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Vilniaus lygiadieniai (II). Vilniaus švenčių ugnys

Dainius Razauskas | Alkas.lt, J.Vaiškūno nuotr.<p>Mintimis apie lygiadienius kaip viešąsias miesto šventes, jų apiegas ir simbolius bei poveikį mums – …

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3 Key Qualities for a School Makerspace

Over the past year I had the privilege of leading a team to create makerspaces in 15 high schools around the Bay Area. Our goal was to learn how to help educators create makerspaces in schools and use making in the classroom. DARPA, which funded our program, eventually wanted to take what we …

What the Sharing Economy Means for Business

With digital peer-to-peer platforms emerging in dozens of vertical markets, the sharing economy appears to be in its own Cambrian explosion of …

Khan Academy Launches The Future of Computer Science Education

As educators struggle to motivate more students to take up technology-related majors, breakout online education startup, Khan Academy, has a novel approach. “Computer Science is an intensely creative field,” says Shantanu Sinha, President of Khan Academy, which gave TechCrunch an exclusive look at …

A Buyer's Guide to Safer Communication — ProPublica

<b>Update:</b> A warning: Since this article was posted, we reported on the NSA's abilities to break encryption, as well as their secret efforts to weaken …

10 Hot New Boards to Watch

<i>The Monday Jolt is a column about microcontrollers and electronics that appears in MAKE every Monday.</i><p>Over the last few months there have been a sudden rush of new micro-controller boards onto the market. A lot of that is down to Kickstarter and the appearance of a number slightly tweaked Arduino …

Why Programming Is The Core Skill Of The 21st Century

In the 20th Century, meaningful education was all about learning your ABCs. Today, it’s centered on Alphas, Betas and C++.<p>Programming skills are becoming ever more important, quickly turning into <i>the</i> core competency for all kinds of 21st Century workers. That inescapable fact is leading individuals …

WGBH Creates Space-Based Curriculum for Kids

Our friends at WGBH’s Design Squad Nation have come up with a great line up of activities for kids interested in NASA and the final frontier—space. The materials are designed for the classroom and after school programs, but with summer vacation a few weeks away, it would be easy to plug these …

Nextdoor, your neighborhood social network, now on iPhone

Eighteen months after a national launch, San Francisco-based startup Nextdoor is making its neighborhood-only social networks accessible from iPhone and giving people a quick-response way to spread urgent alerts or exchange messages with neighbors.<p>Nextdoor plays host to nearly 13,000 neighborhood …

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Is Content the New Currency?

Think money is the main currency in business? Think again.<p>Between the endless Euro drama and the Bitcoin brouhaha, currency has been much in the news of late. Most people would probably name the US Dollar as the dominant currency in this day and age. While that may be true in one sense, is today’s …

The Most Innovative Google Employees Aren't Stanford/MIT grads

Google has long had a reputation for being a place that’s near impossible to get a job if you aren’t a Stanford or MIT grad. They not only asked you …

CubeSat's at SRI (small satellites are dramatically lowering the cost of experiments in space)

Robert Scoble

How An Open Source Operating System Jumpstarted Robotics Research

Ever wonder why it has taken so long for your robot butler to arrive? It’s 2013, so why aren’t those long-promised robotic domestic servants helping out around the house yet?<p>One reason for the delay: Robot engineers lacked a common platform on which to communicate and collaborate with one another. …

Scratch-built 3D printer shows rock-solid performance

These days it’s super-easy (not super-cheap) to go out and buy a 3D printer. But if you’ve got the mad skills like [Mario Lukas] maybe you can build …

Mike Merrill, The First Publicly Traded Person

A share of Mike Merrill’s life cost $12.50 at the close of his virtual market yesterday.<p>Most of us have an ad hoc sounding board for personal decisions. Some ask their parents. Others poll their friends. A few flip a coin. K. Mike Merrill, an artist and entrepreneur who lives in Portland, puts his …

A Videogame That Teaches Kids To Code

Kuato Studios is building games for learning that feel like games, not like homework.<p>I’m sitting in the carpeted hallway of the Austin Convention Center, playing a game on an iPad. Stereo crashes and echoes fill my earbuds as I wheel through different points of view in a beautifully rendered, …

Ken Krout's How-To Video on DIY Injection Molding

When American manufacturing jobs move overseas, the factory workers and machines don't go with them. Which means there are now a lot of very powerful …

Nuts-and-bolts look at password cracking

Ars Technica's Nate Anderson decided to try cracking passwords (from a leaked file of MD5 hashes), to see how difficult it was. After a very long …