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The charm of a perfect looping image cannot be denied. Old timey illustrations are delightful nostalgia inducers. Pair 'em together and hot damn: That is a recipe for sure-fire internet love. Drawing from seemingly endless stores of digitized archives, the Smithsonian Libraries have been posting original gifs on their Tumblr, and—spoiler alert—they're wonderful. Read more...

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Whether you agree with the practice or not, cannabis culture in America has quickly outgrown its Summer of Love stigma and gone mainstream. And with that normalization has come an insatiable demand for upscale smoking apparatuses—a demand being met by a new generation of uncannily talented glass blowers from around the country and around the world. But it hasn't always been this easy.Read more...

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As we reported earlier , 50 Cent and SMS Audio announced a new partnership with Intel this evening. It's a plan to bring the joys of fitness tracking to both the flakey workout amateur and the finely sculpted sports pro in the form of earbuds.Read more...

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Here's video from Top Gear showing the Stig making a 300 foot bungee jump while strapped inside a F1 car. It's exhilarating and completely nuts but must have been so ridiculously fun to do. Sometimes, just bungee jumping or just driving an F1 car isn't enough. You gotta do both at the same time.Read more...

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Ariana Grande's new music video is billed as an "inconceivable outer space adventure." Well, "Break Free" is an adventure alright. But is it an adventure you'd like to embark upon? That depends on your confidence in Ariana Grande as an interstellar space warrior.Read more...

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Re/Code's ever reliable Kara Swisher is reporting that Samsung just bought the smart home startup SmartThings for $200 million. The news comes almost exactly one month after a rumor emerged that the Korean electronics company was making the move. But now that it's made, things could get interesting.Read more...

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What do you think of when you think of Internet Explorer? Unsupported error messages, crashing, grandparents, death's sweet embrace—generally not-great things. And the people who brought you IE know that, which is why they actually considered changing its name to something—anything—else. Read more...

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Your bones are masterful self-healers, but certain injuries and defects can leave a gap too wide for new bone cells to fill in. Texas A&M's Dr. Melissa Grunlan and team have come up with a solution, a biodegradable polymer sponge that supports new bone cell growth, then disappears as it's replaced by solid bone.Read more...

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The Swing Bin is composed of exactly two pieces: a cylinder and an oval, precisely cut so that lid swings open and shut ever so gently. A prototype of the elegant Swing Bin first light up design circles four years ago, and now designer Shigeichiro Takeuchi has finally decided to make Swing Bin a reality. Read more...

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The United States Air Force Thunderbirds are "America's Ambassadors in Blue," a famed air demonstration squadron. At airshows the announcer always says that Thunderbird aircraft could be ready for action within as little as a few days time. Well, as it turns out, they aren't lying. Read more...

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Computer graphics and digital effects are integral to summer blockbusters like Guardians of the Galaxy today, but back in 1976 when Lucas created his visual effects company Industrial Light & Magic to help realize the original Star Wars, miniature models were the tools of the trade for special effects—as this limited edition version of Sculpting A Galaxy beautifully illustrates.Read more...

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Yesterday, a new logo appeared on fencing around World Trade Center construction site. To design it, developers hired one of the world's top agencies to try to create branding that's never going to be sufficient. The very expensive and almost impossible task of creating a symbol to represent a space that will always be haunted by horrific terror.Read more...

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Since the first crude automatons running on clockwork mechanisms, mankind has been working to build the perfect artificial copy of ourselves for centuries. But what's a more accurate recreation of a human? A robot made of various components and wires all cobbled together? Or one made of billions of tiny robots all working together like the atoms that make up everything around us?Read more...

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When quickly sending an email, creating a company logo, or writing a post about mathematical typefaces, hundreds of thousands of fonts exist to help express a specific mood or feeling though we rarely escape the realm of a well-known few. Although it's well-documented that creating fonts can be an art, two mathematicians show that it can also be a science.Read more...

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I didn't get away this summer, but maybe you did. So for this week's Shooting Challenge, make the office-dwellers jealous. Send us your best summer vacation photos. (Taken this week, or any time this season!) Read more...

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Depth cameras aren't new technology, but shrinking them down to the size of a smartphone so that it can see in 3D the way a Kinect can remains a challenge. New work by researchers at Microsoft illustrates how any old smartphone could be used to sense 3D space. Read more...

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Here's a clever way to rid your home of unsightly cables: just hide them in plain sight. Designers Michael & George created the HB Lamps featuring a glowing eraser that can illuminate a room, and a black power cable protruding from the pencil tip that looks like doodles left by the pencil instead of an ugly power cord—genius.Read more...

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This week, the Secret Service busted the counterfeit ring behind some $77 million in fake bills. Makes you think. How on Earth could anyone print that much paper? And how did they make the money so convincing? Arthur Williams, Jr. has a pretty good idea .Read more...

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The 1981 kids' book Future War and Weapons by Neil Ardley is filled with the bleaker side of futurism. It's chock full of colorful illustrations of robot armies, war in space, and fallout shelters. But we also get a brief look at the police of tomorrow — police that, while certainly armed, don't look quite like the military force that they've become in modern American cities.Read more...

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The quality of commercial space-based imagery is about to take a quantum leap forward with yesterday's successful launch of the Worldview-3 satellite . It's powerful enough to count chickens from orbit . It's a true monster machine.Read more...

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You've probably seen photos and video of overarmed police officers facing off against unarmed protestors in Ferguson, Missouri . The view of soldier-cops with assault rifles riding on top of mineproof tanks is certainly excessive, but also surprisingly common. How did we get here?Read more...

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The first pages of Peter Benchley's 1974 novel, "Jaws," as well as the opening minutes of Steven Spielberg's 1975 blockbuster, begin with the attack of a young, late-night skinny dipper named Chrissie Watkins, who's dragged to her watery doom by a great white shark, feeding in the waters off the seaside vacation town of Amity. The book and film struck a chord, in no small part because they capitalized on our fear of the unknown—in this case, of being chomped to death by untold rows of unseen teeth.Read more...

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Byron Essert and Alex Tongue are professional descent skateboarders. Only someone who devotes his life to this sport could have the skills—and probably the balls—to successfully get to the end of this crazy road in the Alps, in one piece.Read more...

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It's almost too perfect a picture of urban decay: an opulent movie palace turned hollow and empty into a parking lot. In recent decades, Detroit's Michigan Theater has become iconic for all the wrong reasons, but it's just been bought by a developer with plans to revitalize the building and, with it, a small chunk of Detroit. Read more...

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50 Cent's SMS Audio is about to announce a major deal that could help keep it from getting left behind by the newly forged Apple-Beats powerhouse . Sources close to the deal told us that the company will announce a new set of headphones based on Intel's health monitoring technology this very evening. SMS is no Beats By Dre, so why would any august tech company be interested? Because headphones—and not watches or health bands—could be the most important wearable tech in the world.Read more...

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