Originally published on Mon March 10, 2014 4:02 pm
The task of building your very own toy, or robot, or radio can seem daunting for someone without much background in engineering. But a set of color-coded electronic bits that can be magnetically snapped together called littleBits is aiming to make creating your own electronics easy for everyone. It's like Legos, if only Legos could be connected into circuits that light up, move or make music.
"Circuits in seconds," promises the outside of the box.
A vast and long-running federal investigation has now implicated D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray.
According to The Washington Post and NBC Washington, businessman Jeffrey Thompson will plead guilty to conspiracy, admitting that he funneled more than $2 million into a shadow campaign to help elect the Democratic mayor.
Originally published on Mon March 10, 2014 4:05 pm
When it comes to getting ahead in the world, a lack of savings can be a big hurdle, especially for low-income families. Most don't have enough money set aside for emergencies, let alone for college or a house. Some people think the answer is to make savings more fun, like the lottery, with the chance to win big prizes.
It's called prize-linked savings, something that's been available in Great Britain for decades. Now, it's starting to catch on in the United States.
Rebecca Weld (aka "The Cookie Architect") nabbed the Oscar of the cookie world for this series of Nantucket-themed biscuits.
Credit Courtesy of Rebecca Weld via Cookie Connection
Lynne Schuyler created this gingerbread carousel. Her day job? A mechanical designer for a commercial refrigeration company in Kimberly, Idaho.
Credit Courtesy of Lynne Schuyler via Cookie Connection
Allison Quirk Barrett created these rainbow birthday cake cookies, which were finalists in Cookie Connection's Best Cookies of 2013 competition. She is a professional cookie decorator and owner of Baked on Briar in Medway, Mass.
Credit Courtesy of Allison Quirk Barrett via Cookie Connection
Originally published on Mon March 10, 2014 4:00 pm
Rebecca Weld of Potsdam, New York, makes her living as an architect. But during her free time, she's hunched over the kitchen counter, like an alchemist, dripping food coloring drop by drop into icing to achieve the perfect color.
"I use rich colors for that dated, antique feel," Weld says.
Antique? Perhaps. But certainly not old school. Weld's cookie designs are astronishly intricate – including a scene from an Adirondack lake that looks like you could dive right into it.
Originally published on Mon March 10, 2014 3:22 pm
U.S. astronaut Mike Hopkins is expected to land in Kazakhstan, and despite diplomatic tensions, the Russians plan to pick him up. It's another sign that U.S. and Russia remain tied at the hip in space.