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Stephen Colbert just interviewed Eminem on a public access cable show in Monroe, Michigan

I'm going to be honest with you: I don't know what to say here. I almost didn't believe this video was real, except that it's hosted on an official YouTube account (albeit unlisted and somehow f...

This is the Nintendo PlayStation that almost was

It might seem crazy today, but in the early '90s Nintendo and Sony were working together on a video game accessory that'd add CD capabilities to the Super Ninte...

America challenges Japan to real-life battle of giant robots - CNET

Now that America's MegaBots and Japan's Suidobashi Heavy Industries have both built giant, pilot-controlled robots, it seems obvious what has to happen next.

What's Up With That: Why Do Cats Love Boxes So Much? | WIRED

What are we to make of the strange gravitational pull that empty boxes have on cats?

Born in 1980? A mathematical surprise awaits you in 2025 - CNET

Finally, people born in 1980 have something amazing over those young'ins who came into the world in the year 2000 or on a Leap Day.

Lego rolls out '80s-tastic Ferrari F40 with removable 'V-8 engine' - CNET

The latest in the Lego Creator series is a classic Ferrari from the days of Jordache jeans, perms and Cyndi Lauper's debut.

Women's World Cup final: How the USA can write itself a perfect ending

It all comes down to this, as the USA's quest for redemption ends against Japan in the Women's World Cup final on Sunday.

Absurd Creature of the Week: If This Wasp Stings You, 'Just Lie Down and Start Screaming' | WIRED

The tarantula hawk is actually a kind of solitary wasp, with a sting that causes a fiercely electric pain that could only be described as totally unacceptable.

The iPhone 6 Plus won't fit Fallout 4's Pip-Boy (and I'm sad)

Thanks a lot, Bethesda. After the outfit's first E3 media briefing, I pre-ordered the Pip-Boy Edition of Fallout 4 because of course I want to put a real-life v...

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Apple Music: A final nail in the coffin for paid downloads?

With Apple pushing its streaming service on everyone who opens the Music app in iOS 8.4, anyone used to buying music via the iTunes Store (yes, people still do that – they keep much of the recorded music industry employed) will soon see how easy it is to just add a new release to their collection rather than pay for it – and they can do it straight from their music player rather than having to go to the Store’s own app.

Greeks vote 'no,' reject demands for more austerity in key referendum

Greeks overwhelmingly rejected creditors' demands for more austerity in return for rescue loans in a critical referendum Sunday, backing Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, who insisted the vote would give him a stronger hand to reach a better deal.

3D-printed 'dough' helps fix your fractured bones

The paste has yet to reach clinical trials, so don't count on getting it if you break your leg in the near future. However, it's relatively easy to make (you can produce it at room temperature) and shouldn't be inordinately expensive. Also, this is only the beginning. The scientists are hopeful that their goo will eventually be useful as a scaffold for reconstructing larger and more complex bones. If the technology advances far enough, you may not have to suffer quite so much if you smash your nose.

Facebook Tests Features That Make Sharing GIFs In Messenger Easier Than Ever

Giphy is a search engine for GIFs. Animated GIFs have existed for decades, but there was still no good way to browse and discover the best the web had to offer. And the vision for Giphy isn’t really just about finding GIFs. It’s a search engine today but soon you’ll see it grow into a community, a platform with a host of features targeted at gif artists, enthusiasts, bloggers, and anyone generally …

Survival Uses for Headphones

I may not carry a knife or 10 feet of paracord with me daily, but I always have my headphones. If I was thrust into a survival situation without being given any time to plan they'd be one of the few things I'd have with me. They are also surprisingly useful in the event of an emergency. You aren't likely to need them, so you can break them apart without a second thought and re-purpose them.

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What’s wrong with the lean startup methodology?

For the uninitiated, the Lean Startup methodology is a practice for developing products and businesses based on ‘validated learning’, getting customer feedback quickly and often. The process was proposed by Eric Ries in 2011. The objective is to eliminate uncertainty in the product development process. This practice has transformed the way companies are developed.

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The dystopian lake filled by the world’s tech lust

The intriguing thing about both neodymium and cerium is that while they’re called rare earth minerals, they're actually fairly common. Neodymium is no rarer than copper or nickel and quite evenly distributed throughout the world’s crust. While China produces 90% of the global market’s neodymium, only 30% of the world’s deposits are located there. Arguably, what makes it, and cerium, scarce enough to be profitable are the hugely hazardous and toxic process needed to extract them from ore and to refine them into usable products. For example, cerium is extracted by crushing mineral mixtures and dissolving them in sulphuric and nitric acid, and this has to be done on a huge industrial scale, resulting in a vast amount of poisonous waste as a byproduct. It could be argued that China’s dominance of the rare earth market is less about geology and far more about the country’s willingness to take an environmental hit that other nations shy away from.

A shark-deterrent wetsuit (and it's not what you think)

Hamish Jolly, an ocean swimmer in Australia, wanted a wetsuit that would deter a curious shark from mistaking him for a potential source of nourishment. (Which, statistically, is rare, but certainly a fate worth avoiding.) Working with a team of scientists, he and his friends came up with a fresh approach — not a shark cage, not a suit of chain-mail, but a sleek suit that taps our growing understanding of shark vision.

How Shark Week screws scientists

Cameron told The Verge that Shark Week is "very juvenile," adding that "sharks are such a crucial species and 100 million are killed each year, you would think that Shark Week would be doing something educational." He also takes issue with the way sharks are shown approaching researchers’ boats. "You need to bait blue sharks for three hours just to see one," he says. "If you don’t do that they have no reason to come up to the boat — that’s the reality of shark diving." But Discovery rarely tells viewers this, he says, and they often omit vital pieces of information, like the fact that many species depicted in the shows never come near humans. "They are taking an extremely skittish, docile, and shy animal like a tiger shark or a hammerhead shark and they are tuning it into a monster."

Map: The remarkable distances you can travel on a European train in less than a day

Tourists visiting Europe are often advised to travel by train rather than plane or car. Trains are considered reliable, fast and relatively cheap. But as a new research project shows, there are major differences within Europe: Whereas you can travel from London to Paris in less than four hours, traveling the same distance can last more than 22 hours in eastern Europe.

A tale of two Americas. And the mini-mart where they collided

Ten days after 9/11, a shocking attack at a Texas mini-mart shattered the lives of two men: the victim and the attacker. In this stunning talk, Anand Giridharadas, author of "The True American," tells the story of what happened next. It's a parable about the two paths an American life can take, and a powerful call for reconciliation.

3 things I learned while my plane crashed

Ric Elias had a front-row seat on Flight 1549, the plane that crash-landed in the Hudson River in New York in January 2009. What went through his mind as the doomed plane went down? At TED, he tells his story publicly for the first time.

See invisible motion, hear silent sounds

Meet the “motion microscope,” a video-processing tool that plays up tiny changes in motion and color impossible to see with the naked eye. Video researcher Michael Rubinstein plays us clip after jaw-dropping clip showing how this tech can track an individual’s pulse and heartbeat simply from a piece of footage. Watch him re-create a conversation by amplifying the movements from sound waves bouncing off a bag of chips. The wow-inspiring and sinister applications of this tech you have to see to believe.

Why the Pope's embrace of science matters

Firmly grounded in this science, Pope Francis’ encyclical suggests — in line with our analysis — that planetary stewardship must now be the foundation of our values, beliefs and economic systems. It is a remarkable document on the moral imperative of climate action, as well as a call for a new journey of hope and dignity for all world citizens.

Michelle Obama lifts the 40-year ban on White House tour photos

The decision was announced in a memo this morning, and Michelle Obama posted a video to her various social media accounts in which she tears one of the White House's "no photos or social media allowed" signs in half. "Effective today, guests are now welcome to take photos throughout the White House tour route and keep those memories for a lifetime," the memo reads.

How I help transgender teens become who they want to be

Puberty is an awkward time for just about everybody, but for transgender teens it can be a nightmare, as they grow overnight into bodies they aren't comfortable with. In a heartfelt talk, endocrinologist Norman Spack tells a personal story of how he became one of the few doctors in the US to treat minors with hormone replacement therapy. By staving off the effects of puberty, Spack gives trans teens the time they need. (Filmed at TEDxBeaconStreet.)

This new gadget will revolutionise productivity on your laptop

The team behind the project promises to have several finishes, including leather and wood, based on what we can see on the company's website.

Does the media have a "duty of care"?

In this thoughtful talk, David Puttnam asks a big question about the media: Does it have a moral imperative to create informed citizens, to support democracy? His solution for ensuring media responsibility is bold, and you might not agree. But it's certainly a question worth asking ... (Filmed at TEDxHousesofParliament.)

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This is a Selfie Election. And if you're running for president, you have to grin and bear it

Greece – What You are not Being Told by the Media - NationofChange

According to mainstream media, the current economic crisis in Greece is due to the government spending too much money on its people that it went broke. This claim however, is a lie. It was the banks that wrecked the country so oligarchs and international corporations could benefit.

There’s a dark side to startups, and it haunts 30% of the world’s most brilliant people

"In public, no one wants to go out there. People still look at it as a scarlet letter and they’re just not comfortable talking about it. I don’t think that’s changed," Percival said. "They may be more comfortable talking about it privately with other founders or investors, but I don’t think you’ll see someone going around tweeting ‘I’m depressed. I don’t know what to do.’ I don’t think we’re close to that yet."

The long reach of reason

Here's a TED first: an animated Socratic dialog! In a time when irrationality seems to rule both politics and culture, has reasoned thinking finally lost its power? Watch as psychologist Steven Pinker is gradually, brilliantly persuaded by philosopher Rebecca Newberger Goldstein that reason is actually the key driver of human moral progress, even if its effect sometimes takes generations to unfold. The dialog was recorded live at TED, and animated, in incredible, often hilarious, detail by Cognitive.

How Shark Week screws scientists

Cameron told The Verge that Shark Week is "very juvenile," adding that "sharks are such a crucial species and 100 million are killed each year, you would think that Shark Week would be doing something educational." He also takes issue with the way sharks are shown approaching researchers’ boats. "You need to bait blue sharks for three hours just to see one," he says. "If you don’t do that they have no reason to come up to the boat — that’s the reality of shark diving." But Discovery rarely tells viewers this, he says, and they often omit vital pieces of information, like the fact that many species depicted in the shows never come near humans. "They are taking an extremely skittish, docile, and shy animal like a tiger shark or a hammerhead shark and they are tuning it into a monster."

The amazing story of the man who gave us modern pain relief

For the longest time, doctors basically ignored the most basic and frustrating part of being sick — pain. In this lyrical, informative talk, Latif Nasser tells the extraordinary story of wrestler and doctor John J. Bonica, who persuaded the medical profession to take pain seriously — and transformed the lives of millions.

The original smartwatches: Casio's history of wild wrist designs

The Apple Watch has been out for over two months now, and other modern smartwatches well before that. It’s no longer the stuff of sci-fi to consider using your watch to play music, control your TV, or track your fitness. But these are all things that you’ve been able to do for a surprisingly long time — well, if you maybe lived in Japan in the ‘90s and didn’t mind carrying around a bunch of Casio watches, that is.

6 Habits of Successful Social Media Marketers

Thank you so much for the “Keep Money-Making Activities in Sight” portion. The tips on establishing that as a habit was very useful as well. I am a Virtual Assistant, I work with a lot of business owners with their marketing and social media. I always encourage them to re-train their way of thinking when it comes to their consumers. This was SO helpful. I will be sure to pass this information along

Thomas Piketty: “Germany has never repaid.”

Piketty : Germany is just such a state. But wait: history shows us two ways for an indebted state to leave delinquency. One was demonstrated by the British Empire in the 19th century after its expensive wars with Napoleon. It is the slow method that is now being recommended to Greece. The Empire repaid its debts through strict budgetary discipline. This worked, but it took an extremely long time. For over 100 years, the British gave up two to three percent of their economy to repay its debts, which was more than they spent on schools and education. That didn’t have to happen, and it shouldn’t happen today. The second method is much faster. Germany proved it in the 20th century. Essentially, it consists of three components: inflation, a special tax on private wealth, and debt relief.

Why I switched from Google to DuckDuckGo; it's all about the bangs

Google is fun to say, but DuckDuckGo — at least for me — is a lot more fun to use . While I can’t repeat the name as a verb (I can ‘Google it’ on Google; I don’t know what I’d say for a DuckDuckGo search), the upstart search engine has quickly become my go-to on a day to day basis.

A little-told tale of sex and sensuality

“If you really want to know a people, start by looking inside their bedrooms," says Shereen El Feki, who traveled through the Middle East for five years, talking to people about sex. While those conversations reflected rigid norms and deep repression, El Feki also discovered that sexual conservatism in the Arab world is a relatively new thing. She wonders: could a re-emergence of public dialogue lead to more satisfying, and safer, sex lives?

Can prison be a place of redemption?

DR: This is a huge area, but you’re absolutely right, there are very high rates of mental illness in prison, both those that are easy to define and those that are much more diffuse. You’re already dealing with a population that is traumatized, and then the experience of prison is an additional trauma. In a good-case scenario, nothing happens, but in many cases those guys come out worse at the end of their time in prison. Unless society turns around and starts to think differently about this population, you’re not going to have progress. Essentially, you’re not going to have safe streets. This isn’t a problem to do with that population of people; it’s a problem to do with society. Somehow we attach this stigma to somebody who’s in jail or who’s been in jail, as if they’re beyond help and it’s all their own fault. Now, accountability is a key thing, but at the same time, society needs to be responsible for its actions, and realize that some people grow up in impossible circumstances and they’re just doing what’s normal for them. Right now we’re in a situation where society is in denial, that this is not their problem.

Free or cheap Wii Remote hacks

Building sophisticated educational tools out of cheap parts, Johnny Lee demos his cool Wii Remote hacks, which turn the $40 video game controller into a digital whiteboard, a touchscreen and a head-mounted 3-D viewer.

New Google Docs panel lets users access thousands of fonts

The panel facilitates immediate access to the entire Google Fonts collection of more than 1200 fonts and lets you select text to apply a font to in one click. In addition, the panel lets you preview font options, search for fonts by popularity and trending status and browse by style.

Rescuing Wonderful Shivery Tales by Marina Warner

The transition from oral to written is not, however, clear cut, and the complexity of the process can be sensed in the complete first edition. The brothers’ task was more ideological than they could have known. What was and is German lore and story? As in the fields and hedgerow they invoked, seeds from elsewhere would blow in on the wind and take root and bloom; the horizons of fairy tale are vast, and likenesses appear at great distances from one another, mysteriously regardless of language, let alone political borders. In some sense you can invert the Grimms’ project and say that they were not saving an existing German corpus of story as much as brilliantly and successfully helping to establish it themselves as the foundation of a modern state and its identity—with consequences they could not have imagined and are not responsible for. The artist Anselm Kiefer, for example, born in March 1945, has entered the dark forest of fairy tale, grail legend, and national myths to track the tragic disfigurement of German Romanticism in modern times.

Why Technology Isn't Truly Wearable

Despite my trouble tracking down fashionable technology that I can actually wear, New York City fashion week brings a wave of prototypes to my office doorstep. I sit at a cafeteria desk one morning fiddling with the MICA, the bracelet Intel and Opening Ceremony created together. It’s a thick plastic oval decorated with white snakeskin and a large gold clasp that hides its charging jack. The tech is on the back, a rectangle LED screen that will, in the working version, show notifications from your phone that can be checked discretely. "As a woman, I do care what I wear," says the vice president of Intel’s new devices group, Ayse Ildeniz, who has arrived with the bracelet to explain her company’s investment in wearable tech. "There’s a reason I’m putting this belt on," she nods to a large metallic rose clasping together an otherwise black ensemble.

The Golden Ratio: Design's Biggest Myth

Devlin says it's simple. "We're creatures who are genetically programmed to see patterns and to seek meaning," he says. It's not in our DNA to be comfortable with arbitrary things like aesthetics, so we try to back them up with our often limited grasp of math. But most people don't really understand math, or how even a simple formula like the golden ratio applies to complex system, so we can't error-check ourselves. "People think they see the golden ratio around them, in the natural world and the objects they love, but they can't actually substantiate it," Devlin tells me. "They are victims to their natural desire to find meaning in the pattern of the universe, without the math skills to tell them that the patterns they think they see are illusory." If you see the golden ratio in your favorite designs, you're probably seeing things.

The hunt for General Tso

Reporter Jennifer 8. Lee talks about her hunt for the origins of familiar Chinese-American dishes — exploring the hidden spots where these two cultures have (so tastily) combined to form a new cuisine.

What it's like to come out as transgender to 2 million people via text message

" Mine isn't the only trans story. Caitlyn Jenner doesn't have the only trans story ... [Working at] enables me to send this text to 2.4 million people, to have this voice and get my story out there. Not every trans person has that fortune. It's still really unsafe for a lot of people to come out at their jobs, let alone even be employed at a job because of discrimination," they said.

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New Horizons enters safe mode 10 days before Pluto flyby

Is there any word/early indication as to whether or not this could be similar to the event from several years ago? I *believe* I recall New Horizons entered into a safe mode shortly (a year-ish) after launch (I've obsessively followed this mission from day 0)... a memory error or some such, I think it was. In a sense, I'm not sure if this'd really even be all that reassuring. On the one hand? Maybe today's would be something they've experienced before/already familiar with resolving. On the other - it signals a larger issue might be afoot, in the sense that repetitiveness vis-a-vis hardware/software bugs -especially coming several years apart- ain't exactly a good sign. Considering NH has spent much of the interim in hibernation, if this is a repeat of last time, *and* it's something akin to a memory error, it could spell trouble as the probe's systems become ever more taxed as the "meat+potatoes" science starts/all instrumentation gets switched on, active and recording. With that in mind, I suppose I'll actually be rooting for this to be totally separate and distinct from the event several years ago - mere days before the encounter is not exactly when you want the team to have to be pouring over and rewriting the probe's primary operating system/core instruction set software.

Love letters to strangers

Hannah Brencher's mother always wrote her letters. So when she felt herself bottom into depression after college, she did what felt natural — she wrote love letters and left them for strangers to find. The act has become a global initiative, The World Needs More Love Letters, which rushes handwritten letters to those in need of a boost.

Back Up And Sync Your Files Inside A Mason Jar With Raspberry Preserve

Do you like the concept of backup services like Dropbox or Box but don’t want to relinquish control of your data? Well now you can keep your files safely stored in your own pantry, right next to your jars of fruits and vegetables.

Facebook’s New Logo: Can You Spot the Difference?

The tweaks also reflect the growing importance of smartphone users to Facebook’s bottom line. Facebook’s new logo loses some of its old character, but it’s more smartphone friendly, Belk said. The back-lit glow of a smartphone makes letters look fuzzy and less legible, so clear lettering with more white space looks better.

DIY Disruption Is The Easiest Way To Innovate

Last month I attended the Collision conference in Las Vegas; it served up a hipster/music festival feel with a decidedly tech twist. The event welcomed old-school headliners like PayPal, Dropbox and Facebook, but also brought in hundreds of tech startups, from cloud management vendor CloudBolt to MedYear , a consumer health information exchange platform.

Facebook is talking with music labels, but why?

Facebook has held talks with the major labels about "getting into music," multiple sources tell The Verge . Facebook has spoken with Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group, and Warner Music Group about its interest in music, but to what extent the social network wants to get involved is still up in the air — while the popular assumption may be a streaming service, sources say that Facebook

18 times taxidermy went very, very wrong

Taxidermy is an art form, one that honors deceased animals and gives them new life. But sometimes, the art is bad — and equally terrifying.

Star Wars Battlefront gameplay videos leak out as alpha testing begins

Star Wars was  the undisputed darling of E3 2015 , providing one of this year's most anticipated titles in the all-action  Star Wars Battlefront, developed by DICE. Today is the day that the game's closed alpha testing commences and Twitch streams and YouTube videos have already emerged showing off how it plays. There are hologram power-ups you can pick up while dashing around open terrain maps, mission objectives that mostly involve murdering waves of Stormtroopers, and a satisfying laser rifle to do it with.

The Internet is officially too big

The Internet is officially too big Internet real estate just got a lot harder to come by. Check out this story on

Bioluminescent glow worms turn 30-million-year-old caves into alien skies

One of the biggest challenges of photographing the native glow worms of New Zealand's limestone caves is standing in freezing water for hours at a time. Auckland photographer Joseph Michael has been doing just this for the past few months, suffering through the cold and damp to capture images of the species known as Arachnocampa luminosa . He says the long-exposure shots in his new series Luminosity attempt to recreate the magical feeling of exploring caves lit only by the creature's natural glow. "Standing in cold water for hours on end loses its appeal pretty quickly but it's worth is when you see the results," he says.

51 Yamaha's motorcycle design team made this 360-degree drum kit sphere
52 This teen snuck onto the set of 'Orange Is the New Black' and staged an amazing photo shoot
53 The cutest #TBT flashback with the U.S. Women's Soccer Team
54 Windows 10’s new WiFi Sense shares your WiFi password with Facebook, Outlook, and Skype contacts | ExtremeTech
55 8 TED Talks to watch when your family is driving you nuts
56 How to clear out a ton of space on your iPhone superfast
57 Uber acquires mapping tech and talent from Microsoft as it prepares to take on Google
58 Want To Be More Creative? Your Personality May Hold The Key
59 This Pampers Ad Captures Defecating Babies' "Poo Faces" In All Their Slo-Mo Glory
60 David Cameron is going to try and ban encryption in Britain
61 Reg Saddler on Twitter
62 Firefighters use drone to help rescue stranded rafters
63 Here's the first pic of Bruce Wayne and Diana Prince in Batman v. Superman
64 2 Google self-driving car accidents in June show why humans don’t belong behind the wheel
65 Precision Ag Tech Helps California Farmers Grow More With Less Water
66 Sprint CEO calls T-Mobile's Uncarrier movement 'bullshit'
67 Experiential Commerce Is The Next Billion-Dollar Opportunity For Developers
68 Here's possibly the geekiest way to Rickroll someone
69 The creepiest and most bizarre stories told by people who explored the internet's hidden websites
70 Brian Koerber on Twitter
71 iPhone 6S said to deliver faster Web speeds, better battery life - CNET
72 How to decide whether switching from Spotify to Apple Music is the right choice
73 With CarPlay and Android Auto, Apple and Google Are Ready to Drive the Future of Cars—If Only the Automakers Will Give Them the Keys | MIT Technology Review
74 Measuring Your Financial Health Beyond The Credit Score
75 SyFy is making a TV series based on one of the internet's best scary stories
76 Technology to Touch Across the Globe
77 Artist manipulates photos into surreal and dreamlike scenes
78 Amid A Collapsing Economy, Greek Entrepreneurs Band Together To Keep Business Going
79 The next iPhone could have much faster LTE speeds
80 ‘My dentist saved my tooth, but wiped my memory’
81 Solar Impulse 2 breaks the world record for the longest solo flight
82 I have too many unread articles saved for later... and that's okay
83 The feds want to know if airlines are price-fixing airfares
84 How To Design Products To Last A Lifetime
85 Why we should build wooden skyscrapers
86 Twenty-one was “the perfect wolf”: He was a legend — he never lost a fight, and he never killed a vanquished rival
87 Brian Koerber on Twitter
88 Here's how you can see who deleted you on Facebook
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90 The science of sync