Science

Slime Mould Maps

Wednesday July 04, 2012

Slime mould may be the smartest unicellular organism on Earth. Now it's being used to discover new pathways through the streets of Amsterdam.

Smart guys wear beards

Wednesday June 20, 2012

New programming languages are developed all the time, but few ever reach a wide audience. The secret to cutting through could be sporting a beard like a bushranger.

The Burritob0t

Friday June 15, 2012

This is the story of how a NYU student built a working burrito robot as part of his master's thesis and became the most popular guy on campus.

The Key to Science

Saturday June 09, 2012

Richard P. Feynman – physicist, Nobel Prize winner, philosopher and all-round impressive dude – takes one minute to set out the fundamental precept of all science.

The Listening Machine

Thursday May 31, 2012

Since time immemorial, man has wondered what the sound of 500 people tweeting was. Now techno-musical theorist Daniel Jones and composer Peter Gregson have created an algorithm that allows us to synthesise exactly that.

The Bio-Computer

Tuesday May 29, 2012

Mike Schropp is a geek of the highest order. His blog is called Total Geekdom and on it he tinkers with scraps of technology to make them better, different or just plain weird.

MaKey MaKey

Saturday May 26, 2012

Have you ever wanted to turn your bananas into a piano? Or play video games with a controller you drew onto a piece of paper? With MaKey Makey you can transform these (admittedly pretty niche) dreams into fully functional reality.

Mental Exercise

Thursday May 17, 2012

When science writer Joshua Foer asks you to close your eyes and imagine a fleet of nude cyclists crashing through your front door, fear not. 

Melvin the Machine

Tuesday May 15, 2012

Have you ever seen a Rube Goldberg machine? They're wacky inventions that complete simple tasks incredibly inefficiently. Usually they're gigantic and live in warehouses. But this one fits in a suitcase.

Home grown flakes

Saturday May 12, 2012

Some people spend their weekends doing woodwork. Some like gardening. But Linden Gledhill? He manufactures snowflakes in his basement.