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Hands On with the Teenage Engineering + Cheap Monday’s Pocket Operators: Super-fun, miniature synthesizers that look like pocket calculators for all ages and levels

Hands On with the Teenage Engineering + Cheap Monday's Pocket Operators

What happens when audio engineers and a clothing brand get together? Swedish brands Teenage Engineering and Cheap Monday broke news of a collaboration at the start of the year, generating more than a little hype about the resulting products named……

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Cool Hunting Video: Alex Reben: An alumni of MIT’s Media Lab and NASA, this artist applies his engineering skills to create robots

Cool Hunting Video: Alex Reben


In a room piled with resistors, circuit boards and projects in various states of completion, we spoke with talented artist and engineer Alex Reben about his body of work. Reben—an alumni of recordOutboundLink(this,…

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Is this procedure the first step toward genetic engineering?

A new piece in The New York Times Magazine looks at the growing controversy surrounding three-parent fertilization. The procedure introduces a donor’s cytoplasm into the mother’s egg, potentially adding a third parent’s genetic data to the child, but effectively treating mitochondrial disorders and a range of infertility issues. As the science develops, it’s also become the center of a heated battle around genetic ethics. Three-parent IVF is the first technique to alters the germ line, disrupting the natural flow of genetic information from parent to child. As a result, many are already casting it as the first step towards genetic engineering. Three-parent fertilization already works as medicine, and could make a huge difference for the…

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Why won’t the UN talk about climate engineering?

Over the weekend, climate scientists from around the world convened to tackle one of Earth’s most pressing problems: what can humanity do to fight climate change? It’s been a massive process, with the UN’s International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) bringing together dozens of the world’s top climatologists to study the issue for nearly three years. The final result is a 33-page summary of nearly every option available to humankind, from energy production to urban policy, the most definitive and influential document on how governments should respond to the changing world. But among the broad range of options, there’s one word that’s found nowhere in the document: geoengineering.

“Geoengineering” is nowhere to be found

It’s still…

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Interview: Filippo Perini, Lamborghini’s Head of Design: The creator of the Aventador talks Italian design, engineering, dreams and what it means to be a Lambo employee

Interview: Filippo Perini, Lamborghini's Head of Design


Italian auto manufacturer Lamborghini has been producing cutting-edge luxury sports cars for 50 years. Through financial tumult and the hands of many owners, Lamborghini has managed to sustain a reputation for top-tier design. Purchased by Audi…

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Dating coach shows how to get classified military intel using social engineering

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Jordan Harbinger, a professional social engineer, gave a talk at Def Con about how to get defense contractors to give up sensitive information.

About 1.4 million people in the US have a “top secret” security clearance. But what happens when an attractive man or woman friends them on Facebook, asking for career advice and wondering what they’re working on?

Jordan Harbinger, a dating coach based in Los Angeles, wanted to give a talk at the hacker convention Def Con. He was in his living room chatting with two clients who happen to work for a massive defense corporation that contracts with the US military when the pair started blabbing about their top secret projects. That gave Harbinger an idea for an experiment in social engineering,…

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Baselworld 2013: Innovation: Five watches showcasing the newest materials, engineering and craftsmanship

Baselworld 2013: Innovation


Industry firsts are a hallmark of the Baselworld watch fair. Companies are eager to show off their latest complications, materials and designs. Innovation can be found in all corners of the market, and here are a few that we think merit notice. Continue Reading…


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Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive: Superior electrical engineering creates the most powerful Gullwing ever

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive

by Teymur Madjderey As general automotive enthusiasts we’re always on the lookout for the latest innovations and opportunities to experience them firsthand, whether it be speaking with the design team at Bentley or testing Mini’s new sport utility coupe in the Caribbean. So when Mercedes-Benz gave us a call to…

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OD-11: Swedish design firm Teenage Engineering returns with the world’s first cloud speaker

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The enfants terribles of the industrial design world return with yet another potential banger of a product, hot on the heels of the OP-1, the synthesizer that made it cool to tickle the ivories. This time Swedish firm Teenage Engineering plundered the license cabinet of Stig Carlsson, the Swedish…

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Nintendo details the engineering that went into the Wii U

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Four Nintendo product developers and general managers sat down this week to discuss the engineering behind the Wii U, as part of the ongoing Iwata Asks interview series. According to Genyo Takeda, a Senior Managing Director, the key to combining low power consumption with high-level performance was Nintendo’s decision to adopt a multi-core CPU and to “fully embrace” an MCM (multi chip module), which weds CPU and GPU in a single component. This process involved several different manufacturers, which presented difficulties in analyzing any defects, though Nintendo says it drew upon its earlier experiences to devise a system that quickly identifies problems with minimal effort.

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