Is learning to code more popular than learning a foreign language?

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The demand and popularity of coding keeps increasing.

There was a time when people used to go to night classes or buy DIY guides to learn foreign languages in their spare time. But theNew York Times is to have us believe that French and Spanish are out of the window, to be replaced by Python and Java.

It’s an interesting concept. There’s certainly no denying the fact that as a nation we’re becoming more tech savvy—you only need to look around a coffee shop to tell you that—and with that is bound to come an increased shift to learning how to make devices work better. This is giving rise to new fast coder training programs like DaVinci Coders. From the New York Times…

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Panda excrement used in making world’s most expensive cup of tea

The world’s most expensive cup of tea is set to go on sale in China at £130 ($200) a cup – fertilized with panda dung. An Yanshi, a 41-year-old former teacher and journalist, is using the bamboo-eaters’ manure to help fertilize the organic green tea, which he believes will make the perfect brew…

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The Pirate Bay wants to use drones to put its servers in the sky

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Finding new ways to fend off the feds.

Here’s something that’s so crazy it might be considered genius: the Pirate Bay wants to move its servers—the same servers that draw the ire of the feds—up in the air by using GPS controlled drones. It’s a move to stay ahead of every organization that’s on the Pirate Bay’s tail.

It’s also so crazy that it might be The Pirate Bay joking around, right? Right? Maybe? Who cares! The idea that the Pirate Bay detailed was to launch drones carrying the servers that redirected your traffic to servers in a secret location into the sky. This way, if law enforcement organizations wanted to take the servers down, they would need to use plans to literally “take them out”. The Pirate Bay hilarious says it would be “a real act of war”. What if the drone was over international waters? Who could stop The Pirate Bay then!

TPB’s plans aren’t set yet but the Pirate Bay said..

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Frugal food: 10 DIY tips to save money while eating better and healthier

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Here’s some great money saving tips.

Pretty much all of us are fond of all things handmade, and of clever ways to stretch one’s household budget. As the cost of staple foods and happy indulgences like coffee continue to rise, now is a good time to explore ways to save money on food with DIY smarts. Here’s a list of 10 proven ways I’ve managed to cut my household budget—feel free to share more of your own in the comments. Also, apropos of nothing? Cats…

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How to extract your own DNA using household items

You can extract your own DNA with drinking water, salt, dish soap, alcohol, food coloring, and your own spit! This NOVA/PBS-made video shows you how.

I’ve been writing about DNA for more than a decade, and I just realized that until this video, I’ve never actually seen DNA. And there it is, in the form of a white string in a plastic cup. Pretty freaking neato…

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The Badgermin is a Stuffed Badger Theremin

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Badgermin ain’t afraid to play nothin’!

David Cranmer is an eccentric maker of sculptures and musical instruments, such as the Furby Gurdy. By combining the musical abilities of the badger and the aesthetic appeal of a theremin, he has created the future of music. Watch a video of a performance after the jump…

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How to turn off Google’s search-history logging and erase your stored history

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Google forges forward with new privacy policies.

With Google’s privacy policy change looming, the Electronic Frontier Foundation has published a guide to turning off Google’s search-history logging, thus preventing your search-history from all of Google’s services, including YouTube, from being merged and tracked together. You can also erase your stored search-history while you’re there…

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Neglected New York City phone booths converted into communal libraries

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A phone booth with a new purpose.

The days of the phone booth may be numbered in New York City: with the flood of smartphones, vandalism and lack of maintenance, it may be time to re-think how else they might be used. Local architect John Locke’s proposition is to convert them into communal libraries or book drops, complete with brightly coloured shelving, much like your bricks-and-mortar institutions…

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Battling invasive carp with improvised weapons

The Peoria Carp Hunters began as ordinary aerial bowfishermen — people who shoot arrows at fish jumping out of the water. But when they saw that their efforts were not reducing the numbers of Asian flying carp, an invasive species in the United States, the heroes took more extreme measures. Watch and wonder at the weapons and armor that they have devised to battle our piscine foes….

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