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8 new and creative DIY project ideas for your school this year

Vacation’s over. You’re back in school. Time to stick to the curriculum, execute all your assignments on time, and leave no stone unturned in your …

Cars With Automatic Retractable Hardtops, Then and Now

The new ones are impressive, but the old one is a marvel of 1950s engineering<p>In 1957 Ford released something rather crazy for the time: The Fairlane …

7 awesome paid iPhone apps that are free for a limited time (save $33!)

Christmas has come and gone, and there are undoubtedly plenty of people who didn’t get what they were hoping for this year from Santa. Don’t worry …

Lemon-Vanilla Pound Cake

For a tantalizing tea-time treat, try this heavenly lemon pound cake.<p><b>Ingredients:</b><p>1/4 cup(s) unsalted butter, melted1 cup(s) milk1/2 cup(s) unsalted butter, cut up2 cup(s) all-purpose flour1/2 teaspoon(s) salt4 large eggs, at room temperature2 1/4 cup(s) sugar1 tablespoon(s) vanilla extract1/2 …

A Trio Of Cubes Form A House Exposed To Three Sets Of Views

Villa Moerkensheide was designed and built by Dieter De Vos Architecten in De Pinte, Belgium. It’s a very spacious residence with a total living …

2014: The Year Sci-Fi Got Great

From 'Under the Skin' to 'Interstellar,' a return to ingenious roots<p><b>Science fiction has long dominated the movies,</b> as the enduring obsession with the <i>Star Wars</i> and <i>Star Trek</i> franchises (among others) makes plain. And yet even given that decades-long fascination with futuristic and far-out tales, 2014 …

10 Lessons I Learned from a Year of Productivity Experiments

Over the last 12 months I have conducted countless productivity experiments on myself, interviewed some of the most productive people in the world, …

'Give up dairy products to beat cancer’

A leading scientist, who has been fighting breast cancer since 1987, says the disease is overwhelmingly linked to animal products<p>In 1993, the breast cancer that had plagued Jane Plant since 1987 returned for the fifth time. It came in the shape of a secondary tumour – a lump in her neck the size of …

Frog Crowdfunds A $250 3-D Printer

The MOD-t 3-D printer is the first release of Frog Ventures, the venture design arm of one of the world’s most prominent design firms.<p>Today, a 3-D printer called the New Matter MOD-t hits Indiegogo. It’s expected to cost $250, making it the most affordable 3-D printer to date (comparable printers …

The True Origins of ‘X-Men’

It was mid-1963, and Stan Lee was on a roll. In a mad burst of invention, he and star artists Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko had just birthed the …

What you need to know about vaporizers

Smoking is bad for you. There! We said it right up front. There's no reasonable line of argument that can lead to any other conclusion: smoking kills lots of people, around 50 percent of its long term users. But with all that said, people <i>love</i> to smoke. Heck, I smoked for many, many years and I …

Lavish Apartment Renovation Showcases An Array Of Space-Saving Solutions

When it comes to interior design and decor, we often tend to equate space with luxury. But creative modern architects and designers are quickly …

13 GIFs That Show You How Everyday Items Are Made

Some we use everyday, others we only ever see the final product - but how exactly are things like forks, crash barriers, springs and even camouflage …

Watch This Magnet Fall Slowly Through Air

It's witchcraft science.<p>This video from 2012 is making the rounds right now--with good reason. Drop whatever you're doing, leave your desk, quit your job, and find a magnet and copper tube, because, wow. Look at this! It's a _Matrix _time-freeze in your hands.<p>The video is showing a demonstration of …

Magnetism

Insanely lifelike Morgan Freeman portrait painted on an iPad

A talented artist can get a lot of mileage out of the various art apps available for the iPad, but we ain't never seen anything like this. Digital …

Dustin Bachrach

We just released a small Header-Only library called AtSugar. AtSugar provides a few macros for Objective-C that make writing things easier and more …

Could we kill the icon? • Joe Critchley

Moving away from abstracted & physical representations, and more towards our digitally native environment.<p>When it comes to user interfaces, I don’t …

UI Design

How Many of Your Memories Are Fake?

When people with Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory—those who can remember what they ate for breakfast on a specific day 10 years ago—are tested for accuracy, researchers find what goes into false memories.<p>One afternoon in February 2011, seven researchers at the University of California, …

Springy - A force directed graph layout algorithm in JavaScript.

Getting started<p>Springy.js is designed to be small and simple. It provides an abstraction for graph manipulation and for calculating the layout and …

Merlin Mann on The Great Discontent (TGD)

<b>You mentioned having people who were supportive of you. Did you have any mentors along the way?</b><p>Oh, tons. The problem is that it’s hard to know who …

Comic Books

How to float placeholder text into a label

Jared Verdi is the author of JVFloatLabeledTextField:<p>UITextField subclass with placeholders that change into floating labels when the field is …

The future of motion interfaces: Wave goodbye to the mouse

We're still big fans of Douglas Engelbart's original pointing device, but human/computer input is moving past traditional peripherals. We're rapidly approaching a future of touchscreens, motion sensors and visual imaging control solutions.<p>"Gone are the days, probably, of the keyboard, mouse and …

These get me every time

This App Is A Roll Of Duct Tape For The Internet Of Things

Billing itself as the Napster of the connected world, MakerSwarm wants to inspire a new generation of engineers.<p>MAYA Design is working to give every man, woman, and child on the planet a superpower. Just as the <i>X-Men’s</i> Magneto can detect the metal within and control it with his mutant powers of …

The Myth of the Brainstorming Session

<i>This post was originally published on the ooomf blog.</i><p>Over dinner a couple months ago, one of my friends said he needed some help coming up with a name for a new website.<p>Do you want to be a cryptocurrency millionaire?Don't get your hopes up.VISIT HARD FORK<p>He told me a bit about the site and asked if …

Android 4.4 KitKat: Google's simpler, integrated operating system designed for every phone

At its event in San Francisco, in the midst of flashing some new hardware, Google also unveiled version 4.4 of Android, the long-awaited KitKat. It's much more than a marketing gimmick, or an excuse to make limited-edition candy bars in Paris — it brings some real change to Android, and some …