

Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow cabinet gets the Downfall parody treatment

Jeremy Corbyn’s cabinet appointments have been given the Downfall treatment.<p>The well-known meme, based around the scene in the 2004 film where Hitler …

This neat trick tells you how much signal you have on your iPhone

<b>Sometimes the signal bars on an iPhone aren’t all that clear.</b><p>Often you might think you’ve got full strength, but your phone still has pretty crappy …

How to turn your smartphone into a hologram projector

No longer do you need ridiculously expensive equipment to make a hologram projector.<p>Someone’s worked out how to create them with just your iPhone, …

How to Do a Muscleup

Here’s your 6-step plan for mastering the muscleup<p>Want to impress everyone you know? Learn how to do a muscleup.<p>“The muscleup is the hardest pullup you’ve ever done combined with the most difficult dip you’ve ever done,” according to Sean Garner, a contestant on the 2015 season of <i>Men’s Health</i> Next …

20 incredible places to visit in Scotland before you die

Scotland is full of natural breathtaking beauty and man-made wonders which would take a lifetime to explore.<p>For those short on time these are some of …

Game Centered: Virtual Reality on iOS Has Arrived. The Top 5 VR Apps for iPhone.

Now that use of Google's Cardboard VR app is supported on the iPhone, I couldn't wait to order the Cardboard for my iPhone 6 Plus and see what it had to offer. Never having browsed the App Store for Virtual Reality apps that were not previously supported, I was surprised at the breadth of iOS apps …

Solar retro-modern Happier Camper HC1 features a LEGO-like interior

Dreaming of a summer road trip adventure? You’ll love the Happier Camper HC1, a retro-modern tiny trailer with a LEGO-like modular interior. Designed …

Off-grid

The Secret to Doing a Single-Arm Pushup

Find out if you have the shoulder and core stability needed to master this exercise<p>The single-arm pushup is not only an impressive feat of strength, it’s also a great party trick.<p>In fact, the <i>MH</i> staff watched Noah Galloway, winner of the <b>Ultimate Men’s Health Guy</b> and a finalist on <i>Dancing with the</i> …

How to make a paper aeroplane fly forever

Before you try this out, make sure there’s a responsible adult nearby.<p>We don’t want you to burn your house down or get a paper cut with all that …

Necktie knots, formal languages and network security

Sartorial mathematics and why we should care about the computational complexity of internet protocols<p>Do you like neckties?<p>How do you like to tie …

Coolors App Brings Color Palettes to iOS

Looking for a flawless color scheme? Coolors <b>($0.99)</b> — an app for the web and iOS — can generate an unlimited number of color arrangements to help with your design projects.<p>The app was created by designer and developer Fabrizio Bianchi. In an interview with <i>Wired</i>, Bianchi says that “the process of …

It’s The Last Week To Vote For Your Favorite Prototype

This is the last week to vote for your favorite entry to the Pitch Your Prototype challenge, a collaboration between <i>Make:</i> and Cornell University with the goal of digging up the most promising prototypes from the Maker community.<p>Visit this page to view all contestants and cast your vote. Here are …

Recreating Sound With Silent Video

One of our favorite demonstrations at this year’s TED Conference was by computer scientist Abe Davis, who showed us that the tiny vibrations in seemingly still objects can provide very valuable information. Using high-speed cameras—and even a few regular DSLRs—to film stationary items, Davis and …