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  • Things You Do that Really Piss Me Off

    By Ben on Fri Dec 19 2014 |
    Things You Do that Really Piss Me Off
    Gear | Pic
    Things You Do that Really Piss Me Off, available at here.
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    Star Wars cookie cutters

    By Ben on Fri Dec 19 2014 |
    Star Wars cookie cutters
    Gear | Film
    For $8 these Star Wars cookie cutters come ready to bake our favorite characters.
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    Man Tests First Dual Shoulder-Down Cyborg Arms

    By Ben on Fri Dec 19 2014 |
    Man Tests First Dual ShoulderDown Cyborg Arms
    Gear | Video


    Meet Les Baugh. Les had both arms amputated at the shoulder after a freak electrical accident 40 years ago. Now he's the first person to successfully use the bilateral shoulder-down modular prosthetic limbs developed by the doctors and scientists at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. Each arms operates with a full 3-degrees of freedom and over 30-degrees of motion, and are controlled intuitively simply by thinking of moving a specific part. From watching the video, the technology obviously has a ways to go, but it's definitely a big step in the right direction. One of the scientists interviewed even references in five to ten years from now, he expects to be developing robotic prosthetics so advanced people will actually be cutting their own limbs off to get them
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    World's Simplest Electric Train

    By Ben on Fri Dec 19 2014 |
    Gear | Tech
    The world's simplest electric train is made with a made with a magnet, some copper wire and a dry cell.
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    Jenny Slate Sings "Landslide" As Marcel The Shell

    By Ben on Fri Dec 19 2014 |
    Gear | Video
    Jenny thinks her adorable little mollusk voice is a natural fit to sing the Fleetwood Mac tune.
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    'Bookmarks' a Comic by Grant Snider

    By Ben on Fri Dec 19 2014 |
    Bookmarks a Comic by Grant Snider
    Gear | Video
    'Bookmarks' is a comic by Grant Snider.
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    The Bull

    By Ben on Fri Dec 19 2014 |
    The Bull
    Gear | Pic
    (Image: Manhattan Metaphore, Paul Downey, CC-BY)
      

    16 Innovative Origins of Holiday Traditions

    By Ben on Fri Dec 19 2014 |
    Gear | Video
    This week, John takes a closer look at some popular holiday traditions.
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    Balls on escalator

    By Ben on Fri Dec 19 2014 |
    Gear | Video
    static loop of kinetic energy, redefining location
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    Meet Jeff: mockumentary/biopic about a giant, killer robot who plays himself

    By Ben on Thu Dec 18 2014 |
    Gear | Video
    Meet Jeff is a Wired web-series that's a mockumentary about a robot actor called Jeff 1000 who has been given his own biopic, starring Summer Glau.
    "Summer Glau has to attend her ex-boyfriend’s art gallery opening and who better to accompany her than a ten-foot tall robot? Jeff agrees to go and is tasked with one job, but things go haywire when he meets the ex—David Arquette."
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    Report: 66 journalists killed, 119 kidnapped, 853 arrested in 2014

    By Ben on Thu Dec 18 2014 |
    Report 66 journalists killed 119 kidnapped 853 arrested in
    Gear | News
    Reporters Without Borders today published its 2014 tally of abuses against journalists. According to their report, 66 journalists were murdered this year, bringing to 720 the number of journalists killed in connection with their work in the past 10 years. "A total of 119 journalists were kidnapped this year, an increase of more than 35% on last year’s figure," RWB said today. "Forty journalists are currently being held hostage." [en.rsf.org]
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