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Live Now: Make’s 2018 Holiday Gift Guide

We’re thrilled to announce that the 2018 Make: Holiday Gift Guide is live! There are a staggering number of tools and gadgets that fit in the domain of makers — everything from drills to microcontrollers to implements for scientific discovery. These pieces can help someone start or complete a project, […]

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What Made These Amazing Companies So Disruptive? They All Built Platforms

A trait shared by the fastest growing and most disruptive companies in history — Google, Amazon, Uber, AirBnb, and eBay—is that they aren’t focused on selling products, they are building platforms. The ability to leverage the network effects of a platform is something that the technology industry learned long ago — and perfected. It is what gives Silicon Valley an unfair advantage over competitors in every industry; something that is becoming increasingly important as all information becomes digitized. A platform isn’t a new concept, it is simply a way of building something that is open, inclusive, and has a strategic… read more

Detecting Alien Planets With Your ‘Run-of-the-Mill’ Digital Camera

Astronomy is no stranger to citizen scientists. Amateur stargazers are credited with the discovery of comets, asteroids, and even planets. That said, while amateurs don’t use multi-million dollar observatories, it’s… read more