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Rough. Smooth. Sandy. Variegated. Machined. Organic. They're the textures all around us, and for this week's Shooting Challenge , you captured them with a keen eye.Read more...

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Many people are convinced that wearable tech will revolutionize our relationship with technology in the coming decades. But we've been waiting on this revolution in some form or another for a century. Case in point: This kid who had it all figured out in 1922 when he invented a radio that fit inside his top hat.Read more...

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You remember the sodium demo from chemistry class: Just a small chunk of the pure metal dropped into water causes a great big flash and bang. You might even remember your chemistry teacher's explanation for why. But there's always been a missing piece of the puzzle, which scientists have finally figured out using high-speed video cameras. Read more...

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Are you thinking of buying a Windows laptop? Don't, until you've read this review. The new Dell XPS 13 isn't perfect, but it's freaking incredible for the $800 you'll spend to bring one home. Read more...

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There's probably something you do right now you wouldn't really want everyone to know about. Maybe you're letting a Fitbit gather dust while you eat Doritos and watch The Good Wife (understandable). Maybe you're in the habit of driving around at 3 AM when you can't sleep. Whatever you do, if you're doing it while using "internet of things" devices, those private vices may not be so private. Read more...

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For more than a century, the incredible neoclassical turret that crowns Amsterdam's oldest department store has sat unused. Today, an artist moved in—the tower's very first resident and the lucky first guest of a program that's turning the empty structure into a tiny apartment for artists. Read more...

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Pushbullet isn't new, but since I installed it maybe a year ago, it has sneakily gotten a lot better, especially for Android phones. And as I used to it to text from my browser for the umpteenth time yesterday, it struck me how great it's really become. So maybe you've heard already but let me fire off a reminder: You should download this app. Read more...

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Assuming we don't blow ourselves up before then, colonizing other planets may be the last hope for the survival of humanity. Most of the preparation for this cosmic expansion has centered around solving the more immediate, physical problems of transporting our bodies into deep space, but what about our culture? Therein lies an issue that's often overlooked: Can the major monotheistic religions of the world reconcile what space means for our immortal souls?Read more...

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We've known for a long time that federal authorities have a lot of license plate readers at their disposal, some of which they surely use for nefarious purposes. However, new details have emerged that show exactly how nefarious those purposes are. Does secretly spying on millions of Americans and seizing property sound nefarious enough to care?Read more...

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In light of today's not-so-historic New York snowstorm, many of us have been left pondering the true nature of the white menace. Luckily, there are photographers like Paula McCartney who has made it her personal endeavor to reveal the many beautiful forms of snow and ice.Read more...

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Let's face it: There are a lot of TV shows and movies out there. How are you going to figure out what's good and what's not-so-good? What if Netflix recommendations aren't working for you? What if you don't even have Netflix? We've scoured the web to bring you 7 useful apps and websites that can point you in the direction of something worth checking out.Read more...

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Twitter added two new services today to a) help people DM bomb lots of people at the same time and b) try to compliment Vine with (slightly longer) in-app ad support video support. Read more...

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When you're spending just shy of $55,000 on a watch (or $60,000 if you prefer the look of white gold) you're going to want something that catches people's eyes so they know just how affluent you are. And as Back to the Future 2 proved, nothing grabs someone's attention like a hologram floating in mid-air. Or in this case, just above your watch.Read more...

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One of the most common reasons that batteries explode and catch fire—like on Boeing's 787 Dreamliner —is because over time small conductive pathways grow inside the battery's inner structure that eventually cause it to short out with disastrous results. But Nicholas Kotov, a professor at the University of Michigan, and Siu On Tung, a PhD student, may have come up with a solution to the problem using bulletproof kevlar nanofibers.Read more...

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Not all radio waves travel farther at night than during the day, but some, short and medium wave, which AM radio signals fall under, definitely can given the right conditions. The main reason this is the case has to do with the signal interacting with a particular layer of the atmosphere known as the ionosphere, and how this interaction changes from the nighttime to the daytime.Read more...

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Berlin is not only one of the most vibrant cities in Europe—thanks to its food, clubs, cultural life, and the other thousand things you can do there—the city itself it's unique. Its architecture is stunning and full of contrasts, a constant reminder of the clash between the communist and the capitalist world. Read more...

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You should tweet Lowpoly Bot a picture. Because when you do, you'll get a wonderfully abstracted version sent right back to you.Read more...

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The technology available to image light as it moves through space continues to advance. Recently, we saw a new high-speed camera capture a small pulse reflected from a mirror ; now, it's possible to image the entire flight path of a laser as it bounces around a laboratory.Read more...

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In the 1970s, radical scientists thought they could change the world – if they could change science first. As told to Alice Bell.Read more...

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Overnight, three feet of snow is set to blanket the east coast. Or, if you don't have a tape measure to gauge the fall, approximately one dog's worth.Read more...

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This image looks like it could the a colorful underwater coral reef or a child's breakfast cereal strewn across the floor. But it is, in fact, what a blood clot looks like if you zoom right in.Read more...

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Overnight, reports circulated about Facebook and Instagram going dark. Now, Lizard Squad is claiming to have taken down a large handful of sites—albeit briefly.Read more...

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Maybe because the idea of fighting with swords today seems so impossibly dangerous and probably because seeing steel on steel clang and cut flesh is just so damn viscerally satisfying but there's few things more riveting to see on screen than watching two or more actors try to kill each other with a sword.Read more...

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Saturn's rings are already mind-blowingly large — about 70,000 kilometres across — but astronomers at the Leiden Observatory in the Netherlands have found a much more extensive ring system. At least, they think they have — all they can actually see are shadows. Read more...

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For over a year now, gay hook up app Grindr has had a serious security flaw which allows users to be tracked very closely, and Grindr's response has been tepid at best. Some countries were only blocked after the security flaw was discovered and some reported that Grindr was being used for tracking by Egyptian police and at the Russian Olympics in Sochi. Read more...

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