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Lunar phase clock

We found a simply beautiful Raspberry Pi project over at Instructables : this illuminated lunar phase clock. Using John Conway’s lunar phase algorithm (that’s the same John Conway who invented the cellular automaton Game of Life in the 1970s), some simple circuitry (some soldering required, but this is an easy enough job), and a bit of elbow-grease for that handsome case, Aleator777 has produced an  excellent tutorial that gives you all the steps you need to create your own lunar clock. We love artistic, decorative projects like this one – and it’s a good way to teach your kids a little astronomy


Eben Upton interview on Raspberry Pi Compute Module – Eben Upton interview on Raspberry Pi Compute Module Electronics Weekly editor Richard Wilson interviews Eben Upton, founder of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, about the the design changes in the new Raspberry Pi Compute Module. Q: What prompted you to develop this new compute module and why have



What do you get if you cross a Raspberry Pi; 57 geometrically tiled, thumb-sized joysticks; a spot of multiplexing; and some Bach? A completely new musical instrument , that’s what. David Sharples says: We wanted to invent an entirely new electronic musical instrument, and there were two things we wanted to focus on in the design of the interface.


Russians turn Raspberry Pi into fully-fledged autopilot – Register

Russians turn Raspberry Pi into fully-fledged autopilot Register Anyone with an interest in Raspberry Pis and autopilots – in common with the Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) team – should nip down to Indiegogo to check out the Navio: an impressive-looking autopilot shield for the diminutive fruity computer.


Train your rat: behavioural science at home

Skinner boxes are a kind of apparatus used for conditioning and training animals in scientific studies. You’ll almost certainly have read about them or seen them on TV: an animal is rewarded with a treat for pressing a button; or trained to respond to a patter of lights or other stimuli (like shapes, music and other sounds, or drawings). This is the sort of arrangement where a sequence of behavioural primitives (light flashes green, animal pokes green button, is rewarded with a snack) can be threaded together to create really useful data for behavioural scientists.


Welcome Craig!

Eagle-eyed followers of all things Pi will have noticed that Craig Richardson , Minecraft savant (here’s his free book on teaching with Minecraft , which should be required reading for all teachers – and here are some recipe cards he’s produced to get your kids started) and all-round lovely chap, has been popping up a lot in photos of the office on Twitter recently. Craig’s been hanging out here a lot, not least because he started a full-time role with the education team here at Pi Towers yesterday


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