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Your science questions answered

Q Given the fact that the atom consists mainly of empty space and glass has a much higher density than paper, why is it that I can’t look through a sheet of paper but easily through centimetre-thick glass? asks Thoralf Schubert<p>A As Professor Philip Moriarty from the University of Nottingham …

10 Things In Tech You Need To Know This Morning

<b>1. Twitter is suing the US government.</b> The company wants to be more transparent over government requests for user data.<p><b>2. Facebook is working on an app that will let users talk anonymously.</b> It's expected to be announced within weeks.<p><b>3. Security software company Symantec is considering splitting</b> …

The 5 backend tools every game developer needs

Great ideas aren’t enough.<p>At the recent Game Developer Conference Europe in Cologne, I met a lot of developers with creative and innovative ideas. Some of these ideas could have a big impact on the game industry. Unfortunately, most of these developers were making easily avoidable infrastructure …

Achieving the 'impossible' to extend SharePoint using the new app model - Microsoft 365 Blog

Some developers may say that full trust code is required to do things in SharePoint like branding OneDrive for Business sites, building people …

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 …

Make An LED Holiday Light Out Of Pennies

And a lemon, and some other stuff. But mostly pennies.<p>Skip the tangled strings of holiday lights this year and go wireless using a few copper-coated cents. U.S. pennies minted since 1982 conceal a zinc core. If exposed to acid, the zinc dissolves and frees electrons for use in a circuit. The …

Those Maddening Eyeball Floaters!

You Have to Play This 1,600-Year-Old Viking War Game

Especially if you’re a diplomat, soldier or spy, says one ex-spook<p>by ROBERT BECKHUSEN<p>Viking warriors storm into the torch-lit camp of a rival clan. …

Litecoin 101: A Software Guide To Mining With Windows

<b>Update: Some changes in the cryptocurrency mining space have rendered this guide outdated. I’m currently preparing a new guide using different software, for both AMD and Nvidia miners.</b><p>If you have spare AMD Radeon graphics cards lying around, and energy rates that aren’t stratospheric, mining a …

Gravity May Not Be As Straightforward As Scientists Once Thought

"But we were extremely perplexed. We tried to think of what could be happening in the middle of the night that could account for it. My students …

Who Needs a Data View Web Part? SharePoint REST and DataTables.net

SharePoint Architect, Developer, Blogger, Speaker, Author, and general pain in the butt.<p>Thoughts, views, and opinions expressed in this blog are …

Inside the ISS - Splitting Hairs About Gravity - Update!

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James May – Can We Build A Lift Into Space?

Using the Kinect for Winnows SDK v1.8 to add speech recognition to your next web app...

Today's post by Eddy Escardo-Raffo provides more light on one of the new features the Kinect for Windows SDK v1.8, and showing off in a way that you …

Maximum PC

Hard hitting concise reviews and kick ass recommendations<p>In every issue of Maximum PC we look at the latest hardware to give you the low-down on …

Adobe goes crazy, gives single-app access to teams for an insanely low price

Late last night, Adobe unwrapped a heck of a deal for teams of designers and developers: It’s letting entire teams get their hands on Creative Cloud apps (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, the works), for $30 per month per user.<p>Well, maybe it’s not such a deal: That’s $360 per year to rent a …

How To Make Master French Chocolatier Jacques Torres' Famous Chocolate Chip Cookies

However, as much as it pains me to say it, these chocolate chip cookies by Jacques Torres are absolutely, without a doubt, the best chocolate chip cookies that I have ever made or tasted in my entire life. I guess that's why they call him Mr. Chocolate!<p>These are a chocolate chip cookie of another …

How Is That Not Killing You?

Are the Suburbs Where the American Dream Goes to Die?

New research shows upward mobility is higher in denser cities<p>Wikimedia Commons<p>Rumors of the American Dream's demise have been greatly exaggerated -- at least in parts of America.<p>That's the message of a new study that looks at the connection between geography and social mobility in the United …

How to learn the periodic table in 3 minutes

In high school science classes, students are encouraged to memorize the first 20 elements of the periodic table. There are other methods employed at …

Periodic Table

Watch Richard Dawkins' most excellent and psychedelic explanation of internet memes

Probably the most famous atheist on the planet, British biologist Richard Dawkins is somewhat less well known as the inventor of the word "meme." He coined the term in his 1976 book <i>The Selfish Gene</i>, where he used it to denote the transmission of cultural or societal habits from one person to …

If you made a sphere of all Earth’s water, how big would it be?

Earth is the water planet. What if you could take all of the water on Earth and form it into a sphere? How big would it be?<p>We think of Earth as the …

Reality: A Mere Illusion (Part 1)

Every action and all matter that has developed in the universe conforms to what we know as reality. The idea that our universe passes like a giant’s …

String Theory and the Scientific Method | Not Even Wrong

There’s a new philosophy of science book out, Richard Dawid’s String Theory and the Scientific Method (available online here if your institution is …

Google's Timelapse project shows how the Earth has changed over a quarter of a century

Google has expanded its mapping platform to launch a new project called Timelapse, taking you back through time to see how our planet has changed over the last 25 years. To create its new interactive HTML5 animations, Google teamed up with the US Geological Survey (USGS), NASA, and TIME to combine …

This Is The World's First Entirely 3D-Printed Gun

Eight months ago, Cody Wilson set out to create the world’s first entirely 3D-printable handgun.<p>Now he has.<p>Early next week, Wilson, a 25-year-old University of Texas law student and founder of the non-profit group Defense Distributed, plans to release the 3D-printable CAD files for a gun he calls …

The Coming War Over Net Neutrality

Tom Wheeler, Obama’s nominee to run the Federal Communications Commission, surely has much he hopes to get done. Perhaps it’s freeing up some more wireless spectrum or bringing cell-phone service to Mars—who knows. But chances are (assuming his confirmation goes smoothly) that he’ll end up spending …

Graphene paint could power homes of the future

Houses could be painted with a new super-material that generates electricity from sunlight and can even change colour on request, following new research.<p>Scientists at the University of Manchester used wafers of graphene, the discovery of which won researchers a Nobel Prize, with thin layers of …

Sir Martin Rees on Star Trek: 'How post-humans could colonise other worlds'

Will we ever be able to cross the universe with the ease of the Enterprise? Astronomer Royal Martin Rees explores the science behind the fiction<p>The best <b>science</b> fiction, from H G Wells onwards, can nourish everyone’s imagination. It can widen the perspective of astronomers too – that strange breed …