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Faraday Cages In Your Kitchen

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Paranoiacs rejoice! Last week, Heather Murphy of the New York Times explained that Edward Snowden had lawyers place their cell phones in a refrigerator to block the signals, using the fridge as a makeshift Faraday cage. Murphy quoted Adam Harvey, a countersurveillance products designer, who said that a martini shaker is a foolproof Faraday cage that can […]

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Boldly Going Where No Techfiction Has Gone Before With Star Trek


It’s hard to imagine a television show that has had more examples of techfiction becomie techfact than the original Star Trek series. The multimedia franchise has a grip on the collective unconsciousness of geeks on the level of few other things. While the movies and spin-offs have their own assortment of impressive gadgetry made real, the original […]

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Real Life Astronaut Rock Star Covers David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” In Space


Canadian-born astronaut Chris Hadfield hands over command of the International Space Station today, but not before taking the Blue Marble by storm with a cover of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” performed from space. It’s a remarkably well done music video and just about the coolest thing ever. (See the original “Space Oddity” music video from […]

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State Department Tries To Muzzle 3D Printed Firearms


Remember all the hubbub about 3D printed guns? No? Not even when the U.S. government gave a firearms licence to Defense Distributed, the biggest name in renderable firearms? This past week was another huge one for DD, as it printed and tested the new Liberator gun, an all plastic gun that only needs the addition of a nail to serve […]

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Send A Haiku To Mars

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Later this year, the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission (MAVEN) is scheduled to launch on an exploratory and scientific mission for NASA, with support by the University of Colorado Boulder. As part of the spacecraft’s mission, it will act as the first spacecraft to focus primarily on the state of the upper atmosphere, the […]

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3D Printers Produce Custom Bone Implants


An unnamed patient recently had 75 percent of his skull surgically replaced with a 3D printed implant. The patient’s head was scanned, and then a custom digital model of the implant was created before finally being fabricated in a 3D printer. On February 18, Oxford Performance Materials in Connecticut gained approval from the U.S. Food […]

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