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The Three Biggest Aviation Advances From This Year

How RFID tags, carbon-fiber airframes, and battery sensors will change the course of flight.<p>RFID Tags<p>A regular addition to cellphones and bank cards, radio frequency identification (RFID) tags are creeping into airplane cabins. With tags in life vests, seats, medical kits, and other frequently …

10 Maker Jobs That Didn’t Exist 10 Years Ago

The pace of change has accelerated, so much so that you can now make a living doing jobs that didn’t even exist 10 years ago.<p>1. Quadcopter pilot<p>Recently on the ITP alumni mailing list there have been several job postings for experienced quadcopter pilots. These buzzing drones are increasingly being …

Using NeverWet to Protect Electronics

Last month we covered NeverWet, a chemical sold by Rust-Oleum that you can apply to stuff to make it resist water. Now, Adafruit has taken it to the next level by coating various electronics including one of MAKE alumna Becky Stern’s projects, the Flora bike helmet. It sounds like a fun tool to …

11 Nerdiest Jokes on FUTURAMA (And What They Mean)

Nigel G. Mitchell<p>8/07/2013 06:00:00 PM Futurama, television<p><i>Futurama</i> has developed a cult following partially due to the large number of in-jokes it …

Speed bumps and vomit are the Hyperloop’s biggest challenges

If it’s built, the Hyperloop may feel more like a roller coaster than a train<p>It’s now been three days since Elon Musk unveiled his alpha plans for the Hyperloop, the radical and ambitious high-speed transit line that promises passage from Los Angeles to San Francisco in just 35 minutes. And while …

Computer Printer Salvage

It’s easy to build up a “junk box” of items you can use to build projects seen in MAKE — or just about anything you can imagine.<p>Many of my articles for MAKE take advantage of found components, often picked out of trash bins. Just because an electronic device has failed at its original task doesn’t …

10 Innovators Who Changed the World in 2013

These brilliant engineers, designers, and dreamers captured our imagination by creating swarms of smart rescue robots, cars that drive themselves, and a rugged rover that could change the way we think about exploring the Red Planet.<p>These brilliant engineers, designers, and dreamers captured our …

A history of experimental planes and flying machines from the 1950s - Telegraph

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Colossal chart compares hundreds of sci-fi's greatest spaceships

The world of sci-fi has brought us countless spaceships and other galaxy-hopping vessels, but no one's ever brought them all together quite like this. Dirk Loechel has charted out a massive size comparison of ships from dozens of fictional worlds. As you'd expect, iconic franchises like <i>Star Trek,</i> …

A Brief History of the Jetpack

From James Bond to JetLev, we trace humanity's quest to build this extremely unnatural way to get high.<p>From James Bond to JetLev, we trace humanity's quest to build this extremely unnatural way to get high.

Men's Fashion, Style, Grooming, Fitness, Lifestyle, News & Politics

My Best Stuff<p>The woman who calls herself "Muva" (as in "mother") on what she needs to have a good time.<p>By Sophie Saint Thomas1 day agoView …

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Elon Musk's New Project: Iron Man's Gesture-Based Interface

Tuck away inside the SpaceX labs, Elon Musk has been building his version of Tony Stark's design tech.<p>Elon Musk is just toying with us now. The geek superstar already has his hands and calendar full running a private space company that's traveling to the International Space Station and a car …

UK teen launches Thinkspace, seeks to bring software development to high schools around the world

Thinkspace, an organization created by sixteen-year-old James Anderson, seeks to “inspire the next generation of app developers” through dedicated coding zones in high schools across the globe. Anderson formally launched Thinkspace this month with campuses in Plymouth and Northern Ireland.<p>Anderson …

The TC Disrupt Hackathon 2013 Is Officially Underway

The TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon not only marks the beginning of Disrupt SF 2013, but it also marks the beginning of potentially hundreds of new products, services, and gadgets.<p>1,200 hackers have filled the San Francisco Design Center to build whatever their heart desires. They’ll have a handful of …

Jellyfish in the North Atlantic - in pictures

Spectacular images of jellyfish captured by marine biologists and photographers Matt Doggett and Richard Shucksmith in the seas off the Orkney Islands

12 Ways to Become the Office Superstar

How to beat your generation's bad rap and become the office superstar<p>You've heard that millennials are power-hungry, overconfident people who spend all day attached to their iPhones and want constant promotions. Crush the stereotype with these tips from Gen Y career expert Dan Schawbel, author of …

The Future Of Flight: Planes That Never Need To Land

Perpetual flight is going, so get ready for planes that just keep going and going and going...<p>In 1883, Nobel laureate John Strutt, a physicist and the third Baron Rayleigh, put forward a radical idea. He had been studying the mechanics of pelican flight and proposed that the birds drew energy from …

Entrepreneurs Were More Likely To Cause Trouble As Teens, Study Says

"Disrupting" norms is profitable when you're a 35-year-old tech maven. When you're 16, it just makes you a delinquent.<p>In many respects, we view entrepreneurs as successful, self-made men and women. We value their innovation and charitable endeavors. Yet we also associate plenty of negative …

TED Radio Hour: The Hackers

What if there were a way to hack into your brain and make your life better? Neurosurgeon Andres Lozano is doing just that. He told TED Radio Hour host Guy Raz how.<p>Transcript<p>CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:<p>Time now for an idea worth spreading from the TED Radio Hour. What if there were a way to hack into your …

Simulating 1 second of real brain activity takes 40 minutes and 83K processors

A team of Japanese and German researchers have carried out the largest-ever simulation of neural activity in the human brain, and the numbers are …

Shooting panoramas at high Gs over Switzerland

By Bryan Chan, Los Angeles Times<p>Swiss panoramic photographer Dominik Baumann has made spherical images on a bridge 330 feet above an abyss, in a tunnel 1.5 miles below the surface, inside a LaFerrari sports car.<p>His latest feat was shooting for a series of panoramas in a cramped cockpit of an …

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‘Chimera’ states are real—and may affect the power grid

<b>PRINCETON (US) —</b> Systems such as a beating heart or a power grid that depend on the synchronized movement of their parts could fall prey to an …

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