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“Raspberry Eye” Remote Servo Camera

Build a DIY pan/tilt webcam sentry, and watch it from anywhere online.<p>Webcams are a fun and useful tool. Being able to control where they’re looking remotely, though, takes their usefulness to a whole new level. Whether you’re watching your pets while you’re away or allowing friends to participate …

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Bitcoins But Were Too Broke To Ask!

Despite the fact Bitcoins were found to be the currency of choice for one online kingpin to conduct drug deals on the Deep Web, and despite the fact …

OS X 10.9 Mavericks: The Ars Technica Review | Ars Technica

No longer an apex predator, OS X takes some time for introspection.<p>After a dozen years and nine major releases, OS X has had a full life: the …

Review: Tesla Motors’ all-electric Model S is fast—but is it a good car? | Ars Technica

Ars drives a Model S for 500 miles to try to find the soul inside the machine.<p>My videographer Steve uttered a single strained curse as inertia's …

5 Ways to Care for Your Lawn This Fall

Help your grass survive the snow with these simple winter lawn prep tips.<p><b>Summer can take a heavy toll on a lawn</b>. Drought, insects, and weeds can leave even the most cared-for lawn looking thin and patchy. To make sure your grass comes back healthy next spring, act now. Fall is the ideal time to …

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The Ars Frontrunners: 15 companies that led and still lead tech innovation | Ars Technica

From Google (15 years old) to Corning (162): Companies that change our world.<p>The history of the tech industry is littered with the dead—companies …

Kitchen-Table Cider Making

Yes, our new neighbor got as drunk as a skunk. Blootered, bladdered, and blitzed as we Scots say, or in Cockney slang, Brahms and Liszt! He and his partner came along to a cider-themed evening at our house where he was initiated into the Scillonian Road hard cider making cooperative.<p>We started the …

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How to Design the Perfect PCB

If you’re interested in designing your own PCB — I know I am! — it seems like a very daunting challenge, with lots of stuff to learn. Michael Leonard’s great PCB design guide is just the ticket! In his blog post, Michael describes PCB features like the board, layers, traces, vias, solder mask, silk …

Engineer can’t get decent dinner reservations, creates Urbanspoon-dominating bot | Ars Technica

If all the day's best tables are gone by 4:01am, don't bother waking up—get coding.<p>It's not uncommon for new San Francisco Bay Area restaurants to …

Fixperts: Fixing is a way of Thinking

At the root of making is fixing. Identifying a problem, a need, or something that could be done better, and then making something to fix it. Sometimes the problem is, this robot needs more lasers, or, cupcakes would be way more fun if you could actually sit inside them and drive around. But often …

Do we care enough about animals? | Kenya

<b>No subject is off limits in the first ever global talk show hosted from Africa in which Redi Tlhabi talks frankly to inspiring and intriguing personalities from across the world.</b><p>According to some specialists, if we kill off tiny animals like bees, we will have massive food shortages, so would the …

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Going inside the machinery and machinations of working in science | Ars Technica

You get a degree, you get an academic job. Then what?<p>This story was originally published as a series of four articles. Although the series will …

Color Sensor from a Reversed LED and Op Amp, Page 5

5. Acceptable Op Amp Substitution Criteria<p><i>(article continued from previous page)</i><p>The op amp amplifies the photodiode signal in the color sensor …

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DIY Chemistry: Teach Yourself Electroplating

This simple experiment, in which you can coat graphite with copper, will show you the secrets of laying down a thin layer of metal.<p><b>When you see a thin layer of metal</b>—on anything from chrome car parts to drill bits to jewelry—electroplating probably has been at work. The process is simple: Send …

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Maker Scouts: Tell Stories

For young makers, making is more than learning how to use a particular tool or a technique. It’s experiencing the power of a material, technology, or tool as a language of self expression. It’s PLAYING with different languages and experiencing the magic of connections that is made when what you …

Pitches with Prototypes: LumiGeek’s LED4DIY Shields

Number four in our daily line-up of Hardware Innovation Workshop prototype contest entries is the LumiGeek LED4DIY family of RGB LED control shields. LumiGeek recently made a big splash, online, for their part in the collaboration (with Autodesk engineers Arthur Harsuvanakit and Evan Atherton) that …

Our Right to Revenge After the Boston Attacks

Why are we so confused about the difference between revenge and justice? Why can’t we just admit that revenge is a moral right? Thane Rosenbaum, …

Resin Casting: Going from CAD to Engineering-Grade Plastic Parts

Synthetic polymers play a role in almost every single commercially manufactured item on the planet. Plastics are not just ubiquitous, but extremely versatile: some of them are incredibly stretchy, while some are hard as nails; some are crystal clear, and others come in all colors of the rainbow; …

Open access science news is mostly good, with a bit of ugly | Ars Technica

Open access is expanding and just may solve some of the peer review's problems.<p>To see the papers that describe the latest science results, you need …

Wireless Voice-Controllable Smart Home Project - Hacked Gadgets – DIY Tech Blog

Jiayuan Wang and Sheng Zhang from Cornell University built this Wireless Voice-Controllable Smart Home Project for their ECE 4760Final Project.<p>“There …

Walking With Elephants

Human Journey<p>Walking in the footsteps of African elephant bull Jabu made us feel more closely connected to elephants than ever before. Working together with Sanctuary Retreats, Living With Elephants gave us the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spend time with a trio of orphaned elephants in the …

The Only Thing Apple Really Sells

A recent Wall Street Journal article posits an interesting question: Is Apple a hardware company or a software company? Does it sell iPhones or …

4 Ways to Get the Best Indoor Air Quality

Indoor air pollution is an environmental health risk. Improve indoor air quality with proper ventilation, the right filter, clean duct systems, and indoor air cleaners.<p><b>Pollution doesn't exist solely</b> outside your door. Inside your home, mold, mildew, dust, and odors can cause itchy eyes, scratchy …

How Elon Musk Turned Tesla Into the Car Company of the Future

Author: Joshua Davis. Joshua Davis Magazine<p>Date of Publication: 09.27.10.<p>Time of Publication: 2:00 pm. 2:00 pm<p>See also:<p>Road Test: Four EVs You Can …

Is Google Making Us Stupid?

What the Internet is doing to our brains<p>"Dave, stop. Stop, will you? Stop, Dave. Will you stop, Dave?” So the supercomputer HAL pleads with the implacable astronaut Dave Bowman in a famous and weirdly poignant scene toward the end of Stanley Kubrick’s <i>2001: A Space Odyssey</i>. Bowman, having nearly …

Christians should abandon Christianity

The author of “The Idolatry of God” says religion’s become a commodity — and a distraction<p>"The Idolatry of God: Breaking Our Addiction to Certainty and Satisfaction" by Peter Rollins<br>Howard Books, 2013<p>For Peter Rollins, Belfast native and leading writer and thinker in the Emergent Christian …