Monthly Archives: May 2015

Mystery Woman Casually Recycled a $200,000 Vintage Apple-1 Computer

One woman’s trash is literally everyone else’s super-expensive, rare $200,000 piece of computer history. Most of the time, recycled electronics are too crappy to sell on Craigslist. But one California e-recycling center recently received one of the most coveted gadgets ever: A genuine Apple-1 computer.

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The Milky Way’s Densest Star Cluster Looks Like A Dazzling Glitter Bomb

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope captured this image of the Arches Cluster, thought to be the densest star cluster in the Milky Way. This visually striking cluster is about 25,000 light years from earth, and is a relative youngster, astronomy-wise, … Continue reading

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These Before and After Comparisons Make Me Love Fury Road Even More

Mad Max: Fury Road is an undeniable triumph for humanity. But in case you needed even more reason to love and respect this visual masterpiece, we now have a series of comparisons showing some of the film’s original action sequence shots next to their post-visual-effects counterparts.

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Newborn Baby Tapir Struts In Stripes

This South American tapir was born May 19, but he could have been born over tens of millions of years ago, since scientists believe these animals, now endangered, haven’t changed much in the interim.

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Got Allergies? Must Be Pollen Corona Season Again

Don’t be surprised if you look up in the Sun’s direction and squint with itchy, watery eyes. You might be staring into billows of tree pollen wafting through your town. It’s certainly been happening where I live.

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One Journalist’s Undercover Stint as a Terrorist’s Online Girlfriend

Welcome to Reading List, a weekly collection of great tech reads from around the web. This week we explore one journalist’s undercover internet relationship with a Syrian jihadi, the vicious legal battle that’s stymied the growth of hologram technology in the entertainment industry, and more! Enjoy.

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The Secret Of Mad Max: Fury Road’s Brilliance: It’s All In The Editing

Mad Max: Fury Road has earned considerable acclaim since its release, and over on his blog, commentator and editor Vashi Nedomansky highlights how George Miller and his team composed the film to make the most visual sense.Read more… Continue reading

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Thousands of Websites Block Congress in Protest of NSA Surveillance

In protest of any possible last-ditch re-authorization of NSA spying powers, thousands of sites are blocking Congressional IP addresses using a piece of code written by the activist organization Fight for the Future.Read more… Continue reading

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Scientists are Growing Tiny Cerebral Cortexes in Petri Dishes

Yep, you heard that one correctly. In what could be a major step forward for personalized medicine, researchers have perfected a technique for growing miniature balls of cortical tissue—the key working tissue in the human brain—in a dish.

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This Action-Packed Book About A Female Ghostbuster Will Blow Your Mind

In Molly Tanzer’s excellent debut novel Vermilion, Elouise ‘Lou’ Merriweather works the dead of San Francisco: she’s a psychopomp, helping souls find eternal rest. When Chinese immigrants begin vanishing, she sets off to discover what happened to them, only to discover a larger plot that places her in mortal peril.

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Orphan Black Introduces Alison’s Mom—And She’s As Terrible As We Hoped

Alison Hendrix drunkenly mentioned her mother way back in Season One of Orphan Black, and now we finally get to make the soap-making mama, and she’s a delightfully horrible human being.

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A Teen’s Sketches Come To Life During Her Affair With Mom’s Boyfriend

The trailer for The Diary of a Teenage Girl, adapted from Phoebe Gloeckner’s graphic novel by first-time director Marielle Heller, is here. Doe-eyed Bel Powley stars as Minnie, with Kristen Wiig as her mother and Alexander Skarsgard as Monroe, aka Mom’s Boyfriend Who Is Into Teen Girls. Here’s a synopsis:

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Guys, Grabbing Drones Out of Mid-Air is a Very Stupid Thing to Do

Don’t grab drones out of mid-air. It’s a stupid, dangerous idea. Don’t believe me? Well, you can check out the photos of Enrique Iglesias following his Tijuana concert last night for confirmation.

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This Week’s Puzzle Requires Outside-The-Box Thinking. Really!

Or rather, more accurately, it requires outside the “pen” thinking — pigpen thinking, to be exact.

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Today is the two-year anniversary of the largest tornado ever recorded.

Today is the two-year anniversary of the largest tornado ever recorded. The tornado, a multiple-vortex EF-3 (by damage, EF-5 by radar measurements) grew to an astonishing width of 2.6 miles at its widest. The storm killed eight people, including three highly experienced storm chasers caught by the tornado’s explosive growth and erratic movement of the smaller vortices within the larger circulation. http://thevane.gawker.com/evacuate-why-a…

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Uber’s New San Fransisco Headquarters is as Ostentatious as You’d Expect

If there’s anything we’ve learned about Uber over the past few years, it’s that the app-based taxi service company doesn’t like to do things quietly. On Wednesday, Uber released the first renderings for its new downtown San Fransisco HQ, and yep, they’re every bit as over-the-top and intentionally futuristic as you’d imagine.

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We May Soon Finally Know Which Teen Actor Is Playing Spider-Man

The mad dash to cast Spider-Man for Captain America: Civil War (and a slew of films beyond) continues, with a new report stating that producers have narrowed the field from 1,500 hopefuls to a final six. Since Civil War is already in production, we sho… Continue reading

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Tonight, Halt and Catch Fire’s New Season Takes On Computer Gaming

The second season of AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire returns to AMC tonight with a whole new focus: internet gaming.

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The Physics Behind Ice Spikes, Nature’s Perfect Murder Weapon

Ice spikes may very well be the perfect untraceable weapon, but how do these jagged sticks of frosty death form? Turns out there’s no magic involved (womp), just some simple physics.

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Julie Harris obituary

Costume designer who worked on A Hard Day’s Night, Darling and Casino Royale Continue reading…
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