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— Good Thinking

The top 10 things you DON'T NEED for Christmas 2014

By - December 22, 2014 25 Pictures
Some ideas break new ground, others are just destined to break. Creative minds can't always be saving the world, and what a boring place that world would be without all the bewilderment and fun that off-the-wall inventiveness brings. So in a nod to quirkiness and the spirit of human invention in its purest, unhinged form, here's our list of the top 10 things you don't need for Christmas this year (even if you do want them). Read More
— Science

New 3D printing algorithm creates Christmas trees with zero material waste

By - December 22, 2014 3 Pictures
If you haven't yet bought a Christmas tree yet, you may have left it a bit late. But don't despair: there's still time to print one. And a new 3D printer algorithm that claims to provide super-efficient 3D printing of Christmas trees with zero material waste may be just the ticket. Using a system of printing entitled "Approximate Pyramidal Shape Decomposition," the algorithm also promises a way to produce accurate molds for casting chocolate Santas and reindeer too. Read More
— Architecture

Architects envision new logistics center for Santa

By - December 17, 2014 11 Pictures
It may be the most wonderful time of the year for some, but for the hardworking residents of the North Pole, Christmas is a time of long hours, tight deadlines, and tricky logistical challenges. In a bid to help ensure presents continue to get delivered in a timely fashion, an architecture competition was recently held to design a new Scandinavian logistics center for Santa and his team. Read More
— Good Thinking

The top 10 things you CAN'T have for Christmas 2014

By - December 16, 2014 23 Pictures
Most of us would agree that money can't buy you happiness, but that doesn't stop us being fascinated by the extravagant, eccentric and sometimes downright absurd things that an oversupply of dollars can deliver to your doorstep. Every year we aim to satisfy this curiosity by selecting the wildest examples of luxury to have graced our pages throughout the year. Here's what you won't be getting for Christmas in 2014. Read More
— Around The Home

Aura tree ornaments for those dreaming of a wireless Christmas

By - November 27, 2014 5 Pictures
Christmas is centered around the concept of light, as people in the Northern Hemisphere are struggling through the darkest parts of winter when the days are their shortest. That’s why Christmas lights are such an icon of the festive season. The tradition is now about to get a touch of wireless magic, as a company called Powered by Aura has developed a system to wirelessly power up Christmas tree lights. Read More
— Children Feature

The best toys for a tech-filled Christmas 2014

With the big day creeping up all too quickly, Gizmag takes a look at, and plays with, our pick of the tech toys which are set to be big hits this Christmas. With toys like the self-balancing MiP Robot and the interactive My Friend Cayla doll, along with devices including the VTech Innotab Max tablet and LeapTV games console, it appears that Santa is going decidedly high-tech this year. Read More

NASA orders urgent spacewalks on the ISS

Christmas will be another work day for the crew of the International Space Station (ISS) this year. While many Earthlings are sitting down to turkey and plum pudding, NASA astronauts Rick Mastracchio and Mike Hopkins will be carrying out the third and final of three spacewalks announced by NASA managers on Tuesday. Read More
— Electronics

Shapify uses a Kinect to let users create a 3D Mini-Me from home

By - November 21, 2013 15 Pictures
To make a three-dimensional color statue of yourself, you could grab a chunk of marble and enlist the services of a sculptor and a painter, or you could take the simple approach and use a 3D scanner and a 3D full-spectrum multicolor printer. Since the first option is expensive and time-consuming and very few of us have access to the equipment for the second, Shapify has launched a service that lets users scan themselves at home, using a Kinect. Read More
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