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Two weeks ago, SpaceX successfully tested the launch abort system for its new commercial crew capsule, which is designed to carry astronauts to the International Space Station by 2017. The company has just released a first-person view video recorded by cameras mounted on the Dragon capsule, so you can take a virtual ride on the capsule as it accelerates from 0-100 mph in 1.2 sec during the first critical pad abort test.Read more...

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So, they say robots are supposed to be stealing all our jobs . Soon. And service jobs at especially at risk. Included in that group? Those who usher us through the magical portal of happy hour: bartenders.Read more...

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Insects with nightmarish spiky penises that can harm their mates are really nothing new. But a new study in the Journal of Evolutionary Biology has determined that given the right conditions, wielding a nightmarish spiky penis could also harm a different species.Read more...

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Hope you’ve already checked out of work on this pre-Memorial Day Friday because this site might eat your long weekend for breakfast. Over 40,000 vintage photos of New York City from the New York Public Library archives have been geotagged to a Google Map, letting you click right through history on every street corner.Read more...

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Sometimes, you have no choice but to fight fire with fire. Read more...

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A few weeks ago we showed you images of incredible robotic library logistics , including the Telelift system of the National Széchényi Library in Budapest, Hungary. Last week I had a special opportunity to visit that library and take a look at its automated book transportation system—basically a roller coaster for books.Read more...

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Hungarian photographer Zoltán Vanik captured this stunning panoramic image of Budapest, enlightened by dozens of lightning bolts during a severe thunderstorm a few days ago. Read more...

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Driving is the most dangerous thing most people do. It’s also something for which they likely have no or minimal training. Before you hit the road for Memorial Day weekend, let’s look at how to make it more survivable. Read more...

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Even if Pebble is truly having financial difficulties , the show will go on. The company writes that the first batch of Pebble Time smartwatches will ship to backers on May 27th, and that every backer should receive a shipment tracking number by mid-June. [Pebble]Read more...

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The fear of genetically-modified creatures escaping from the lab is the basis for a thousand sci-fi stories, but it’s also a legitimate concern. That’s why genetic engineers are inventing kill switches, or genetically-encoded suicide triggers, for GMOs they want to keep contained. Here’s how they work.Read more...

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The effect that weather has on air traffic delays is probably one of the most misunderstood aspects of aviation.Read more...

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Google’s hoping there’s a market for sophisticated artificial intelligence voice assistants you can hug. Read more...

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Design by committee is usually a recipe for a hot pile of garbage. Design by a committee of two million? It’s not as bad as you’d think.Read more...

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Technology is a conquerer. The evidence can be seen in mounds of dead pagers, flip phones, and CDs. When companies and startups agree to kill something off, it’s usually not long for this world. But one piece of tech has become an unkillable cockroach—the credit card.Read more...

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It seems like every other week a new robot restaurant opens in China. Meanwhile, you know who hasn’t opened a robot restaurant in basically forever? America. That’s right. Forget our students’ math test scores and our number of fighter jets, China is eating our lunch in the only area that really matters. And that lunch is being served by a robot waiter.Read more...

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Facebook, like many Silicon Valley giants, has a mythology that’s used to indoctrinate workers. To help spread this ancestral origin story, Facebook enlisted its in-house print shop to publish a book of cultish aphorisms to guide inductees towards the light.Read more...

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I use a 15-inch MacBook Pro and one of several Android phones laying around the Gizmodo office, and sharing content between those two ecosystems is a bunch of garbage. Third-party apps like the fantastic Pushbullet app every phone should have help, but Microsoft thinks it has a better solution for the Windows crowd with OneClip.Read more...

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High school sophomore Brynn Myers decided to tackle a forensics topic for her science fair project this year. And in the process, she discovered how to commit murder and hide the evidence thoroughly.Read more...

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Last year, the Qatari government promised to, uh, get better about using forced labor to build the stadiums and infrastructure it needs to host the World Cup in 2020. But according to a new report from Amnesty International, nothing has changed.Read more...

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Here’s a ludicrous rumor we’re going to explore because the thought of Kanye West and Apple and Dr. Dre doing something together makes me want to throw a cartoonishly large old-time cash register off a building just to watch millions float away in the wind.Read more...

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The Guinness World Records says that Catalina Alexandru Duru just pulled off the farthest flight ever traveled on a real life hoverboard: 905 feet and 2 inches. You can see him rise up 16 feet in the air on the hoverboard and then start cruising through the air over a lake with nothing but invisible underneath him in the video below.Read more...

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Gawker Josh Duggar Confirms Teen Molestation Reports | io9 Jon Snow Is the Hero of Coldplay’s Game of Thrones Musical | Jalopnik Parallel Parking On Driving Tests Is Pointless | Lifehacker How to Respond to Your Child’s Emotional Meltdown and Help Them Grow |Read more...

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Windows 10 is set to mark a sea change in the way Microsoft’s OS works, but even the modern-looking Windows 8.1 carries a bunch of legacy tools and apps that you may not know about. One of those is the Task Scheduler, a built-in utility enabling you to automate a multitude of tasks with no additional software required.Read more...

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This is basically watching a ballet of wood chopping. This video shows Seattle’s largest elm tree get carefully cut down piece by piece in an urban area with perfect placement of ropes and the expert use of a crane and the daring knowhow of climbers. There is so much to consider when taking down a giant and they covered everything. The wood of the tree was salvaged for Urban Hardwoods.Read more...

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The film’s recent 30th anniversary has brought with it a wonderful influx of Ghostbusters merchandise that’s perfectly engineered to separate nostalgic (and now grown-up) fans from their hard-earned money. We should be outraged, but who could be with these over-sized ghost-busting plush characters that actually play dialogue from the movies?Read more...

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