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Physicists Think These Could Be the Weirdest Objects in the Universe

"Strange stars" could theoretically exist forever, though we've never spotted one.<p>When an incredibly massive star supernovas, it leaves behind one of two things: a neutron star or a black hole. Neutron stars are the leftover cores of massive stars after they have ejected all their other material. …

Physics
Online

Multiple cameras with the Raspberry Pi and OpenCV

By onJanuary 18, 2016 in Raspberry Pi, Tutorials<p>I’ll keep the introduction to today’s post short, since I think the title of this post and GIF …

Python to C++ 14 transpiler

Try it out online: http://py14.lukasmartinelli.ch/<p>This is a little experiment that shows how far you can go with the C++ 14 auto return type and …

Python Programming

How to win any argument: pseudo-scientific neuro-gibberish

Research has revealed that so-called neurobabble is surprisingly convincing – here’s a quick guide to harnessing its persuasive powers<p>If you’re hoping to win an argument this week, try talking neuro-gibberish. Irrelevant neuroscience information – or “neurobabble” – makes for the most convincing …

The Brain

Chomsky: 'I Don't Look at Twitter Because It Doesn't Tell Me Anything'

Three decades ago, Professor Noam Chomsky, who is seen by some as the most brilliant and courageous intellectual alive and by others as an anti-US …

Linguistics

Now you can build your own DIY smartphone using Raspberry Pi

Walking into a store or going online to buy a smartphone is, like, so totally 2014. Why not just build your own?<p>Developer Tyler Spadgenske has been tinkering away at a basic DIY smartphone that runs on Raspberry Pi for more than a year now, and he’s posted an updated set of directions over at …

Amnesty International’s “Mutant Font” Promises To Protect Your Privacy Online

To help you hide from the bots that monitor digital communications, the human rights body has unveiled a free-to-use mutating font.<p>Internet privacy is a sticky topic in this post-Snowden world. At this point, many of us just assume that once our words become bits and hit a network, some entity is …

Download 502 Free Art Books from The Metropolitan Museum of Art

You <i>could</i> pay $118 on Amazon for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's catalog <i>The Art of Illumination: The Limbourg Brothers and the Belles Heures of Jean</i> …

Why cocaine prices went up 100% in the US - Futurity

Drug enforcement officials in the US are fighting cocaine use by restricting the chemicals needed to make it. Experts say the tactic may be working.

Cocaine

Hertz puts cameras in its rental cars, says it has no plans to use them

This week I got an angry email from a friend who had just rented a car from Hertz: "Did you know Hertz is putting cameras in rental cars!? This is …

CES

Tiny Sensor Package Will Let Students Design Their Own Physics Experiments

Measure everything from acceleration to magnetic fields<p>From what I remember of my high school physics class, we spent a lot of time rolling marbles down inclined planes. Today's kids are used to a little more tech, so the Pocket Lab project on Kickstarter wants to spice up science class by …

High School

Psychology Journal Bans Significance Testing

This is perhaps the first real crack in the wall for the almost-universal use of the null hypothesis significance testing procedure (NHSTP). The …

Evidence-Based Medicine

Connect Tiny Devices To The Internet With Spark's Electron

For $3 a month, you can get a whole megabyte of data!<p>Tiny computers like Arduino and Raspberry Pi have helped jumpstart the Internet of Things by making it easy to bring connectivity to virtually anything. But while short-range networking via Ethernet, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth is readily accessible, …

Internet of Things

Why I’m Saying Goodbye to Apple, Google and Microsoft

I’m putting more trust in communities than corporations<p>When I became a technology columnist in the mid-1990s, the public Internet was just beginning …

OpenStreetMap