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Each summer, public health officials in California make the rounds to "sentinel chickens" in semi-secret locations all over the state. These ordinary chickens just puttering around in their coops have an important job—without them, we'd be more clueless about where West Nile virus is. Read more...

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In a statement today, Ferguson's police department announced that it is committed to buying vest cameras for its officers. When it finally happens, it'll be a great first step. And it'll happen even faster if we ditch the bloated, expensive wearable cam tech cops use today for something accessible to every U.S. precinct.Read more...

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Self-driving cars are coming, some people are freaked out about them. Here's something that might not put those people at ease: According to a Google engineer, the cars are designed to exceed the speed limit. Don't worry though! There's actually a good reason for it.Read more...

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Thanks to the internet's amazing capacity for self-recycling, articles about Soviet pirate recordings made of X-rays pop up frequently in my feeds. These popular, widely-shared posts explain how, in the 1950s and 60s, music fans in the Soviet Union fabricated bootlegged recordings of banned western music—and they used old X-rays to do it. In reality, the story of these records extends even further back than the USSR. Read more...

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Maersk's Triple-E line of supersized cargo ships are already among the largest sea-faring vessels to ever set sail. Now the Danish shipping group can add another feather to its cap with the successful transport of more than 17,600 TEU containers. No other ship has ever carried that much on a single trip.Read more...

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Since 2005, designer Nicholas Felton has been documenting his daily activities—meals eaten, miles traveled, people met—and publishing the results in the form of an annual report. He even built an app, Daytum , to help other people track their every moves. In this video, Felton shares how and why he lives a quantified life.Read more...

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Berlin-based artist Michael Lamoller uses analogue editing techniques to create super trippy timelapse portraits of people in a series called "Tatochronos." The portraits are collaged upon one another from several printed images, cut up, and then layered. The look results in a cutaway-style collage of a person.Read more...

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In part two of this series, "Into The Amazon ," Laurel wakes up to a boat ride, meets a baby sloth and learns to shoot a blowgun. Read more...

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Pope Francis. Haim. An inspirational Little League coach. You've likely seen these stories on Facebook today, along with ice buckets and your friends' babies. I know that because they're sitting atop the social network's "trending" list. What's not there at all? Ferguson. Welcome to Facebookworld, where everything's wonderful all of the time.Read more...

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The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System has a problem. The myriad mirrors that reflect the sun's searing rays onto towers that generate electricity also create a death ray that fries anything in its path , namely poor innocent birds flying through the desert. But don't worry. They're working on it.Read more...

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If you're pining for a new set of headphones, these GOgroove Bluetooth on-ears have 14 hours of battery live, a folding design, and solid reviews. They have consistently sold for $80 all year, but a promo code today knocks them all the way down to $30. Get them before they're gone. [GOgroove BlueVIBE Bluetooth Headphones, $30 with code DLX50OFF]Read more...

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The exorbitant costs of the new World Trade Center Transportation Hub have been well-reported: the station cost $4 BILLION DOLLARS. New Yorkers can already experience one element of the pricey hub, a walkway under West Street. And if calculations are correct, this 600-foot corridor is the most expensive hallway on the planet.Read more...

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Bad news, dudes. After unwelcome spring frost in decimated nearly a quarter of Turkey's hazelnut crop, there is real fear that we're now facing a Nutella shortage. That's because the production of Nutella consumes 25 percent of the world's hazelnut crop. And naturally, less crop means less Nutella.Read more...

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Back in April, Mailbox promised it would be bring a beta version of its popular mobile email client to Mac. Today, it delivered on that promise. Users who've signed up for the public beta as well as select Mailbox users will be given access to the beta in a rollout process. The team hasn't announced any firm date when the final version will be released.Read more...

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Yesterday we first got a look at Sharp's surprisingly beautiful smartphone, and today we're learning that, huzzah, it is coming to America on Sprint. The phone will cost $240 when it's available at an unannounced date in the future.Read more...

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When we first wrote about Cherkees —the beef jerky potato chip hybrid—we called it "the pinnacle of human innovation." Granted, we may have gotten slightly carried away, but the concept of getting our required daily dose of jerky and chip simultaneously? What an amazing time-saver! Unfortunately, delays plagued these intrepid pioneers of snack, but now, three years later they're real, they're purchasable, and we just ate a ton of them.Read more...

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Since making its debut on Android a little over a year ago, Photo Sphere has been one of those "Hey, look what my phone can do!" things that Android users have lorded over their non-Android friends. Today, though, Google is opening the doors to iPhone users with the Photo Sphere Camera app of iOS. This is good news for those of us who love looking at these awesome images. Read more...

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We've been raving about the Philips Hue smart lighting system since it first dropped. Well we've been raving about everything except its outrageous pricing—$60 a bulb, are you serious? But with the new Hue Lux, you can get a basic white smart light at a fraction of the price. Read more...

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While Africa's backyard space program has yet to get off the ground, the continent's first (arguably) homegrown aircraft has already taken flight. Throughout the continent, these ultralight two-seaters could soon fill the skies where long-range surveillance UAVs are too expensive to fly. Read more...

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The world of Guardians of the Galaxy is filled with characters of uncertain biological origin defying the laws of Earthly physics . Which is why you'd be forgiven if you didn't notice the incredible UI design in the film, which shows off some of the most bonkers movie graphics in recent memory. Read more...

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If you were in the market for a premium Android smartphone six months ago, you might have picked a new Samsung handset, a Moto X, or maybe a Nexus 5. But HTC's One M8 crashed the party in March with improvements on its stunning premium design. And now it's coming to Windows Phone.Read more...

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This is the trailer for Men, Women, and Children, the new movie from Juno director Jason Reitman. It's all about how the internet has irrevocably changed a group of people's interpersonal relationships—and though melodramatic, it doesn't seem terribly far from the truth in its portrayal of gadgets and sadness. Read more...

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The rumors have been swirling since July, but now it's official: A Windows 8.1-powered HTC One is coming for Verizon customers starting at noon today. Read more...

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Delaware sure likes being first. The first state to ratify the Constitution just became the first state to enact a broad law that gives families the right to inherit digital assets the same way that they'd inherit physical assets. Now, it's up to the other 49 states to follow suit.Read more...

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There's a startup called NowThisNews that delivers the news du jour in short videos embedded on their site and mobile apps. But these days, apparently that's not enough. So the Awl has noticed, now in addition, NowThisNews is sending out news bulletins via Snapchat. Abandon all hope. Read more...

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