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Thanks to Daft Punk, the 1990s French "touch" electronic music scene has its legendary figures, masks and vocoder robot voices and button pushing and all. We've got the sound and look, but seriously, we're missing a little fiction to glorify the music's rise into one of the more influential electronic music movements ever. Read more...

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Railroad tracks have been a constant presence in the ever-changing American landscape since the 1800s. Whether they are carrying cars of people and goods, or have fallen into disrepair, the site of train tracks is familiar site to all. For photographer John Michael Sanderson, the railroad and its surrounding landscape is an opportunity to to capture the beauty of these environments from a unique perspective. Read more...

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Although not actually worn by real-life astronauts, 'Moon Boots' were still an incredibly popular fashion fad during the '80s. And 30 years later, designers like Raf Simons are still being inspired by the complex space suits that NASA developed to allow astronauts to safely walk in the vacuum of space.Read more...

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Elastic-powered toys don't sound particularly exciting these days when you can get a buy a flying toy helicopter that fits in the palm of your hand. But three students at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena created this stunning RC car, made from 3D-printed plastic and carbon fiber, that's propelled using a 16-foot long twisted elastic band.Read more...

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At school, we all learned from Isaac Newton that no object can change its speed unless an external force acts upon it. For the most part he's right—but now a team of physicists has demonstrated that sub-atomic particles could, in fact, accelerate themselves, without any force applied whatsoever.Read more...

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There are not three, four or five, but six different night sky phenomena visible in this amazing astrophoto taken by Petr Horálek, European Southern Observatory's photo ambassador.Read more...

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The Nexus 6 is incredibly large and also amazingly good . But as your fingers slide around that monstrous screen, there's one thing that's missing: finger print recognition. And that, apparently, is Apple's fault.Read more...

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The names that come to mind at the mention of the Italian Renaissance are the likes of Medici, Da Vinci, and Galileo. Few, however, know the name Bartolomeo Cristofori, an accomplished craftsman who lived and worked during that era. You may not know his name, but you do know his greatest invention- the "harpsichord with loud and soft," better known today as the piano.Read more...

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At some point, TV became complicated. It used to be this thing I would plop down in front of after school and mindlessly flip through. Then, in 2009, everything changed : analog signals were outlawed, and the new digital TV signals failed me in every way: my old television wasn't compatible, my house was too far from the broadcasting stations. A nearby traffic jam blocked the signal. For whatever reason, I gave up on regular TV years ago, and went digital. If it wasn't on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon, it didn't exist.Read more...

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Modular phones are certainly a popular idea right now, even if they're currently failing to deliver on their promise . But there's already a suggestion about what could happen to their parts when they're no longer wanted: they could simply slide together to form a supercomputer.Read more...

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WikiLeaks is demanding explanations, after it's come to light that Google gave the FBI emails and digital data belonging to three WikiLeaks staff members when warrants were served in March 2012.Read more...

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The bitcoin service provider Coinbase is set to make history later today: it's going to launch the first licensed U.S. exchange for the currency, approved in 24 jurisdictions around the country.Read more...

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Driving on the surface of Mars pretty much sucks. Even though the Opportunity rover celebrated its 11th anniversary on the Martian surface today, that robust little craft has also ran into tricky sand dunes and other perplexing surface anomalies. It sure would be nice if some aerial reconnaissance could identified these potential snags before they happen.Read more...

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This week you've no doubt heard about Microsoft's Windows Holographic and HoloLens , a piece of head gear equipped with a "holographic" processor that has all intentions of being the next-generation PC. Big whoop! Who cares! Microsoft is walking around like they've invented holograms are something. We've had wonderful holograms for decades!Read more...

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The Pirate Cinema turns worldwide torrent traffic into art. The results are equally beautiful, chaotic, inspiring, maddening, and there's a slight chance that I can feel my brain melting. Read more...

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On Jan. 25, 1915, inventor Alexander Graham Bell (center) called up his former lab partner, Thomas Watson, in San Francisco, making the first transcontinental phone call in history.Read more...

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Light painting is the process of using light and long exposure photography to create almost electric-looking works of art. This bit of light trickery has been used by artists and hobbyists to create stunning visual works as well as recreating the proton streams from GhostBusters . But Darren Pearson, also known as Darius Twin, instead created "Lightspeed," a stop-motion short film made up of 1139 separate light paintings.Read more...

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Welcome to Reading List , a roundup of neat journalism concerning science and technology. This week seemed swallowed up by Microsoft's unanticipated bid for the future with Windows Holographic , that it would be understandable if a few interesting headlines slipped by. Here are awesome pieces by The New York Times, Fast Company, Wilson Quarterly, and The New Yorker that detail everything from the eccentricities of late night Instagramers to how the relationship between science and journalism is more important now than ever before.Read more...

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There are plenty of ways to kill a zombie, but everyone knows destroying the brain is the most important ingredient in the recipe for eliminating the undead. Read more...

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Apple Pay survives on convenience. "Don't worry about getting out your wallet or fishing in your purse. Just point your iPhone 6 at this register thing and be on your way!" Anything that disrupt that simple flow would pretty much doom the technology, such as asking customers for physical IDs every time you buy something for instance.Read more...

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Introduced last September, Nvidia's Maxwell-based GeForce GTX 970 and GTX 980 delivered twice the performance per watt of their Kepler equivalents on top of bringing support for Microsoft's upcoming DirectX 12 API as well as other new features such as Nvidia Voxel Global Illumination (VXGI), Multi-Frame sampled AA (MFAA), and Dynamic Super Resolution (DSR). Read more...

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Cyanogen, the company behind the popular open source operating system and the OS of choice for last year's OnePlus One, wants to be even more independent from the Google-based software that lies at its foundation. According to Cyanogen's CEO, Kirt McMaster "We're attempting to take Android away from Google."Read more...

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Eleven years ago today—in fact, at this very minute (12:05 am ET)—NASA's Opportunity rover touched down on Mars for what was supposed to be a 90-day mission. Since then, Opportunity has proven to be an engineering marvel by traveling almost 26 miles on the Martian surface, more than any other off-Earth surface vehicle.Read more...

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With a new Cold War already ramping up, you can bet all your remaining pennies that every country is spying on the other with even more enthusiasm than normal. And for a sense of what that actually entails, you should go watch Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. Read more...

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Hozier has been on my musical radar ever since Take Me To Church came out — by which I mean that one song has been saved on my phone since then. But it was only this week that I started discovering how fantastic his lesser-known stuff is. Read more...

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