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What makes a woman? New documentary seeks answers

Transgender model and activist Munroe Bergdorf hosts the new Channel 4 documentary What Makes a Woman? Science and society are grappling with the complex and contentious topics of sex, sexuality, and gender. New research and evidence demonstrate that simplistic binaries are more complicated than previously believed. (more)

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Loaded gun stored in an oven gets too hot and shoots owner

A gun-toting gentleman in Ohio wanted to keep his revolver out of harm‘s reach when his kids came to visit him, so he hid it in his oven‘s broiler. But 44-year-old Robin Garlock neglected to tell his girlfriend, who decided to do some baking later that evening. Suddenly, she heard gunfire and shouted for Garlock, thinking it was coming from outside. But no, the loud bangs were coming from inside the oven the revolver was spinning aro

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Study finds that sleeping in on the weekends is good for you

I sleep in late whenever I can, and have felt vaguely guilty about it because everything I‘ve read about sleep says people are supposed to stick to a strict sleep schedule every day. That‘s not possible for me, because I often get up very early to catch a morning flight. Sleeping in on the weekends always feels great. Well, it turns out I should keeping following my instincts. You actually *can* catch up on sleep by sawing logs on the

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Use this link to see what your Twitter feed looked like 10 years ago today

In February Xeni tweeted a history of the Twitter experience over the last 10 years or so: Twitter was like good weed & an espresso Then it was like crack Then for a while PCP Now I‘d say we are in bath salts or krokodil territory If you miss the good weed and espresso era of Twitter, use this link, which lets you see your twitter feed ten years ago. Image: By PiXXart/Shutterstock

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Underoos were not any more fun than other underwear, seriously

Underoos were always treated more as pajama than underwear, but occasionally some Super Kid would wear them to school and the jokes would fly! Sometimes that kid was me. I had the Spiderman Underoos. Thank Moses they didn‘t make Hong Kong Fooey Underoos, I still have a permanent divot in my head from diving into a filing cabinet as a child. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Va_Rmpd3PZI Underoos are still for sale, but seems to have los

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Drone‘s-eye view of how solar farms clean all those panels

Clifford Burgoni wanted to sell his system for cleaning 86,000 solar panels, so he made a cool drone video of the gear in operation. (more)

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Motiv fitness-tracking ring comes in all sizes

Beth Skwarecki reviewed the Motiv fitness-tracking ring and liked it a lot. I can‘t get over how tiny and inconspicuous it is: it syncs wirelessly with a phone app and needs about an hour‘s charge every two or three days. The limitations are that it only tracks heartrate and movement, deducing sleep, steps and active cardio sessions. The Motiv ring doesn‘t nag you. It doesn‘t over-analyze. It just tells you when you sl

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Gorgeous plasticine circuit-board

Tim Easley‘s gorgeous sculpture depicting an elaborate circuit board made from modeling clay, was commissioned by the record label Albert‘s Favourites as the cover art for Modified Man‘s new release, Modifications: Set 2. (more)

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A guide to the valuable electronics inside Bird‘s illegal-in-San Francisco scooters

On the occasion of Bird being ordered to remove its scooters from the streets of San Francisco, JWZ has published the beginnings of a costed teardown of the key components of any you find lying around after they become illegal litter: (more)

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Climate change depicted as vertical stripes

Warming Stripes: (cache) average annual temperatures in England, with each year depicted as a vertical line, from left to right, covering 1772-2017. At the link, see the U.S. and Toronto.

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John Hodgman‘s outstanding Vacationland: now in paperback!

I found John Hodgman‘s Vacationland to be a genuinely moving and hilarious read; and it has stuck with me in the year since its hardcover release -- now it‘s out in paperback, and Hodgman is touring with it. (more)

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Watch how organic farmers use tractor-mounted flamethrowers on weeds and pests

Flame weeding involves strapping a tank of propane to the back of a tractor and running specialized equipment down rows of crops, burning any non-crop stuff that gets in the way. (more)

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Zelda propaganda posters

Counter the creeping resurgence of genuine, non-metaphorical Naziism in gamer culture with Fernando Reza‘s kick-ass WWII style Zelda propaganda posters! 40 each, 18" x 24", printed on archival paper. (more)

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Facebook is worth much less to its users than search and email, but it keeps a larger share of the value

Economists Erik Brynjolfsson, Felix Eggers and Avinash Gannamaneni have published an NBER paper (Sci-Hub mirror) detailing an experiment where they offered Americans varying sums to give up Facebook, and then used a less-rigorous means to estimate much much Americans valued other kinds of online services: maps, webmail, search, etc. (more)

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The Trump-Kim commemorative coin now commemorates Trump‘s disastrous handling of the North Korea talks

Ahead of Trump‘s planned summit with North Korean "Supreme Leader" Kim Jong Un, the White House issued a tacky commemorative coin; once Trump sent his petulant breakup letter to Kim canceling the summit, the coin became the discounted "deal of the day" at the White House gift shop. (more)

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The paleocomputing miracle of the 76477 Space Invaders sound effects chip

In 1978, the 76477 Complex Sound Generation chip was foundational to creating the sound effects in many popular games, notably Space Invaders; it was also popular with hobbyists who could buy the chip at Radio Shack -- it could do minor miracles, tweaking a white noise generator to produce everything from drums to explosions, using an integrated digital mixer to layer and sequence these sounds. (more)

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Texas high-school principal fires award-winning, nationally famous journalism teacher to rein in critical student newspaper reporting

Dallas-Fort Worth‘s Prosper High School has an excellent student paper, the Eagle Nation Online, with a most excellent advisor, Lori Oglesbee-Petter, a journalism teacher with 34 years of experience, whose students won 175 state and national journalism awards last year alone. (more)

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Gentlemen mod a car with shopping-cart style caster wheels

Crazy Carts are souped-up electric go-karts with rear wheels like the ones on the front of shopping carts. Some goofballs decided to turn a real car into a Crazy Cart by replacing the rear tires with caster wheels. (more)

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The Empire Strips Back: "Star Wars" burlesque show soon to tour the West Coast

Hey Californians, a burlesque show is headed your way for a short tour all the way from Australia starting on May 31. Not just any burlesque show though, this is "The Empire Strips Back: A Burlesque Parody." Yep, a Star Wars-themed burlesque show. https://vimeo.com/261938598 It started off in 2011 as a one-off event in Sydney but apparently the demand is high for sexy, stripping Stormtroopers. Its organizer Russall S. Beattie soon found himse

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Cat kicks oncoming Roomba like a boss

You might think you‘re smooth. But you‘ll never be as smooth as this black cat redirecting a robotic vacuum with its back leg WHILE continuing to aggressively stare down another cat. I mean, it doesn‘t even move its head as the vacuum approaches. So good. Previously: If you watch one cat video this year, let it be this one (Robbie Lockie)

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Cool backgrounds

Cool Backgrounds generates beautiful, abstract, geometric images perfect for use as backgrounds on your computer or mobile gadgetry. There are four different styles, many color scheme options, and a feed of nice free photos. While finishing up a gradient generator project CSS Gradient (which launched earlier this year), I unexpectedly noticed the popularity of wallpaper and background images. Digging a bit deeper, I found this huge community

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I don‘t care what scientists say: drinking your Guinness from a Martini glass is a heresy

Tech Insider, I break with thee. Science, I break with thee. None of this is OK. It will never be OK.

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Florida Man arrested for teaching kids where babies come from... at the top of his lungs

No matter how shitty a day I‘ve had, I can always count on Florida Man to cheer me up or at the very least, horrify me to the point that my personal problems feel like minor issues. In this episode, we find Florida Man educating the young in the miracle of human reproduction. Unfortunately, not everyone present for Florida Man‘s lecture enjoyed what he had to say, or how he said it. From BuzzFeed: A Florida man was arrested and cha

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Watch this delightful 3D zoetrope system with swappable animations

4-Mation is a product being developed by Kevin Holmes, Jonathan Scoon, and Charlie Round-Turner that features a spinner that accommodates different 3D-printed animations, like the leaping frogs above. They also have this cute fish loop: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CaI3ZFs_oEc They plan to offer three models, from basic to deluxe: 4-Mation is a modular 3D Zoetrope kit that will be available in 3 models. It‘s powered by 24 3Wat

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