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Today, the National Park Service celebrates its 100th birthday. The agency is in charge of some of the most majestic natural landscapes in America—landscapes visited by millions upon millions of people each year. Read more...

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Hardcore truck people probably don’t think of the 2017 Honda Ridgeline as a “real truck,” but I just towed a classic Ford Mustang over the Appalachians with one. So why aren’t there more trucks in the U.S. built on a unibody platform like the Ridgeline? I talked to engineers at Honda and Toyota to find out, and now I’m wondering why every automaker—including Nissan, Toyota, and GM—isn’t doing it this way.Read more...

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WhatsApp betrayed its longstanding commitment to privacy today, when it announced plans to start sharing data with Facebook. But what data, exactly, will WhatsApp share with Facebook? The company won’t say.Read more...

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Time-traveling problem-solver Dr. Sam Beckett experienced plenty of bizarre situations over five seasons of Quantum Leap, but certain episodes stand out as pushing the boundaries of weirdness to the extreme. They are, of course, our very favorite QL episodes, and with a little help from Ziggy, we’ve gathered them here.Read more...

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Whether your current mouse is giving you chronic wrist pain, or you just want to try something different, this 4.6 star rated ergonomic vertical mouse from Anker is only $10 today. In addition to the clever design, it even comes with two adjustable DPI settings and forward/back buttons, which are pretty rare at this price level.Read more...

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NSO Group, a company that sells hacking services to governments so they can spy on journalists and dissidents, exploited gaping security holes in iPhone software, according to a report byLookout Security and Citizen Lab. But don’t worry: Apple just pushed a fix.Read more...

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In our post-meme culture, context is the enemy of humor, and so, the enemy of the meme. Sometimes, it’s up to the shitposters to preserve the meme’s endangered absurdism. People have been juxtaposing meme tropes for ages (not just in the wake of Harambe, as some people think), but the great boon to internet nonsense has been the rise of bots. Its shining star is ShitpostBot 5000.Read more...

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An alien ship lands on Earth. Its occupant gets raised as human, hiding special abilities for fear of reprisal. But when the superpowered extraterrestrial becomes an adult, Truth, Justice and the American Way mean something very different. Because this strange visitor from another planet is black.Read more...

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Wikileaks founder Julian Assange promised to leak “thousands” of documents from the Clinton campaign on Wednesday during an interview with Fox News’s Megyn Kelly. He also said the documents would be “significant” in the context of the presidential election. Assange vowed to publish the data before the November election because he believes “people have the right to understand who they’re electing.”Read more...

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Sarah Jessica Parker has cut ties with Mylan, the company that makes EpiPen, after it was criticized for raising the price of the life-saving allergy product by 400 percent . Parker announced her decision this morning on Instagram.Read more...

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In an effort to promote the 2016 Paralympics, Vogue Brazil decided to launch a photo campaign highlighting Renato Leite and Bruna Alexandre, two Brazilian Paralympic athletes. But instead of, you know, just putting them in the campaign, the magazine used two able-bodied models—actors Cleo Pires and Paulo Vilhena—and photoshopped them to look like Leite and Alexandre. Read more...

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Yesterday, I asked you what you do with your extra car parts . Of course, the typical response was to hang onto them until they were needed again... however long that might take. Days. Weeks. Months. Decades. I was expecting some paperweights. Read more...

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Using a super-absorbing chemical compound called sodium polyacrylate, you can turn boring old H2O into a magical blob-like substance. There’s a lot of fun you can have with these water beads, including deep frying them , but watching them turn invisible when submerged is easily the best trick.Read more...

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Here’s an excellent re-imagination of two of the most famous depictions of artificial intelligence in film, HAL 9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey and Samantha from Her. Tillmann Ohm stitched together the actual dialogue from the films to construct a new conversation between the two. It flows rather well. Read more...

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Apple is reportedly working on its own Snapchat clone. It would join companies like Twitter and Facebook who are furiously trying to copy the features that have made the image and video sharing app popular with younger users. Young people are important, sure, but where Apple is uniquely positioned to succeed is in building a Snapchat for text-addicted old people like me.Read more...

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Pandora is trying valiantly to stay afloat in a sea filled with competitors like Spotify and Apple Music, and now the company has tapped music legend Questlove to help rescue it from the murky depths of irrelevance.Read more...

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We were blown away when Blitzway announced they were making a series of 1/6-scale figures based on the original Ghostbusters team at Comic-Con, but now they’ve revealed even more pictures of the gorgeous toys, and new details on how to get them... while unfortunately mistreating poor Winston Zeddemore yet again.Read more...

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Uber is losing money faster than any technology company ever, and it’s largely because of an essential component to the company’s operations: the drivers.Read more...

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By now, there’s a Guinness World Record for just about any random accomplishment you can think of, including “most functional gadgets on a cos-play suit” which is currently held by Ireland’s Julian Checkley who managed to cram 23 different contraptions into his impressive Batsuit.Read more...

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It was going to happen soon enough: WhatsApp will now start sharing user data with the company that owns it, Facebook.Read more...

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Yesterday, a massive 6.1 magnitude earthquake rocked central Italy. It was followed by nearly 200 aftershocks, devastating whole towns and burying residents under rubble. Over 4,000 rescuers have been dispatched and the death toll has jumped to 247, the BBC reports. Read more...

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Time-lapse footage has the power to turn mundane things into the most fascinating video you’ve ever seen. Aside from making sure you don’t step in it, you’d probably barely notice ice cream melting on the sidewalk. But when the hours long process is sped up so it takes just a few seconds, you’re left with something spectacular—and an insatiable craving for ice cream.Read more...

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Elon Musk, the eccentric, car-loving billionaire whose childhood was famously chronicled in the 2001 Steven Spielberg film A.I., has apparently been waiting out the relationship between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard for at least three years.Read more...

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Is late-August too early to start planning a Halloween party that’s still over two months away? Obviously not. If anything it gives you plenty of time to order magical props and decor like this animated spellbook with a moving quill that appears to magically write spells all on its own.Read more...

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Pro tip to cyclists: sailing through the air horizontally while gripping your handlebars for dear life is the most efficient way downhill. Read more...

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