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November this year marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. In addition to the usual civic ceremonies and the like, this anniversary will be commemorated by an art installation tracing the site of wall with lit-up helium balloons. Read more...

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Twitch, the popular video game streaming service, has recently clarified its dress code, banning topless or "sexually suggestive" streaming. It's not clear if this was sparked by a particular rash of overly-sexy gamers, but from now on, you're going to have to keep your shirt on while busting your virtual moves. [PC Gamer]Read more...

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Getting braces for crooked teeth is one of our society's accepted forms of self torture for the sake of vanity. It's completely painful and done in a terribly awkward stage in life but it's worth it in the end, not just for the sight of straight teeth but for the pure functionality of improving the bite (or so they say). Here's the entire process.Read more...

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Collaborating on huge builds for a display or convention is one of the hardest things that we AFOL can do; Making time for meetings virtually or in person is difficult. The modular building scale did wonders in the Lego convention world because everything was built to a standard. The Micropolis standard does the same thing, just much, much smaller.Read more...

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The spat between Apple Pay and a prototype rival system, CurrentC, is already relatively well documented . But according to a New York Times report, things go a little deeper: any merchant that's signed up to use CurrentC is legally forbidden from accepting Apple Pay. Read more...

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I'm not exaggerating the tiniest bit when I say I want to fly to Japan right now and park myself right in front of this man's hand made wooden doll shop in Japan and just watch him work. Imagine the earnest smell of the woodworking, the sound of the lathe spinning and the beauty of his concentration in making art.Read more...

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Sure, you're not supposed to play with fire but what about painting with fire? That's what artist Steve Spazuk does. He uses flames and smoke to create beautiful artwork with images that are literally burned in. Spazuk employs other tools like feather brushes and x-acto knives but his artwork begins with fire. Pretty neat.Read more...

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Did you miss your chance to pre-order the OnePlus One smartphone yesterday due to server fail? You'll get one more chance on November 17th at 10AM ET. Good luck! [OnePlus Blog]Read more...

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If you buy a new iPad from your friendly local Apple store, you might notice that you get an Apple SIM inside , rather than a regular 'ole one from Verizon or T-Mobile or whatever. Sadly, for those of you thinking that heralded the demise of SIM cards as we know them, Apple's VP for iPhone has a message for ya: not so fast. Read more...

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I grew up in one of those typically suburban Colonial Revival homes, all bricks and columns and shutters. It wasn't old, but it was designed to look that way, and in many aspects it was quite convincing. In fact, it looked a lot like the quaint New England cottage owned by Barbara and Adam Maitland. Until they died.Read more...

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A random YouTube user recently found some old home movie footage of his grandparents throwing a party in the 1960s. Then, he dubbed over it with the popular hip-hop song "Black and Yellow" by Wiz Khalifa. The outcome is simply perfect.Read more...

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Who doesn't want to have their own tech site these days? According to the Daily Dot, Verizon's recently launched SugarString will have two very conspicuous holes in its tech coverage: U.S. government surveillance and net neutrality. What a big fat coincidence that Verizon is embroiled in both. Read more...

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Mere seconds after NASA's live-streamed Antares rocket launch, the craft exploded and crashed back down to earth. There were no crew onboard, and it's being reported that there were no personnel were in the area or harmed. Read more...

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The holiday travel season is coming, and here's some important new data that might help you enjoy it more: The cheapest airline fares can be found 57 days before your planned departure. What's more, the best day of the week to buy those tickets is now Sunday—which has changed in recent years. It used to be Tuesday.Read more...

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DARPA's boffins have just set a new world record in computing with a solid-state integrated circuit that packs the power of a supercomputer into a single chip. You thought your six-core, 3.9 Ghz Mac Pro was a computational powerhouse? This single chip is around 250 times as fast. Read more...

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Imagine taking a scenic gondola tour through Boston's historic Back Bay as Red Sox fans saunter towards Fenway over arched bridges. Not far away, the Charles River Basin is padded by wetlands that soak up the rising sea water. This surreal scene, a sort of Venice in New England, could be the reality in a few years. Read more...

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It's the difference of just one inch. In 2005, the guardrail manufacturer Trinity Industries shaved that much off its guardrail design, saving the company $2 per guardrail head. It also neglected to report this design change to the Federal Highway Administration. Tens of thousands of these potentially deadly guardrail heads are now installed all over the country, and after numerous accidents and deaths, states are finally banning it. Read more...

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You can be relatively certain the water inside a bottle is clean and pure when you first open it, but what about when you refill it from a tap or drinking fountain? That's where a water filter can help prevent you from getting sick, or just save your taste buds. And few look as easy to use as the WaterBean, which slips into a bottle and purifies the water with a few seconds of shaking.Read more...

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Your smartphone has a terrible battery life. I can say this with confidence because it is universally true. Phones today have ludicrous screens and processors that rival the supercomputers of days gone by, but they can't last a day. We need more thick-ass phones that make it through the weekend.Read more...

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Interstellar is Christopher Nolan's end-of-the-world space epic. It is beautiful and ambitious and incredible from beginning to end. But it's impossible for me to rehash someone else's masterpiece. You need to see Interstellar for yourself.Read more...

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Our internet has a physical infrastructure : thousands of miles of cables that criss-cross the oceans. The quantum internet, when it exists, will have a physical infrastructure, too. But you can't send quantum bits, "qubits," on fiber optic cables, so a group of physicists has proposed a bizarre solution: cargo ships carrying data on diamond-based drives. And it's not a completely whacky idea.Read more...

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They say there's no such thing as a free lunch, but today, at lunch I got some free dessert at least. Because Taco Bell's new app didn't work.Read more...

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Imagine a street where pedestrians, bikes and cars peacefully coexist without any posted regulations or official roadway technology. Is this some autonomous car utopia of the near-future? Nope. This is a globally proven design for safer streets, which is finally making its way to the U.S.Read more...

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The humble seaweed may best be known for its ability to encase morsels of sticky rice and raw fish (not to mention spa-goers) but this plant-like organism has slowly worked its way into an impressive variety of human industries over the past 15 centuries. Now one can find seaweed, or at least one of its many prized extracts, in everything from toothpaste to wound dressings.Read more...

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Google X, the company's secretive arm tasked with dreaming up the future, is as you would imagine pretty ambitious. But in the area of medicine, their plans seem ripped from the pages of science fiction. Today at the WSJD conference, Google X announced a project that wants to track cancer in your blood with the help of nanoparticles and a wearable.Read more...

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