Elizabeth FishContributor, TechHive

Elizabeth Fish is a freelance writer who happens to run a hyperlocal news website in Lincoln, UK. She also covers all things geeky for TechHive.

NASA's new TESS satellite will help in the hunt for a second Earth

NASA takes its hunt for habitable planets up a notch by commissioning a new exoplanet-hunting satellite to launch in 2017.

This stop-motion Tetris game is made out of chalk and canvas

If you think normal Tetris is hard, try working with stop motion chalk blocks!

You won't need a helmet for this tiny Lego bike (and other stuff you missed)

If you’re not allowed to keep Lego any more because you have to act like a typical grown up and stuff (pffh), I’ve just found the perfect excuse to grab yourself a few bricks—to build a Lego bicycle!

LED matrix helps visualize the favorite colors of Twitter users

This LED matrix uses the Twitter API to analyze tweets and figure out people's favorite colors.

Pro tip: Process your photographs with bacteria

Why settle for traditional forms of photograph processing when you make an image in bacteria? One microbiologist is using Kickstarter to fund his "bacteriography" project.

Samsung Galaxy S4 gets rooted—kind of—before it even hits store shelves

If you thought the iPhone Dev-Team was quick to jailbreak new handsets or software, you’ll be amazed at the speed of the Android developer community. The Samsung Galaxy S4, which is only up for pre-order, has already been rooted.

85,000 Rubik's Cubes make gorgeous mosaics (and other stuff you missed)

Today’s edition of GeekBytes proves there’s more to Rubik’s Cubes than the frustration of not being able to finish them. What are we talking about? Read on to find out, and to see other things you might have missed.

A quick and dirty guide to backyard astronomy

Get the lowdown on backyard astronomy, no telescope required.

Grumpy Cat figurine is your own miniature version of the miserable meme

One talented artist has built up a few custom Grumpy Cat figurines, and even the feline herself approves.

Never leave your projects in the dark with this DIY lightbulb tester

Here’s a gadget that any tinkerer would find a useful addition to their hacking cupboard: an LED tester.

How to get all A's at school with Raspberry Pi (and other stuff you missed)

At school, whenever I got a big project to work on at home to present in class, I’d spend days trying to think up how to make everyone else’s work look drab. Sometimes this worked out, but after seeing this father-daughter Raspberry Pi poster project, looks like I got a taste of my own medicine.

CERN upgrading Large Hadron Collider, giving it more power to smash particles

The LHD is currently shut down for repairs, but CERN is taking the opportunity to upgrade the oversized atom-smasher.

This Lego Apple II+ is a must-build project for any vintage computer fan

Who needs a real Apple computer when you could have an epic Lego version instead?

iPad wielding penguins (and other stuff you missed)

Penguins with iPads, talking robots, and delicious cakes make up this week's GeekBytes

Knitting a pi blanket is a great way celebrate Pi Day

Show your true dedication to pi by knitting a pi blanket, just like this one.