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No South by Southwest for me this year. No drinking weird promotional energy drinks while watching bands play front yards at 9 AM or traveling out of my way to see the Daniel Johnston mural on the sid

Disney/Lucasfilm donates $1.5 million to FIRST

A day after the big Episode IX reveal, Disney and subsidiary Lucas film announced that it will be donating $1.5 million to FIRST. The non-profit group was founded by Dean Kamen in 1989 to help teach S

Amazon teams with FIRST for robotics education grants

Earlier this week, Amazon confirmed that it would be acquiring Canvas, a little known Colorado-based startup that creates autonomous driving systems for warehouse fulfillment. It’s the latest in a l

A conversation with Dean Kamen on the myth of “Eureka!”

"I think invention is maybe like love," says Dean Kamen. "Everybody wants to have it. Nobody knows what it is."

Nippon gets its first Blu-ray featuring nothing but a gravure idol (=semi-nude girl)

This took longer than expected: On October 22, Tokyo-based media and interactive content provider VAP [JP] will release Japan’s first “gravure idol” Blu-ray. Gravure idols are basica

Exclusive: First hands on with working Bug Labs open source hardware

We told you about Bug Labs last week so you should have all the pertinent info, but now we have pics and video of a working model. Videos will be up as soon they’re done loading so please bear w