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If you think you're getting less spam on Twitter, you're right. Twitter has just unveiled BotMaker, a system that lets the social network create anti-spam bot code on the fly. Read more...

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This stunning picture of the city of Bangkok, Thailand at nighttime was taken from the ISS by astronaut Reid Wiseman. Well, the concentrated bright white light was the city at least. The emerald green surrounding it? The astronaut had no idea. Was it nuclear waste? Glow in the dark algae? Alien sea monsters?Read more...

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Sometimes the shark plays the role of David. Especially when it goes up against the giant Goliath Grouper who looks more like a swimming Godzilla than a fish. And in real life, David the shark doesn't have a shot against the Goliath fish because the ginormous creature can swallow the 4-foot shark whole in one bite.Read more...

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As far as I can tell, I don't think there's an invisible wall where this guy is pushing his legs off of to make it look like he's walking on thin air. But I can't be sure though because I assume once you get as strong as these guys, you unlock all sorts of secret life powers. I mean these tricks are unreal.Read more...

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When I wake up in the morning, and the alarm gives out a warning and—holy shit Saved by the Bell first aired 25 years ago today. You're old, Preppy. Read more...

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There are regular ol' spoken word albums, and then there's The Dream World of Dion McGregor. This curiosity, distributed by Decca Records in 1964, is a recording of the songwriter talking in his sleep, ostensibly narrating aloud whatever strange nighttime visions running through his brain.Read more...

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It's official: Uber wants to be everywhere in your phone. The rideshare company has unveiled its rumored API, which at launch will be integrated into apps including those from Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, OpenTable, Starbucks, Time Out, and TripAdvisor.Read more...

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It sounds like something out of an episode of Spooks: Researchers have discovered a way to use simple touch to decode the cryptography keys that are intended to secure your information. It's as easy as gauging the electric potential coursing through your computer while it's working. Read more...

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If Blade Runner and I, Robot gave birth to a new movie starring a bald Antonio Banderas, it would look just like Automata, the latest vision of our inevitably dystopian future . That future—or at least the way director Gabe Ibáñez has imagined it—also looks pretty dang awesome. Well, spectacular is probably a better wordRead more...

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Summer Hack Day just wrapped up at Netflix headquarters, with company folks cranking out a whole bunch of silly, charming, harebrained ideas. Our favorite has got to be this Oculus Rift-powered, gesture-controlled setup. Pick your favorite movie or TV show like Professor X using Cerebro!Read more...

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Do you like to be prepared ? Then you'll love this standard issue dog tag tool from Prometheus Design Werx. The titanium accessory is the exact same size as a standard American military issue dog tag, but it can do much, much more.Read more...

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"Silicon Valley is a place where seemingly impossible problems are solved every day," Ezra Klein writes in a new post for The Verge. "...while Washington is a place where solvable problems prove impossible to do anything about." Klein presents a huge chasm dividing the worlds of technology and politics. This idea is misguided at best, and dangerous at worst. Read more...

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Lego maniacs have another pilgrimage destination to add to their list: The brand's new "experience center" broke ground in Billund, Denmark yesterday. As you'd expect, the building itself looks like it's constructed from a pile of Legos. And thanks to a new Lego Architecture kit, you can start building your own version at home today.Read more...

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There's a reason the government has had to severely restrict cigarette advertising (and smoking in general) to minors: they're the only ones still gullible enough to think smoking is a good idea. According to the Surgeon General's office, anyone over the age of 26 has a better chance of being mugged by a great white shark in the dark alleys of a central European hamlet than they do getting hooked on nicotine. Read more...

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File this one under: Oh HELL no. While we know that our ever-industrializing lifestyles make survival tough for animals like birds and mountain lions , in at least one case urbanization is helping a species to thrive. Thanks to the artificial conditions we create, our cities are growing ultrafertile megaspiders. Read more...

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It's not often that science confirms ideas straight out of vampire lore, but here you have one: a spate of studies in mice have found that infusions of young blood seem to reverse aging . So now we're moving to the next logical step: giving the blood of young humans to Alzheimer's patients. Read more...

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Twitter has a troll problem. It has from the beginning, really. But it's been particularly loud this month, thrown into sharp relief with the sickening attacks on Robin Williams' grieving daughter, Zelda. Twitter's response has been tepid at best—and as far as squashing trolls goes, it's the most we can ever expect.Read more...

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Summer vacation. It's the best time of year (aside from, maybe, winter vacation, a random vacation, or a 3-day weekend). And for this week's Shooting Challenge, you shared your summer vacations with us.Read more...

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Pushbullet is a free and incredibly useful notifications service that runs across browsers and mobile devices—it lets you get customized alerts about a whole range of events as well as send files, links, locations, lists and notes from one place to another.Read more...

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Back in 2008, astronomers detected an asteroid heading straight toward Earth. For the first time ever, they tracked the rock as it veered towards our planet and exploded over the Nubian desert. Now, pieces of the recovered meteorite are beginning to reveal its secrets—like how it once harbored an active volcano. Read more...

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BBC wildlife filmmaker John Downer explains how new camera formats had changed the rules of the game—new small HD spy cameras can be hidden almost anywhere, allowing him and his team to get unique images that capture the true behavior of wild animals in a way it couldn't be done before. Read more...

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You only need to walk down your supermarket's personal care aisle to understand how big of a business the selling of deodorant and antiperspirant has become in the US, totaling over $2 billion in U.S. sales last year alone. But do you know what's actually in the stuff you roll on (hopefully) every morning?Read more...

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Measuring 15 feet long and weighing in at a staggering 1,011.5 lbs, this giant alligator was pulled out of a river in Alabama on Saturday morning, becoming the largest ever caught. The woman who did so broke out her special pearl necklace to celebrate.Read more...

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Skype just announced a great new feature that should be part of every single app, plugin, or digital service you use: When you're actively Skyping, the app's notifications will only go to the device you're currently using. Why didn't this kind of setup become a universal standard, like, five years ago?Read more...

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By now, you should know that the Samsung 840 EVO is one of the best SSDs you can buy, and the 250GB model is only $119 today, and the 500GB model is down to $200, both the lowest prices Amazon has ever offered. Read more...

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