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No image says summer more than a cracked-open fire hydrant spewing city water into a New York street. Although not intended as their primary role in the metropolis, it turns out that fire hydrants have served as guerrilla heat relief for 120 years.Read more...

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Earlier this month Paramount announced that it would release two upcoming films on home video and streaming just 17 days after they’ve been in theaters. But Regal, the nation’s largest movie chain, isn’t interested in being part of its piracy-fighting experiment.Read more...

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Here’s a really cool video that’s a little bit trippy and a lot of bit fun. A car and a fleet of quadcopter drones are outfitted with lights and then made to dance and spin and move around while a camera captures them. It’s light painting but with a car and drones as the paintbrush.Read more...

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After raising nearly $300,000 on Indiegogo, the highly-anticipated US version of Yotaphone 2 is cancelled. We’ve confirmed that backers can’t get the US version with Yota Devices. What a bummer!Read more...

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On the barren flatlands of the Nevada desert, children ages 5 to 14 weave unnoticed between ecstasy-tripping ravers, elaborate penis-shaped art cars, and an endless sea of topless young women. The children of Burning Man, and their nearby parents, don’t seem to mind the NC-17-rated madness. Read more...

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Over the past year, Nvidia’s Shield Tablet has become one of the top tablets for Android users. Today, the company recalled a subset of the devices, saying they’re prone to, uh, no easy way to say this, exploding into flames.Read more...

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Even the light bulb, one of the earliest electrical inventions, can afford to have tweaks made. With this Kickstarter bulb, use your smartphone to switch the light’s color: anything from shades of white to Night at the Roxbury-invoking fuchsia. Imagine Hue that comes fully featured out of the box.Read more...

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Gawker Lion-Killing Dentist Disappears as Zimbabwe Requests Extradition | io9 The Kodkod is the Cutest Cat You Never Knew Existed | Kotaku This Isn’t the Final Fantasy XV You’ll Play | Lifehacker Bring Back Handwriting |Read more...

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Did you hear there’s a new version of Windows in town? If your Windows 8-toting friends ask you exactly what you can do with the new Windows 10 that they can’t do on their own machines, here’s what to tell them. These are some of the best new features and functions Microsoft has added to its all-encompassing operating system.Read more...

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Most multi-device charging solutions are kind of an eyesore, but we’re all used to seeing a toaster sitting on a kitchen counter, right? That’s the theory behind the Foaster which camouflages a charging dock as a household appliance.Read more...

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It’s only a month since the the European Space Agency lofted its Sentinel-2A satellite started beaming back images from space —but it’s already producing some amazing images, like this one of Libya.Read more...

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There’s a mystery inside trees upon which the fate of coastal cities, threatened by rising sea levels from climate change, may depend. Each year, the Earth’s forests take up about one-quarter of the carbon dioxide emitted by humans, effectively slowing the speed and severity of global warming. They lock up most of this carbon in their stems and keep it there for centuries. This service that they provide to humanity is worth about US$1 trillion each year.Read more...

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A new series of documents released by WikiLeaks reveals a list of 35 high-profile targets in Japan that the NSA has spied on since 2006.Read more...

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Your eyes a re good—but how good? There’s a long-standing argument about the distance from which humans can observe a burning candle, but now a pair of astronomers has calculated an answer based on the science of how we see the stars.Read more...

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When engineers build planes, they use heavy aluminum masking tape to cover up surfaces during production. Now, engineers at BAE Systems have created a new kind of tape that leaves the surface clean when it’s peeled away—and it’s reckoned it will save them $70 million.Read more...

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For roughly 30 years the FBI has virtually ignored a system meant to help cops track the behavioral patterns of violent criminals.Read more...

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Rugged rock, naturally carved gullies and even a dusting of frost. This could almost be a satellite of a particularly remote part of Earth—but in fact you’re looking at the surface of Mars.Read more...

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Sony’s Z3 is a good phone, handicapped with a skinned version of Android that looks dated , and comes with a dump-truck of superfluous crap. Thanks to this quietly-leaked Sony Android Concept, which strips away all the junk and leaves a experience that looks plain fantastic. Read more...

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NASA has proven itself to be quite adept at finding planets lately, and this week is no exception: using the Spitzer Space Telescoe, scientists at the Jet Propulsion Lab have found HD 219134b, a rocky exoplanet ‘just’ 21 light-years away. http://gizmodo.com/this-is-the-mo... Read more...

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Just 72 hours after its slightly strange virtual reality launch , the OnePlus 2 has already surpassed a million invite requests. That’s not bad for the self-styled David in the war against Goliath flagships: the Galaxy S6 Edge took nearly two weeks to rack up 5 million pre-orders. But if you haven’t jumped on the invite train already, this is a healthy reminder to do so. http://gizmodo.com/oneplus-2-hand... Read more...

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Yesterday, my wife wanted to play some Kingdom Hearts. I was in the mood for Titanfall. We only have one TV. So I pulled out a Surface 3 tablet, plugged in an Xbox One controller, and started streaming the game from my Xbox to my portable PC. It’s a new Windows 10 feature.Read more...

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If you want to stop a giant oil company from drilling in the Arctic, you have a few options. A large group of Portland residents are currently forming a blockade to prevent one of the oil company’s ships from getting to the Arctic. And they’re doing it with kayaks.Read more...

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Looks like all that #droughtshaming worked. Last month, California’s urban water use dropped more than the 25% reduction ordered by Governor Jerry Brown—the state cut water use by 27.3%, in fact. We did it!Read more...

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If you’re clumsy, or have kids, your kitchen cupboards are probably filled with ugly but necessary plastic drinkware. It doesn’t have to be that way, though, because it turns out someone has created crystal clear drinking glasses made from squishy, shatterproof silicone.Read more...

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My iPhone 5s is livin’ on a prayer.Read more...

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