Ken Ikemoto

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Could We Ever Build an Artificial World?

In our cosmic megastructures series, PM explores some of the key engineering and design challenges in constructing gigantic structures for use by humankind in space. Today: the Death Star and replica planets.<p><b>Name:</b> Artificial world<p><b>Selected Science Fiction Portrayals:</b> The two Death Stars from the <i>Star</i> …

Hey Space Game Fans, Check This Out

Indie developer Stéphanie Rancourt emailed me the other day with a proposal. She wanted to see if I was interested in the space game she was working …

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2 + 2 Doesn't Always Equal 4

2 + 2 = ? appears to be one of the easiest problems in mathematics, and it is probably one of the first you ever encountered. If Kate has 2 apples and Matt gives her 2 more apples, then she has 4 apples. Obviously.<p>But what if we told you that 2 + 2 = ? has stumped even some of the smartest …

Does It Really Matter if You Eject Disks Properly?

Your computer nags you if you don't hit "eject," but there's a good reason.<p>We've all yanked external disks out of computers in a hurry, skipping the step of properly ejecting them. If you have a Mac, then your machine probably nags you about it. But are you actually doing any harm? The answer is …

Loch Ness Monster

When you launch Google Maps and plan a route, you’ll usually see a few different transportation options. Walking, driving, taking the bus, train or tube are all pretty standard, but look hard enough and you might see a few “secrets” in the mix too.<p>We’ve been tipped off about the following Easter …

13 Google Search Tricks That Make Life A Whole Lot Easier

You <i>think</i> you know how to Google? You don't know how to Google.<p>Even the most seasoned Googler might not know every tip and trick available with just a few extra keystrokes in the search bar. Consider this your instructions manual for the world's most popular search engine.<p>Define A Word<p><b>The Scenario:</b> …

If Snoop Dogg Were To Hijack Your Site, It Would Look Like This

Sometimes the web can feel dull with dry language and boring content.<p>Thanks to Gizoogle.net, there's a way to spice things up. Even though it launched nine years ago as a joke, it's still amazing to this very day.<p>This is how it works. Type in a search term or URL and click "Gizoogle Dis …

10 things you can do with your old Android phone

Smartphones could be the fastest growing technology we’ve ever seen. More than one in seven people worldwide currently own a smartphone. Some of us have already upgraded our smartphones several times over the years. The technology just keeps advancing and the top manufacturers are adept at …

On the hunt for Google's Easter eggs

Google is renowned for creating Easter eggs, which in the tech world mean coding or features on the Web that either shouldn't be there or that you don't expect to find.<p>Our colleagues at ZDNet gathered up some of Google's Easter eggs currently in circulation. There are more, so happy hunting. Here's …

You're Looking at It Wrong — Why the Web Demands Vertical Screens

The first person to twist apart an Oreo, or sit backwards in a chair, or pretend a tennis racket was a guitar — visionaries who recognized that …

A Clever Hack Makes Any Receipt Printer Spit Out The U.S. Constitution

Swiss artist Thibault Brevet apparently has an affinity for America’s most treasured document: the Constitution. He created a hack that can produce a brand-new paper copy of it from any receipt printer.<p>Brevet, best known before this for a project called “Grand Central” that used a robot equipped …

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Hack into Nedry's Jurassic Park security system

A tiny online game is giving <i>Jurassic Park</i> fans an opportunity to revisit Isla Nublar, albeit in a very limited fashion.<p><i>Jurassic Systems</i> is a recreation of the desktop used by computer programmer Dennis Nedry (played by Wayne Knight) which proves too tricky to hack for the park's chief engineer, …

A Cheap, Promising Way to Filter Water: Through A Twig

Plant's xylem tissue could be an efficient, low-cost way to filter water.<p>One way to avoid getting sick while traveling is to only eat fruit that you peel yourself, since plants can filter out bacteria and prevent it from traveling throughout their tissues. Well, why not apply this principle to …