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40 Free Resources Every Designer Should Know

<i>Jennifer Cirpici is a Dutch graphic designer and blogger. This post originally appeared on OtherFocus.</i><p>Ever wondered where designers get their resources to help them succeed with a project? Here is a list of great resources including sites, PSD. files, actions, UI elements, mock ups, et cetera. Best …

Illuminate my Heart

XYZprinting Da Vinci 1.0 AiO 3D Printer review: The most affordable way to enjoy 3D printing - CNET

At just $799, the XYZprinting Da Vinci 1.0 AiO 3D Printer is one of the most affordable single-extruder 3D printers on the market. (The Da Vinci is available in the UK for £649; pricing and availability for Australia will be announced later.) Yet, it's a full-featured machine that can build large …

'3-D Cutter' Othermill Goes On Sale

Othermills work like the opposite of 3-D printers, cutting material away instead of building it up.<p>You can think of an Othermill as the opposite of a 3-D printer. Instead of building up objects from raw materials, Othermills create objects by cutting away a larger block of material into something …

The Archivist: A DIY Book Scanner

Build this rig with point-and-shoot cameras, skate bearings, and a Raspberry Pi to digitize your bookshelf.<p>Five years ago we built our first book scanner from salvage and scrap. Book digitization was the domain of giants — Microsoft and Google. Commercial book scanners cost as much as a small car. …

Readers have been voting for their top releases of the last six months. Here's the pick of the bunch<p>Late last month we invited readers to vote for their favourite album released so far in 2014. As with all polls like this, results can be skewed when fans get voting in an organised fashion, and we …

Shocking but true: students prefer jolt of pain to being made to sit and think

It was not so much how hard people found the challenge, but how far they would go to avoid it that left researchers gobsmacked. The task? To sit in a chair and do nothing but think.<p>So unbearable did some find it that they took up the safe but alarming opportunity to give themselves mild electric …

27 Tips for Mastering Anything

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>What does it take to become a master at your craft? Is genius innate, or can it be learned?<p>In his book, "<i>Mastery</i>," Robert Greene draws from the latest research, interviews modern masters, and examines the lives of former greats like Albert Einstein, …

What is the anthropic principle?

You've just checked into your hotel room for a weekend's getaway. Thrilled by the accoutrements, you immediately walk onto the room's balcony to take …

Electromagnetism

10 Simple Hacks For Packing A Suitcase

Packing for a long trip can be problematic: you don't want to bring along too much and have to lug around a heavy bag, but you also don't want to pack too little and end up forgetting a crucial item.<p>Here are 10 tips to make packing easy.<p>1. Roll clothing up and then use air-compression plastic bags …

The 13 Greatest Iced Coffee Recipes for Summer

Cool down and caffeine up with these delicious iced coffee drinks that you can make at home!<p>Cool down and caffeine up with these delicious iced coffee drinks that you can make at home! Via Redbook.com

Coffee

How To Turn A Clothespin Into A Matchstick Gun

Update your desktop arsenal with this creation<p>DIY enthusiast Grant Thompson, who previously made a 10-penny battery that powered a small light for almost two weeks, is at it again. Inspired by another project tutorial, Thompson created seven variations of a mini-pistol that can fire matches over 20 …

Celestial Snow Angel: Star-forming Region Sharpless 2-106

Cosmology

TimeIt – Mobile Timer Concept by Michał Sambora

TimeIt – Mobile Timer App Concept.<p>Michał Sambora is a Krakow, Poland based graphic, UX, and interaction designer. He created this app concept called …

Gibberish is spreading like a virus from academia

Bad writing has spread beyond the ivory tower, into every corner of modern life<p>Exciting news! I’ve just produced my first academic paper. Called “The Impact of Amphibious Models on Interposable Algorithms”, it begins (if I say so myself), with a memorable opening line: “The exploration of lambda …

Calculus

Pics.io Edit aims for better online photo editing

Top Tech Photo, a Ukrainian company specializing in onilne photo editing, has built new tool called Edit.<p>Top Tech Photo already had launched a site called Pics.io tool for online handling of photos in some raw image formats from higher-end cameras. The new Pics.io Edit site, though, is for more …

Mobile Photography

The Five Basic Pieces of Equipment That Make Landscape Shoots Go Smoothly

Landscape photography is both great fun, inspiring and hard work. It can be both physically and mentally demanding, carrying your gear to the ideal …

Why the universe may be nothing more than math

If you're not already a physicist, you need to mentally prepare yourself for MIT professor Max Tegmark's explanation of how our entire universe isn't just described by math, but <i>is</i> math. <i>Scientific American</i> published an excerpt from Tegmark's new book, <i>Our Mathematical Universe</i>, which explains that …

The 50 Most Spectacular Galaxy Pictures of all Time

Here are the 50 most spectacular galaxy pictures of all time -- from pictures of the Andromeda Galaxy to the pictures of the "Cosmic Tinker Bell …

These Lighting Patterns Will Make Your Portrait Photographs Rock

Familiarizing yourself with different lighting patterns isn't just to help you diversify your portrait portfolio. Depending on what you are trying …

Creative Childhood Dreams Recreated in Surreal Scenes

<i>Memoirs of Lost Time</i> is an emotionally-driven photo series inspired by childhood dreams and imagination. It was created by writer, researcher and fashion designer Trisha Sakhlecha in collaboration with photographer Vikram Kushwah.<p>The pair produced visual narratives based on the stories of a number …

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How the first iPhone copied everything—and the last one did too

The first iPhone was a true breakthrough that shaped the multitouch-dominated world we live in. It took its clues from everyday objects to create a …

Breakthroughs

Looking Ahead II :: Dreams & Memories

How sleep makes your mind more creative

It’s a tried and tested technique used by writers and poets, but can psychology explain why first moments after waking can be among our most imaginative?<p>It is 6.06am and I’m typing this in my pyjamas. I awoke at 6.04am, walked from the bedroom to the study, switched on my computer and got to work …

What Would You Do If You Found Out You Were A Psychopath?

One day in 2005, neuroscientist James Fallon was casually leafing through the PET scans of serial killers. As one does. He was doing research at UC …

Neurology

The Neuroscientist Who Discovered He Was a Psychopath

Neuroscientist James Fallon knows what a psychopathic brain scan looks like, because he's studied the differences in brain activity between normal …