Monthly Archives: January 2016

Wanderers — a short film by Erik Wernquist

The film is a vision of our human­i­ty’s future expan­sion into the Solar Sys­tem. Although admit­ted­ly spec­u­la­tive, the visu­als in the film are all based on sci­en­tif­ic ideas and con­cepts of what our future in space might look like, if it ever hap­pens. All the loca­tions depict­ed in the film are dig­i­tal recre­ations of actu­al places in the Solar Sys­tem, built from real pho­tos and map data where avail­able.


Have We Been Interpreting Quantum Mechanics Wrong This Whole Time?

Par­ti­cles at the quan­tum scale seem to do things that human-scale objects do not do. They can tun­nel through bar­ri­ers, spon­ta­neous­ly arise or anni­hi­late, and occu­py dis­crete ener­gy lev­els. This new body of research reveals that oil droplets, when guid­ed by pilot waves, also exhib­it these quan­tum-like fea­tures.

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A Raspberry Pi powered Magic Mirror


Blog­ger Dylan Pierce decid­ed he want­ed to give some­one the gift of a smart mir­ror. He went with an afford­able, DIY approach and with just a lit­tle bit of cod­ing and some inge­nu­ity, he was able to make a mir­ror that’s got peo­ple like me drool­ing all over it. Here’s how he did it.


Design principles for reducing cognitive load


Every time you vis­it a web­site, a process of learn­ing is ini­ti­at­ed in the brain. Whether it’s the nav­i­ga­tion, lay­out, or that auto-rotat­ing image slid­er on the home­page, your brain has to learn how to use the site while keep­ing track of the rea­son you came there in the first place. The men­tal effort required dur­ing this time is called cog­ni­tive load.

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Capacitive Touch HAT for Raspberry Pi


Capac­i­tive touch sens­ing used for stuff like touch-reac­tive tablets and phones, as well as con­trol pan­els for appli­ances (which is where you may have used it before). This HAT allows you to cre­ate elec­tron­ics that can react to human touch, with up to 12 indi­vid­ual sen­sors.

The main dif­fer­ence between this and some­thing like the Makey Makey board is that there is no need for a ground wire.