Airblock: A Shape Shifting Entry-Level Drone

Makeblock's new modular flying device takes on variable hovercraft forms

Airblock might not have a 4K camera but that’s far from the point of this new hovercraft device. Not only is it an entry-level drone in terms of price, it also aims to teach young fliers building and coding as well. Airblock’s magnetic, modular format means that six blade modules can be affixed to a control core and hovercraft base in multiple ways. The hexagonal …

Artist R Luke DuBois’ Eye-Opening Data Portraits

At this year’s TED conference, artist R Luke DuBois shared with the audience a few of his latest works. While he doesn’t paint, draw or take photos, DuBois can weave together incredibly complex portraits of his subjects through unconventional applications of programming and code. In one project, he downloads millions of dating profiles to map out the way people speak about themselves across the country. …

Eight Ways to Encourage Girls to Code

Many people understand there are a lot fewer women in computer science, but don’t know what to do about it—or, worse yet, just fall into acceptance. For those who wish to help but aren’t sure where to start, Mashable has published a simple list of steps to encourage girls to take up coding and other engineering subjects at an early age—like leading a coding club …