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How to create a bootable USB drive with multiple Linux distributions

Choosing the right Linux distribution for a task is critical, and having numerous distributions on one USB drive makes this easy. Here's how you can …

University admissions: The art of the personal statement

<b>The half-term holiday is almost over and, for many students in their final year of school, university applications are high on the agenda.</b><p>So, you've chosen your preferred courses and universities and started to fill in your personal details, education, qualifications and details of any paid jobs.<p>So …

Genetics Researchers Just Disproved a Long-Held Racist Assumption

Many genetic skin variants associated with light skin originated in Africa.<p>Racism is a grotesque inheritance passed down from light-skinned people …

Humanoid robot 'Sophia' makes surprise appearance at United Nations to share her views on artificial intelligence

A humanoid robot known as Sophia made a surprise appearance at a United Nations event yesterday, drawing rapturous applause from attendees.<p>Sophia has …

Synthetic muscle breakthrough could lead to 'lifelike' robots

A breakthrough in soft robotics means scientists are now one step closer to creating lifelike machines. Researchers at Columbia Engineering have developed a 3D printed synthetic tissue that can act as active muscle. The material, which can push, pull, bend, and twist (thanks to its use of silicone …

Terminator moves step closer to reality as scientists create synthetic muscle that can lift 1,000 times its own weight

An artificial muscle that can lift 1,000 times its own weight has been created, laying the groundwork for Terminator-like humanoid robots.<p>Scientists used a 3D printing technique to create the rubber-like synthetic muscle that expands and contracts like its biological counterpart.<p>Heated by a small …

Columbia University

We Can Now Store Light as Sound, And It's a Game Changer For Computing

One step closer to computers that process data at the speed of light.<p>Last year, scientists took a big step towards creating the next generation of …

Black man poses as white supremacist

Theo Wilson, who posed online as a white supremacist, discusses what he learned about their ideology during his experiment.

Rights & Freedoms

FireBee Power Tower turns any heat source into an electricity generator

<b>This 5W thermoelectric generator converts heat from a chimney or camp stove into electricity for charging USB devices.</b><p>Small-scale electricity …

15 Great TED Talks for Sparking Creativity (Infographic)

From graphic designers to painters to writers, these TED Talks are bound to give your creativity a boost.<p>Need a creative booster? One of your best resources is just a click away. TED Talks provides a variety of inspirational and creative videos from some of today’s most successful people.<p>Whether …

Creativity

Sailing Pi – GPS tracking on your boat

My weekly sailing crew asked for a way to visualise where we had been, and for a live display of the true speed over ground to see whether we were …

Microcontroller

ARKit + Vision: An intriguing combination

After multiple weeks of pondering what I should do first with Apple's newly announced ARKit, I decided that I wouldn't narrow my mindset to just the …

Bite Helper might be the mosquito bite conqueror you've been searching for

My leg is itchy. Not all of it, just the now-healing spot where a mosquito bit me over the weekend. The scab is tiny, indicating I barely scratched …

How to raise brilliant children, according to science

Parents receive a lot of mixed messages surrounding how best to bring up their children.<p>How strict should you be? Should you be more of a friend or …

Chinese Vegetarian Cooking

There are many Chinese people who are vegetarian because they are Buddhist but in recent years there are more and more people becoming vegetarian …

How scary is too scary in VR?

Virtual reality has the power to immerse audiences in horror experiences that deliver new heights of scream-out-loud sensation. Hopes are high in the entertainment industry for VR headset technology, but as a VR creator with a few of horror experiences under my belt, I’ve learned that creating …

Virtual Reality

Want to Create Your Own Apps? Apple Will Teach You How to Code--for Free

If you want to learn to create and code apps, all you need is an iBooks account and a willingness to try.<p>Maybe you have a cool app in mind that you would like to develop, but you don't know whom to hire to code it, much less have the money. No problem: For DIY types of people, Apple has released a …

12 Solar Gadgets You Need in Your Life Right Now

Over the years, the solar industry has been booming like never before. If you look at it closely, people are switching to solar gadgets more easily …

Delete yourself from the internet by pressing this button

The internet can be a beautiful and horrible place at the same time. It’s weird, and sometimes you feel like you want to leave. Sadly, there’s no easy way out — or there wasn’t, until now.<p>Swedish developers Wille Dahlbo and Linus Unnebäck created Deseat.me, a web app that offers a way to wipe your …

'Dragonball FighterZ' looks dangerously close to the anime

There have been so many <i>Dragonball</i> (Z or otherwise) games that it's hard to tell most of them apart. While the latest <i>Xenoverse</i> titles attempted to spin out Akira Toyama's characters into alternate universes with online play, <i>Dragonball FighterZ</i> is an easier-to-explain premise: a 2D fighter with the …

‘The Last Night’ is a stunning take on 16-bit games for the 4K generation

Indie darling <i>The Last Night</i> stepped onto the big stage this week at E3. The game was announced as an Xbox exclusive during the same event that Microsoft officially revealed its powerful new 4K console: the Xbox One X. After those proceedings, we sat down with Odd Tales' Tim Soret for an update on …

Pipeline to the classroom: how big oil promotes fossil fuels to America's children

Oklahoma,Climate change,Oil and gas companies,Business,Energy industry,Environment,US news,World news<p>Documents show how tightly woven group of pro-industry organizations target impressionable schoolchildren and teachers desperate for resources

The World's First "Space Nation" Will Attempt a Launch This Summer

A City Beyond the Skies<p>A non-profit organization under the leadership of Igor Ashurbeyli, wants to put more than a human or two into space — they …

Harvard scientists use simple materials to create semi-soft robots

At the beginning of the decade, George Whitesides helped rewrite the rules of what a machine could be with the development of biologically inspired …

Robotics

Build a Cross Platform Command Line Executable in Node.js

Before we begin, this article assumes you know a couple of things: Javascript, Terminal, and Node.js.<p>Creating a command line tool in Node.js is …

The Complete Guide To Switching From HTTP To HTTPS

HTTPS is <b>a must for every website</b> nowadays: Users are looking for the padlock when providing their details; Chrome and Firefox explicitly mark …

Web Design

MicroPython Pyboard Lite Arrives At Adafruit For $30

Adafruit has this week announced the arrival of a new product to their ever-growing range of electronic components with the addition of the …

5 student projects making waves in 2017

The important thing when you’re a student is to learn and develop your skills, not to get publicity; that will more likely come later. But if a …

Graphic Design

College of the Creatives Cabinet

Mike • 06/05/2017 at 02:02 • 2 comments<p>Near final prototype made out of final build materials (can of Diet Coke included for scale)!<p>As mentioned in …

Business Development

How to hide tiny artworks in your URLs

We all know the humble URL; it tells the internet where we want to go. But, as digital artist Alexander Reben discovered, it can do so much more. It turns out that entire webpages can live within its character string -- you just need to know how to build them. Reben does, and has been using a …