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Pray silence...for the Queen's first tweet. 88-year old Elizabeth II sent a message from the royal @BritishMonarchy account this morning to mark the grand opening of the Science Museum's new Information Age Gallery. Bless.Read more...

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Ping! Zip! Pew! Electrical impulses speed along the neurons of the brain at high speed—and now, scientists from Harvard have genetically engineered those very cells to produce light as they do so, in order to visualize how they work.Read more...

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As an institute full of scientists, you might think CERN was good at keeping records. But it's happened upon a stash or archived images that seem to make no sense whatsoever—and it wants you to help it work out what they show.Read more...

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It's not something most people would stumble across. But Mikhail Svarichevsky has found that sugarcubes glow bright green in UV light when they've been dunked in liquid nitrogen.Read more...

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Microsoft is officially cutting the Nokia branding on its Lumia handsets. From now on, its smartphones will be branded with the Microsoft Lumia name.Read more...

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On the most basic of levels, when your router goes wrong you lose the Internet: no more porn, no more kittens, nor more Facebook. But what, exactly, is going wrong to make your life so empty?Read more...

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One factor that's certainly helped in Samsung's near-domination of the Android market over the last few years is its use of Samsung-manufactured components in its vast range of Android handsets. You can therefore bet that the CEO won't be too happy to hear that LG is now manufacturing top-end silicon of its own. Read more...

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Allegedly, this is the first look at the full Ultron, the evil robot that is set to wreak havoc in Avengers: Age of Ultron, the second installment of the series directed by Joss Whedon. It really looks like one menacing son of a gun. Read more...

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Normally, if you tried to sell me a 10-foot micro-USB cable for thirty-nine shiny American dollars, I'd laugh in your face before storming off to Amazon and paying $7 for the privilege (with GOLD CONNECTORS no less). But honestly, Native Union's fancy-ass cable might just be worth it. Read more...

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That port-a-potty you are seeing perched atop that massive metal structure may be the most dangerous toilet in the world, installed on the precarious structure of the new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings. Here's a photo from afar so you get the idea (and some vertigo):Read more...

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Vinyl records and unneccessary, overly-large eyeglasses: probably just below coffee shops and typewriters when playing the Hipster Word Association Game. If you've ever wanted to combine those two staples, look no further: Vinylize is a company that upcycles old LPs into eyeglasses for the PBR-drinking masses. Read more...

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You are looking at the biggest firework ever fired, weighing a total of 1,014 pounds (460 kilograms)—a new world record. According to NHK, it exploded over the city of Konosu—in the island of Honshu, Japan—into a breathtaking rosette about 2,624 feet (800 meters) in diameter.Read more...

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I never thought of this, but you can fit all the planets in the Solar System back to back into the distance from the Earth to the Moon—about 238,900 miles (384,400 kilometers)—with room to spare: 4,990 miles (8,030 kilometers.) Seeing it visualized really give you a good idea of how much empty space is out there.Read more...

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Noted Designer of Things Philippe Starck has tried his hand at jazzing up an item that's normally associated with near-violent levels of efficiency: pre-fabricated housing. Read more...

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Earlier today, a 33-year-old doctor named Craig Spencer, who had recently spent time treating Ebola in Guinea, tested positive for the disease in New York City. He'd ridden the A train; he'd gotten an Uber; he went bowling. It sounds grim. And there's cause for concern. But it's not as bad as you think.Read more...

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A ruling from a federal judge in New York slammed the door firmly shut on Aereo's ambitions to stream free-to-air channels over the internet in real time , with (yet another) court ruling.Read more...

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The 30-minute 1952 film Mother Takes a Holiday was produced by the Whirlpool Corporation to sell washers and dryers. Whether it achieved this goal or not I really don't know, but it's a fascinating artifact of post-war techno-utopian thinking, slathered with a healthy dose of sexism.Read more...

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This is pretty damn cool: Rather than just jumping off the edge of a cliff, this BASE jumper turned himself into a real-life Angry Bird, using giant slingshot—and some feathers—to launch into the sky. The only thing that I'm missing is him eating some bacon after opening his parachute.Read more...

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Hypothetical question time! Let's say the Traveling Wilburys—that ultimate late-80s super(duper)group of George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison, and Tom Petty—were all still rocking and rolling (RIP), about to go on a world tour, and they had to add one new musician to their crew. Who would it be? Read more...

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It's not nearly as large as the biggest spaceship comparison ever, but I find this kind of animation—which I made based on the work of Imgur user Devocation—to be a much clearer way to present the scale of the objects while preserving all the detail.Read more...

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In early 2009, NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope observed an unprecedented solar storm emanating from a distant neutron star with gigantic columns of magnetized flares stretching thousands of miles into space—only the third time such an eruption had been observed. Five years later, NASA boffins think they've figured out what's triggered it.Read more...

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The last time HTC made a tablet, it was basically just an overweight smartphone with subpar specs . The new Nexus 9 , however, is actually worthy of your consideration. Read more...

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Our reliance on air conditioning, however magical an innovation , has become a serious environmental burden. Which is why researchers in Barcelona designed a material they say can naturally cool rooms by about 5 degrees Celsius, using a moisture-absorbing polymer that "sweats" much like our own body.Read more...

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Last week Google announced that it would be rolling out changes to its search algorithm to significantly demote sites that receive a large number of valid copyright takedown requests. Now TorrentFreak reports that top sites have taken tremendous hits in traffic coming from Google. Read more...

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Are you now, or have you ever been, a kid? If the answer is yes, chances are good that you've played Connect Four. (If the answer is no: Are you Benjamin Button?) If you're still into the game but not so into the plastic frame and primary colors, this very classy set will most certainly impress even your most refined opponent. Read more...

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