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Balloons! They're fun, delightfully whimsical environmental disasters. But in 1986, a mass balloon release in Cleveland went really, really wrong, when 1.5 million helium-filled floaters were let loose into the sky, got caught in a storm, drifted down to earth, and caused a hell of a lot of problems. Read more...

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A study by researchers at Ohio State University shows that households spent 10 percent less at Amazon in states where online sales tax introduced. Because, of course it did.Read more...

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Today the Supreme Court will hear arguments in American Broadcasting Companies v. Aereo. It is a case which reportedly has entertainment industry executives wearing out their Xanax prescriptions, as they contemplate the destruction of the entire economic foundation of the television industry. The press keeps repeating statements like that, anyway.Read more...

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Thousands remain trapped between life and death. Three scientists are working to free them. Roger Highfield reports.Read more...

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Two years ago, a little startup called Lytro shook up the world of photography by introducing the world's first light field camera. It hasn't replaced normal cameras, but now Lytro's got a new toy: professional-grade model and software platform. After you see what this camera can do, you'll never look at still pictures the same.Read more...

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This week, the world's nations gather to discuss the influence the US wields over the internet and in particular ICANN—the web's logistical core. But who, exactly, should have the keys to the internet?Read more...

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Does your internet always seem too slow? Chances are, it is: a study by the Wall Street Journal suggests that the majority of ISPs deliver slower speeds than they advertise.Read more...

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Our brains are inherently plastic, and can be easily shaped to change our behavior. In this video Crash Course looks at the history of psychology to explain how possible to mold our grey matter Read more...

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The Hollywood Reporter claims that producers are tapping up Danny Boyle and Leonardo di Caprio to take on the the latest in a string of Steve Jobs flicks.Read more...

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Bad luck, suspicious subletters: Airbnb is in the process of removing over 2,000 New York City listings that aren't "providing a quality, local experience to guests." Read more...

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Starting today, all of Apple's retail stores will accept any of the company's ageing products for recycling—and, if it looks resaleable, you might even get some store credit, too.Read more...

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Never get in a street fight in Poland because you never know what kind of garage made weapons they'll bring out against. Like this makeshift cannon that can bring the boom like no other. The noise alone is intimidating. Eastern Europe seems like such a fun place for crazy people to do crazy stuff in the middle of the day.Read more...

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Taedonggang Beer. Everybody's favorite Dear Leader likes it and, therefore, so do you. Go on out right now and buy a few cases—show us all how much you like it. No, seriously, right now or you're off to the work camps along with everyone you know. Read more...

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This 77-year-old man from the Czech Republic has never been luckier. As he foolishly scurries across a train track, the man mis-times his walk and almost gets killed by a speeding train. The train comes so close to hitting him on the tracks that it actually does. His foot is clipped by the train and you can see one of his shoes fly across the video. Judging by how fast his shoe is catapulted, you can imagine what would have happened to the rest of his body if he was half a step slower.Read more...

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Absurd. Like seriously. Look at this fleet of Blue Angels fighter jet planes fly in a perfect pattern in a practice session. The flight pattern they were practicing, I'm assuming here, is called "Let's get these flying metal beasts as close as possible so that one inch of a mistake will kill us all". I mean the wing of one plane is right on top of a the cockpit of the other. Nuts, these guys.Read more...

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We all know that Quentin Tarantino is a petty whiny dickhead who steals all his plots from other movies, ripping off scene after scene, and recombining them into silver nitrate milkshakes. But I enjoyed Pulp Fiction anyway. If you did too, you'll like these nine factoids—which include the real content of Marsellus Wallace's briefcase.Read more...

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The Panama Canal is not the only water line connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. There's a place in Wyoming—deep in the Teton Wilderness Area of the Bridger-Teton National Forest—in which a creek splits in two. Like the canal, this creek connects the two oceans dividing North America in two parts.Read more...

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And if you like what you see from the newest spooky supernatural flick from Joss Whedon's brilliant brain, you can watch the entire movie on demand on Vimeo for 5 bucks. A great deal for those of you who want more Whedon in your life. The tagline talks about this being a story about a girl who meets a boy but because this is Whedon, you know all kinds of crazy mysterious things and spectacular maybe sci-fi maybe magical definitely cool things will happen too.Read more...

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By now, you've likely heard the insane story of a 16-year-old boy who survived a five-hour flight from California to Hawaii hidden in a wheel well. How the hell did his body make it through sub-zero temperatures with little oxygen? Probably by going into "suspended animation," a strange, frozen state that's about as close you can get to death without dying. Read more...

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You may have heard about a weird and wonderful new thing called Palcohol coming soon to a store near you. Except, psych! The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) is now saying the powdered alcohol product was approved in error—all because of a labeling discrepancy. Read more...

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Chances are you won't see these rare animals at the local zoo because their population is down to the last hundreds. In some cases, it's much worse than that with only a couple left. Some of these animals you've never heard of but others on the verge of extinction are related to animals you know and love—like certain types of tigers, frogs, leopards, turtles, dolphins, etc. In 10 years, they might not exist at all. Sad.Read more...

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Now I've got you in my space, I won't let go of you/Got you shackled in my embrace, I'm latchin' onto you. This song is slightly creepy. If someone said that to you without context or the banging Disclosure beat to boost it, you'd be like no way, dude. Read more...

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What burrowing owls have to do with San Francisco's housing protests, a luxury apartment for horses in Manhattan, and Boston looks back on the transformation of its civic identity, one year later. Plus, a recap of Gizmodo's Utopia Week. Climb aboard this week's Urban Reads.Read more...

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New Yorkers have said plenty of negative things about the super-expensive supertalls going up in Manhattan. They tower over their neighbors. They cast shadows over Central Park. But no one has yet equated them with anorexic women—until the May 2014 issue of Vanity Fair.Read more...

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