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A small startup has announced a major advance toward fusion power, the Holy Grail of energy that could rid us of fossil fuels forever. Tri Alpha Energy says it’s built a machine that can hold a hot blob of plasma steady at 10 million degrees Celsius for five whole milliseconds.Read more...

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In Poland, severe drought has revealed the remains of a Soviet fighter plane that went down in 1945. It’s far from the first (or last) archaeological site that climate change is revealing, in some cases for the first time in millennia. Read more...

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To show off the world’s most precise drone system, PRENAV made this video demonstrating how exact their drones can be. The drone basically plots points in the air and then becomes a dancing array of light that’s oh so fun to watch. The PRENAV system supposedly lets drones write letters and draw shapes in the sky too but I’m totally cool with watching the lights.Read more...

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Another day, another revolting revelation from the Ashley Madison hack . This time, the Daily Dot reports that Ashley Madison executives were excited about an app their team built. It was called “What’s Your Wife Worth,” and it’s pretty much exactly what it sounds like.Read more...

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Gawker Everything We Know About the Live WDBJ Shooting and the Alleged Gunman | Jalopnik Chris Harris Loses His Damn Mind In A Bugatti EB110 Super Sport | Jezebel Tourist Unclear On Concept Of Wild Animals Demands Yellowstone Provide Better Bears | Kotaku Why Lois Lane Told The World That Clark Kent Is Superman | Kinja Popular Posts Read more...

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Another day, another story about what we should consume when confronted with a water-scarce future. On today’s chopping block: Lettuce, should you eat it? Let us begin with this provocative statement: A head of iceberg contains the same amount of water as a bottle of Evian, it’s wrapped in lots of plastic, and shipping it around the world is just as awful for the environment.Read more...

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I don’t know exactly what’s going on but you see trees get chopped down and stripped and cooked and boiled and drained and dried and flattened and then transformed into pieces of paper that were all delicately made by hand. It’s a lovely process to watch, especially since it’s so damn soothing.Read more...

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The season one finale of Mr. Robot has been postponed until next week: Wednesday, September 2 at 10 p.m. EST on USA. In a statement, the network said the episode contained “a graphic scene similar in nature to today’s tragic events in Virginia,” and is being delayed out of respect to the victims. USA will rerun last week’s episode tonight.Read more...

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I’m writing this from a train. Without access to a car, I had to make a plan this morning for how to get to an interview: rent a car, ride a bike, take a train and a bus, use an on-demand ride service. I chose the train for a few reasons. But mostly because I believe that choosing public transportation is the best way—the only way—to make it better. Read more...

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North Dakota just became the first state to legalize taser drones. Shocking.Read more...

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What if you could pull a giant Pringles can out of your backpack, and turn it into an incredibly safe, easy to fly camera drone in practically no time at all? I just described the Fotokite Phi—one of the coolest quadcopters I’ve ever tried.Read more...

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Construction crews in Scotland just discovered a time capsule from 1894 containing what they think is a bottle of whiskey — leading the literally dozens of time capsules aficionados in the world to ask themselves the obvious question: Would I drink it?Read more...

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When hacker group Impact Team released the Ashley Madison data, they asserted that “thousands” of the women’s profiles were fake. Later, this number got blown up in news stories that asserted “90-95%” of them were fake, though nobody put forth any evidence for such an enormous number. So I downloaded the data and analyzed it to find out how many actual women were using Ashley Madison, and who they were.Read more...

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I’ve been dragging the Sony A7S on all of my adventures for the last few months — shooting in broad daylight and the dead of night. It’s gotten dirty; even dropped. Here’s how it performed.Read more...

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In the not-too-distant future, tiny robotic fish could be cruising around inside our our bodies, delivering drugs and cleaning up toxins. This week, engineers at the University of San Diego unveiled the first prototype: a chemically powered, magnetically controlled swimmer.Read more...

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Having your parents throw an awesome Transformers-themed party for your sixth birthday is one thing. But having your dad make a talking Optimus Prime cake that actually transforms? That’s a birthday you’re never, ever going to forget.Read more...

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It’s back-to-school season, that special time of year when a cloud of malaise descends on America’s youth and beleaguered parents find themselves bombarded with ads for all manner of awful gimmicky schlock in the name of education. Read more...

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We’ve seen some ridiculous deals on the Amazon Fire Phone before, but this is really something else. The unlocked handset is marked down to $130 today, and that includes a year of Amazon Prime, which is a $99 value by itself. Add in Amazon’s surprisingly-great magnetic headphones and the included USB charger, and you’re basically paying about a $10 premium for the phone itself. [Amazon Fire Phone + 1 Year of Prime, $130]http://www.amazon.com/Amazon-Fire-Ph...http://gizmodo.com/the-amazon-fir... Read more...

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Apple has Siri. Microsoft has Cortana. Google has Google Now. Now, Facebook is hopping on the AI assistant bandwagon with M. Not to be confused with fictional head of the MI6, M is a personal assistant baked right into Messenger that serves up information when you ask for it.Read more...

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Would you spend almost $225 for a single digital image of Han Solo from the original Star Wars? For most people, the answer is obviously “No.” But many of us who are using the app Star Wars: Card Trader, from Topps, would kill to have that singular image in our collections. And some people will pay dearly for it.Read more...

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Shadows are dark. Light is bright. It’s the way of the world. But solarizing images allows you to reverse this idea. And for this week’s Shooting Challenge , you showed us another world where the normal rules of light don’t apply.Read more...

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Windows 8 wasn’t exactly a beloved operating system, but it sure seems like its successor is off to a pretty good start! Today, Windows VP Yusuf Mehdi tweeted that more than 75 million devices are running the updated Windows 10 operating system. Read more...

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The Oakland Police Department, like many local police forces, employs a license plate reader, collecting data on locals’ commutes, rituals, and private behavior. Until recently, all the data from the plate surveillance was stored for however long a computer could hold it. But in discrete fashion the police department did away with the “no formal limit” rule and is now only keeping the data for six months. Read more...

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People following biologists on Twitter got a bit of a surprise this morning: their feed is full of genitals. They can blame Anne Hilborn (@AnneWHilborn) and a few of her colleagues at the Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation at Virginia Tech. Read more...

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Apart from the Running of the Bulls in San Fermin, Spaniards enjoy some other wild festivals from time to time. One of them is called “La Tomatina.” Once a year, locals in the small village of Buñol engage in a massive battle with 150 tons of tomatoes as their only weapon of choice. Doesn’t seem like the best day to drive by and say hello in a Google Street View car.Read more...

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