Patrick Jones

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Lego Play as Training for Future Engineers

Smithsonian Magazine has a great piece about Lego’s influence on future engineers via its MIndstorms robotics set, and kids’ exposure to basic engineering principles while participating in First Lego League action:<p>A recent Brandeis University study shows that kids who participate in robotics …

Build an Epic Boombox Out of That Old Suitcase

Portable, loud, and fashionable. Take a vintage suitcase and install a set of speakers, passive crossovers, an amplifier, and a couple of rechargeable batteries. Now, you have a portable, albeit heavy, stereo that will make your ears bleed.<p>Inspiration<p>I got the idea from a handful of Internet …

Build This $25 Toy Mars Rover

Now that searching for signs of former life on Mars is all the rage, we asked Jenny Young of the Brooklyn Robot Foundry to help us devise a minirover project for kids. Help your family learn the fundamentals of robotics for a fractions of NASA's budget.<p><b>Mars is hot!</b> Well, actually, it's frigid. But …

Ion Thrusters: From Science Fair Experiment to Aircraft Engine?

MIT researchers say a method of flight common with DIYers has been unfairly overlooked as an efficient power source for unmanned jets.<p><b>Electrohydrodynamic thrust, a phenomenon</b> most often seen in student science fairs, may be the key to silent, efficient, and undetectable lightweight aircraft, …

The 7-Step Soil Improvement Plan

If your garden doesn't seem the same lately, your soil might be suffering. Here's how to give it a kick-start.<p><b>Gardeners know they need to weed</b>, water, and prune for a healthy, vibrant garden. What they might forget, says Gary Heilig, horticulture educator at Michigan State University Extension, is …

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JaMarcus Russell Comeback 2013: Beating the Scale

It's one thing to hit the gym. It's quite another to beat the scale.<p>In this week's installment of our look at JaMarcus Russell's attempted NFL comeback, we take a closer look at some of the specific workouts Jeff Hurd, the strength coach at Test Football Academy, is putting Russell through as the …

How Phoenix Suns Can Fix the Roster They're Stuck With

Going into the upcoming offseason, the Phoenix Suns will have a lot of issues to address.<p>To truly "fix" the state of the roster, the Suns will have no choice other than to add talent. This can come in a number of ways, either through free agency, the draft or in a trade.<p>However, there are no …

The Trendiest Team in the NBA

Rockets, Nuggets, or Warriors: Who's got the best brand?<p>Every year, one NBA club assumes the position of ‘trendiest’ team in the league. Since only …

The ‘How Is This Guy Relevant?’ All-Stars

Luke Walton — yes, Luke Walton — is playing important NBA minutes. Who else is logging surprising time? Plus: The mess in Detroit and the lies of a …

The End and Don King

The crumbling of an American icon<p>In the back room of Manhattan’s Carnegie Deli, Don King picked at a pastrami sandwich with his fingers. He had just …

I Miss My Yankees: Jay-Z, Master P, and the History of Rap Sports Agencies

At 10:58 ET, ESPN reporter Darren Rovell’s Twitter account tweeted a tweet.<p>Wow. Three minutes later:<p>In the attached link, we learn many an important …

Stream Human Eye’s Funky, Festering ‘Gettin’ Mean’

Human Eye have been dishing out their slimy brand of psych-punk for almost 10 years, and the Detroit foursome, led by Timmy Vulgar, shows no signs of …

Hear the Thermals’ Haunted Scorcher ‘The Sunset’

Thermals frontman Hutch Harris told SPIN the arc of his Portland punk trio’s April 16 album <i>Desperate Ground</i> is “about someone learning to deal with …

Charles Bradley streaming new LP in full, releases video, expands tour

<b>Charles Bradley at Firefly 2012</b> (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)<p>As mentioned, soul crooner <b>Charles Bradley</b> returns to the “New Releases” portion of …

Watch Wu Tang's GZA Explain The Big Bang In A Rap

It's a preview of his upcoming album, Dark Matter, which is all about the creation of the universe, quantum physics, and the cosmos. GZAs also been working to encourage high school students to create their own science-based raps.<p>The GZA gave PBS News Hour a sneak peek of a verse off his upcoming …

R. Kelly Amazingly Gives Us a ‘Trapped in the Closet’ Soundboard to Play With

R. Kelly fans and <i>Trapped in the Closet</i> aficianados will be pleased to know that R&B’s reigning freak king has launched “Trapped in the Soundboard,” a …

Black Simon & Garfunkel Cover “Thrift Shop” on ‘Fallon’

Every so often, we get treated by a hilarious new performance from Black Simon & Garfunkel, aka Questlove and Capt. Kirk from the Roots. On last …

Album Review: Black Pus – All My Relations

C+<p>Lightning Bolt drummer Brian Chippendale has been releasing solo material under the moniker Black Pus for years, largely available as CD-Rs or in …