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Homeless in Vancouver: Microsoft joins Linux Foundation—and now loves Linux to death

The normally phlegmatic website Extreme Tech reacted to the news this week by suggesting that Hell had frozen over.

Microsoft

Professor's gibberish written via auto-complete accepted by 'science conference'

One of the biggest accomplishments that a professor can achieve is reaching tenure, a process that is surely expedited by having your paper …

Physics

ESP32 Hands-On: Awesome Promise

The ESP32 is looking like an amazing chip, not the least for its price point. It combines WiFi and Bluetooth wireless capabilities with two CPU cores …

Microcontroller

Maps have ‘north’ at the top, but it could’ve been different

Why are almost all modern maps the same way up? Caroline Williams explores the intriguing history that led to this orientation – and discovers why it shapes how we see the world in more ways than we realise.<p>Imagine looking at the Earth from space. What is at the top of the planet? If you said the …

Maps

NASA Releases Patents for Moon Dust Fuel, Bio-Gaming, and Laser Engines

We welcome any opportunity to use the phrases “acid-doped” or “vortex control.”<p>If you're looking for some inspiration for your newfangled spaceship concept—and aren't we all?—NASA has good news for you. The agency recently released 56 of its patents into the public domain as a part of its …

Engineering