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What Disney’s Classic Animation Principles Could Teach Web Designers

Disney’s 12 principles of animation are as relevant for today’s interface designers as they were for yesterday’s dancing-broom illustrators.<p>Disney’s 12 classic principles of animation from Ollie Johnston and Frank Thomas’ <i>The Illusion of Life</i> are mentioned in nearly every article about interface …

My Advice for a Programming Beginner

I found this question on Reddit:<p>Hey Guys,<p>I came across this video series today on YouTube which talked about modular JavaScript, using different OO …

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Sanyo announces world's most efficient solar module

(PhysOrg.com) -- Sanyo has announced its development of the world's most energy efficient solar module, the HIT-N230. The module was unveiled at a …

How I Taught Myself to Code in Eight Weeks

To a lot of non-developers, learning to code seems like an impossibly daunting task. However, thanks to a number of great resources that have …

Advancing quantum computing

European researchers have made important advances in understanding the major stumbling block to realisation of quantum computers, a phenomenon known …

There’s Just Been A Major Breakthrough For Autism: Everything You Need To Know

Autism has, since its discovery, confounded doctors and psychologists. But a breakthrough by Harvard, just announced, might be the beginning of a long road to understanding autism and, ultimately, better care.<p>Autism is often described as the brain lacking a filter; everything comes in at once and, …

A breakthrough may make the mega flow battery commercially viable in the near future

With renewable power becoming more common, researchers are increasingly focused on figuring out how to safely store and discharge large amounts of energy. Expensive lithium-ion batteries don't do this well. Flow batteries, on the other hand, show a lot of promise — and a new design from researchers …

The ultimate guide to leveling up your coding skills

No matter what your job is these days, it’s always helpful to have coding knowledge in your toolbox. But if you’re not interested in going back to school and you have very little time to dedicate towards picking up a new skill, choosing what, when and how to develop your programming chops is a task …

Anonymous is crowdsourcing #OpParis, publishes 'noob guide' to hacking

In the 24 hours since Anonymous declared “total war” on Islamic State, the loose-knit hacktivist collective has claimed its first victims by way of leaked information of suspected extremists.<p>If future follows past, Anonymous will no doubt try to win this war through a series of coordinated attacks …

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Hackers, Activists, Journos: How to Build a Secure Burner Laptop

A researcher modded a laptop specifically designed to ward off malware attacks at airport security.<p>Security researcher Georg Wicherski recalls a friend who was once stopped at the airport on his way to the Black Hat hacking conference. Security took his laptop, supposedly for a routine X-ray, but …

Harvard creates a material that lets light go 'infinitely fast'

Researchers at Harvard University announced recently that they had successfully developed a means of manipulating light at the nanoscale, which could lead to photonic-based (rather than electronic) telecommunications. Think, ubiquitous fiber optics. The team reportedly developed an on-chip …

How to Protect Yourself from the NSA If You Use 1024-bit DH Encryption

In a post on Wednesday, researchers Alex Halderman and Nadia Heninger presented compelling research suggesting that the NSA has developed the …

NASA's Human Mars Missions Could First Fuel Up Near Moon

Routine human missions to Mars would be much more efficient if they first swung by Earth’s Moon to pick up fuel for the trip, a new MIT strategic engineering study concludes. NASA’s 90’s-era mantra of “Back to the Moon and on to Mars” really does make sense, a new paper published in the <i>Journal of</i> …

Space Exploration

Pocket Programming helps beginners polish their coding skills

Are any of you learning to code? It can be hard to get everything down at first, especially if you are an autodidact who learnt to code on his own. These are the users developer ffab0 is targeting with Pocket Programming – true beginners.<p>With that in mind, we have to tell you this app is not about …

Programming

Learn to code in one of the most productive, versatile, and beginner-friendly programming languages

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships so we may get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>Flickr/nyuhuhuu<p>Coding continues to be a highly in-demand skill in today's job market, one that flies over the heads of most but can …

A Bill Gates-backed Canadian company opened a plant that sucks carbon from the air

Carbon Engineering, backed by Bill Gates and other investors, unveiled a test facility able to extract carbon dioxide from the atmosphere using giant fans.<p>That carbon goes through a series of chemical processes and emerges as pellets, which can be used to make fuel — or simply be stored underground.<p>…

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These 14 Sleek Solar Homes Do More Than Produce Power

Fewer college teams built homes to compete in this year’s Solar Decathlon, but their gee-whiz features might offer a surprising glimpse of the future.<p>They’re not simply places to live. They charge cars, grow food, collect water, and generate electricity during blackouts. These <i>Dwell</i>-like beauties …

New details cast doubt on veracity of Kentucky clerk’s meeting with pope

The lawyer for a Kentucky county clerk who refused to issue licenses for gay marriages stood onstage in a Washington, D.C., hotel and pointed to a photo on the screen. It showed 100,000 people packed into a Peruvian soccer stadium, and Mat Staver told the crowd, they were all there to pray for the …

The psychology behind successful Web design

As designers, we are user advocates first and foremost.<p>We need to understand what users want versus need before they ever encounter our designs. Once they do encounter it, they must first feel safe and comfortable. This sometimes contrasts with our desire to innovate – which is why we have to align …

10 Proposed Solutions To The Problems Of Interstellar Travel

Right now, interstellar travel and colonization is pretty unlikely. Basic laws of physics suggest that it just can’t be done, and for many people, …

Space Travel

How Will We Get Off Mars?

We know how to get to Mars. We know how to land on Mars. Now comes the hard part: figuring out how to leave.<p>When NASA engineers look at Mars, they see a planet-sized Venus flytrap.<p>It lures us with the promise of scientific discovery—but the moment we land there, gravity and a harsh climate will …

I Bought a Used Electric Vehicle—Here's How It's Worked Out So Far

Got a plug I can use?<p>From the October 2015 issue<p>My wife, Tina, watched the new owner of her old Volkswagen Golf reverse down our driveway and putter off. Then she went into the house and lay down on the floor and cried. In an effort to comfort her, I fanned her with the stack of fresh $100 bills, a …

Electric Vehicles

This Is What Traveling To Mars Does To Your Brain

Isolation study results reveal astronauts would be stressed and bored<p>Future Mars astronauts will have more to contend with than just the unforgiving, vacuumous expanse of space separating Earth from the Red Planet (140 million miles, on average). In an experiment meant to simulate a journey to …

The Brain

The truth about growing potatoes on Mars

In the bestselling sci-fi novel and upcoming movie "The Martian," astronaut and botanist Mark Watney survives on Mars for over a year, largely thanks to his ingenious potato crop.<p>But is it possible to actually grow food in Martian soil? Yes, and not just potatoes, says Bruce Bugbee, a real-life …

MacArthur 'genius' grant winner creates artificial leaves that photosynthesize

It took nature millions of years to figure out how to turn energy from the sun into chemical energy that can be stored for a cloudy day - a process known as photosynthesis.<p>It took Peidong Yang, a chemist at UC Berkeley, about 10 years to accomplish a similar feat with the help of semiconductor …

UC Berkeley

How Elon Musk Taught Himself Rocket Science

While it’s certainly impressive that Elon Musk has bachelor’s degrees in physics and economics from the University of Pennsylvania, it’s an absurd …

21 Signs That Prove Booksellers Are The Absolute Best

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President Jerry Dias is hopeful that Canadian unions will have more power<p>The spending delays put a damper on Ottawa’s attempt to stimulate the …