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A Harry Potter Spell Can Be Used To Hack Your Mac!

Inside every Mac — the one I’m writing this one, the one you’re reading this on, the one next to you at the cafe — is a little chip called the SMC, or system management controller. If you’ve ever had a problem related to your Mac’s performance or power supply, resetting the SMC is usually the first …

U.S. Air Force Gives Thumbs Up To iPads

Next time Maverick, Goose and Ice Man enter the Danger Zone, they’ll be flying about 40 pounds lighter, thanks to the U.S. Air Force’s recent decision to replace bulky flight bags with iPads… a move which could save the government $50 million in the next ten years.<p>With more and more commercial …

U.S. Air Force

QuickLock Is The Quickest & Most Convenient Way To Lock Your Mac

QuickLock is a terrific little tool from ThinkDev that makes it quick and convenient to lock your Mac when you leave your desk. It sits in your menubar out of your way, and a click (or a keyboard shortcut) is all it takes to keep your Mac safe.<p>With the latest version of QuickLock, users can enjoy a …

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Pregnancy test helped to bring frog-killing fungus to the US

Imported African animals released into the wild spread chytridiomycosis.<p>When improved pregnancy tests were developed in the 1960s, the advance came …

The Biomechanical Case for Minimalist Running

Can we draw any conclusion from force measurements?<p>A few weeks ago, I gave a talk on the current state of research into minimalist running at a conference of the Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine, which involved sifting through a bunch of papers both new and old. I thought I'd share …

How To Run Your Best Marathon Pace

You don’t need a watch, a heart rate monitor, a GPS system, or a gallon of Gu.<p>Every time I look at the data from a recent study of marathon pacing, I see the same thing: blinking red lights. The study is trying to tell us something—something much more important, I believe, than the obvious fact …

How to Qualify for the Boston Marathon

Coach Jenny offers 11 tips to help runners work toward this goal.<p><i>I, like many, am very motivated to qualify for the Boston Marathon after last week’s events. I’m currently 18 minutes away from that goal. Do you have any tips for shedding twenty minutes off my marathon finish time? I’ve run four</i> …

The Power of Habit and How to Rewire Our “Habit Loops”

As a young man, <b>Benjamin Franklin</b> set out to improve himself by devising a chart-based log for tracking his progress against the virtues he identified as essential to good personhood. Each week, he would pick a virtue to cultivate, then put a black pencil mark in his calendar chart on any day he …