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Although you might think that the North Pole is nothing but a barren wilderness populated only by polar bears and Santa, a surprisingly large number of countries are getting surprisingly bitchy about who owns it — mostly because of the oil underneath. Today, Denmark added its name to the list. Read more...

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Here's a short film by Ancarani Studio that shows the process of making a Beretta shotgun. It's an artistic take on the process so shots are dolled up and it's not like every Beretta gun comes with its own birth movie but I love seeing how futuristic robots and old fashioned human craftsmanship work together.Read more...

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In a sense, every piece of clothing uses air to keep you warm: fleece, or wool, or down feathers trap air, and keep your body-generated heat from escaping into the nasty cold outside world. But NuDown's jackets want to take that a step further, giving you an inflatable jacket that's basically like wearing an air mattress. Read more...

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Netflix is losing a bunch of great movies next month, including classics like 12 Angry Men. That's fine; Netflix changes movie rosters all the time, and we're getting Mean Girls back in the new year. But before it goes away, I recommend watching the second-best teen comedy that came out in 2004: Saved! Read more...

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Perhaps the best part about the new Star Wars trailer was seeing BB-8, the adorable rolling ball robot in the new Star Wars movie, bounce and roll itself across the screen. It looked so familiar and so cute and so perfect as the new movie's answer to R2-D2. And the best thing about it? BB-8 is a real robot and not CGI.Read more...

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D'Angelo's long-rumored, hotly-anticipated album Black Messiah was confirmed last week, and surprise! The album was finally, at long last, released last night. Merry Christmas indeed. Read more...

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This scattered rainbow is one of the most amazing natural phenomena I have ever seen on my computer screen. Since Atacama desert is one of the driest places on Earth, it is almost a miracle that we can admire this beauty.Read more...

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It is delightful to have my masters degree in Mechanical Engineering put to use in resolving age old engineering problems. Read more...

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If you mixed one part of Ikea's free paper measuring tapes with one part masking tape you'd end up with this roll of Measure-It! adhesive ruler that appears to make it almost impossible to mis-measure and cut or drill in the wrong spot.Read more...

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Serial is ending this week—but not without a crowdfunding campaign trying to glom itself onto the podcast's popularity first. "CrowdSolve - CrowdSourcing Adnan's Investigation" is the logical convergence of online vigilante justice and dumb crowdfunding, and it represents exactly what is wrong with internet culture today. Read more...

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We've got a pretty sweet deal going with man's best friend—we provide dogs with shelter and food, they provide us with unconditional love and loyalty. This holiday season, show your four-footed compatriot exactly how much you appreciate his companionship with these delightful doggie presents. Read more...

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Don't get me wrong. I'm not saying that I love the new "HydraCycler" attachment for the Cloud EVO vaporizer. I'm just saying that I don't know how I ever lived without it. Read more...

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Amazon just added the last piece necessary to make its Fire TV set-top-box an unstoppable beast: Now it's got HBO Go.Read more...

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When it comes to smartphones, there was a time when cheap really meant shitty. That's no longer true. But which cheap phones are most worth buying? I found two.Read more...

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In 1962, three inmates at Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary attempted one of the most daring and ingenious escapes of all time. They got out of Alcatraz, but where they ended up is still a mystery. The FBI concluded they most likely drowned. But the inmates did have a slim chance at survival, according to a few Dutch hydrologists who have reanalyzed the tides that night. Read more...

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At the stroke of midnight—or somewhere around then—on New Year's Eve, while you're sloppily waving goodbye to 2014, dozens of movies will disappear from Netflix streaming. The good news is, you've got plenty of time to get to plow through them before The Great Vanishing. Here's a list of the very best that won't make it to 2015.Read more...

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SoundCloud has always been great for finding new music, but its manner of organization and discovery has kind of sucked. Until now! Today the site is introducing a new page called collection, where you can find all the stuff you've liked and reposted, as well as the stuff the other people you're following are posting, right there in one spot. Read more...

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littleBits is one of the coolest products to hit shelves in recent years. With their interlocking modular electronics you can create tiny machines to build a myriad of projects, from simply learning about basic electronics to developing web attached systems to start your coffee in the morning, open your blinds, even adjust your thermostat.Read more...

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It was only a matter of time until Google started integrating the Nest ecosystem of products with Google Now. It paid handsomely for Nest after all. Today, the company is taking the first step towards the anticipated synergy with the Nest Thermostat.Read more...

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You may have seen the amazing story today about the high school kid who made $72 million trading stocks. There were plenty of red flags in the original New York Magazine article. But now CNBC is reporting that the $72 million figure is totally bogus.Read more...

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Sometimes it's easy to forget that Steve Jobs was once quite a visionary. His legacy has arguably been tarnished by stories of his need for total control, the bizarre antics at the end of his life, not to mention a shitty biopic starring Ashton Kutcher which hopefully won't be the last word on the man. But when you look back at the early days of Apple, you're reminded of his tremendous ability to peer into the future.Read more...

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For self-driving cars to work safely, we need better maps —much better maps. These maps will not only need to know where the roads are. They'll need to show real-time details as general as traffic patterns and as specific the number of inches to the curb. They'll also need to cover millions of miles worth of road. Read more...

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BMW is back at CES next month with a self-driving i3 that finds a space in a multi-story car lot, parks itself, and comes back to the driver when summoned through a smartwatch app. And it doesn't even need GPS. Read more...

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Yesterday a 91-year-old former executive at the baseball card company Topps passed away in Long Island. You might not know Sy Berger's name, but he was the person who turned baseball cards into a phenomenon—and, in some ways, defined baseball fandom. And he did it with design.Read more...

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This SodaStream was on sale last week for $35, which was insane. Now it's down to $30. [SodaStream Fountain Jet Home Soda Maker Starter Kit, White, $35] Read more...

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