Meet Margaret Hamilton, the Woman Who Helped NASA Land on the Moon

Margaret Hamilton MIT software programmer

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With how much software pervades our lives these days, it may be difficult to remember that the field is relatively new. While programming languages first appeared in the 1950s, it was really the following decade when NASA, and one pioneering female software engineer, led the way to programming as we know it.

Margaret Hamilton was a 24-year-old working mother with a degree in mathematics when she began working as a programmer for MIT in 1960. And while we often think of programming as a boys club, it’s interesting to note that one of Lees verder

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Tree-Planting Drones Are Helping Replant Our Forests by Seeding 100,000 Plants a Day

BioCarbon Engineering Drone Reforestation

If you thought drones were just for taking pictures, think again. A U.K. startup is hoping to kick start efforts against deforestation by leveraging drone technology. BioCarbon Engineering, whose CEO Lauren Fletcher spent 20 years as a NASA engineer, is pledging to plant 1 billion trees using industrial technology.

After a long development and planning phase, their initial efforts will start in September, when they team with non-profit Worldwide International Foundation. The Lees verder

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Adobe Presents: An Evening with Pete Souza at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Pete Souza participates in a Q&A with Adobe’s Tom Hogarty at “Adobe Presents: An Evening with Pete Souza” at The Met on August 3. (Photo credit: Don Pollard for Adobe)

For eight years, during President Barack Obama’s two terms in office, photographer Pete Souza served as the official White House photographer. He captured the President’s every move. Every meeting, every overseas trip, every historic event—Souza was there with camera in tow, ready to document an undoubtedly significant presidency in U.S. history. Whether you realized it or not, all those memorable and Lees verder

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Elon Musk Announces New Hyperloop Approval Making NYC to DC Trip in Only 29 Minutes

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In a series of tweets, SpaceX and Tesla owner Elon Musk gave commuters on the East Coast a reason to get excited. According to Musk, he received verbal approval for The Boring Company to build a New York City to Washington, DC Hyperloop that would link these cities in a quick, 29-minute trip.

The route would also stop in Philadelphia and Baltimore, with Musk promising up to a dozen Lees verder

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Measuring Tape in Augmented Reality Showcases the Future of Virtual Tools

AR Measure Augmented Reality iPhone Ruler iPhone Measuring Tape iPhone Tape Measure

As the world eagerly awaits the release of Apple’s newest operating system, iOS 11, an increasing amount of exciting information is being released to the public. While the new system will feature cool capabilities like a catch-all for files, a sleek new dock, and a Split View function, ARKit, a fascinating framework for augmented reality, has garnered the most attention—particularly, in the form of a virtual measuring tape.

In a video posted by Laan Labs, a measuring tape app called AR Measure is demonstrated. At first, the tool is shown next Lees verder

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Magnetic Drill Lets You Easily Build Furniture Without Any Visible Holes

Invis Magnetic Drill

Woodworkers rejoice, a new magnetic drill now makes it possible to have seamless joints with the holding power of screws. The Invis Mx2 attaches to any standard drill, making it possible to create aesthetically pleasing, stable furniture with ease.

Once the magnetic screwdriver works its magic, you can screw and unscrew connections easily, with minimal wear and tear. The innovative system cuts out the need for special clamps and the wait time for glue to dry. Invis is designed to work with wood and ceramics, with suggested uses for stairs, railings, and furniture.

So how does it work? The drill attachment is Lees verder

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Smartphone Treat Holder Easily Attaches to Phone to Help Capture Great Pet Portraits

Flexy Paw Phone Attachments Pet Photography Pet Portraits Animal Selfie

As any animal lover knows, capturing the perfect pet portrait is no easy task. Whether they’re looking away or simply refuse to sit still, our four-legged friends are notoriously impatient models—unless, as Paw Champs has proven, food and fun are involved. That is why the pet-centric company has created Flexy Paw, a clever accessory that attaches treats and toys to your phone to capture and keep your pet’s attention.

Each Flexy Paw easily snaps onto the top of your smartphone or tablet. Composed of a pliable arm topped with a clip, the ingenious invention allows you to dangle an animal-friendly goodie (up to 1/2 inch thick) right above the device’s camera Lees verder

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Creative Vending Machine Prints Short Stories to Read While You Wait

Short Édition Vending Machines Short Stories

Recently, inventive vending machines have been popping up around France. Instead of dispensing sweet treats or sugary drinks, however, these kiosks distribute short stories. Created by literature-loving company Short Édition, these savvy stalls promise to help pass the time, whether you’re waiting at the airport, stuck at the train station, or even accompanying your significant other on a particularly trying trip to the mall.

Sleek in design and minimal in effort, each vending machine offers an appealing way for commuters and customers to kill time. To use the innovative inventions, simply choose your desired reading time: 1 minute, 3 minutes, or 5 minutes. Then, the machine Lees verder

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Volkswagen Brings Back the Beloved Microbus as an Electric Vehicle

VW ID Buzz Concept - Electric Microbus

Are we getting one step closer to having the beloved Volkswagen Microbus back in production? All signs point in the right direction, with VW CEO Herbert Diess’ recent statements. “Emotional cars are very important for the brand,” he shared. “We are selling loads of Beetles still, particularly in US markets. But we will also have the Microbus that we showed, which we have recently decided we will build.”

An icon of the hippy generation, VW fans have been waiting ages for the Microbus to reappear. And now, thanks to the new MEB platform VW Lees verder

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Team of Teenage Girls Creates Portable, Solar-Powered Tent for the Homeless

Female Engineers DIY Solar-Powered Tent Homelessness

In order to tackle the growing problem of homelessness in Southern California, a team of teenage girls has come up with an ingenious idea: a portable, solar-powered, tent. Though the 12 students involved in the project had no formal engineering training, they taught themselves the basics in order to plan, print, and assemble the innovative homeless shelter.

The ambitious undertaking was initially inspired by the girls’ desire to give to the homeless. With little money to spare, however, they needed to get creative in order to come up with an alternative. At first, they brainstormed water purification techniques, but ultimately decided to address the lack of shelter and privacy Lees verder

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