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Remember a few months ago, when we talked about the bathroom supply company on a quest to find America's best restroom—a dubious honor—by polling the internet? Well, today they announced the winner, and somewhat ironically, it recreates nature around those who are answering calls of nature. Read more...

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I've been following the smart lock market with great interest. There are some odd ideas, common mistakes, and a lot of hyperbole, but also intrepid engineering, smart marketing and a level playing field. For the first time in decades there is serious public interest in locks and it's pinging the historian in me hard. I'm going to provide some context, refute some dubious claims, and offer my opinion on what's exciting, what's overhyped, and what I hope is coming next.Read more...

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Meteorologist said that they have never seen radar images like the ones from yesterday's snow wall that swallowed Buffalo, NY. The snow lake effect was caused by low temperatures now affecting the big lakes, part of a record-breaking blanket of freezing temperatures that covered 85% of the continental US.Read more...

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People are moving into cities at an astounding rate—so fast, not even the cities themselves will be able to keep up. A new show at the Museum of Modern Art opens this week to examine how that explosive growth will affect six cities globally: Hong Kong, Istanbul, Lagos, Mumbai, Rio de Janeiro, and New York City.Read more...

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If you own a recent Samsung phone you're about to get Milk Video, a new app that pulls in some of the best content from around the web into a beautiful, streamlined interface. It's hardly the only video app out there, but it sure is pretty.Read more...

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James Gunn, the director of this summer's monstrous blockbuster hit Guardians of the Galaxy, posted this image of an amazing Groot-themed swingset to his Instagram (now MIA) and Tumblr accounts yesterday.Read more...

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Dear European Space Agency. While landing on a comet was a freaking awesome milestone in the history of space exploration, for Christmas can you pretty please make these awesome little space microchips real?Read more...

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A spectral sunset over a creepy war plane. Airmen from the 1st Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron work on an AC-130U Spooky Gunship at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in California on November 3rd. [Senior Airman Christopher Callaway/U.S. Air Force]Read more...

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A team of plucky Brits has decided to make its way to the moon—using funds gathered from the public via Kickstarter.Read more...

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This isn't some tortured starfish or CGIed brain synapse. Nope: you're looking at an extreme close-up of graphene foam, captured using an electron microscope.Read more...

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The world's most powerful computers can't perform accurate real-time translation. Yet interpreters do it with ease. Geoff Watts meets the neuroscientists who are starting to explain this remarkable ability.Read more...

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This is really, really weird: Multiple sightings and dashcam videos of a gigantic yellow flash that covered the skies of the Sverdlovsk region, in Russia, have been reported on the night of November 14. Scientists and local authorities still don't know what it is or where did it come from. Read more...

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Uber changed its privacy policy yesterday , but even that may not cover its back this time. Because its top New York executive, Josh Mohrer, has been using an internal tool called God View to track a journalist without her permission.Read more...

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So, you've installed an app on your phone that gives you a full ten second warning before an earthquake hits. But what are you going to use those vital moments for? Conan thinks he knows.Read more...

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Toronto—North America's fourth-largest city—is asking courts to shut down Uber in the region.Read more...

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Google's new version of Android, Lollipop, is wonderful. And now, one of our very few niggles —that its smart unlocking features didn't also react to location—is fixed.Read more...

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It's not only Buffalo engulfed in a terrifying snow wall. Yesterday was the coldest November morning since 1976: More than 85% of the surface of the contiguous United States reached or fell below freezing. This is much more anomalous than last year's polar vertex: Ten degrees celsius below normal temperatures!Read more...

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Forest fires are a persistent problem for the U.S, and our best line of defence is still all too often just men on the ground with backhoes. But combining a remotely-piloted quadcopter with Kaman's unmanned K-Max helicopter could make for a fearsome alternative to smokejumpers.Read more...

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The world's tallest roller coaster won't even be made until 2017 and this is just a demo video of what the roller coaster is going to feel like but I'm already scared. Skyscraper at Skyplex in Orlando will be the tallest roller coaster in the world at over 500 feet tall and you ride the thing all. the. way. down.Read more...

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Thanks to the increasing price of real estate in almost every growing city, apartments are growing smaller by the year. But thankfully, architects are getting more crafty with every reduction in size. Previously, I'd have written off an 8 square meter apartment as impossibly tiny for anything but my pet hamster — but after seeing this design, I'm not so sure. Read more...

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I love Thanksgiving. Family and food and football and more food and Fall and friends and and even more food. And though all of that makes me smile, nothing captures the essence of holiday better than this tiny hamster: it ate so much tiny Thanksgiving food that you can see the guilt and worry on its face.Read more...

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Tech companies are continuing with the long, hard struggle to rid the planet of credit cards. Today's slightly awkward solution comes courtesy of PayPal and Pebble, who will now let you ditch your wallet, provided you own a Pebble smartwatch, have a PayPal account, and shop at stores that take PayPal. Read more...

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Everybody watches porn but everybody has different tastes. And there is just so much porn to watch. But how can we figure which type of porn is most popular? This chart from Data Looks Dope's Max Einstein reveals the top 500 video tags in porn. You'll see everything from hardcore to Argentina.Read more...

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Google's tweaking its search results again. This time, it's adding a little tag to mobile-optimized results when you search from your smartphone, so that hopefully you won't get stuck on a GeoCities page by accident. Google's also said that it might change page ranking based on whether a site is mobile-optimized or not. [Google]Read more...

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Freedom has died, quite literally. Read more...

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