Bad Blood, Elizabeth Holmes, and Why Biology Is Harder Than Silicon Valley Thinks

I can't remember when I first heard about Theranos and its founder, Elizabeth Holmes, but there rarely goes by a month when I haven't thought about them since. I'm not alone: the tale has gripped many and been spun into a book, a documentary, and at least two podcasts. Although, having spent the better part …

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How to lose an audience: or when I learned that I should not have updated that app

Metrics seem to be everywhere these days. From the well-known details tracking of Amazon's internal systems to Fitbits and Apple Watches, it seems like the quantified self movement has come to the forefront everywhere. So after hearing a recommendation from Kevin Rose a few years ago, I gave Tally a try. For several years, it …

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How to hot-wire a scooter with a paper clip

Disclaimer: This lesson is intended as a fun introduction to how an ignition works and not a guide to performing illegal activities. If you steal someone's scooter and get caught, that's your own damn fault. Also, shame on you. Nearly a year ago, during the initial two-month lockdown here in France, my scooter was vandalized. …

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How to make an Arduino-powered immersion circulator

After having tinkered with basic circuitry, but with an Arduino still on my hands to use, I started to brainstorm some ideas of possible uses. I could control other lights use it in any number of other projects, but my search finally brought me to the kitchen. In the US, I had a Sansaire immersion …

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