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Italy cuts sentences for 2 Americans in rendition case

By Frances D'Emilio<p>ROME — In an act of clemency, Italy’s president has shaved two years off the sentence of a former CIA base chief convicted in absentia in the 2003 “extraordinary rendition” abduction of an Egyptian terrorism suspect.<p>With the decree, announced Wednesday night by the presidential …

Forget Kale. Try These Three REAL Superfoods

Don’t get me wrong. I’m a fan of kale.<p>But kale is absolutely, positively not a superfood.<p>A superfood is high in protein, low in fat, gluten-free, …

You Should Already Know About Becky Stern

If you don’t know who Becky Stern is, it’s not her fault. She’s prolific. She’s worked at <i>Make:</i>, Adafruit, places of higher learning, and given talks all over the nation. Any decent write up of her work could easily take up a small novella, or a shelf worth of alternative yet action packed zines. …

Camille and Genevieve Beatty: Teen and Tween and Already Accomplished Engineers

At ages 14 and 12, Camille and Genevieve have already made some impressive accomplishments. As key members of the Beatty Robotics team, they have built their own CNC machine, designed a Mars rover for the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI), and built a creepy-but-cool 16-legged walking robot. They’ve …

AnnMarie Thomas Explores the Playful Side of Engineering

Dr. AnnMarie Thomas teaches engineering at the University of St. Thomas, where she is the director of their Playful Learning Lab. Her unconventional approach to teaching includes making circuits out of dough, toy design, and the physics behind circus arts. She is also the co-founder and director of …

Grilling and Summer How-Tos

Annika O’Brien Makes Cool Robots, Teaches Tech

Annika O’Brien makes cool robots. She founded the popular LA Robotics Club, which has over 1,200 members including high school students, hobbyists, and professionals who share an interest in building robots.<p>Annika’s enthusiasm for sharing what she knows, direct approach, and knows-no-limits …

DIY Outdoor Seating

We finally finished our outdoor seating! Here's the before and after photo.<p>When I first learned about this awesome cinderblock and wood outdoor …

How to Build a Pergola Right in Your Backyard

Step-by step plans to make an arbor-like cedar structure, with 3D animation and master-level blueprints.<p>A pergola is a structure that won't provide shelter from wind or rain, and is only marginally better when it comes to the midday sun. So, why build it? Because in the absence of walls and a roof, …

Build a micro-sized first-person-view quadcopter

<b>Steve Lodefink</b> shows you how to fly this little tree-smacker and become a skilled FPV pilot.<p>I know you've seen the videos on YouTube, stunning …