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What It's Like To Fly America's Biggest Jet, The Gargantuan C-5 Galaxy

One of Foxtrot Alpha’s readers, Ben Brown, flies the Pentagon’s biggest jet, the mighty Lockheed C-5 Galaxy. He has taken the time to give us a detailed view of not only what it takes to become a C-5 pilot, but what it is like being part of the complex logistical ballet that allows the C-5 to move massive cargo all… » 8/31/15 7:00pm 25 minutes ago

RIP Oliver Sacks: 7 Must-Read Books and Stories About Our Beautiful Brains

In the past day you may have seen the internet lighting up with appreciations for the writer and neurologist Oliver Sacks. He died yesterday at age 82, leaving behind a lifetime of illuminating writing that helped us to understand our own brains as beautiful, imperfect machines. Here are a few of our favorite books… » 8/31/15 6:40pm 45 minutes ago

One Chart That Shows How Much Money Ashley Madison Made Using Bots

Earlier today, I reported that Ashley Madison’s source code reveals a concerted effort to create an army of thousands of female bots called “engagers” to coax men into paying more for the site’s services. Now we have a chart from the company’s leaked emails that shows how much money they made from the bots. » 8/31/15 6:26pm 59 minutes ago

This GIF is Amazing, But Those Aren't Self-Driving Cars

Over the past month, this video of traffic at a busy intersection has gone viral. People are sharing it as a demonstration of self-driving cars on the road. And while there’s some truth to the general idea that cars will be able to caravan and avoid each other much better in the future, that’s not what this video… » 8/31/15 6:20pm Today 6:20pm

Stick 6,000mAh of Battery Power in Your Pocket For $10

This 6,000mAh battery pack features a svelte design and a second USB port, which is a rarity at this size. Obviously, there are bigger battery packs out there, but this looks like a great option if you want something pocket sized. [Lumsing 6000mAh Ultra Slim Portable Power Bank, $10 with code EQVL973P]… » 8/31/15 6:15pm Today 6:15pm

Apple TV Rumor Roundup: Everything We Think We Know

It’s been a long time coming, but the prophets appear to agree: Apple is finally ready to reinvent TV. But! Instead of a releasing a long-rumored Apple television set, which would be a longshot, the Cupertino company will likely showcase a radically improved version of its stodgy set-top box. It’ll be great for gamers » 8/31/15 4:35pm Today 4:35pm

The Most Ill-Advised Continuations of Classic Science Fiction and Fantasy TV Shows

The X-Files, Heroes and Twin Peaks are all coming back to our screens soon, with at least some of the original castmembers returning. Sounds great—except that this sort of thing doesn’t always work out. Here are the most ignominious examples of classic TV shows that were reanimated...but they came back wrong. » 8/31/15 4:26pm Today 4:26pm

A Charging Cable That Only Glows When Touched Is Way Easier To Plug In

Lining up a USB cable with the tiny charging port on your phone is hard enough during the day. At night it might as well be a MENSA test that you’ll always fail. But what if the business end of your USB cable glowed like a beacon in the night when touched? Now you see why it’s time to upgrade. » 8/31/15 4:05pm Today 4:05pm

The Frontlines of Climate Change: Why Obama's Trip To Alaska Is a Really Big Deal

President Obama’s headed to Alaska today, but it’s not the typical politicized meet-and-greet. From talking to residents who are forced to flee their homes due to rising sea levels, to learning the political repercussions of melting polar ice, he’s got one of the most science-focused itineraries ever embarked upon by… » 8/31/15 3:30pm Today 3:30pm

What's the Best Desktop Mouse?

It’s been a full three years since we ran a reader vote for best desktop mouse- an indispensable productivity tool. Tell us, what’s your mouse of choice for getting through the work day?http://lifehacker.com/five-best-budg...http://co-op.kinja.com/five-best-gami... » 8/31/15 3:15pm Today 3:15pm

Ashley Madison Code Shows More Women, and More Bots

After searching through the Ashley Madison database and private email last week, I reported that there might be roughly 12,000 real women active on Ashley Madison. Now, after looking at the company’s source code, it’s clear that I arrived at that low number based in part on a misunderstanding of the evidence. Equally… » 8/31/15 3:00pm Today 3:00pm