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Continuing the trend of iconic comic books selling for house-in-the-Hamptons levels of cash, a nearly perfect copy of Action Comics No. 1 (aka the first appearance of Superman) sold for a record-breaking $3.2 million last night on eBay.

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Typically when we hear the term “Artificial Intelligence,” images of aliens, spaceships landing on Earth and Will Smith come to mind. While not exactly the extraterrestrial scene we may envision, Artificial Intelligence, or AI, is bringing human intelligence to everyday technologies. We are now able to form a relationship with our technology, use it to […]

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We’re coming up on one whole year of Absurd Creature of the Week! So to celebrate, we’ve used a super-secret, super-complex algorithm to choose the most absurd of the absurd—to pit them against each other in mortal combat. For the next week and a half, we’ll present you with matchups. The first round is split […]

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More and more, any summer blockbuster — and probably any movie in general — owes a lot to High Performance Computing (HPC). As I watch more and more movies, I notice just how convincing CGI is becoming, and this is largely due to the amount of computational power used to render the films. We’ve seen […]

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NatureZen: Bits of the outdoors to make you say “Wow!” while you’re stuck at the computer.

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The earthquake that struck Northern California early Sunday morning sent many local residents stumbling from their beds and scrambling for steady ground. How many? You can get good sense of all this nocturnal movement from an unexpected source: wearable fitness trackers that measure the sleeping patterns of the people who wear them. The Jawbone UP […]

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Now that 1080p OLED TVs are borderline affordable, it’s time to turn your lust to a new unattainably expensive type of set. For your consideration, LG has just unveiled two new big-screen Ultra HD (4K) TVs that are also OLED panels. Although 4K OLEDs were practically everywhere at CES in January, these will be the […]

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If you walk into the computer science building at Stanford University, Mobi is standing in the lobby, encased in glass. He looks a bit like a garbage can, with a rod for a neck and a camera for eyes. He was one of several robots developed at Stanford in the 1980s to study how machines […]

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Smartwatches are cool. They can give you smartphone-like access to data without the phone. However, as Uncle Ben said (Spider-Man’s uncle): “With great power in a smartwatch comes terrible battery life.” Ok, Uncle Ben didn’t actually say that – but he would have if he had a smartwatch. Also, I will admit that the battery […]

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Animated GIFs. Those endlessly looping online images are always good for a laugh. But that’s not all they’re good for. They can also turn you into a bona fide web developer. Take a look at revisit.link. It’s a simple online engine for building animated GIFs and other wacky images. You upload an pic. You select […]

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Mass and length may not be fundamental properties of nature, according to new ideas bubbling out of the multiverse.

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Smart people know that Sunset Park is where you get the best Chinese food in Brooklyn. Really smart people know it's also where you get great headphones—some of the best in the world. The Grados have been making audiophile-grade cans in the same building since 1955. What was the family produce mart is now a […]

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The old saying tells us that you can catch more flies with honey than vinegar. Try telling that to a debt collector.

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During the Goulash Communism era, people started painting the facades of their houses with abstract shapes, in wild shades of color.

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It's been more than a decade since the last proper Warcraft game---by which we mean an offline real-time strategy game, not the World of Warcraft MMO.

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Metrico strips back conventional game narrative and replacing them with infographics.

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The new speaker system from B&O is expensive, technologically advanced, and gorgeous to behold.

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There was a while there where it seemed as if Marvel Studios' Ant-Man was a movie that might never start shooting. But those days are behind us. Last week, the movie finally went into production in San Francisco. Here are answers to many of the burning questions circulating about the film.

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After years of trying, I became an "overnight success." See the contradiction here?

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Over the next few months, please do not be disappointed if the gaps between my posts increase. I am currently working on a spaceflight history book for Skyhorse Publishing, and it is consuming even more of my time than I expected. The manuscript is due at the beginning of May 2015 and we’re shooting for […]

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Ruv.is is reporting that a small subglacial eruption has begun at Iceland’s Barðarbunga after a week of seismic unrest. It appears that the eruption is occurring under about 500 meters (1640 feet) of ice. Airspace over the volcano has been closed with the alert raised to red and more evacuations are occurring apparently no evacuations are occurring. […]

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In a modern world of self-service technology, enterprises have been introduced to a new technology — shadow IT. Shadow IT, also known as rogue IT or stealth IT, can be defined as IT systems and hardware and software solutions that are not approved or supported by an organization’s IT department. This includes, but is not […]

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The 21st Century has seen technology contribute life-altering realities like getting from New York to Beijing in less than 14 hours or grandparents using Facetime to see their newly anointed “Princes” and “Princesses” of future generations. New technologies have not only democratized widespread access of information worldwide, it has created new ways of providing cheaper […]

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This week, the hosts discuss social media in the context of current events and Mat's latest Facebook experiment.

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Wrapup and analysis of this week's news is the order of the day on the latest Game|Life podcast.

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