Monthly Archives: February 2015

Wow, Edward Snowden Is A Total Megadick On 12 Monkeys

We expected craziness, time-looping, wild schemes and plagues on Syfy’s 12 Monkeys. But what we never saw coming was Evil Edward Snowden, who’s so nihilistic he’s willing to consider letting the human race brush up against extinction. Watch for yourse… Continue reading

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A Quantum Computer Isn’t Nearly As Glamorous As It Sounds

You’d think quantum computers exist in heavily-guarded labs, with many men in white suits manning control stations filled with unfathomable screens and charts. Actually, they exist in a small cupboard in England’s West Country. Read more… Continue reading

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A New J.K. Rowling Bibliography Unearths Harry Potter Series Secrets

It’s not a biography, it’s a bibliography, but a new book about J.K. Rowling is so detailed the author herself calls it “slavishly thorough and somewhat mind-boggling.” The reference volume aims to be the definitive publishing history of the Harry Potter series.

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You Can’t Burn Yourself With This Teapot

Someone at OSHA probably has a terrifying stat about the number of workplace injuries caused by teapots. But if everyone rushes out and buys this gorgeous glass hot beverage receptacle, we can do something about this critical national issue. Read more… Continue reading

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Did you know a feminist named Lizzie Magie created Monopoly in 1904 to “to teach the world about sin

Did you know a feminist named Lizzie Magie created Monopoly in 1904 to “to teach the world about single tax theory and the idea that land — and only land — should be taxed”? Read more about the history and evolution of the 100-year-old board game in this profile.

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This Custom Shipping Container For Telescope Parts Is Fantastic

The James Webb Space Telescope takes carefully packing parts to new extremes: the packaging for the latest shipment weighted more than fifty times the actual part! This is the Space Telescope Transporter for Air Road and Sea, the shipping container f… Continue reading

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The U.S. Doesn’t Like It When China Wants To Build Encryption Backdoors

The NSA and U.S. tech giants have come to blows over government backdoors in encryption products lately, with the government arguing that backdoors are vital to national security, and the likes of Yahoo claiming it will make encryption pointless. Well,… Continue reading

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A Ship Sails Beneath Painterly Skies In Portugal

A small ship is lit by a ray of sunshine as it sails up the Tagus river in Lisbon, Portugal on February 25.Read more… Continue reading

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The ISS Has The Only Leonard Nimoy Tribute That Matters

Since Leonard Nimoy passed away yesterday, tributes have been pouring in from around the we b. But this one, posted without comment from NASA astronaut Terry Virts aboard the ISS, is probably the most touching. LLAP. Read more… Continue reading

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There’s trouble in Michael’s paradise on this week’s Helix

Brother Michael deals with unruly followers. Peter makes a friend. Sarah does something sensible, but quickly reverts back to form. And several characters on Helix would benefit if people talked to each other and shared information. I’ll share plenty o… Continue reading

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Syfy Will Air Five Hours Of Nimoy-Centric Programming Tomorrow

Honoring legacy of #LeonardNimoy w 5 hr salute March 1 from 9AM-2PM (ET/PT): includes Twilight Zone ep, arc on Star Trek:TNG, Star Trek 6.

— Syfy PR (@SyfyPR) February 27, 2015

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Adam Savage’s Replica Hedge Maze From The Shining Is Scarily Accurate

When Mythbusters’ Adam Savage isn’t, uh, busting myths, he spends his time crafting amazing replicas of movie props, among other hobbies. This time around it’s the hedge maze from Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, prompted by Savage’s disappointment in what should have been the “official” version.

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These Incredible Bars Are Hidden Behind Secret Entrances

It isn’t that hard to find these watering holes — provided you know where to look. Hidden behind vending machines, refrigerators, and even fake walls of kegs, there are some pretty neat places to grab a drink.

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Why Do We See Familiar Looking Objects On The Red Planet?

What’s up with all the “fossils” on Mars? They are figments of our imaginations, driven by our interest to be there – on Mars – and to know that we are not alone. Altogether, they feed a multitude of web pages and threads across the internet.

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These R/C Cars Drift So Much Better Than You Ever Will

Drifting R/C cars isn’t a completely new pasttime, but there’s still something magical about watching a trio of R/C cars go flying off a jump — sideways. It’s everything you ever wasted your childhood trying to achieve, but done by grown-ups with far more skill.

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Insane Crowd Funded Nissan Car Holds BBQ, Karaoke Machine, And Drone

Japanese automakers have been shoving all sorts of devices into vehicles, especially kei cars, for years now. We’ve seen many a wacky concept come out of design studios, and a surprising number of them have actually made it into production. Well, Nissan may have just taken it to a whole ‘nother level with their new “Ultimate Smart BBQ Vehicle.”

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Update: Insane Power Rangers Short-Film Reboot Is Back Online!

Joseph Kahn’s excellently dark Power Rangers fan film is once again available for online viewing after a brief dispute with the franchise’s copyright holder. All it took was a disclaimer (on the NSFW Vimeo version) and an age restriction (on the “safe” YouTube version). View both here!

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The Craziest Designs For London’s Newest Pedestrian Bridge

The great city of London currently has something of a fascination with pedestrian bridges to span the waterway that bisects the city. The latest project is for a bridge that will connect Nine Elms to Pimlico in the Borough of Wandsworth. Currently, 87… Continue reading

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Canada’s “Spocking Fives” Phenomenon Surges In Tribute To Leonard Nimoy

Doodle-driven Canadians have been cleverly defacing their five dollar bills for years, turning the portrait of former Prime Minister Sir Wilfrid Laurier into the pop-culture figures he eerily resembles: Spock (seen here) and Harry Potter’s Severus Snap… Continue reading

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Thanks For the Net Neutrality, Oligarchs

“Net neutrality” will be the law of the land following the Federal Communications Commission’s vote to reclassify broadband Internet services as public utilities. Please take some time this week to thank the outspoken citizens who made this possible. These heroes of the open Internet are regular folk, just like you and me, with names like Microsoft, eBay, Facebook, Google and Amazon. Congrats to a major industry on its lobbying victory!

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