Nevada’s Mission To Build The Detroit Of Drones

Today, San Diego is the capital of America’s multibillion dollar drone industry. Reno wants to take that title back.

When you think of Nevada, you think of a lot of things–casinos, hookers, quickie marriages and divorces–that are really about Las Vegas. To the north of Sin City you have a region that, like many places in the country, is yearning to jumpstart a new industry that could drive good-paying middle class jobs. Increasingly, Nevadans think they’ve found that opportunity zooming unmanned over their heads.

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How Two Game Fans Became Developers On LittleBigPlanet 3

Spoiler: It involved a lot of asking themselves if they were crazy for abandoning their career for an entirely new one.

If you don’t make video games, the process can seem downright mystifying. How do you become a game developer? Depending on which part of the process you’re interested in, you probably learn to code, go to school to study the elements of design, acquire high-end computers capable of creating the sort of games that you want to make, apply for highly competitive jobs at studios that produce the big games, or work your way up the ladder at smaller companies in the hope that you can land on the radar of one of the big guys. Something like that, right?

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Microsoft Unveils Fitness Smart Band That Understands Voice Commands

You can even use the $199 Microsoft Band to buy drinks at Starbucks.

Microsoft on Thursday debuted a connected activity-tracking wristband with a heart-rate monitor that can track sleep and fitness data.

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Psychedelic Ant Farms Designed To Raise Money For Charity

These ants are mindlessly burrowing for a cause.

Although they used to be filled with soil or sawdust, newer ant farms use an edible semi-transparent gel, which serves as both nutrition and medium of travel for the ants trapped inside. Most of that gel isn’t eaten, but instead pushed aside as the trapped ants endlessly burrow to an intended destination they’ll never reach.

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Cool, Weird Halloween Costumes You Can Pull Out Of A Printer

It’s not too late to get a Halloween costume. You can print out these low-poly masks at home.

Need a last-minute Halloween costume? Print yourself out one of these beautiful papercraft masks.

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What The Great Pyramid Looked Like More Than 4,000 Years Ago

The Great Pyramid used to be so shiny, it glowed.

Go to the pyramids at Giza today, and you’ll see pollution blackened steppes surrounded by smog and sand. Some 4,000 years ago, the pyramids looked much nicer: They were covered in polished limestone, resembling brilliant lightforms dropped into the desert from the sky.

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It’s Melting! A Life-Sized House Made Of Wax

Alex Chinneck, master of architectural illusions, has created a two-story house made of 8,000 wax bricks.

British artist Alex Chinneck has a knack for creating surreal, reality-bending inversions of urban architecture, like a seemingly slouchy brick facade and an upside-down building. He’s at it again for London’s annual Merge Festival, where he has created a life-sized building made entirely of wax.

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Design Porn For Air Traffic Controllers

From ATL to TPA, the Airport Runway Collection lets you admire the intricate pattern of your favorite airport as seen from above.

There are few areas of design so important to get right as that of the airport runway. They host millions of flyers every year, but most of us never get a really good view of the system set up to make sure that the 100-ton behemoths dropping in and out of the sky never collide.

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A Portrait Of London’s Diversity, Drawn From Languages Spoken Near Tube Stops

Tube tongues!

London, like any big city, is a melting pot of languages and cultures. Oliver O’Brien, a researcher in University College London’s geography department with a zeal for visualizing information about the London Underground, has extended his already data-rich interactive map of the Tube to show where exactly residents speak languages other than English primarily, based on subway stops. (Earlier this year, a similar project attempted to visualize the languages spoken around New York City, though it wasn’t nearly as easy to read.)

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MIT Visualizes What Robots Are Thinking

Want to know what’s going on inside that robot’s brain? MIT researchers are trying to show us.

Robots make thousands of tiny decisions a second, but they don’t emote or verbally communicate. So when a Roomba turns 90 degrees in the middle of the room, we’re only left wondering why and if something is broken.

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