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Neuroscientist explains how your brain hallucinates your conscious reality

In this recently released TED Talk, neuroscientist Anil Seth explains the intricacies of human consciousness and how we all are constantly hallucinating: Right now, billions of neurons in your brain are working together to generate a conscious experience -- and not just any conscious experience, your experience of the world around you and of yourself within it. How does this happen? According to neuroscientist Anil Seth, we‘re all hallu

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Penn and Teller wowed by blind card shark Richard Turner

Card magician Richard Turner has been "playing the hand he‘s been dealt" since he was a young boy and became blind. (more)

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Destiny 2 "Beta" begins on PS4 and Xbox One

As of today both Xbox One and PS4 players can preview Bungie‘s sequel to Destiny, the MMOFPS successor to Halo. Wonderful weapons, colorful armor, and well-balanced skills make Destiny PvP the best since the early Halo games. The PvE raids, puzzles and bosses are similarly challenging and fun to play with friends. The story? Bungie‘s miserable story telling coasts along behind remarkable controls, level design, and gameplay. Unlik

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Two people drowned in river baptisms

Two adult men drowned during their baptisms in the Ungwasi River in the Kilimanjaro Region of Tanzania in Africa. ‘Following the incident, we have agreed on some measures that will ensure the safety of our followers during baptism in the rivers,‘ Victory Christian Center pastor Samuel Kamigwa was quoted as saying. From Religion News: Kamigwa said churches were considering increasing the number of ministers at one baptism event

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Watch wireless dominoes topple without touching each other

Eser Dominoes are an interesting proof of concept that won a juried award at the 14th Japan Media Arts Festival. (more)

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Meet Jerry Foster, colorful pilot who brought helicopters to TV news

Jerry Foster came back from Vietnam with extensive experience piloting choppers. How he turned that into one of the pioneering careers in aerial coverage of local news is a terrific longread brimming with 1970s nostalgia. (more)

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Delightful animations of colorful distorted cars

Cut Shut is the latest work by illustrator Chris Labrooy, showing whimsical imaginings of icon VW Beetles and other models come to life. (more)

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Watch "Raiders of the Lost Darth"

Fabrice Mathieu delivered this fantastic new cut of his Raiders of the Lost Darth mashup. Cast: Harrison Ford, Alfred Molina, Paul Freeman, Carrie Fisher, Fred Sorenson, Warwick Davis, and C-3PO as "The Idol". Films and Characters created by George Lucas and Steven Spielberg. Films used: - "Raiders of the lost ark" - "Star Wars": episodes IV, V, VI, VII. - "Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure". Music by John Williams.

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Short documentary on Cleveland‘s disastrous 1986 Balloonfest

In 1986, Cleveland was desperate to put the nickname "Mistake by the Lake" behind them, so they tried to set a world record for a balloon release. Balloonfest takes us through the failures. (more)

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Hilarious video on speedy package shipping options

The fine folks behind the series CrapShots did this very funny short clip called The Shipping, on the inevitable outcome of the race for faster packing shipping speeds. (more)

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How badly do streaming services rip off musicians? A chart, updated

Information is Beautiful has updated their comparison of artist payments on streaming services, estimating that 2.4 million plays on YouTube will net a whopping 1,472 for an unsigned artist. That‘s 0.0006 per play! (more)

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Security robot drowns during patrol

The Knightscope K5 security robot was patrolling a Washington DC office park on MOnday when it met its untimely demise. Apparently the robot rolled too close to the fountain stairs for its own good. From The Guardian: Stacy Dean Stephens, vice president of marketing and sales at Knightscope, told Cnet that it was an ‘isolated incident‘ for the K5 unit and that ‘no people were harmed or involved in any way..." Since taking t

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Watch pink legless lizards, mysterious dongs of the desert

The dongs of the deep have nothing on the hearty Mexican mole lizard, aka dongs of the desert. (more)

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Listen to Nine Inch Nails‘ spooky new song, ‘This Isn‘t the Place‘

This Friday July 21st, Nine Inch Nails will release a 5-song EP titled Add Violence. (more)

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Helpful invention for handling unsolicited NSFW faxes

Unsolicited images of dongs have become a sad part of life as a modern human. We can block senders after the fact, but what about those pesky genital faxes? Now there‘s an answer. (more)

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Watch: Apparently the 1980s thought vigorous thrusting by John Travolta and Jamie Lee Curtis was a good thing

Did the 1980s really happen? This scene from the 1985 movie Perfect, which starred Jamie Lee Curtis and John Travolta, has got to be the most cringeworthy in cinema history. Truly fascinating.

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Deceptive tie-dye tablecloth disappoints party host

Why would the manufacturer make this tablecloth mostly white, when it probably doesn‘t cost extra to print the whole thing with the tie-dye pattern that‘s on the edges?

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Number of terrorist attacks around the world is down, despite Trump‘s fear-mongering

What‘s left of the U.S. State Department said on Wednesday the number of terrorist attacks worldwide and deaths from such attacks dropped in 2016 for the second straight year. The global downward trend is attributed to decreases in Afghanistan, Syria, Nigeria, Pakistan and Yemen. (more)

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Kids win a prize at a claw machine, and their victory celebration is a joy to watch

A dad took his three kids to Walmart and let them try a claw machine. On the third attempt they were successful. Their delight in beating the machine is infectious.

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Learn some of the science behind self-driving cars, and maybe build one yourself

Although fully autonomous vehicles aren‘t yet allowed on public streets, they are poised to dominate the roads in the not-too-distant future. But before that happens, Apple, Google, Uber, and other companies now investing in self-driving tech are going to need talented developers that can account for the dizzying array of factors at play when a human gets behind the wheel. (more)

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How caffeine keeps you awake

TedEd tackles the question of "How does caffeine keep you awake?" The answer is fascinating but I care less about how it works and just thank my lucky stars that it does.

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James Franco in ‘The Disaster Artist‘ (2017) vs Tommy Wiseau in ‘The Room‘ (2003)

A comparison of Tommy Wiseau‘s performance in The Room (2003) and James Franco‘s portrayal of Tommy Wiseau in The Disaster Artist (2017) teaser trailer. (more)

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Here‘s the best Washington Post headline of the morning

"Stun-gun-wielding rabbi kidnappers fail to convince court they were just practicing their faith." The story describes the religious freedom defense of Rabbi Mendel Epstein and a group of rabbis who were "caught up in a government sting" involving kidnapping and torturing men with electric cattle prods to encourage them to sign marriage dissolution documents. From the article: ‘What we are going to be doing is kidnapping a guy for a coupl

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Wife records hubby‘s snoring for 4 years, makes a ‘Despacito‘ remix from it

https://youtu.be/Y0HDB2uYiAs?t=19s This instantly viral video has all the hallmarks of a well-choreographed hit. Cute older couple, old guy snoring, gold chains, hairy chest, and the Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee megahit ‘Despacito.‘ I don‘t know the story behind it, apart from the lady‘s nephew editing it, but it made me laugh. [Video Link, via Reddit]

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