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Journalist believes his phone was hacked by spooks at HOPE X, will upload image for forensics

3 hours 29 min ago


Douglas writes, "My rooted CyanogenMod phone got hacked at HOPE X. I'm planning to get it write-blocked and imaged to crowdsource forensics." Read the rest

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Alien Autopsy: William Barker on Schwa, two decades later

4 hours 29 min ago
Twenty years ago, William Barker's Schwa artwork revealed a world of alien abductions, stick figure insanity, conspiratorial crazy, and a hyper-branded surveillance state. It's now more relevant than ever. Read the rest
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Comixology adds DRM-free option! Excelsior!

4 hours 30 min ago
Unlike some of its stablemates, the Amazon-owned comics platform is to allow authors and publishers to distribute their work without the shackles of proprietary rights-management, writes Cory Doctorow Read the rest
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The horror and the wonder of mayfly birth

25 July, 2014 - 08:51

Remember that upper Midwest mayfly apocalypse that Xeni wrote about? Here's how those flies are born. The female dies while laying her eggs. The babies hatch within seconds.

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Apollo 11's Michael Collins on the view from space

25 July, 2014 - 07:56

From a classic FAQ by Michael Collins, command module pilot for Apollo 11, which splashed down 45 years ago today after carrying the first human beings to the moon: Read the rest

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Video: 10 bets you will always win

25 July, 2014 - 07:53
"10 Amazing Bets You Will Always Win," from From Richard Wiseman, author of the delightful Quirkology: How We Discover the Big Truths in Small Things.
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What is public?

25 July, 2014 - 04:45
Anil Dash on the fragile reality of what is and is not public, and how within it a reasonable expectation of privacy may remain, in some contexts.
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EU wants Google to extend "right to be forgotten" to global users

25 July, 2014 - 03:56


Right now, Google blocks "forgotten" articles on EU versions of its site. Read the rest

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Icons of animals in space

25 July, 2014 - 03:03

Wonderful illustrations of "Animal Space Travellers" by Budapest designer/artist Norbert Mayer. (via Ariel Waldman) Read the rest

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Another execution by experimental drug cocktail goes horribly wrong

25 July, 2014 - 02:54

An execution in Arizona turned torturous yesterday, with convicted murderer Joseph Wood taking almost two hours to die after he was injected with a secret mixture of drugs.

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Microscope photographs of alcohol drinks

25 July, 2014 - 02:41

Smithsonian writes about BevShots, a company that sells microscope photographs of the crystallized form of alcoholic beverages, like tequila, above, and white wine and scotch, seen below. Read the rest

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Dune author Franker Herbert on mushrooms

25 July, 2014 - 01:29

The Daily Grail delves into Frank Herbert's passion for mycology and how psilocybin mushrooms helped inspire Dune. Read the rest

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Duran Duran suing its "fan club"

25 July, 2014 - 01:15
Duran Duran is suing its fan club -- not the fans mind you, but the company that runs its fan club, Worldwide Fan Clubs -- for not paying the band its cut of membership fees.
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Sign Painters: book and documentary

25 July, 2014 - 00:58

Sign Painters looks to be a fascinating book and documentary about the traditional art and craft of hand-drawn signage that is being lost to digital prints and die-cut vinyl. The film is playing at venues around the US right now, including this Sunday (7/27) at the Webb Gallery in Waxahachie, Texas!

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232 "teeth" removed from boy's mouth

24 July, 2014 - 23:54

A boy in India was brought in with swelling in his right jaw; doctors removed a myriad of tiny, toothlike growths caused by a condition called composite odontoma.

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Air Algerie Flight AH5017 crashes in Africa, carrying 116 from Burkina Faso to Algeria

24 July, 2014 - 23:52


A screengrab of the homepage of the Ouagadougou airport's Internet site (http://www.aeroport-ouagadougou.com) shows a map displaying AH5017's last contact zone, July 24, 2014.

A Boeing MD-83 passenger jet carrying 110 passengers and 6 crew people disappeared while flying over the Sahara from Burkina Faso to Algeria. Reports from aviation officials in the region confirm the plane has crashed, though the site of the crash and the fate of the people on board are yet to be confirmed.

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On the Origins of Sriracha

24 July, 2014 - 23:44
It was invented by Thanom Chakkapak in the seaside town of Si Racha—that sauce, however, isn't quite the same as the stuff you know and love.
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Antisurveillance face camouflage

24 July, 2014 - 23:43

Adam Harvey's "Computer Vision Dazzle" is designed to keep facial-recognition computer algorithms from seeing the real face. But how to wear the dazzle for days while going about everyday life?

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Why Math teaching never improves

24 July, 2014 - 23:30
"The trouble always starts," writes Elizabeth Green, "when teachers are told to put innovative ideas into practice without much guidance on how to do it."
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The top Ebola doctor in Sierra Leone has contracted Ebola

24 July, 2014 - 22:17

Dr. Sheik Umar Khan, a hero who has treated hundreds of people in the recent deadly outbreak, is in a Doctors Without Borders isolation ward after working at a hospital where three nurses had previously died of the virus.

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