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Venezuelans with transplanted organs are dying due to a lack of drugs

Venezuela is in crisis. The South American country has been a sore festered with political turmoil and socioeconomic woes for years now. Unemployment is a pandemic in the country and, thanks to the devaluation of their currency, what little food can be had there, is largely unaffordable by the nation‘s people. As a result of these conditions, crime has become rampant, countless businesses in the country have shuttered and shortages of the s

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Now you can send bouquets of donuts instead of flowers

When you care enough to send the very best, skip the Hallmark cards and flowers and ship a bouquet of donuts to a loved one. It‘s a thing. A bunch of donut bouquet shops have popped up around the globe. Here‘s what I could find: -- Los Angeles: Donut Princess LA, prices start at 20 for three donuts -- London: Donut Bouquets, prices start at 34.99 (~48.87) for eight donuts, delivered in a "luxurious black box" -- Australia (various

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Watch the making of a Star Wars AT-ST Walker highchair

Want to see the making of a badass, one-of-a-kind highchair that‘s fashioned after an AT-ST Walker from Star Wars? Of course you do. Matt of Never Not Making leads the way. (Geekologie)

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Pay what you want for 50+ hours of Python training

Python is one of the most popular and versatile programming languages used by developers today, making it an ideal first choice for those looking to kickstart a career in programming. While you could go back to school or sign up for a pricey coding bootcamp, you can learn the essentials of coding with Python at home and for a price you choose with thePay What You Want: Absolute Python Bundle.Here‘s how the deal works: Simply pay what you wa

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Endless Archery

Endless Archery is a free browser game similar to Desert Golfing but with archery as the theme and the chunky low-res pixel-precision of Pico-8. I found the basic mechanics more difficult, but once mastered, the procedurally-generated levels are relatively forgiving. I lost half an hour to it last night before an existential crisis set in, it‘s pretty good!

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The Justice League Honest Trailer doesn‘t pull its punches

DC‘s Justice League movie was a bit of a mess, so Screen Junkies has plenty to make fun of in this new Honest Trailer-especially Henry Cavill‘s weird CGI lip (thanks for that Paramount). https://twitter.com/DanaSchwartzzz/status/931325744667680768 The Justice League Honest Trailer also features a pretty impressive collection of the many scenes from the trailers that didn‘t make it into the final film thanks to reshoots and

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QuillBot is "a smart thesaurus for sentences"

QuillBot rewrites phrases, making it easy to tweak results and understand what it‘s up to in each variation. Four and seven years ago our fathers gave birth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and consecreated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Let‘s try that America.

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Lovely, simple pet portraits

Using pencil drawings, watercolor, and ink, Serbian artist Endre Penovc creates gorgeous artwork, including an ongoing series featuring household pets. You can find Penovc‘s work on his Instagram, his Facebook, and his website. His work is also for sale via Saatchi Art. Here are some of my favorite pet portraits: https://www.instagram.com/p/BQU28HbDe5c/ https://www.instagram.com/p/BECSRFAwwvg/ https://www.instagram.com/p/BYEDy7yHthb/ ht

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Highway wolves

The music is "Lonely Boy" by The Black Keys: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_426RiwST8

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Crash Course is launching a series all about media literacy

One of my favorite things on the internet is Crash Course, a free, high-quality educational YouTube channel that offers ‘crash courses‘ on science, math, history, literature, philosophy, and so much more. The channel‘s latest project is a 12-week miniseries all about media literacy. Hosted by Jay Smooth, the series aims to give viewers ‘the ability to access, analyze, evaluate, create, and act using all forms of communicat

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A flooded river turns a jungle path into a crystal clear underwater world

The Olho D‘Agua river in Bonito, Brazil flooded in early February after a heavy rain, submerging the jungle around it. You‘ll see in this trippy video that the river‘s waters are so crystal clear that the path, vegetation and foot bridge are perfectly visible underwater. The footage was captured by a park guide at Recanto Ecologico Rio da Prata, an ecotourism group that operates in that area. They write: This was a rare ep

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Kathy Bates lip-syncing Bruno Mars

At nearly 70 years old, Kathy Bates got up on the Lip Sync Battle stage to perform Bruno Mars‘ Grammy-winning "That‘s What I Like." Donning a leopard-print pajama top and gold medallions, watch the award-winning actress show off her smooth moves in this preview clip. She‘ll face off against comedian Tone Bell in this week‘s challenge which airs Thursday at 10/9c on Paramount Network. Lip Sync Battle is back for another

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KFC chicken shortage blamed on DHL, and it‘s not getting its act together

DHL has been shipping and losing packages for close to 50 years. Earlier this week, it became clear that their half century of shipping knowledge doesn‘t extend to poultry as they‘d screwed up Kentucky Fried Chicken‘s supply chain in the United Kingdom so bad that the company was forced to shutter around two-thirds of their restaurants, as no chickens had been delivered. Apparently, DHL isn‘t satisfied with simply failing

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Cult of Personality: Two crime writers discuss the allure of cults in their own dark fiction

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Bill Gates attempts to guess the prices of everyday grocery items

Microsoft founder Bill Gates admittedly hasn‘t been in a supermarket in a long time, so when Ellen put him up to estimating the prices of some pretty typical grocery store items, he was hilariously lost. Particularly watch the look of pity Ellen gives at the 1:12 mark when the billionaire guesses that a container of Tide Pods is only four dollars. With a lot of help from the audience, Bill was able to get the price right (within a dolla

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Online security is a disaster and the people who investigate it are being sued into silence

The only thing worse than driving a car with defective breaks is unknowingly driving a car with defective brakes -- and learning about them the hard way. (more)

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Watch this excellent 1977 documentary about makers and mad inventors

Directed by Howard Smith, "Gizmo" (1977) is a delightful collection of mid-century newsreels celebrating ingenuity, invention, and the eccentric minds who make their wild ideas real.

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The Copyright Office is spending the year deciding technology‘s future, but the future doesn‘t get a seat at the table

Every three years, the US Copyright Office creates temporary exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act‘s ban on breaking DRM, provided that people can show that they‘ve been prevented from doing something customary and legitimate with their own property. (more)

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A deeply unsettling GIF

Click play below and, er, enjoy. This is the most frustrating gif Ive ever seen in my life pic.twitter.com/eTzcg4LJfq- Casanova (@KRUZAA_) February 18, 2018 (via Daily Grail)

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Seriously long lasting doggie chew toy

This 10 Nylabone Durachew has survived years of chewing. This is a nylon bone I smear some peanut butter on, and leave with Nemo for ages. Nemo is a 120lb-or-so Great Pyrenees. He can chew through the cables that hold up the Golden Gate Bridge! I knew nylon was tough but, wow! Might as well be steel. Nylabone Dura Chew via Amazon Image via Boing Boing

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Some Silicon Valley residents with incomes up to 400,000 consider themselves "middle class"

The Palo Alto Weekly in Silicon Valley asked more than 250 residents of that city "How do you define your social class?" From the survey results (PDF): Seventy-five identified themselves as "upper middle class." Their self-reported incomes ranged from 50,000 to 400,000 or more (with one retiree reporting 35,000-49,999)... Eighty-one people considered themselves "middle class." Their self-reported incomes ranged from 10,000 to 399,999....Seve

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3D printed body parts for transplant

Anthony Atala, director of Wake Forest University‘s Institute for Regenerative Medicine, is developing techniques to 3D print human organs for transplant using an individual‘s own cells as the "ink." That way, the transplanted organ won‘t trigger the patient‘s immune system to reject it as a foreign body. From National Geographic: (For example,) to create an ear, the printer lays down a pliable, porous scaffold made of

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Comedian Jena Friedman jests: ‘treat Nazis like we treat women‘

https://youtu.be/xy2bh1L5_pI Comedian Jena Friedman killed it in her recent standup set on Conan. I somehow missed this a couple of weeks ago when it came out. Glad it landed in my feed today. If you liked this, she‘s got a new special on Adult Swim called "Soft Focus with Jena Friedman" that‘s hilarious too. Her segment with Gilberto Valle (the "Cannibal Cop") is simultaneously subversive and awkward. Win-win!

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Oasis‘ Liam Gallagher grilled by school kids, calls his brother Noel ‘naughty‘

A room full of young children got the opportunity to ask former Oasis lead singer Liam Gallagher nearly anything they wanted. They quizzed him with questions like, "What‘s your favorite Disney movie?" (Finding Nemo) and "What instruments do you play?"(none). When one boy called him "naughty," Liam wasted no time bringing up his estranged brother Noel, calling him "naughty." It just got more beautifully awkward from there when one ro

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