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NASA has revealed spectacular, newly reprocessed images of four of the most amazing supernovas ever captured by a human science instrument—the Crab Nebula (top), Tycho, G292.0+1.8, and 3C58—to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Chandra observatory. I decided to go one step further and collect them all.Read more...

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You've probably never heard of The Thing With Two Heads—much less actually seen it. In which case, believe me, you have not lived. Read more...

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Crocodile purses, polar bear rugs, ivory chalices—they're all illegal in the U.S. And no matter where they're confiscated, these pieces ends up in a warehouse outside Denver named the National Wildlife Property Repository, a haunting space filled with the frozen faces of endangered and extinct creatures.Read more...

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PSFK reports on quite possibly the best idea since "Simpson and Son's Revitalizing Tonic." A wine inspired by two of the 20th century's most profile cultural icons. Homer Simpson and Pieter Mondrian. Read more...

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Radiolab's latest episode on the Galapagos is a real doozy: tortoise sex, Judas goats, and blood-sucking maggots. But if you're a journo nerd like me, you might be paying attention to the name of Radiolab's reporter, Tim Howard—not the U.S. Secretary of Defense (sorry, folks) but the same guy behind a much cherished song of mine. Read more...

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In an earnings report released today, Microsoft confirmed what many of us had already accepted into our hearts: The Surface Mini is dead. Read more...

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Batman turns 75 this year, and over that time he's defeated so many baddies, even Alfred probably has trouble keeping track of them all. ZAP! Here's a pulp-inspired chart from Pop Chart Lab that chronicles (nearly) every crim banished from the streets of Gotham. Read more...

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Ever wonder how cruise ships are built? Well, Royal Caribbean just released a new video that sheds a little bit of light onto the process, specifically how the cabins are manufactured. It's surprisingly similar to how your Ford got built.Read more...

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"Imagen if Senfeld on TV today?" is a question often posed by @Seinfeld2000, an alternate universe of Seinfeld characters in contemporary situations told through garbled English and meme-ready Photoshop renderings. Now @Seinfeld2000's creator has invented his own 2014-appropriate language to communicate with fans: Seinfeld Emoji.Read more...

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What's this? A piece of Star Wars-themed decor that doesn't look like a grade eight craft project? There's a chance that folks who've never even seen Star Wars might actually want this Death Star rug in their living room, since its asymmetrical design doesn't scream 'science fiction movie prop'.Read more...

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You can almost hear the pitch meeting echoing through the Hollywood Hills: "It's like Anchorman, meets 2001: A Space Odyssey." And frankly, that sounds like a damn good way to spend an hour and a half. So let's hope the upcoming movie Space Station 76 lives up to the completely unfounded expectations I've created for it.Read more...

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Correctly used, condoms do a damn good job of preventing STDs (and pregnancy!). But nobody's gonna say no to an improvement that ups those odds. Say, a condom coated in antiviral gel that kills up t0 99.9% of HIV, genital herpes, and human papillomavirus. Australia just said yes, and hopefully the U.S. isn't far behind.Read more...

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This isn't a trailer for the next Tom Clancy movie. These are real U.S. Navy SEALs showing how they get into enemy territory from the sea. They get deployed in a mini-sub launched from a nuclear submarine. Then they get out as they approach the shore at night, ready to complete their mission.Read more...

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The movie Sex Tape hinges on its lead couple finding it impossible to remove their raunchy homemade porno from the apparently unfathomable depths of iCloud. Their predicament is appealingly modern, if not all that realistic (as GQ proved). It got me thinking, though: How hard is it to remove a sexually explicit video you've made from the horny corners of the internet? Read more...

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If you have ever sweated through a summer in the city, you can thank those skyscrapers all around. Tall buildings trap heat that create urban heat islands. But what if you could create a building that cools the city instead? A building skin made of a series of tubes with evaporating rainwater can do just that. Read more...

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The Skully AR-1 is the first helmet to include a heads-up display. It could change how we ride motorcycles forever. Below, you can read Indefinitely Wild's exclusive trial run.Read more...

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You may have seen this hilarious image floating around recently with the caption: "Googler leaves to join Bing at Microsoft. Here's the cake his co-workers gave him." Read more...

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I opened the Facebook chat with my Tinder coach expecting to walk away with a hilarious story. It's a coach for Tinder; how could it be anything but? But one hour, $50, and five extensively researched photos later, I had only one thought: Holy shit, that was depressing.Read more...

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If deep down you just know that science was too quick to adopt the notion that the universe doesn't revolve around the earth, with this Ptolemaic watch on your wrist you'll be reassured we're not just some random spec in the galaxy whenever you glance down to check the time.Read more...

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A few weeks ago, we looked at a photo essay on Mir Mine, a nearly mile-wide mine in Eastern Siberia that's one of the largest man-made holes on Earth's surface. It made us wonder: Where the largest hole ever made by humans? As it turns out, it's right here in the United States. Read more...

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While the most we've seen of Apple's smartwatch is a patent , Xiaomi (a company often referred to as the "Chinese Apple") just announced a new line of $13 (!) wearables. And even better—they actually look like something you'd want to wear. Read more...

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Like with nuclear war, a water balloon fight isn't about pinpoint accuracy. What's most important is raining down as much soakage on your opponent as quickly as possible. Which means that the Bunch O Balloons, which promises to let you make 100 throw-ready water balloons every minute, could be the most important addition to your summertime arsenal.Read more...

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Rich people rejoice, Samsung's huge 105-inch curved 4K television finally has an actual price you can instruct your accountant to write on a check. That number is $119,999.99. For the sake of simplicity let's just call that $120,000. Read more...

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Colin Furze—maker of the coolest Wolverine claws —wants to build a giant butt and fart at France from Dover. That's why he has built the biggest valveless pulse jet machine ever—these engines powered the Nazi V-1 bombs that terrified London during WW2 making an infernal noise that sounds like a furious fart from hell.Read more...

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Don't have the cash to get a GoPro? Woot has Gear Pro action cams starting at $45 today. Their image quality obviously won't be any match for the real thing, but at these prices, it's hard to nitpick. Read more...

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