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Can't name that tune? No worry: Bloomberg is reporting that Apple is partnering with Shazam to embed song identification software right into its forthcoming iOS 8.Read more...

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A fire in Valparaíso, Chile has destroyed more than 2,500 homes, left 11,000 people homeless and killed at least 15 people. It's an unfathomable tragedy that has destroyed an entire community. This drone footage from Skyfilms attempts to show the extent of the damage caused by the fire's wrath. It looks like a set of an apocalyptic movie, only it's real people and real lives on the ground.Read more...

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Oh man, I totally have no idea what is going on but I do not want it to stop. "Ryusei Girl", the latest single from Megu & Patron's upcoming mini album, will have you tapping your toes and hankering for some nostalgic Asteroids action, even if you can't figure out what's being said.Read more...

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What makes adult sized humans go gaga and coo coo and ooh ooh when they see a little baby? Their adorable cuteness! But are babies really that cute to make people forget how to speak? They are! And it's scientifically proven. ASAP Science says we love round faces, big eyes, protruding cheeks, big forehead and a round body. Yep, baby features. Anytime you put that together—whether in cars or animals—we like it a little bit more.Read more...

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There's something seriously wrong in Sandford—but you wouldn't know it just by looking around. The Gloucester haven has won Village of the Year for who knows how long. It's a model of British country living—but beneath the picturesque facade is something far more sinister.Read more...

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I'm proud to be an American where at least I know... we bone the most. At least according to this map which measures the frequency of sex and duration of sex by country. We don't have the longest sex though, that honor goes to Australia. Those down under have sessions that last for a 'marathon' time of a little over 4 minutes.Read more...

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You may think you know a pair of pants when you buy 'em, but denim's true character isn't revealed until your trou are well-loved, worn-in, and sudsed up a few times. Rather than just fade out like most pairs on the market—booooring—Betabrand's new Gay Jeans (yup) have a technicolor surprise hiding underneath the regular indigo.Read more...

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This is what America's most famous pit—the Grand Canyon—looks like from the International Space Station. A winding craggy oasis in the middle of the desert. [NASA]Read more...

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If you think back to the last time you cut yourself using something sharp, it was probably in the kitchen, not your workshop. Given how much more time we all spend in the kitchen, it makes sense that the risk of injury would be higher. So it also makes sense that someone would design a set of kitchen knives that are safer, easier, and more comfortable to use.Read more...

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House numbers on Google Street View can turn up as blobby, blurry things, so its engineers built a pretty crazy neural network to decipher them. Except this algorithm also turns out to be very very good at deciphering other blobby, blurry texts—like CAPTCHAs, which it cracks with 99 percent accuracy. Take that, human. Read more...

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Somebody's definitely getting fired, after over 2,300 vials containing fragments of the deadly SARS virus went missing from the Pasteur Institute in France earlier this week. Not one or two vials, mind you. Thousands of them. Read more...

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It's always beautiful when two awesome things collide. It's especially beautiful when those two things are The Simpsons and Lego. And that's exactly what we're going to see on May 4, when Fox will air an episode of The Simpsons in Lego form—or at least CGI Lego form.Read more...

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Has civilization got you down? Ever wanted to leave this culture behind and start over? Now you can. Producers have issued a casting call for Utopia, a new reality show that is pretty much exactly what you think it is—15 strangers, picked to live on a farm and build their own society from scratch.Read more...

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According to Recode, Yahoo is trying to persuade Apple to drop Google and make Yahoo its default iOS search engine. Because that would mean more money for Yahoo and less money for Google. The free market works!Read more...

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Think of all the power it takes to light up empty parking lots at night. Think of how annoying it can be when the sun goes down, yet you didn't finish all your work for the day. Think of how great it would be if we could just extend daytime, reduce the cost of lighting up all those empty streets and garages, and keep our cities as excessively illuminated as they already are today. We should just brighten the moon.Read more...

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Time bender Michael Shainblum works his time lapse magic on a place where I would totally believe magic still exists: Doha, Qatar. He shows the bustling new city of skyscrapers and constant construction next to the old world and its ancient culture. Just going around the city will feel like time traveling. Read more...

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The electricity that powers San Francisco's streetlights, schools, and international airport begins as a torrent of water inside—of all places—the supposed natural sanctuary that is Yosemite National Park. A century ago, a pristine valley was sacrificed so that San Francisco could continue to exist. Read more...

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A remote-controlled machine gun installed on a wall near Bethlehem, just near the border of Palestine and Jerusalem. Spotted by several Palestinian news outlets, the weapon—which is equipped with cameras and is located very close to a mosque—was reportedly installed by occupying Israeli forces on Sunday.Read more...

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Man it feels good to sit down at a desk where everything is in order—or so I've heard. Mine is always a disaster, what with the cords and cables and scattered reminder notes I've scrawled on bits of paper that will undoubtedly get lost in the shuffle. But this lovely specimen from Artifox looks like it would seriously help whip things into shape.Read more...

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Frank Lloyd Wright was arrogant, stubborn, and brilliant. But above all, he was a shrewd businessman who understood the importance of spectacle in keeping his business afloat. Wright put on many shows over the course of his lifetime, but arguably no performance was greater than his utopian plan to create the perfect community: Broadacre City.Read more...

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As anyone who's driven through Middle America knows, it feels like there's very few places in the U.S. that don't have at least a few inhabitants. But as a map by cartographer Nik Freeman proves, there are still some amber waves of grain and fruited plains that remain. Emphasis on some. Read more...

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You've all seen the effect. There's a picture, but inside that picture lives a thousand little pictures that create the pigment. The effect is called a photo mosaic. And it's easier to make than you think.Read more...

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We've successfully engineered giant robot arms for building cars on an assembly line. But smaller mass-produced items—like electronics—still mostly rely on the nimble hands and fingers of a human. Building and controlling robots on a very small scale is still very difficult, but a company called SRI International may have found a clever solution using magnets.Read more...

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The biggest question when you travel the world isn't what countries you'll visit or what foods you'll eat or what new things you'll try, it's figuring out the best way to document the whole damn thing. You can squeeze it all down to a minute , you can plan out a world tour for less than $418 , you could blow all your money in 10 days , you could make it look like a mystical world or you can be like this awesome guy: do a one hand stand in every place you visit.Read more...

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This year, Samsung will sell (at least) two phones and a watch that don't run Android. Instead, they'll run something called Tizen. That's a major departure for such an important player in the smartphone game. But what is Tizen? And will you actually want to use it?Read more...

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