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How to solve Einstein’s Election Riddle: are you in that two per cent?

Discover whether Dave, Ed, Nick, Nicola or Nigel has a pet with gills

Albert Einstein

10 essential Finder tricks every Mac user should know

In Mac OS X, you’ll spend much of your time in the Finder, the part of your operating system that manages files and such. While you might think you know all there is to know about it, the Finder is a complex and wonderful app — with its own special tricks to master.<p>Here are 10 essential Finder tips …

Why do pet parrots mimic people? | @GrrlScientist

Since today is “Caturday”, I had to share some videos of one of my favourite birds in the world, the diminutive budgerigar named Disco. And because Disco is such a talented mimic, this gives me the opportunity to share the evolutionary reasons why pet parrots mimic people.<p>Since today is “Caturday”, …

It's now possible to map your home's WiFi signal in 3D

We already know that it's possible to map your home's WiFi signal in 2D, but that doesn't help if you're holding your phone above your head to get connected. Step forward YouTuber CNLohr, who appears to have developed a reasonably low-tech way to analyze the WiFi strength of any 3D space. Using …

GitHub Launches Free Tools for Students

Social coding community GitHub has announced that students will now be able to gain free access to a slew of developer tools.<p>The new initiative is in partnership with a handful of third-parties, and constitutes part of GitHub Education, a dedicated site launched earlier this year to help schools …

Virtually Human: We need human rights for cyberconscious beings.

<i>This</i> <i>essay is adapted from</i> Virtually Human: The Promise—and the Peril—of Digital Immortality <i>by Martine Rothblatt, Ph.D, published by St. Martin’s</i> …

These 15 Dirty-Sounding Words Are Just Scientific Terms (So Get Your Mind Out Of The Gutter)

Admit it. Any time someone talks about the planet Uranus, you (or someone else) can't help but revert to being ten years old again and letting out a little snicker.<p>The same goes for terms like homo erectus and blue-footed boobies.<p>While the special jargon that scientists use <i>usually</i> makes them sound …

A first-person engine in 265 lines

Today, let's drop into a world you can reach out and <i>touch</i>. In this article, we'll compose a first-person exploration from scratch, quickly and …

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