Monthly Archives: July 2012

Driving through the world’s longest road tunnel is a trip through hyperspace [Video]

Completed in 2000, Norway’s fifteen-mile-long Lærdal Tunnel cuts through a mountain range near the village of Lærdalsøyri. To ease drivers’ claustrophobia and to prevent the underground monotony from… Continue reading

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A Well-Made Chair for the Bistro in Your Kitchen [Daily Desired]

I’m moving to a new apartment today. Groundbreaking because I’m actually going to have room for a dinner table. And you can’t have one of those without a few chairs. The bistro chairs from American Coun… Continue reading

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Maeve Binchy obituary

One of Ireland’s most successful novelists, loved for her kindness and generosity of spiritMaeve Binchy, who has died aged 72, was a larger-than-life author and journalist, whose novels about love and romance in Ireland sold more than 40m copies in 37 … Continue reading

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Tony Martin obituary

American entertainer and singer popular in the 1940s and 50sThe American entertainer Tony Martin, who has died aged 98, was once described as a singing tuxedo. Although he was rather a stiff actor, he was handsome and charming, with a winning, dimpled… Continue reading

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FDA Approves the First Smart Pills That Track When You’ve Taken Your Meds [Medication]

Remembering if you’ve taken your medication could be a thing of the past now that the FDA has approved Proteus Digital Health’s new chip-embedded pills that can report back to a sensor and your smartpho… Continue reading

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How a Rat With a Brain Sensor Turned Ramez Naam From a Technologist into a Renowned Futurist [What Was It]

Prior to becoming a futurist, Ramez Naam was a well respected and successful software developer and professional technologist. He was involved in the development of such products as Microsoft Internet … Continue reading

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Google Chrome Now Looks Good on Retina Displays [Google]

If you’re an ardent user of Google Chrome and happen to use a Retina MacBook Pro, good news: the latest stable release of Chrome includes support for the high-res display. No longer will you have to use… Continue reading

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How do magicians know what card you’re thinking of? [Psychology]

Wanna see a magic trick? Name a playing card out loud. Go ahead, we won’t hear you. Now here’s the trick: it turns out over 50% of people, when asked to name one card in a 52-card deck, choose one of o… Continue reading

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The New Essential Apps July 2012 [Apps]

iPhones. iPads. Android. 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 them out! More&nb… Continue reading

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Are You Having Problems With iMessage and iCloud? [Chatroom]

Reports are circulating that iCloud and iMessage are suffering from technical difficulties, some of which have been confirmed by Apple (namely the whole iCloud not loading messages sent prior to yesterd… Continue reading

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Google Delays Nexus Q Release Because the Weird Media Streamer Is Half-Baked [Google]

Google is reportedly sending letters to customers who pre-ordered its bizarre media streaming orb, saying it needs time to make it better.” Ouch. More »

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Who would win in a fight: Darth Vader, or Deadpool? [Star Wars]

Sure, Darth Vader has the Force. But Deadpool can break the Fourth Wall, and he’s (usually) got a nearly unstoppable healing factor. So if the Dark Lord of the Sith met the Merc with a Mouth, who would … Continue reading

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Olympic Track and Field Doesn’t Use Starting Pistols Because the Speed of Sound Is Too Slow [Olympics]

Did you know the reason that Olympic track and field doesn’t use starting pistols anymore is that the runners farthest from the gun were posting demonstrably slower start times. Even with the help of di… Continue reading

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This Aquarium Is the Only Place On Earth Where Penguins Can Fly [Aquariums]

The Sunshine Aquarium—located atop an entertainment complex in the Ikebukuro district of Tokyo—features a unique ring-shaped see-through tank perched seven-and-a-half feet over guests that u… Continue reading

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The Creepy Gorgeous Fantasy Art of Jeff Simpson [This Is Awesome]

This is fantasy art at its most luscious — and skin-crawling. Jeff Simpson did some concept art for Snow White and the Huntsman, including the great early concept for Queen Ravenna, above. But his… Continue reading

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Deleted Scenes from Our Favorite Movies We Wish We Could See [Video]

Some of our favorite movies have left us with long, lingering questions. Like how does Bane eat? And what sort of mental damage does a giant dog dragon inflict on a couple of kids in the real world? An… Continue reading

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FCC Tells Verizon It Can’t Force You To Pay $20 For Tethering Anymore [Verizon]

The FCC and Verizon put an ongoing dispute to rest today when the carrier agreed to allow is customers to use tethering apps with its data plans. You’re damn right! Until now, Verizon worked with Google… Continue reading

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World’s First Lego Electric Wheelchair Can Support a Two Hundred Pound Passenger [Video]

It’s not going to get you anywhere in a hurry, but Simon Burfield’s joystick-controlled electric wheelchair is built from the ground up using just Lego. What’s even more impressive is that the chair ca… Continue reading

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The Technology That Turned Joe Quesada into a Legendary Comic Book Artist [Video]

Joe Quesada is Marvel Comics’ Chief Creative Officer, and one of the most respected artists in comics. But he’s also a tech geek at heart, and here’s what got him started. More »

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Gang of unruly knights robs Renaissance faire [Holy Crap Wtf]

Historical reenactments of the Middle Ages, they sometimes bring out the blackguards, brigands, and bad apples. Early Monday morning in the French town of Bitche, the organizers of the popular festival … Continue reading

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