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A Typeface That Mirrors Taiwan’s Insane Roof Shacks

Tue, 19/08/2014 - 10:42am
On the street [in Taiwan] if something is falling apart they just use duct tape to put it together," says the designer.






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All the Stuff Soldiers Have Carried in Battle, From the 11th Century to Today

Tue, 19/08/2014 - 10:42am
A photo series documenting the complete inventory kits of British soldiers over the course of about 1,000 years.






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The Weird, Totally Charming Hobbies That Unite People

Tue, 19/08/2014 - 10:42am
In their series Hobby Buddies, Swiss photo duo Ursula Sprecher and Andi Cortellini create playful portraits of people united over favorite pastimes.






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How to Easily Convert a YouTube Clip Into a GIF

Tue, 19/08/2014 - 10:42am
Here's another easy way to convert any YouTube video into a GIF.






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Behind the Scenes of a Reality Show Where Magicians Fight for Fame

Tue, 19/08/2014 - 10:42am
Want to see what went on behind the scenes of your new favorite magic competition show? Sure, technically Wizard Wars is probably the only reality show about magicians out there, but that doesn't mean it still can't be your fave, and it's still fun to see television, um, magic in action. Here's a look at how Syfy's latest show came together.






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This Android Shield Could Encrypt Apps So Invisibly You Forget It’s There

Tue, 19/08/2014 - 10:42am
In the post-Snowden era, everyone wants to make encryption easier. Now, one group of researchers has created a tool intended to make it invisible. A team from Georgia Tech has designed software that acts as an overlay on Android smartphones’ communication apps—like Gmail or Whatsapp—and mimics the apps’ user interfaces. When users type, the text […]






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The Strange Blowpipe 19th Century Miners Used to Analyze Ore

Tue, 19/08/2014 - 10:42am
Pretend for a minute that it’s 1875 and you’re a mining engineer whose job it is to figure out how much gold is in them thar hills. Get it wrong, and your company is going to waste a lot of time and money hunting for gold that’s not there—or worse yet, miss out on the mother […]






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A Huge, Clay-Filled Robot That Replaces the Potter’s Wheel

Tue, 19/08/2014 - 10:42am
This artistic automaton takes Play-Doh extrusions to their logical conclusion, but does not try to eliminate the trademark quirks of handicrafts.






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The Next Big Thing You Missed: Thanks to Amazon, Tiny Sellers Can Now Reach Across the Globe

Tue, 19/08/2014 - 10:42am
Go to Amazon.com and the link is right there at the top, nestled between “Gift Cards” and “Help.” Chances are, you haven’t noticed it in your frenzy to find the perfect potato peeler. But if you click it, a whole different world of Amazon opens up, one where stuff flows away from you rather than […]






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Ultra-Cheap TVs, Now With Roku Steamers Built Right In

Tue, 19/08/2014 - 4:18am
In addition to being extremely affordable, a new range of HDTVs from TCL and Hisense will offer built-in Roku.






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Searching for Causes of the Ebola Outbreak, and for a Way to Stop the Next One

Mon, 18/08/2014 - 8:34pm
Every time Daniel Bausch, a virologist from Tulane University, went back to Guinea, things looked worse. The country’s few paved roads crumbled. The forests seemed thinner. Prices shot up on everything in the market. From 1998 to 2008, Bausch was working for the World Health Organization in West Africa, chasing a viral disease called Lassa. […]






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A Vacation House Designed to Be a Fantasy Jungle Gym

Mon, 18/08/2014 - 6:31pm
Like a game of Chutes and Ladders brought to life, the three floors link together via ramps, ladders, tunnels, and hidden sliding doors.






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Watch: A Hypnotizing Video Installation Inspired by Plato

Mon, 18/08/2014 - 6:16pm
Timee is based off Plato’s Timaeus, the famous dialogue in which the philosopher explores the creation of the universe.






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Baseball Bat With an Axe Handle Brings More Power, Fewer Injuries

Mon, 18/08/2014 - 5:45pm
The shape of a baseball bat hasn’t changed much in the past 150 years, and the axe is many times older than that. By combining those age-old tools, however, the makers of the Axe Bat believe they can bring something new to the Grand Old Game. The Axe Bat is more than a Frankenstein-style meshing […]






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Find the Perfect Coder Boot Camp for You With This Handy Site

Mon, 18/08/2014 - 4:43pm
Jonathan Lau discovered his passion for programming while working at an environmental consulting firm where he processed data with his own automated scripts. It wasn’t a big part of his job, but he loved it. So he decided to leave the firm and look for work as a web developer. Now, years later, he’s come […]






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Pushing the Boundaries of Digital Diplomacy in Kosovo

Mon, 18/08/2014 - 4:43pm
Google “Kosovo”, and Petrit Selimi knows exactly what you’re going to see: dry, diplo-speak scouting reports at best, and depressing references to past conflicts at worst. It’s not exactly the promotional buzz a fledgling country with sights set on global integration would hope for*. To Selimi, Kosovo’s Deputy Foreign Secretary and a pioneer in Digital […]






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A Review of the iPhone Infrared Camera: The FLIR One

Mon, 18/08/2014 - 12:53pm
I finally got my hands on the FLIR One. Thanks to the excellent people at FLIR that sent me a review unit. After playing with it for a couple of days, I am very impressed. VERY impressed. For a review, I am going to interview myself. Yes, I learned this self interview trick from Chad […]






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Jazz in Your Pants

Mon, 18/08/2014 - 10:49am
The Pocket Kick from Soundfreaq is small ("pocket" is probably a misnomer, but it is very tiny), it costs $100, and the sound quality it produces puts it at the head of the class of small speakers at this price.






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How Scientists Upgraded Alvin Into a Superpowered Sub

Mon, 18/08/2014 - 10:49am
Bryan Christie Design Deep-sea explorers and scientists have long relied on the Alvin submersible, based in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, to visit the abyssal depths. But after 50 years of diving everywhere from hydrothermal vents to the wreckage of the Titanic, it was ready for a makeover. Three years and $41 million later, Alvin is back […]






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5 Reasons Why Kate McKinnon Will Be Comedy’s Next Superstar

Mon, 18/08/2014 - 10:49am
She may be voicing a supervillain on the animated Hulu show The Awesomes, but IRL Kate McKinnon is a comedy superheroine. Here's why.






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