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Watchmakers are always striving to add more features to their timepieces, but it’s the most simple and obvious feature—accurately keeping the time—that’s the holy grail of horology. And now you can 3D-print a tourbillon, a complex device that improves a watch’s accuracy, and marvel at its mechanics.Read more...

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“What’s the best smartphone?” It’s a question I hear at least once or twice a month.Read more...

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Alicia Vikander talks about the tonal approach of the Tomb Raider movie. Teen Wolf is coming to an end. Kevin Smith’s Buckaroo Banzai adaptation might have a new home. Plus, loads of new Joker footage from Suicide Squad, and new looks at The Exorcist, Kong: Skull Island, and more. Spoilers Now!Read more...

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Pokémon Go can get you killed, and the Japanese government wants players to protect themselves from the worst-case scenario. When the game launched in Japan on Friday, the government’s National Center of Incident Readiness and Strategy for Cybersecurity (NISC) issued public safety tips to keep people from dying or getting into other trouble while playing the popular smartphone game.Read more...

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Apple never officially confirmed that it’s building a self-driving car, but even so it seems that the launch of this “secret” project has been delayed by two years.Read more...

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These soft patches of grass in Siberia look like a cool trampoline, but are actually concealing dangerous bubbles of methane. It’s probably a good thing the guy didn’t shoot the bubble at the end.Read more...

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Asking Apple to help break an iPhone is so three months ago. Police have a new, and higher-tech idea: 3D print the fingers of a dead man and use those fingerprints to unlock the phone instead.Read more...

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Pizza is the best food ever invented. It’s cheap, it’s greasy, you can put whatever you want on it, and it satisfies that craving to destroy your body. It’s so good in fact, that it’s the only thing I haven’t gotten sick of in my 26 years of eating food. Read more...

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What happens after you pull the parachute and land safely on the ground? Well, it’s gotta get packed up. BASE jumper Sean Chuma shows us how he packs up a parachute and it’s a lot of freaking work. There’s so many different folds of the ‘chute and ties of the cord and they’re all mindful of each other with the overall goal being to make the entire parachute pack symmetrical and easy to deploy. Read more...

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What do Harry Potter universe and Donald Trump have in common—besides Voldemort I mean? Not much, but a study out of the University of Pennsylvania suggests that one may be used as a sort of protection spell against the other.Read more...

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Marvel’s pushing its Netflix shows hard at Comic-Con today. We’ve had Luke Cage and a hint of Defenders. And now we have Danny Rand (Finn Jones) popping up as Iron Fist.Read more...

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What? Did you expect Marvel and Netflix to release a trailer for the Defenders with actual footage in it before the Luke Cage and Iron Fist are even out? Of course not. But you’ll still absolutely enjoy it, even if its big reveal is essentially font- and logo-based.Read more...

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CLEVELAND — Like pretty much everything else this week, Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel’s speech at the Republican National Convention on Wednesday was not glaringly evil but mostly...pretty boring. “When Donald Trump asks us to Make America Great Again, he’s not suggesting a return to the past,” Thiel told the convention. “He’s running to lead us back to that bright future.” So: boring and incoherent.Read more...

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The Netflix corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be expanding uptown to Harlem when Luke Cage debuts on September 30. The cast and creators of the show say that the character’s race, his adopted neighborhood, and publishing history make Luke Cage a very different superhero adaptation.Read more...

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Amazon’s The Man in the High Castle took on the monumental task of adapting Philip K. Dick’s alternate history story into a television series. Its attention to detail and depth of character made it a must-watch, and, at San Diego Comic-Con, the cast and crew revealed a bit of what comes next.Read more...

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I’m probably not alone in saying I was always curious what else was in the Millennium Falcon. We saw the cockpit, the large hangout area, some hallways and guns, but what else is there? A new collectable revealed at Comic-Con shows exactly that.Read more...

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Everyone who was born without a smartphone in their crib knows how a printing press works... in theory. You line up the type, ink up the slate, slap a piece of paper on, and then press down to print. Easy money. But the beauty of these historically important devices is in the details. Read more...

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The hunt for the elusive dark matter received yet another blow earlier today at an international conference in Sheffield, England. Scientists with the Large Underground Xenon (LUX) dark matter experiment announced that they found no hints of dark matter particles in their latest analysis, despite increasing the sensitivity of the experiment fourfold for its final run.Read more...

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Also? It’s fun. It’s a lot of fun. There’s definitely some silliness here—hell, Batman even smirks after drops a minor quip after kicking Mr. Freeze in the head—but anyone looking for some good, straight-up superhero-vs.-supervillain action should be pleased. with WB Animation’s newest DC offering.Read more...

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Sloths are one of the goofiest animals in the animal kingdom. Their passive faces and leisurely lifestyles make them ripe for jokes, but there has to be a biological explanation as to why sloths are so slow. It comes down to what they eat.Read more...

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When Elon Musk finally emerged from pulling his small-amounts-of-crack-fueled all-nighter and finally delivered his new Master Plan Part II , it proved to be full of some interesting ideas. Of those ideas, I think the plan for Tesla to build a semi heavy-duty truck is by far the smartest, and offers some really interesting possibilities. Read more...

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Antarctica isn’t exactly a place I want to know more about. I mean, it’s cold, it’s dark, and it’s probably not meant for human life. Turns out, as always, I’m wrong. The history of Antarctica is fascinating. Kyle Sullivan weaves a really entertaining video (that’s so much better than any school lecture) about the origins of Antarctica, starting with the warm supercontinent Gondwana, where west Antarctica spent time in the Northern Hemisphere and east Antarctica hung out in the tropics. What we know as Antarctica today used to be a really hot place.Read more...

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Tonight, in Cleveland, Silicon Valley billionaire, Facebook board member, and Donald Trump delegate Peter Thiel will address thousands of party members and journalists at the Republican National Convention. Although he has never concealed his own fringe political views—such as his contention that human freedom and representative democracy are incompatible—Thiel’s open embrace of Trump has inspired some soul-searching in the proudly progressive technology sector. Among that crowd, he’s typically considered a brilliant if mercurial oracle, while the broader public has, for the most part, treated Thiel with confusion and fascination, most recently over his years-long covert campaign to bankrupt Gawker Media. Thiel, who has styled himself as a deep, innovative, and strategic thinker about the big questions facing the world, will, tonight, have the biggest audience he has ever had. So what is he going to ask for?Read more...

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Regular readers of Paleofuture know I’m constantly on the hunt for interesting time capsules. But I draw the line at putting your life on the line for a good time capsule story. Especially if it involves something called a “survival biscuit.”Read more...

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The prospect of a new, big scale scifi movie from The Fifth Element director Luc Besson is exciting enough. After seeing footage and images from Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets in Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con this Thursday, it seems that excitement is fully warranted.Read more...

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