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Fantastically Wrong: The Scientist Who Thought 22 Trillion Aliens Live in Our Solar System

Wed, 10/12/2014 - 11:30am

In 1837, the Scottish scientist Thomas Dick had a big idea. A really, really big idea: Build “a huge triangle or ellipsis of many miles in extent, in Siberia or any other country.” He figured that because there are some 22 trillion aliens living in our solar system, 4.2 billion of which are on the […]

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Cheap American Chicken Gave Us This Weird Subaru Pickup

Wed, 10/12/2014 - 11:30am

Way back in 1963, President Lyndon B. Johnson initiated a series of tariff increases on brandy, dextrin, potato starch and, weirdly, light trucks valued at more than $1,000. He did this in response to a trade war with the Europeans, who were in a snit because inexpensive American chicken that was flooding the market over there, hurting continental chicken farmers.

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A Freaky Idea for Remote-Controlled Sightseeing With Human Avatars

Wed, 10/12/2014 - 11:30am

Welcome to Omnipresenz, your chance to "explore the world with a human avatar."

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Falling Gas Prices Are Fantastic. Unless You’re Tesla

Wed, 10/12/2014 - 11:30am

Tesla is facing a question with which it really hasn't had to contend with since becoming a public company in 2010: If gas is cheap, why would anyone need to own an electric car?

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Great Gifts Between $250 and $500, From Fancy Wagons to Budget Laptops

Wed, 10/12/2014 - 11:30am

This list contains at least a few gift ideas that'll take your cooler-than-you loved one by surprise. These items start at $250, but they stop at your door this holiday season.

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13 Holiday Gifts That’ll Delight Your Favorite Science Nerd

Wed, 10/12/2014 - 11:30am

From a pyrotechnics chemistry kit to a DIY submersible, here is our holiday wish-list for science nerds.

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25 of Most Interesting Photos of Earth From Space This Year

Wed, 10/12/2014 - 11:00am

There are a lot of satellites surrounding our planet, observing and imaging its surface. But some of the sharpest, most capable among them belong to Digital Globe. Now, the company has released 25 of their best shots of 2014 for you to judge. Digital Globe’s new flagship satellite, WorldView-3 was launched earlier this year with […]

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Great American Landscapes Forever Altered by Human ‘Progress’

Wed, 10/12/2014 - 10:00am

Sambunaris has been traveling the country for 15 consecutive summers, living, sleeping and working out of her car. Her images are full of endless horizons and breathtaking skies. Though there are no people in her photos, we see humanity's mark in the mining, railways, and highways that plow through the wilderness.

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Google’s Eric Schmidt: Don’t Fear the Artificially Intelligent Future

Tue, 09/12/2014 - 10:54pm

Eric Schmidt wants you to know that robots are your friend.

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Pirate Bay Has Been Raided and Taken Down: Here’s What We Know

Tue, 09/12/2014 - 9:55pm

The popular file-sharing service Pirate Bay was taken down today following a raid in Sweden by police who seized servers and computers. The Pirate Bay portal went down Tuesday morning after Swedish police raided a server room in Stockholm over alleged copyright violations. In addition to its file-sharing section, Pirate Bay’s forum Suprbay.org was also […]

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A Purity Ring Track and Sia Remix Top This Week’s Playlist

Tue, 09/12/2014 - 8:55pm

There are a lot of good full-lengths dropping today, but we're concentrating on those one-offs that trickle onto the internet all day, every day.

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5 Reasons to Read the Time-Traveling Graphic Novel Here

Tue, 09/12/2014 - 8:00pm

A dinosaur may have once snacked where you're sitting. A founding father may have argued for freedom, right where you stand. Fifty years from now? It could be robots napping in your bed, not you. These very notions—about the fluidity of time and our relationship to it—are at the center of artist Richard McGuire's charming new graphic novel, Here.

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How YouTube Crammed an Entire Year Into Its Epic ‘Rewind’ Video

Tue, 09/12/2014 - 6:01pm

YouTube's end-of-year recap videos are 100-million-view affairs, and this one aims to be no different. Here's how this year's massive undertaking happened.

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Why the Future Will be Made by Creators, Not Consumers

Tue, 09/12/2014 - 5:49pm

Megan Smith, Chief Technology Officer of the United States and former Google executive, wants every child to be able to code.  That’s a sweeping but practical vision. If we’re teaching students the languages of letters and numbers to be able to speak, understand, and impact this world — math, science, technology, and code must be […]

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Adult Swim Wants to Stuff Your Stocking With Relaxation This Holiday

Tue, 09/12/2014 - 5:30pm

If you love ambient music, then you know the name Ghostly International. Now, the label is reuniting with Adult Swim for an all-new compilation.

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10 Ways That Brain Myths Are Harming Us

Tue, 09/12/2014 - 5:14pm

Since my new book on brain myths was published, one question has surprised me the most - do brain myths matter? Yes, they do. Here are 10 ways.

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Book Review: Eureka! Discovering Your Inner Scientist

Tue, 09/12/2014 - 3:42pm

If you are looking for an entertaining book that explores the nature of science, I recommend Chad Orzel's Eureka! Discovering Your Inner Scientist.

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Google Opens Its Cloud to Crack the Genetic Code of Autism

Tue, 09/12/2014 - 3:30pm

Google has spent the past decade-and-a-half perfecting the science of recognizing patterns in the chaos of information on the web. Now it's applying that expertise to searching for clues to the genetic causes of autism in the vast sea of data contained in the human genome.

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Nature Nerd Holiday Gift Guide

Tue, 09/12/2014 - 2:10pm

My version of Things I Love, but for nature loving kids and adults.

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Why the Cloud Foundry Foundation Is a Game-Changer

Tue, 09/12/2014 - 1:00pm

The amount of change in the IT industry over the last few years has been incredible. A challenge for some, an opportunity for others, a whirlwind for many. One theme runs through all of the most impactful trends causing change: open technologies.  The evolution of open cloud computing, or Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), has brought forth a wide […]

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