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Will China be growing vegetables on Mars ?

China has developed an ‘ecological life support system’ to grow food during off world space missions. The 300 cubic metre cabin has been tested in Bei…

The DIY Kid-tracking Drone

Talk about a helicopter parent! Paul Wallich came up with an idea that would free him from escorting his young son 400 meters to the school bus stop every day, and still enable him to keep an eye on the child. He built a quadcopter to fly along with him! It has a redundant system, [...]

Windows95 Tips

Welcome to Windows95! I bet you don’t remember all these little-known tips and tricks for getting the most out of your operating system. There’s an entire Tumblr blog of them at Windows 95 Tips, Tricks, and Tweaks. Link -via Metafilter

Area Code

XKCD strikes again. The system of area codes is old and outdated. I am sure this applies to more than just the US. Still though, I do love rep’ing my 847! Pop quiz- where is 847 from? On your honor(!), no Google – just guess. -Via XKCD

Alpha Centauri Has a Planet

Image: ESO/L. Calcada/N.Risinger (skysurvey.org) Good news, everyone! Astronomers have discovered that Alpha Centauri, the closest known star system to our own Sun and subject to many science fiction classics, actually has an Earth-like planet: Alpha [...]

For the Atari’s 35th Birthday, the Top 10 Atari Games Ever

I don’t always feel old, but when I do it’s because of posts like this one. The Atari 2600 — that boxy little guy that changed the way an entire generation defined the word “play” — is 35 years old this week. There are no words. For the under-25 set/Martian cave-dwellers, the Atari 2600 debuted in [...]

What if the Presidential Election is a Tie?

(YouTube link) C.G.P. Grey explains the system in place for breaking an electoral college tie. It’s convoluted, of course, and may possibly return a result contrary to the wishes of the people. But this explanation also highlights one of the many reasons that it’s as important to vote for your preferred senators and representatives as the [...]

5 Terrifying Animals That Could Save Your Life Someday

Sharks, vampire bats, crocodiles: the stuff of horror movies. Yes, these animals can kill you, but medical science is turning lemons into lemonade, so to speak. For example, the venom of a cobra: Well, scientists think that part of what makes venom so nasty is that it suppresses the body’s ability to fight back by hampering [...]

New weapon fires waste at enemies

A weapon system that fires a soldiers’ own biological waste products at enemies has been patented. Invented by Aleksandr Georgievich Semenov, the weap…

How Secure Are Electronic Voting Machines?

Getty Images It’s not that the machines have slight security glitches. It’s more that they’re almost comically hacker-friendly. Take the touchscreen Diebold Accuvote system. In 2012, nearly one-quarter of Americans are expected to use them to cast ballots. But the machines have been under fire for security errors for nearly a decade. Just how insecure are they? [...]