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A Squishy Robotic Octopus Tentacle Might Not Actually Be Nightmare Fuel

Hollywood movies have used giant squids and octopi to inspire underwater nightmares for decades. But Festo, a German company that makes industrial machinery, has realized that an octopus’ amazing muscle-packed body and tentacles could actually be the ideal way to design and build a robot destined to work alongside…

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A ’90s Version of Snapchat Would Have Been a Whole Lot Less Confusing

Looking back at older versions of software makes you wonder how we even managed to use them years ago. Dusty iterations of programs like Word, Excel, and even Photoshop were crude as hell by today’s standards. But what if Snapchat—Mark Zuckerberg’s favorite ephemeral app—had existed on desktop computers in the ‘90s?…

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You Won’t Be Able to See Or Hear This 36-Hour Nano-Scale Endurance Race

One month from today, a record-setting race will be held in Toulouse, France. Teams from around the world will race nano-scale vehicles built from less than 100 individual atoms, at blistering speeds of up to five nanometers per hour. To put that in perspective, it would take these microscopic cars almost 37 million…

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Every ’90s Kid Will Want This Transforming Power Rangers Megazord Lego Set

Lego master builder ckb ckd needs to submit this meticulously detailed transforming Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Megazord set to Lego Ideas, so the rest of us can vote to have the toymaker turn it into a real set we can one day spend lots of real money… Continue reading

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Scientists Have Created Self-Flowing Liquids That Don’t Need Pumps to Move Around

To bring a constant supply of fresh water into its massive cities, the Romans built countless miles of gravity-powered aqueducts, all at a tremendous expense. But even the massive pumping stations we rely on now might one day be obsolete as scientists … Continue reading

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Carrying a Flying Camera Drone Results in Some Beautifully Stabilized Shots

A proper Steadicam rig that can capture smooth tracking and chase shots usually requires thousands of dollars (not including the camera) and a highly-skilled operator. As a cheaper workaround, these filmmakers used a gyro-stabilized camera drone that t… Continue reading

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Someone Built a Working Lego Version of the Red Keep From Game of Thrones’ Opening

The opening for HBO’s Game of Thrones is one of the few title sequences you don’t want to skip past during a binge-watching session. But Claus-Marc Hahn might be a bigger fan of those opening credits than the show itself, having built a massive animated version of Red Keep using nothing but Lego and Mindstorms.

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Retro Rogue One Ad Makes Us Nostalgic For VHS Tapes Again

Remember VCRs? Your grandparents probably still have one in active rotation, but the rest of us long ago moved onto DVDs, maybe Blu-rays, but eventually just streaming and downloads. We didn’t think we missed movies on cassettes all that much, until this fake retro ad for Rogue One on VHS convinced us otherwise.

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Smog-Filtering Screens Will Make Our Polluted Future Slightly More Tolerable

As our newly-elected leaders do everything they can to roll back environmental regulations, the future is looking more and more like a smog-filled dystopia. But not all scientific progress has ground to a halt. Scientists at National University of Singapore have created a transparent smog-filtering window screen that…

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The Lego Ultimate Collectors Series Snowspeeder Returns to Hoth (and Toy Stores) on May 4

Longtime Lego Star Wars collectors will remember when the original version of the Ultimate Collector Series Rebel Snowspeeder was released in 2004. The set was unfortunately retired a year later, leaving Lego AT-ATs to roam about with impunity, but the toymaker is bringing a totally revamped version back for Star Wars

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A New Technique Captures Stunning Timelapse Footage of the Smallest Living Things

Microscopes let us observe some of the smallest objects in our universe, but with limitations when it comes to movements that can take hours, days, even weeks to play out. So a team of Austrian scientists developed new software that allows microscopes to not only track a slowly-moving object, but also capture…

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You Can Turn Your Apple Watch Into a Game Boy That Sucks

Like many people who dropped hundreds of dollars on an Apple Watch, Gabriel O’Flaherty-Chan was disappointed at how little his pricey wearable could actually do. Instead of complaining about it online like most of us, he decided to solve the problem himself by writing a Game Boy emulator capable of playing Pokemon

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Rapping Robots Prove at Least One Job Is Safe From the Coming Android Apocalypse

Every day there’s a new robot with improved capabilities that promises to eventually take over yet another job. But if you’re heading off to college soon, and want to ensure you’ve selected a career path that’s safe from robo-replacement, this agonizingly awkward video seems to confirm that rapping is not something…

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Watch This Guy Catch a Virtual Reality Ball That Turns Out to Be Real

When you strap on all of the gear required for a modern, immersive, virtual reality experience, you’re all but completely blind to the real world. But interacting with real world objects can often enhance a virtual experience, so Disney’s researchers came up with a way to let users catch a real ball without leaving a…

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This Lego Batman Cake Is a Giant, Edible Masterpiece

Even those of us who despise the idea of celebrating birthdays probably wouldn’t mind having a party if it included this truly fantastic Lego Batman cake that’s completely edible—save for the glowing eyes that will surely cause bodily harm if swallowed.

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Sony Patented a Method For Wirelessly Sucking Power From Your Friend’s Phone

You’re probably already accustomed to mooching free wi-fi whenever you visit a friend, but according to a new patent Sony filed just last Friday, the company wants you to be able to steal power from a friend’s phone as well, without having to connect a single cable.

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This Incredible Serpentor Statue Is the Ultimate Collectible for G.I.Joe Fans

He never had the charisma of Cobra Commander, but Serpentor, genetically engineered from history’s most brilliant military commanders, was still the ultimate G.I.Joe baddie. And while the G.I.Joe toyline hasn’t enjoyed the same longevity that Transformers has, I don’t know that Transformers has any merchandise as…

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MAD Magazine Made the Best Goodnight Moon Parody Yet

First published way back in 1947, some 70 years ago, Goodnight Moon is an iconic children’s book that has been parodied and copied almost as much as Monopoly has. But leave it to MAD Magazine to come up with one of the best, featuring Batman just trying to get a little shuteye in his Batcave.

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Your Computer Might Become an Expert Lip Reader to Keep Your Data Safe

Despite being the most common way to protect computers and sensitive data, passwords are a terrible security solution. So scientists at Hong Kong Baptist University are teaching computers to read a user’s lips as a far more secure method of biometric security.

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The Reason Trains Have Angled Wheels Is Incredibly Clever

The next time a subway car or commuter train rolls into the station, try to sneak a quick peek at its large metal wheels. You’ll notice that instead of being perfect cylinders, they’re actually angled. It’s a deliberate and clever design choice that allows your train to roll around corners without flying off the…

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