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Photo by RodrigoCruzatti . Fordlandia, Henry Ford's failed attempt to create an American factory town in the jungles of Brazil, still counts a handful of residents squatting in the village's houses, as Simon Romero of the New York Times discovered when he recently traveled to the town's ruins . * This is the kind of crazy we all can thumbs-up: A Piaggio Ape with a custom-built chassis and an engine 12 times larger than the stock putt-putt single-cylinder . * For its 60th anniversary, Laguna Seca took a look back at the formation and early days of the storied race track . * The Detroit Autorama takes place this weekend, so the Detroit Free Press looked at one of the fastest-growing groups of Autorama exhibitors over the last decade: women who own and show their own cars . * With Vauxhall in the news this week as GM considers selling it to Peugeot, it's high time for this quick history of the British brand and overview of the cars it's built. ( via )
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Various gas canisters controlled by gas solenoid valves mixed up the analog to Martian atmosphere: 96% dioxide, 2% argon, and 2% nitrogen. The entire experiment was controlled by an Intel Edison with custom circuits for all of the sensors and regulating equipment. Check out the appropriately dramatic video of the process after the break. While the fern that [Clinton] planted did survive the 30-day experiment in the marsarium, it wasn't doing too well. There's an apparent lack of nitrogen in Martian soil which is crucial for plants to survive. Normally this is accomplished when another life form fixes nitrogen to the soil, but Mars probably doesn't have any of that. Future experiments would need something that could do this for the other plants, but [Clinton] notes that he'll need a larger marsarium for that. And, if you're not interested in plants or Mars, there are some other interesting ramifications of nitrogen-fixing as well. Filed under: chemistry hacks
TechCrunch
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This past weekend, something kind of incredible happened; basketball aficionados from across the globe were able to don high-tech goggles to live-stream stereoscopic virtual reality of a highly paid athlete receiving a bounce pass from a custom-designed drone to perform a highly technical slam dunk. This is the NBA in 2017. New technologies have always played a major role in how sports... Read More
HubSpot Marketing Blog
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The tips themselves include everything from working with fractions, to unlinking a pivot table from its source data, to spreadsheet protection FAQs. The Downloads tab is another particularly helpful section of Walkenbach's site, where he's added free, ungated download links to files he created, like free Excel workbooks and add-ins. For example, there's one Excel workbook available for download that gives examples of custom number formats, which you can play with and tweak on your own time, and get familiar with them without having to start from scratch. 3) About.com's Spreadsheets Page Price: Free Many of you are likely familiar with the content website About.com , but did you know it has its own spreadsheets subdomain -- much of which is devoted to Excel? There are likely thousands of instruction sets on that site, most of which are illustrated, how-to posts.
Design Milk - Tech
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It's been almost a year ago since we first heard from designer Eduardo Umaña. He said he wanted a bit of our time to talk about time itself – specifically keeping it with the minimalist timepiece he designed as an expression and homage to Scandinavian simplicity, the Classic Engineering VARIO . He's returned with an unexpected follow-up, a lamp called the Classic Möbius . Named after the Möbius strip – the head-scratch inducing one- sided, twisted and nonorientable surface cylinderUmaña's most unusual light is sculpted carefully by hand using ceramic-like composite material strips first heated, then twisted and bent around a cork-base. Within each strip is incorporated an array of neutral white 4000K LEDs; the cork base houses a microphone and custom programmed microprocessor responsible for the light's most novel twist: whistle-controlled on/off operation.
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The tips themselves include everything from working with fractions, to unlinking a pivot table from its source data, to spreadsheet protection FAQs. The Downloads tab is another particularly helpful section of Walkenbach's site, where he's added free, ungated download links to files he created, like free Excel workbooks and add-ins. For example, there's one Excel workbook available for download that gives examples of custom number formats, which you can play with and tweak on your own time, and get familiar with them without having to start from scratch. 3) About.com's Spreadsheets Page Price: Free Many of you are likely familiar with the content website About.com , but did you know it has its own spreadsheets subdomain -- much of which is devoted to Excel? There are likely thousands of instruction sets on that site, most of which are illustrated, how-to posts.
TopRank
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EVO Reviews
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The extra 40kg that the 1.5 MX-5 carries around means that it accelerates from 0-62mph in 8.6sec, 0.3sec slower than the regular car. Strangely the 2-litre RF is 45kg heavier than the roadster but, even weirder still, it’s 0-62mph is only 0.1sec slower than the full drop-top car at 7.4sec. Unsurprisingly, given such small increases in acceleration times, the RF feels no slower than the roadster from behind the wheel. Engine and gearbox Both of the MX-5’s engines are from Mazda’s current selection of Skyactiv units, but they have both been revised for use in the sports car. The old, entry-level Mk3 MX-5 used a 1.8-litre MZR engine, but that has been replaced by a 1.5-litre motor that weighs 14kg less. Compared to this engine’s use elsewhere, it features revised cam timing, lighter rotating parts, a custom steel crankshaft and new intake and exhaust systems, while retaining the 4-2-1 exhaust manifold.
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This makes the cuts needed to properly fit tubes together known as fish mouth cuts or saddle cuts. The cams can be removed for straight cuts, and the custom pipe vise can be adjusted to make miter cuts. All in all a sturdy and versatile build that ought to enable tons on new projects, especially when teamed up with [MakeIt Extreme]'s recent roll bender . Filed under: tool hacks
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Alan Martin 4 min 5 sec ago Science As excuses for not hitting the gym go, not having equipment small enough for your species to use is about as good as it gets. Still, any ants reading this that want to get in shape should start planning a trip to Ulm University in Germany, where scientists have developed a teeny-tiny treadmill custom built for desert ants . Of course the actual purpose of the treadmill isnt to help ants gain that buff segmented body they’ve always dreamed of – as good a use of research funding as that would be – it’s actually to help scientists understand how their legs move, and how they change their gait when searching for their nest. See related This tiny robot tentacle is so accurate it can lasso live ants Robot pheromones make machines act like ants That’s a bit more complex than your standard human treadmill, as you might imagine, with the equipment needing to compensate for stopping and changes in direction.
DW
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Konstantinos Kouvaras had to make a change. When he lost his job as an engineer because of the crisis, he and his wife decided to leave Athens and open a custom design T-shirt shop in Nafplio. More information: http://www.dw.com/en/foreclosed-greek-homes-go-under-the-online-hammer/a-37555810
Hackaday
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[Robert Baruch] wanted to tackle a CPU project using an FPGA. One problem you always have is you can either mimic something that has tools and applications or you can go your own way and just build everything from scratch (which is much harder). [Robert] took the mimic approachsort of. He built a CPU with the express idea of running Infocom's Z-machine virtual machine, which allows it to play Zork. So at least when you are done, you don't have to explain to your non-tech friends that it only blinks an LED. Check out the video, below, for more details. If it were just the Z-machine on an FPGA, we've seen that before. We've also seen people take the long road and build up everything around their custom CPUs. What makes this interesting is a very detailed set of videos describing the CPU and how it came to life. We don't mean there's a five-minute video describing the CPU.
Hackaday
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What's really impressive is the way [Parker] integrates the Bluetooth without any change to OEM functionality, which required a custom PCB to host an audio level shifter and input switch. He documents his efforts very thoroughly in the video after the break, but fair warning of a Rickroll near the end. So many of these hacks highjack the tape deck or CD input, but thanks to his sleuthing and building skills, [Parker] has added functionality without sacrificing anything. Filed under: car hacks , portable audio hacks
Mashable
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Wireless charging is a farce. We've basically traded in charging cables for custom-built surfaces that only work if we place our phones right on top of them. What we want is to walk into a room and have our iPhone 8 start charging automatically. And it looks like that dream is now a tick closer to reality. SEE ALSO: It sure looks like the iPhone 8 won't get long distance wireless charging A team of scientists at Disney Research (yes, that Disney), have built a gadget-charging, device-powering room that's safe for humans, their furniture and décor, if perhaps rather ugly. In a very dense paper published last week in the journal PLOS One , Disney researchers Matthew Chabalko, Mohsen Shahmohammadi and Alanson Sample describe the development of Volumetric wireless power for livable spaces . Read more... More about Smartphones , Disney , Disney Research , Wireless Charging , and Wireless Technology
Adweek
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If you've always dreamed of creating a self-portrait out of Lego bricks, rejoice! A nifty machine at the toy maker's London store can finally set you on that path. Just head over to Leicester Square and climb into the "Mosaic Maker," a cross between an instant photo booth and a Lego vending machine. For the...
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