DIYs & Mods

Kinect: ready-to-hack gadgetry

The ease with which the Microsoft Kinect can be torn downand the familiarity of the software driving ithas quickly proven a feature and not a bug for hackers. Hacking commercial gadgets is nothing new of course; but the pace at which hacks now appear, as well as the appeal they generate, is something to watch.

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Hacking the app called the book

Jonathan Safran Foer's new book, The Tree of Codes, has a marvelous title. But the real marvel begins when you turn the cover to find that the story is literally carved out of another worknamely, The Street of Crocodiles, the 1934 cycle of short stories by martyred Polish writer Bruno Schulz. There's a gadget angle to all this, but you'll have to follow the jump for it.

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Hackers of the world, unite

Repair is greenrepair is joyfulrepair injects soul and makes things unique. Those are some of the claims of Ifixits "Self-Repair Manifesto," which is not a self-help tract but a hackers call to arms.

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The Periodic Table of Videos

A great series of videos made by the chemistry department at the University of Nottingham in Englandone for each of the elements in the periodic table, 118 in all. It's full of insightsand it will have you wondering about the activation energy of professor Martyn Poliakoff's hair.

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Are you spacecrafty?

The Space Shuttle Program, which employs five thousand people and comprises more than a quarter of NASA infrastructure, is set to end in early 2011. How to commemorate the program that has defined manned spaceflight for more than thirty years? How about with an astronaut-helmet tea cozy!

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The scanner without us

Digital filmmaker Franois Vautier installed an ant colony in his scanner and scanned it every week for five years. The movie he made of the results is fairly astonishing. It's high-tech ruin porn at insect scale.

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Peer-to-peer goes off the grid

Artist and technologist Aram Bartholl is mortaring USB drives into brick walls and curbstones throughout New York City and inviting people to use them to share files. His "Dead Drops" project offers a glimpse of a utopian, DIY darknet in RL.

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The Catalina missile a boy scout conspiracy?

An explanation for the spectacular missile contrail that appeared in the Los Angeles sky last night continues to prove elusive. Amidst the speculation, a benign possibility suggests itself: could it be that someone got carried away while trying to earn Scouting's space exploration merit badge?

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Homemade iPhone 4 Costume Brings Retina Display to the Big Screen

Last year, John Savio, Apple fanboy and avid Halloween fan, created an iPhone 3GS costume that impressed the geek community. It was both a thing of beauty and yet somehow aesthetically ‘off.’ He incorporated a display that made the costume look like a functioning device, but the form factor was all wrong. The corners were too squared… the width too ...

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