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Jimmy Kimmel's eighth installment of 'Celebrities Read Mean Tweets' features Chris Pratt, Britney Spears and John Stamos.

Hypnotic NASA video makes Earth's carbon dioxide gorgeous - CNET

A new video simulation from NASA is so beautiful to watch, it's easy to forget it's tracking one of the biggest disruptors of our climate.

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Unlockables - Super Smash Bros. for Wii U / 3DS Wiki Guide - IGN

In Smash Mode (also known as VS), a hidden character unlocks every 10 matches (this also counts online matches and the match to unlock the character). This applies to both versions, but not every character is unlocked for the same amount of matches played. In addition - Wii U players can play 8-Player Smash or Special Smash to count towards the number of matches.

Games we love and hate

It's always a drag when you're in love with a game and your friend doesn't see how wonderful it is. Alternatively, it's maddening when you're sure something is terrible and your pals think it's fantastic. But that's how opinions work in our crazy world! To warm us up for the "Best of 2014" voting process, which is sure to come to blows (or, at the very least, harsh name-calling), the Joystiq staff has engaged in a debate. One game, two editors, and an argument for why that game should be loved or hated. You decide who makes the stronger point in the comments below. >>Joystiq's Presents: Games we love and hate<<

Makerclub Helps You Learn 3D-Printed Robotics

“We create 3D printed robotics projects which teach invention and product design. Each project is powered by our Arduino based chip, and controlled by your smartphone,” said Rielly. Users can download plans and programs and then print all the parts needed for the robots. There are even lesson plans using the models so kids can learn how to create robotic projects with a minimum of fuss.

The Fate of NASA’s Supercomputer May Depend on Sen. Ted Cruz

NEW ORLEANS -- Republican control of the Senate means that one the most fanatical climate change deniers in Congress, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), is now in line to head the Senate subcommittee that oversees science funding. This is not good news for supercomputing.

Netflix Picks Up the Tina Fey-Produced Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt for Two Seasons - IGN

NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt stated: "When the opportunity arose for Tina Fey and Robert Carlock to premiere their new show on Netflix with a two-season commitment, we decided this was the best possible scenario to launch this captivating new series.  While it was originally developed for NBC, we have a very drama-heavy mid-season schedule so we're thrilled about this Netflix opportunity; it’s an instant win-win for everyone, including Tina, Robert, and Universal Television. We’re already talking to these extraordinary creators about new development for NBC, but meanwhile, everyone here from Universal Television will do everything possible to see that Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt becomes a long-running hit on Netflix."

The Official Microsoft ASP.NET Site

ASP.NET 5.0 brings some big changes to the project system and build process for ASP.NET apps. In modern web app development, there are lots of moving parts: Server-side code (such as ASP.NET), clie...

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How Long to Nap for the Biggest Brain Benefits

In addition to those recommendations, one surprising suggestion is to sit slightly upright during your nap, because it will help you avoid a deep sleep. And if you find yourself dreaming during your power naps, it may be a sign you're sleep deprived.

CERN frees LHC data

The first high-level and analyzable collision data openly released come from the CMS experiment and were originally collected in 2010 during the first LHC run. Open source software to read and analyze the data is also available, together with the corresponding documentation. The CMS collaboration is committed to releasing its data three years after collection, after they have been thoroughly studied by the collaboration.

Here's What Happens to Your Spine When You're Constantly Texting

People spend two to four hours per day on average with their heads tilted downward in activities like texting and reading, the study said. Over the course of a year, that time adds up to 700 to 1,400 hours of excess stress on the cervical spine, or up to 5,000 hours for high school students. Over time, this causes a hunched-forward position and increases the risk of spinal wear and tear.

SourceLair Lets You Code Right In Your Browser

Editing code isn’t that hard. A terminal, a little Vim, a little PHP, some beer, and maybe a few Google searches and you’re off and running. But what if you want to work on a project without compromising your personal server or don’t really have an environment for coding? SourceLair is one answer.

Automation Makes Us Dumb

@Joseph Porter You're thinking in the small scope of how people are affected.  Saying that now computers take over this task that task no longer exist and you are correct, but if you look at it within a larger scope you see something less bleak.  In the past to solve complex linear equations and  advanced theorems it would take a days work, why? it has already been solve there is no glory in solving things that have already been done, so now that kid can work on harder theorems that haven't been proven yet, she can work on harder problems that exist.  Same as work, why is it heralded that you can do something that has been done 1 million times before you? Move on to something that is more advanced that people can't do, the unsolved problems?   If you think piloting isn't challenging enough then use your mind to automate it more, use your mind to travel into space, use your mind to develop grander schemes.

Apple's Newest Designer Reimagines the Shotgun | WIRED

The “Action” is the metal hub where the trigger, reloading mechanism, and safety come together and serves as a showcase for Newson’s design expertise. Trigger guards are often screwed-on pieces of sheet material, but Newson opted to mill his so that it becomes part and parcel of the gun’s receiver. Cleverly, the 486’s safety switch stands alone on the stock with a “wood bridge” hiding its connection to the receiver—and thereby calling special attention to its lifesaving functionality. Similarly, the lever that unlocks the barrels for reloading was left uncluttered by decorative swirls to better reveal its critical role.

Time Travel Is Real. Here Are the People and Spacecraft Who Have Done It | WIRED

To get ahead in life, spend some time on the International Space Station. Why? Well, according to the theory of relativity, astronauts on the ISS age more slowly due to the spacecraft’s high orbital speed. It’s called time dilation, and it means that when they return they’re a bit younger than they would have been—as if they’ve traveled into the future. (The effect is very small—it would take more than 100 years on the ISS to warp ahead by just one second.) But not all space travel will keep you young. Like speed, gravity also slows time, so your clock revs up as you get farther from a large mass like Earth. As a result, satellites in higher orbits age more quickly. Got your heart set on space travel but want to age at a normal, earthly pace? Good news! There’s a sweet spot, 3,174 kilometers above Earth’s surface, where the effects of increased speed and reduced gravity cancel each other out. You can hang out there as long as you like without fear of relativistic shenanigans.

ELON MUSK: You Have No Idea How Close We Are To Killer Robots

The pace of progress in artificial intelligence (I'm not referring to narrow AI) is incredibly fast. Unless you have direct exposure to groups like Deepmind, you have no idea how fast-it is growing at a pace close to exponential. The risk of something seriously dangerous happening is in the five year timeframe. 10 years at most. This is not a case of crying wolf about something I don't understand.

Mattel Pulls Sexist Barbie Book “I Can Be A Computer Engineer” Off Amazon

The makers of Barbie seem to apologize A LOT for underestimating young women. This time the Internet’s buzzing over a pretty cringe-worthy Barbie book, “I Can Be A Computer Engineer,” published out of Random House.

Adobe's got Photoshop running in Chrome

The way it works is pretty simple. The application is downloaded via the Chrome Web Store, and when you open it up you're actually connecting to a server which is running the desktop version of Photoshop CC 2014. The UI of the desktop version is captured as a video and sent to your browser, where javascript relays your actions back to the server, completing the interactive loop. It's not much different from how a virtual machine setup works, but it means that the application could be run in the browser on any computer — even on Chromebooks. Adobe essentially wants to let you stream a pound-for-pound copy of Photoshop, and Gould said the company is about 90-percent there.

This font could help dyslexics read better - CNET

Dutch designer Christian Boer has stepped in to help those with dyslexia by creating a specific typeface called Dyslexie that may make it easier to read.

Regeneron Builds a Database of Human Knockouts in Search for Drug Clues | MIT Technology Review

Rapidly expanding databases of human genomes mean researchers can now find knockout people instead. To scientists, that’s going to be a valuable shortcut to determine what human genes do. What effect does missing a gene have on a person’s body? To drug companies, these individuals promise living, breathing answers to some of the biggest questions they face, like whether their drugs will actually work, and whether blocking a given gene would be safe to do, or instead cause problems. “It’s a huge emphasis for us because these are incredibly informative natural human experiments,” says Aris Baras, director of R&D initiatives for the company.

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Here Is The St. Louis County Police Department’s Arsenal

Like dozens of other departments around the country in recent years, the St. Louis County department acquired an armored personnel carrier of the kind deployed by armies at war and modified for local law enforcement use. Through a regional grant, the department purchased a Lenco BearCat in August 2010. The BearCat has steel plating armor that is between 0.5 and 1.5 inches thick (depending on the model) and is designed to withstand land mines, IEDs and small arms fire.

In a self-driving future, we may not even want to own cars

But the disruption will go well beyond who is — or isn't — at the controls. For a century, cars have been symbols of freedom and status. Passengers of the future may well view vehicles as just another form of public transportation, to be purchased by the trip or in a subscription.

Pool, deck, eco-friendly: This is the typical Australian home

With our love of fresh produce and the MasterChef phenomenon, it is no wonder Australians see the kitchen as the focal point of their home. Watching glamorous kitchens on our televisions have made us realise our home version is in a shambles with one quarter planning a renovation in the next 12 months. If we could add any feature to our home, 42% would take a designer kitchen.

MakerBot, Martha Stewart decorate parties with 3D-printed goods

We've discussed the reasons for having a 3D printer handy at length , and now MakerBot is looking to help decorate for your next evening soirée. The company teamed up with Martha Stewart Living to create designs for the Trellis Collection of coasters, napkin rings and holders for both LED votives (don't try regular candles, obvs.) and place cards. In addition to the downloadable files for printing, the pair collaborated on three new pastel PLA filament colors: Jadeite, Robin's Egg and Lemon Drop. If nothing else, that trio will have you properly prepped for spring events. The requisite files for each item are priced at 99¢, while nabbing the full lot will set you back a whole $3.

The ugly Christmas sweater business is worth millions

As an avid sports fan and the owner of Forever Collectibles, a sports memorabilia company in Somerset, N.J., Michael Lewis has seen his share of over-the-top apparel. Still, he wasn’t prepared for what he encountered last Dec. 20, when he came to work and found dozens of employees wearing garish sweaters covered in lights, bells, and ornaments. “It really hit me like a brick, because one outfit was more hideous than the next,” he says. It turns out it was National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day, celebrated since 2011 on the second or third Friday of December. The craze had eluded Lewis until then, but by day’s end he was hashing out a plan to develop a line of sports-themed ugly Christmas sweaters.

After Divorcing Microsoft, Nokia Reveals The N1, An Android Tablet Hitting China First

Other features will include Gorilla Glass 3, a weight of 318 grams, an 8 megapixel rear camera and a 5 megapixel front camera. It will be WiFi-only and it’s not clear when and if there are plans to expand that to mobile networks. Given Nokia’s pedigree on the network side and existing relationships with carriers, it seems like it will only be a matter of time before this is added.

A bath without water

If you had to walk a mile for a jug of water every day, as millions of people do, it's unlikely you'd use that precious water to bathe. Young entrepreneur Ludwick Marishane tells the amazing, funny story of how he invented a cheap, clean and convenient solution: DryBath, the world’s first bath-substituting lotion.

Apple's remaining co-founders, Woz and Wayne, reminisce about early company relics

But Ron Wayne, a co-founder much less known than either Wozniak or Steve Jobs, thought a little differently. "I'm just amazed, to be perfectly candid," he said of the interest. "I just played a small part [in Apple]. It's all about Steve Wozniak creating this product."

7 board games to bring to your family holiday party

How well you do at this game depends on just how well you know your family members. What? (which boldly bills itself as the "ultimate laugh out loud board game") makes players write responses to silly questions. Then, players have to guess who wrote what.

SkyBell Video Doorbell Preview - CNET

SkyBell's $200 Video Doorbell goes way beyond the traditional doorbell call of duty (converted, roughly £125 in the UK and AU$230 in Australia). When someone rings your front door, SkyBell's Wi-Fi-enabled doorbell is supposed to send you a real-time alert on your Android or iOS device and pull up live video footage of your visitor via the related app. A built-in speaker and microphone even make it possible for you to have a conversation without having to open the door, or, in fact, be home at all.

Scientists Demonstrate Brain-to-Brain Communication | MIT Technology Review

“You can see this interface as two different things,” says Stocco. “One is a super-cool toy that we have developed because it’s futuristic and an engineering feat but that doesn’t produce science. The other is, in the future, the ultimate way to test hypotheses about how the brain encodes information.”


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How I repaired my own heart

Tal Golesworthy is a boiler engineer — he knows piping and plumbing. When he needed surgery to repair a life-threatening problem with his aorta, he mixed his engineering skills with his doctors' medical knowledge to design a better repair job.

How to build with clay... and community

Diébédo Francis Kéré knew exactly what he wanted to do when he got his degree in architecture… He wanted to go home to Gando in Burkina Faso, to help his neighbors reap the benefit of his education. In this charming talk, Kéré shows off some of the beautiful structures he's helped to build in his small village in the years since then, including an award-winning primary school made from clay by the entire community.

Real estate drone captures woman sunbathing topless in backyard

Mandy Lingard was enjoying the sunshine in a g-string and without a top in her backyard in Mount Martha, Melbourne, when a drone flew overhead to take a photograph of her neighbour's property. The photo was then used by Eview Real Estate to sell the house, with Lingard's body the main attraction on the 'for sale' sign.

8 ways introverts can crush online dating

According to Christie Hartman, Ph.D., an internationally recognized dating expert, there are several advantages to online dating for introverts. The first is that it can be done from the comfort of one's home, alone, and doesn't involve the traditional pressures of meeting people IRL, such as going to a crowded bar. It also makes conversation easier.

14 recipes that make tasteful holiday gifts

While hot coffee might seem like the obvious go-to during cold winter months, cold-brew iced coffee is too flavorful to cut out until spring. It has a more nuanced flavor than hot coffee, and is less bitter because it has never been heated. Best of all, it's laughably easy to make in huge batches and package in jars for friends. Just choose your favorite coffee, steep overnight, strain and done.

Physics of Beer Tapping

The popular bar prank known in colloquial English as beer tapping consists in hitting the top of a beer bottle with a solid object, usually another bottle, to trigger the foaming over of the former within a few seconds. Despite the trick being known for a long time, to the best of our knowledge, the phenomenon still lacks scientific explanation. Although it seems natural to think that shock-induced cavitation enhances the diffusion of CO2 from the supersaturated bulk liquid into the bubbles by breaking them up, the subtle mechanism by which this happens remains unknown. Here, we show that the overall foaming-over process can be divided into three stages where different physical phenomena take place in different time scales: namely, the bubble-collapse (or cavitation) stage, the diffusion-driven stage, and the buoyancy-driven stage. In the bubble-collapse stage, the impact generates a train of expansion-compression waves in the liquid that leads to the fragmentation of preexisting gas cavities. Upon bubble fragmentation, the sudden increase of the interface-area-to-volume ratio enhances mass transfer significantly, which makes the bubble volume grow by a large factor until CO2 is locally depleted.

The Truth About Your Ego: Why We're Resistant to Change

Let’s face it. Our biggest obstacle to change is what’s staring back at us in the mirror. And the main force that feeds us misinformation and prevents us from changing is our egos.

Here's what a year's worth of carbon dioxide looks like

It's easy to talk about carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and their effect on our planet, but visualizing them? That's hard. Thankfully, NASA has stepped up to the plate with a computer model that shows how CO2 travels across Earth's atmosphere in the space of a year. As you'll see in the clip below, a lot of gas in the northern hemisphere originates in major pollution centers across Asia, Europe and North America before it drifts across the globe. The abundance of plant life in the spring and summer quickly cuts down on CO2 levels, but the chemical comes roaring back once fall arrives -- and the concentrations are higher than NASA would like to see.

Motorola Droid Turbo review

There aren’t any customization options — no wood backs or leather finishes — for the Turbo, but Verizon is selling it in three different colors. The first two (a glossy black or glossy red) are just ugly, but the third one is unique. Verizon calls it Ballistic Nylon, and it has a textured fabric finish that reminds me of the nylon straps on a backpack. It’s almost like the Turbo is wearing a bulletproof vest, which is probably exactly what Verizon wants you to think based on the ultra-aggressive marketing campaigns for the Droid line. The textured finish provides a little grip and resists getting scratched or dented like other materials, but I’m concerned the fibers will fray over time (and some already have on my review unit). It’s clear Verizon thinks this phone isn’t for the dainty — it’s heavy and tough and aggressive and projects a far more masculine appearance than Motorola’s other phones.

Parrot’s $500 14MP Bebop Drone To Take Flight In December

Parrot also developed a dedicated controller for the Bebop that extends the Bebop’s range from 200 meets to 2 kilometers and allows for the pilot to view the drone’s camera output in AR glasses including the Oculus Rift. The controller amplifies the connected smartphone or tablet’s wifi signal and provides analog joysticks and buttons for more precise control. But this extra fun comes at a price: A Bebop with the SkyController costs $900.

Rohinni's Lightpaper Is Incredibly Thin, And Printable

The big problem with the product's current, version one, is how it places the LEDs when printed. Right now, they aren't distributed evenly on the printed surface. This can cause a shimmering, or starry night effect. Smoot explained that for a lot of applications, this won't matter, but the challenge being worked on currently is to get specific placement of the diodes—to produce completely even light. Not an insurmountable task, a second version of Lightpaper is likely a few months out.

The 19 best drone photos of 2014

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CIA's creepy Osama bin Laden doll auctioned off for $12,000

UPDATED Nov. 22, 3:55 p.m. ET: The rare Osama bin Laden action figure sold for nearly $12,000 on Friday, memorabilia auctioning site Nate D. Sanders announced in a release. The winning bidder is currently anonymous.

Evernote Updates Its Penultimate App Following Criticism, Showing Tech Firms Do Listen

Evernote bought the service , which lets you create notes and designs as if you are using paper, more than two years ago, but a major upgrade issued just over a week ago caused a series of issues for users. Changes to Penultimate 6.0′s feature set — including a new zoom mode, the merging of all notebooks, navigation difficulties and more — drew a large number of   complaints .

Pebble Steel review - CNET

Bright colored smartwatch displays like those on Android Wear and others may look nicer, but they shut off to conserve energy. The Pebble's black-and-white display stays active all the time. It's not like e-ink, exactly, but it's more crisp and vivid in everyday light than the average LCD. The flat Gorilla Glass panel on top helps reduce glare, too, unlike the curved scratch-prone plastic of the original Pebble (it can still scratch, but not as easily). A side button adds backlighting at night, or you can shake your wrist to light up the screen, a really clever touch.

Apple could introduce the 'biggest camera jump ever' in the next-generation iPhone

According to one John Gruber of Daring Fireball, while on a recent episode of the podcast “The Talk Show,” Apple is currently planning on making the “biggest camera jump ever” in an iPhone with the next-generation device that should launch in 2015. According to Gruber this information came to him “from a birdie of a birdie,” and suggests Apple could implement a dual-lens system for the camera on the back.

11 New Year's tech resolutions for a righteous 2015

If you think 11 hours online is too many, then the New Year is a great time to commit to reconnecting with offline life. Consider putting away your phone at gigs and concerts: musicians hate it and you'll better experience the beautiful emotions of a great performance in real time. And we know it's hard to let someone down, but breaking up in person is far healthier than doing it by text.

Google casts a line with conservationists to stop illegal fishing - CNET

The company is providing engineering services, mapping software and servers, and financial support to help two conservation groups detect in real time the fishing that's decimating fish populations.

51 Twitter: What to expect in 2015
52 Cities Look to Technology for Answers to Growing Challenges | MIT Technology Review
53 Unfinished vases found in Pompeii reveal panic as eruption loomed
54 8 fundamental Internet lessons to teach your kids
55 iOS 8.1.1 will give you 500MB of extra storage space
56 10 new trailers you should watch this week
57 Canadian Designer Beats Nike To The Punch Making Self-Lacing Sneakers A Reality
58 Grand Theft Auto V (PS4 and Xbox One) Preview - CNET
59 A New Approach to Aid: How a Basic Income Program Saved a Namibian Village - SPIEGEL ONLINE
60 Moto makes lost keys and phones a thing of the past
61 10 hottest IT skills for 2015
62 Download iOS 8.2 beta for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch
63 Snapcash Could Bring Real Identity And Ad Targeting Data To Snapchat
64 Overcoming the Woes of the Latin American Tech Entrepreneur
65 8 fresh ideas for exciting stocking stuffers
66 TinyJPG – Compress JPEG images intelligently
67 3 Things Every Company Should Know about How to Hire Great Tech Talent
68 Anti-science Republicans want politics, not experts, to determine how research gets funded
69 Google Shares Technical Details on How its New Inbox Works
70 Dear Mac users, please, please backup today
71 This beautiful lamp uses water to diffuse light - CNET
72 NYC Launches Free Gigabit Speed Wi-Fi Network
73 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 Review - IGN
74 5 trends up for discussion at the 2014 Media Summit
75 Cash Is for Losers!
76 Rooftop solar electricity on pace to beat coal, oil
77 Dreams from endangered cultures
78 Lawmakers rip NYPD after ‘frightened’ officer shoots and kills unarmed Brooklyn man
79 Comfort food in space: the final frontier
80 Prizm Plays Music You Like To Transform Your Living Room Into Your Favorite Coffee Shop
81 What Is Uber Really Doing With Your Data?
82 Silicon Valley Could Offer a Public Bus Commute That's Quicker Than Driving
83 Elon Musk Testing ‘X-Wing’ Fins For Reusable Rockets, Seafaring Spaceport Drones For Landing And Take-Off
84 Got Lollipop? 10 cool things to try with Android 5.0
85 Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (Wii U) review - CNET
86 Hoverboards, SmartFrames and Other Cool Kickstarter Projects
87 Exposing the invisible
88 Reg Saddler on Twitter
89 Best tech under $100 - CNET
90 Ikea Reissues Original Midcentury Furniture
91 In search of the starfish killer: the quest to save the original keystone species
92 Why You Should Stop Bragging About Being A Workaholic
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95 Ballmer says machine learning will be the next era of computer science