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This versatile telescope lets you observe both Earth and sky

Total versatility isn‘t something you‘d typically find in a telescope. While magnification tech has come a long way, most telescopes are designed to either gaze upon the stars or view the landscapes beneath them. TheOmegon Maksutov Telescope MightyMak 60lets you do both, and thanks to its compact design, you can easily incorporate some sightseeing into your outdoor activities. It‘s available today for 109.99 in the Boing Boing S

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In 60 seconds, security researchers can clone the master hotel-room keys for 140,000 hotels in 160 countries

The Vingcard Vision locks are RFID-based hotel locks; at this week‘s Infiltrate conference in Miami, Tomi Tuominen and Timo Hirvonen from F-Secure will present a method for combining a 300 Proxmark RFID tool with any discarded key from a given hotel to derive the master keys that allow them to unlock every room in the hotel, a process that takes less than 60 seconds. (more)

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Bernie Sanders‘ New Deal: ending involuntary unemployment with guaranteed 15/hour infrastructure jobs

Bernie Sanders has a plan to solve America‘s wage stagnation and its long-neglected infrastructure: tax the super-rich and massively profitable corporations, then use the money to fix the multi-trillion-dollar infrastructure overhand left behind by decades of neglect, and hire Americans at 15/hour, plus full healthcare, to do the work. (more)

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Watch this balancing artist stack bottles inside a shaky frame

It‘s one thing to balance four different-sized glass bottles on top of another. It‘s another to balance them inside of a moving wooden frame which is then spun around. Watch as balancing artist Rocky Byun of South Korea impressively accomplishes the latter. (The Awesomer)

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Miniature 3D-printed Disney trash cans

A longtime friend and I first bonded years ago over something funny. We discovered that we both had a history of photographing trash cans at Disney Parks. (I mean, c‘mon, they‘re all in theme.) So I had to laugh when I was at Disneyland recently and spotted their ("Authentic" and "Original") trash can highlighter setmodeled after five of the park‘s trash cans: Main Street USA, Frontierland, Tomorrowland, Adventureland, and Fant

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Grease‘s director breaks down the ‘You‘re The One That I Want‘ scene

Grease was the first feature Randal Kleiser ever directed. That was 1978. Forty years later, Kleiser breaks down the now-iconic "You‘re The One That I Want" scene, the "electrifying" musical number where the "Bad Sandy" shows up. Did you know that Olivia Newton-John was sewn into those tight zippered pants and was stuck in them all day? Talk about suffering for your art. A special 40th anniversary edition of Grease is now available.

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In 1975 a woman set out alone to lead four camels across the deserts of western Australia

In 1977, a young woman named Robyn Davidson set out to pursue what she called a "lunatic idea" -- to lead a group of camels 1,700 miles across western Australia, from the center of the continent to the Indian Ocean. In this week‘s episode of the Futility Closet podcast we‘ll follow Davidson‘s remarkable journey alone through the Outback and learn what it taught her.We‘ll also dive into the La Brea Tar Pits and puzzle ove

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Another Calvinesque and Hobbesian look at Donald Trump and his imaginary friends

YOU CAN FOLLOW @RubenBolling on the Twitters and a Face Book.RECOMMENDED: You‘ll never regret joining Tom the Dancing Bug‘s subscription club, the Proud Mighty INNER HIVE, for exclusive early access to comics, extra comics, and much more! "I used to spend 20 dollars a year on TOM THE DANCING BUG collections Happy to support him and pass the word." -Neil Gaiman More Tom the Dancing Bug comics on Boing Boing! (more)

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Grandview Golf Club in York, Pa., calls cops to remove black members "playing too slowly"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHip22RrEj8 Calling cops on black people is something white people do to place them in lethal danger, which is why several members of the Grandview Golf Club in York, Pa., fled the course Saturday to avoid trouble, even after local police declined to charge them with the imaginary crime of playing golf slowly. The five are part of a larger group of local women known as Sisters in the Fairway. The group has been a

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Judge was supposed to preside over a Pennsylvania couple‘s wedding. She called ICE on them instead

If you want to erode the public‘s trust in the legal system, making a court house an unsafe place to be, even during what‘s supposed to be a joyful occasion, is a great place to start. Just ask Alexander Parker and Krisha Schmick: They went to a courthouse in Pennsylvania, intent on getting married. The pair had known one another since high school and it seemed like the right time. There was just one problem Alexander‘s skin wa

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Three Identical Strangers, a dark documentary about identical triplets who were separated-at-birth

In 1980, two young men start the same community college and soon discover, after being mistaken for each other several times on campus, that they are twins. Their story gets crazier when they learn they have another brother, which makes them identical, separated-at-birth triplets. The trio becomes internationally famous. Then, as the documentary‘s trailer alludes, there is a dramatic twist, one that "unearths an unimaginable secret that

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Judge was supposed reside over a Pennsylvania couple‘s wedding. She called ICE on them instead

If you want to erode the public‘s trust in the legal system, making a court house an unsafe place to be, even during what‘s supposed to be a joyful occasion, is a great place to start. Just ask Alexander Parker and Krisha Schmick: They went to a courthouse in Pennsylvania, intent on getting married. The pair had known one another since high school and it seemed like the right time. There was just one problem Alexander‘s skin wa

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Vsauce parody video

Finlay Hogan is a young Australian man who faked an American accent to make this Vsauce parody video last year. It‘s pretty funny and I feel certain Michael Stevens, Vsauce himself, would laugh. Here‘s another one, from 2014, from a different guy. His name is Jack Douglass and his video has over 4M views: https://youtu.be/x8DtojIWZC4 Previously: Vsauce went to Peru to experience ayahuasca (reddit)

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Lone Canadian cop takes down alleged mass murderer without firing a shot

I was getting on a plane in Toronto yesterday when I heard the news that a van had been intentionally driven into a crowd of people. By the time I landed a few hours later in Calgary, word was that 10 people lost their lives in the attack. Just under 20 were wounded. I assumed that if he was found by the authorities, the alleged driver of the van would be toast. He or she would have no chance to be tried by a jury of peers; no option to stand

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Senate confirms Paul Nakasone to head NSA and U.S. Cyber Command

The U.S. Senate today confirmed President Donald Trump‘s selection for National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command director. Paul Nakasone will replace Mike Rogers, who is retiring. (more)

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MSNBC‘s Joy Reid says anti-gay posts on her old blog were ‘fabricated‘, Internet Archive responds

MSNBC news host Joy Reid has been at the center of a strange controversy this week about her now-archived old blog. Mediaite published a series of ‘homophobic posts from Joy Ann Reid‘s old blog that she denies were actually written by her.‘ Then, Reid‘s own lawyers apparently came for the Wayback Machine, and things got weirder. This isn‘t the first time. https://twitter.com/kateconger/status/98887280969799680

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MSNBC‘s Joy Reid says anti-gay posts attributed to her ‘fabricated‘, Wayback Machine responds

MSNBC news host Joy Reid has been at the center of a strange controversy this week about her now-archived old blog. Mediaite published a series of ‘homophobic posts from Joy Ann Reid‘s old blog that she denies were actually written by her.‘ Then, Reid‘s own lawyers apparently came for the Wayback Machine, and things got weirder. This isn‘t the first time. https://twitter.com/kateconger/status/98887280969799680

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Paul Manafort was interviewed twice by FBI years before he joined Trump‘s political campaign

The FBI interviewed Paul Manafort two times when he worked as a consultant for a political party in Ukraine aligned with Russian President Vladimir Putin, in March 2013 and July 2014--that‘s long before Manafort teamed up with Donald Trump‘s 2016 presidential campaign. (more)

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SEC fines Yahoo (now Altaba) 35 million over massive data breach

How the once mighty have fallen. (more)

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Good deals on Arduino Nano clones

The Arduino Nano is like a miniature Arduino Duemilanove not only is it tiny, but you can stick it into a breadboard. It costs 22, which is a good price for a genuine Arduino product, but since it is open source, there are a lot of low price clones available. Here‘s a 3-pack on Amazon for 13. Here‘s a 5-pack for 19. If you only need one, you can get it for 8, which includes the cable.

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Man in green suit on baseball field recreates iguana escape scene from Planet Earth II

In this split screen GIF we see the same story told in two different ways. One animal is chased and captured by a group of animals, but miraculously escapes. Who will win

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Prof says he‘ll grade students on a curve, so they organize a boycott of the exams and all get As

Johns Hopkins Computer Science prof Professor Peter Frhlich grades his students on a curve: the highest score on the final gets an A and everyone else is graded accordingly. (more)

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A pro-Trump avatar troll hacked the instagram account of another avatar

Miquela Sousa and Bermuda are computer avatars with Instagram accounts. The humans who post on their behalf are anonymous. Sousa is a "19-year-old Brazilian-American model, singer" with almost a million followers. The CGI avatar for Sousa is nearly photorealistic. Bermuda is a blond Trump troll with 64,000 followers. The CGI avatar for Bermuda is much less realistic, at about the level of Tomi Lahren. Last week, Sousa‘s account appeared

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AI system turns hand-drawn sketches into website templates

"Our team has begun exploring methods to bring testing time to zero," says Benjamin Wilkins, a design technologist at Airbnb. One method his team is exploring is this software that scans of a hand drawn sketch of a website prototype and turns it into actual website code. This system has already demonstrated massive potential. We‘ve experimented using the same technology to live-code prototypes from whiteboard drawings, to translate hig

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