Monthly Archives: November 2011

The world’s smelliest frogs are a treasure trove of antibiotics [Biology]

Some of the most foul smelling creatures on Earth are known simply as odorous frogs. These amphibians have a normal odor like that of rotting fish, but it’s worth braving their disgusting smell for the … Continue reading

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I Wish the New Lego X-Wing 2012 Was Coming Out RIGHT NOW [Lego]

When I sent photos of the best Lego X-Wing ever created to the company headquarters in Billund, Denmark, they told me that it was awesome—but it didn’t show enough studs—their design DNA&mda… Continue reading

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If AT&T and T-Mobile Can’t Marry, They Still Might Date [At&t]

It’s been a blood bath for the AT&T-Mobile deal the past few days, but it hasn’t all been sour pudding. AT&T’s still got its Hail Mary sell-off gambit in play, and if the merger totally goes under, the … Continue reading

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Zombie Attack Barbie slaughters the undead, while remaining fabulous in pink camouflage [This Is Awesome]

We’ve been seeing a lot of great changes in Barbie, ever since she became a perky Computer Engineer with a bright pink laptop. But Zombie Attack Barbie is easily the greatest thing to ever have the Bar… Continue reading

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The New Essential Apps November 2011 [Apps]

iPhones. iPads. Android. Windows Phone 7. We’ve updated all of our essential apps lists to include a few forgotten favorites, some long awaited arrivals and, as always, even more amazing apps. Check the… Continue reading

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Orbit Books extending digital short fiction program from U.S. to U.K. [Publishing]

Another sign that electronic publishing is providing a huge boost to short fiction: Orbit Books announced it’s expanding its Orbit Short Fiction program, releasing stories simultaneously in the U.S. and the U.K. Says Orbit Vice President… Continue reading

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In an alternate reality, this pyramid is the Lincoln Memorial [Video]

The ziggurat you’re looking at is John Russell Pope’s 1912 design for the Lincoln Memorial. This design and plans for other kooky alternate history monuments are currently on display at the National Bui… Continue reading

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Try Out Spotify’s New Apps Right Now [Video]

If you’re intrigued by Spotify’s new app platform, the beta version of their desktop client is available here. There’s no apps functionality in the mobile version for now, but Spotify says it’s somethi… Continue reading

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How to Rediscover the Obscure TV Shows and Movies that Made Your Childhood Weird [Batman]

It’s usually pretty easy to track down most big Hollywood releases and major TV shows on DVD, or on Netflix. But what about those works that aren’t popular enough for mass production, such as old TV mov… Continue reading

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Bridgestone’s Puncture-Proof Tires Look Like They Were Made With a Spirograph [Tires]

Featuring an intricate resin spoke system, Bridgestone’s new airless tire provides the same level of shock absorption as an inflated tire without you having to worry about monitoring air pressure or cha… Continue reading

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Intergalactic survey discovered a star just moments away from going supernova [Astronomy]

The universe simply doesn’t operate on a human timescale. Events that are right about to happen in the cosmic sense could still be centuries away. But an extensive search discovered a star that really w… Continue reading

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Kinect Powered Sandbox Turns Hills and Valleys Into a Living Ecosystem [Video]

An imagination is no longer required to enjoy a sandbox thanks to some Czech students, who use a Kinect sensor and a projector to map interactive animations of hills and rivers based on how deep the sa… Continue reading

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Great News: Cherie Priest’s Boneshaker and Lauren Beukes’ Zoo City both get movie deals [Movies]

Two of the most celebrated novels of the past few years are getting movie deals, greatly increasing our chances of seeing some quality entertainment on the big screen a few years from now. More … Continue reading

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Report: Apple’s Finally Going 4G with iPhone 5 and iPad 3 [Rumor]

Apple LTE rumors crop up all the time, but this one in particular has caught our attention: consistently reliable Japanese publication Nikkei Business is reporting that next year’s iPhone 5 and iPad 3 w… Continue reading

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How Apple’s Grand Central Station Store Is Screwing New York [Apple]

The Grand Central Apple store isn’t even open yet and it’s already becoming a massive headache for New York. First was its garish video facade. Now comes word that Apple’s lease on the space is jobbing … Continue reading

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Casting call spoils the plot of the Akira remake [Akira]

A Vancouver casting call for extras has divulged some of the ways the Americanized, live-action Akira will differ from the original Japanese manga and anime source material. What’s new? Kaneda owns a ba… Continue reading

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Your Android Phone Is Secretly Recording Everything You Do (Updated) [Video]

If you have any decently modern Android phone, everything you do is being recorded by hidden software lurking inside. It even circumvents web encryption and grabs everything—including your passw… Continue reading

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Respro’s Waterproof Backpack Cover Will Save Your Life with Disco Lights [Video]

You know when LEDs are really cool? When they’re saving your life. You know when backpack covers are cool? When you’re getting soaked and they’re keeping your gear dry. Respro’s P15 Chevron is a sweet … Continue reading

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Courts Take Deeply Problematic Actions Against Fake Chanel Websites [Sopa]

Chanel has seized the domain names of more than 600 websites that sell counterfeit products thanks to a series of unprecedented court orders. Search engines and social networks have also been ordered to… Continue reading

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Jawbone UP Review: A Potentially Wonderful Thing That You Should Not Buy [Fitmodo]

The Jawbone Up is everything I ever wanted in a fitness tracker. Because it’s a bracelet, it’s always with me. It goes everywhere, it’s positively ambient, and ridiculously fun. That’s great. Don’t buy … Continue reading

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