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Weird Al’s New Video Teaches Grammar Using Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’

Tue, 15/07/2014 - 9:43pm
The video for Weird Al Yankovic's new track "Word Crimes" breaks down all the worst grammar offenses known to man.






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The New Thor Is a Big Deal, But Not Because She’s a Woman

Tue, 15/07/2014 - 8:56pm
The Thor in Marvel's comic book universe is about to become a woman. This is very cool news, but not entirely for the reasons you might imagine.






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A Clever Plan to Build a Nationwide Network for the Internet of Things

Tue, 15/07/2014 - 6:21pm
The “Internet of Things” can’t reach its true potential, many believe, unless we have better ways of bringing all these clever new devices online. That’s why Nest and Samsung just introduced a new wireless networking standard called Thread—a radio technology designed specifically for thermostats, fire alarms, and other devices in the home—and it’s why a […]






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A Dead-Simple Tool That Lets Anyone Create Interactive Maps

Tue, 15/07/2014 - 4:01pm
Tableau recently partnered with Stamen Design, to release three new map template, which anyone can play around with.






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A Freaky Clay Made of Iron That You Mold With Magnets

Tue, 15/07/2014 - 1:41pm
Magnets might hold mysterious appeal for some, but for Jolan Van der Wiel, they’re just another tool.






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Contour Plots With Python and Plotly

Tue, 15/07/2014 - 12:39pm
Sometimes I have to write stuff so I won’t forget how to do it. This is one of those times. In my recent post on the angular size of a soccer goal, I created a contour plot. Despite what you might think, I’m not a Jedi Master at python. So, here is a quick guide […]






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Even the Gorillas and Bears in Our Zoos Are Hooked on Prozac

Tue, 15/07/2014 - 10:50am
When the gorilla Willie B. had to move to a tiny cage at the Atlanta Zoo for six months, the vet staff decided to put Thorazine in the Coca-Cola he drank in the morning. Willie responded to the drug as many institutionalized humans do: He shuffled back and forth across his cage with dulled eyes.






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A Redesigned Parking Sign So Simple That You’ll Never Get Towed

Tue, 15/07/2014 - 10:50am
Like most urban drivers, Nikki Sylianteng was sick of getting tickets.






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The Man Who’ll Stop at Nothing to Bring Free Internet to the World

Tue, 15/07/2014 - 10:50am
The fight to bring the entire planet online has reached new extremes. On one hand, we have Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Internet.org, the non-profit he founded to bring the developing world online through drone and satellite technology. On the other, we have Google, which is spending millions to acquire its own drone and satellite operations while also working to stream internet access from high-altitude balloons. And then there’s Kosta Grammatis.






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We Need This: A Maps App That Algorithmically Finds You the Scenic Route

Tue, 15/07/2014 - 10:50am
Here’s something nice: Researchers working out of a Yahoo lab in Barcelona are building a maps application that doesn’t just spit out the fastest path from A to B but instead endeavors to show you the most enjoyable one. What a concept! Is it too much to ask that the entire tech industry follow their […]






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Watch Test Pilots Push the New Boeing Jet to Terrifying Limits

Tue, 15/07/2014 - 10:50am
After delivering the first 787-9 Dreamliner jet to Air New Zealand last week, Boeing took a victory lap on Monday, showing off exactly what the plane can do when pushed to its limits. The plane’s maneuvers during a six and a half minute demonstration flight, at the Farnborough International Airshow outside London, were not quite […]






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New Slingbox Makes Streaming Cable TV to Your Gadgets Easier Than Ever

Tue, 15/07/2014 - 10:50am
The new Slingbox M1 doesn't offer a huge jump in terms of functionality over the entry-level Slingbox 350 it replaces. It will, however, be the cheapest Sling-branded way to stream from your home TV to a laptop or mobile device.






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How to Download and Archive Your Social Media Memories

Tue, 15/07/2014 - 10:50am
Archive tools buried deep inside social networks make it easy to save a copy of your Digital Self. Take a look at the best (and worst) backup services built into Facebook, Google, Twitter, and MySpace.






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Bringing Ceramic Sculptures to Life by Smashing Them to Pieces

Tue, 15/07/2014 - 10:35am
The disintegrating ceramics in Marin Klimas' ongoing series Porcelain Figurines seem full of more energy than their bodies can handle, and there's a certain dignity to them as they shatter into shards and dust.






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What’s Up With That: Why You Always Seem to Choose the Slowest Line

Tue, 15/07/2014 - 10:35am
You run into the grocery store to quickly pick up one ingredient. You grab what you need and head to the front of the store. After quickly sizing up the check-out lines, you choose the one that looks fastest. You chose wrong. People you could swear got in other lines long after you chose yours […]






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The Next Big Thing You Missed: Saving the World’s Coffee Supply by Acting Like a Tech Company

Tue, 15/07/2014 - 10:34am
Michael Jones is on a mission to save coffee. The self-described serial entrepreneur says that swift action is required to ensure ready access to the world’s favorite way of consuming caffeine. Earlier this year in Brazil, a drought created a coffee shortage that sent prices soaring, but Jones believes there’s another chronic problem that could […]






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Meet ‘Project Zero,’ Google’s Secret Team of Bug-Hunting Hackers

Tue, 15/07/2014 - 10:34am
Today Google plans to publicly reveal the team, known as Project Zero, a group of top Google security researchers who will be given the sole mission of finding and neutering the most insidious security flaws in the world’s software.






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Microsoft’s Memo Isn’t News, But Its Plan to Work With Google Certainly Is

Tue, 15/07/2014 - 10:34am
All eyes were on the carefully designed—and carefully publicized—corporate memo from new CEO Satya Nadella. But that same morning, Microsoft released a far better illustration of the way Nadella has so significantly changed the way it operates. At first blush, it doesn’t seem like much—one of those tech world announcements filled with arcane references to […]






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A Beautifully Detailed New Geologic Map of Mars

Mon, 14/07/2014 - 10:26pm
It took 16 years and data from four orbiting spacecraft to assemble, but the U.S. Geological Survey’s new map of Mars is awesome. In beautiful color and excellent detail, the map shows the geology of the Red Planet’s surface today, and reveals a new understanding of its past.






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Out in the Open: A Tool That Will Make It Easier to Abolish Email Entirely

Mon, 14/07/2014 - 9:39pm
Email is just about as old as networked computing itself. But 40 years later, the same basic technology still very much a part of our online lives—and for good reason: It’s pretty darn useful. But email is also one of the most infuriating technologies we have, and one of these days, we’re going to finally […]






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