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Here's kind of a dirty secret about bike share: Bikes don't end up distributed evenly across the system, so most cities use trucks and trailers to shuffle the bikes around to the kiosks where they're needed most at different times of day. Turns out it requires a complicated algorithm to determine exactly when and where to move them.Read more...

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Vacations are funny things: You pour so much time, energy, and daydreaming into them that, in the end, the reality rarely lives up to what you imagined as you refreshed Travelocity all those months. But if that imaginary perfect trip had a perfect sound, it would be the Portland-and NYC-based Akron/Family's Island. Read more...

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Check out famous race and aerobatic pilot Bruce Bohannon taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge inside his plane. He placed the ice water in a little bucket between his seat harness and his shirt, took off, and then did a loop. The only thing cooler than this would be if an astronaut did it in the ISS.*Read more...

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At one time duct tape only came in a single color: silver. It made the material seem like some kind of NASA-engineered, space-age, super tool, but eventually mankind demanded more. Colors and patterns were introduced, but that still wasn't enough to satiate humanity's desire for choice. So Duck Brand is now introducing scented duct tape as well, making your hackney repairs smell downright delicious.Read more...

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On a dried-up lake bed in Death Valley are dozens of rocks that have puzzled us for decades. The rocks have each left a dusty trail, evidence of some unknown force propelling them forward. Scientists have now finally observed the rocks moving and settled on an explanation: Thin ice and a gentle breeze. Read more...

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Have you ever been in the woods and wondered, "Why isn't this place more like a spa?" Well, wonder no more, my adventurous friend. The Nomad Collapsible Hot Tub is here to save the day.Read more...

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If it feels like the promise of an Apple smartwatch has been looming forever, that's because it has. And its shadow helped birth the army of other smartwatches that we have today. But now, finally, the near mythical iWatch is rumored to arrive very soon . Here's what we think we know. Read more...

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After quietly testing out its handy new analytics dashboard just over a month ago, Twitter is officially opening the service up to the rest of the world. And the results can be—er, kinda depressing.Read more...

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Filling a venue with temporary seating is a time-consuming process—both during setup and take down—since it requires heavy chairs to be unstacked and then stacked again. But the designers at Seoul-based Centimeter Studio realized there was a better way. Their Sleeed chairs slide together and stack horizontally, so a whole row of them can be compressed like a bunch of nesting shopping carts.Read more...

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Exploring the lunar surface is now a quick click away for desk-bound normals, but there are still some moon mysteries that only those special folks from Apollo missions will ever really experience. Like how it smells. The consensus: Spent gunpowder. Read more...

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XKCD's What If—that extra-special corner of the internet that answers all of our nerdiest, most absurd questions in delightfully extensive detail—is finally being made into a book. And fortunately for all those who just can't wait, Nerdist has the very first look inside. Read more...

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The above video will not help you in real, three-dimensional life. But it should help you understand how you'd be able to move if you could sidestep your way into a fourth spatial dimension—sort of like what might happen if a character in a 2D cartoon leapt into our 3D world.Read more...

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More than 4,000 years ago, a minority of ancient Egyptians set a majority to work building some of the oldest human-made structures in the world. It seems like we've been debating about how they did it ever since: Water? Animal labor? Magic? A team of researchers thinks they've found the best explanation yet. Read more...

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Facebook wants you to know Messenger isn't spying on you. Read more...

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When it rains, it pours. It pours down streets, into sewers, and often right into people's basements. What if we could flood the abandoned basements and spare the occupied ones? Milwaukee has a novel sewer solution that just might be a silver lining in the foreclosure crisis. Read more...

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A solid-state drive (SSD) is the best upgrade you can make to your computer, if not your life. Today we're not looking for the SSD with the most storage or the the very fastest speeds, but instead the one that's the best bang for your buck. Where's the happy medium between speed, size, reliability, and price? Tell us in the comments.Read more...

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Although simple and straightforward in its design, the Rubik's Cube has been providing a formidable challenge to puzzle fans for 4o years now. But if arranging all of those colored squares has become child's play for you, don't worry, some twisted individual has created a Rubik's Cube with an X-shape that looks like a complete nightmare when it's all mixed up.Read more...

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Rear-wheel drive, six speeds, a drop top and 90 miles of curves along the Pacific Coast. This is what driving a car can be. Read more...

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You know why it's about to be Labor Day Weekend? Because in 1894, Grover Cleveland couldn't stop the Pullman (railroad) Strike. Blood was shed. Morale was down. And Congress rushed legislation to make appease workers everywhere and make Labor Day a national holiday. In gratitude, for this week's Shooting Challenge, let's pay homage to the railroad workers who made the day possible.Read more...

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At La Mitad Del Mundo, a tourist attraction outside of Quito, Ecuador, visitors are invited to watch a demonstration after they've finished taking corny photos of themselves straddling the line dividing the world. Three tubs stand on both sides and on the middle of this line. The demonstration begins, as pink-nosed travelers clutch their Tilly hats in anticipation.Read more...

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The ever-reliable John Paczkowski is reporting that Apple will announce a wearable at the previously reported event on September 9. That wearable is almost surely that "iWatch" thing everyone has been talking about, though an announcement wasn't expected until later this year. But why wait when you have billion of dollars to make by disrupting a burgeoning industry (again)? [Re/Code]Read more...

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Cities, like living things, evolve slowly over time. Buildings and structures get added and renovated and removed, and in this process, bits and pieces that get left behind. Vestiges. Just as humans have tailbones and whales have pelvic bones, cities have doors that open into a limb-breaking drop, segments of fences that anyone can walk around, and pipes that carry nothing at all.Read more...

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After 14 years of warfare that has been pock-marked with improvised explosive devices, the Pentagon has come up with a motorcycle-like infantry helmet that is meant to protect soldiers from both shrapnel and concussive blasts. Sadly, this new technology is anything but ready for combat.Read more...

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In a little over a decade, ATM skimmers have gone from urban myth to a wildly complex, ever-evolving suite of technologies that has the potential to be the worst nightmare of anyone with a bank account. Here's a look at how quickly skimmers have evolved—and why they're increasingly impossible to spot.Read more...

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Logitech Harmony remotes have always been among the best for wrangling massive home theater systems, but this particular version actually turns your smartphone into the remote. You'll also get a basic universal remote with physical buttons for when your phone isn't handy. [Logitech Harmony Smart Control, $91]Read more...

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