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A Rare Glimpse of the Ancient Infrastructure That Controls NYC's Subway

New York City’s subway system is a wonder of engineering—but sadly, that engineering is so old that it’s not even manufactured anymore, causing huge problems for the people who run it and anyone trying to use it. That means the MTA has built a whole shop up around trying to maintain its aging technology, and now… » 7/30/15 1:45pm 24 minutes ago

10 Books You Pretend to Have Read (And Why You Should Really Read Them)

Science fiction and fantasy offer a rich legacy of great books—but that abundant pile of reading material can also be daunting. So sometimes, it’s easier to fake it. We asked some of our favorite writers, and they told us the 10 books that everyone pretends to have read. And why you should actually read them.
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Today's Best Deals: Cheap Espresso, $19 Watch, Smart Thermostat, More

Here are the best of today’s deals. Get every great deal every day on Kinja Deals, follow us on Facebook and Twitter to never miss a deal, join us on Kinja Gear to read about great products, and on Kinja Co-Op to help us find the best. » 7/30/15 1:15pm 54 minutes ago

A Hidden Tesla Coil Wirelessly Powers This Lamp's Interchangeable Bulbs

Based on a fun demo used at science centers across the country, the Arc Light features a pair of glowing LED tubes that aren’t actually connected to the lamp in any way. Instead, tucked out of sight is a compact Tesla coil that wirelessly powers the bulbs whenever they’re close enough. » 7/30/15 12:10pm Today 12:10pm

Police Body Cams Are Big Business: Taser's Profits Jump By 57 Percent

Taser International, the company best known for its namesake product, announced today that its profits were up 57 percent over the previous quarter. But it’s not because tasers are flying off the shelves. That huge bump in profits is coming from sales of body cameras to America’s police departments. » 7/30/15 11:50am Today 11:50am

The World’s Biggest Free Form 3D Printer Is Being Used to Build Houses

The dream of 3D printing buildings is not a new one and, typically, it’s not a pretty one either. However, the visionaries at Branch Technology, a startup founded by architects in Chattanooga, Tennessee, want to change that—and they’ve built the world’s largest free form 3D printer to do it. » 7/30/15 11:32am Today 11:32am

This 360-Degree GoPro Video Is Your Only Chance To Ride American Pharaoh

Very few people will ever have the chance to ride the insanely valuable Triple Crown-winning American Pharoah. So on a recent morning workout, the racehorse’s jockey strapped a 360-degree GoPro rig to their helmet—allowing the rest of us to come as close as we’ll ever get to riding the steed. » 7/30/15 10:40am Today 10:40am

Samsung Gets Weird With Its Latest Smartwatch Patent

Samsung has a history of making strange stuff. A smartphone with two sloping sides? What? Why? Either way, you have to appreciate, to a certain degree, Samsung’s “fuck it, let’s try it” approach when it comes to some of these ideas. And now a new smartwatch patent shows Sammy’s got even more weird stuff to show us. » 7/30/15 10:20am Today 10:20am

The Simplest Espresso Maker is Down to an Unheard of $63 Today

Hands down, Nespresso is the easiest way to make decent espresso at home, and their Inissia model is on sale at Williams-Sonoma for an absolutely bonkers $63, if you hurry.http://gear.kinja.com/buying-guide-n... » 7/30/15 9:35am Today 9:35am