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Movie Studios Seek SOPA Power Through Broad Site-Blocking Order

Major movie studios are again trying to make a website they don’t like disappear without a trial. This time, the studios are asking for one court order to bind every domain name registrar, registry, hosting provider, payment processor, caching service, advertising network, social network, and bulletin board—in short,… » 8/04/15 1:20am 31 minutes ago

A Private High-Speed Network Will Help Researchers Do Better Science

Scientists working with supercomputers (or machines like the Large Hadron Collider) are generating vast amounts of data. Trying to pass around terabytes of numbers using Dropbox can get a little slow, so researchers on the West Coast are getting their own private fibre-optic network, dubbed the Pacific Research… » 8/03/15 11:00pm Yesterday 11:00pm

I Want To Build All These Amazing Alternative Lighthouses

A new lighthouse would probably be a fitting memorial to the 2012 sinking of the Costa Concordia off the coast of Italy. Open-idea competition platform matterbetter has been running a contest to design a new lighthouse concept to live at the spot where the ship capsized, and while the entries aren’t realistic, they’re… » 8/03/15 10:00pm Yesterday 10:00pm

Watching Patagonia's sky fill up with clouds is so beautifully ominous

This whole timelapse video, Patagonia 8K by Timestorm Films, is totally worth watching in its entirety just to see the landscapes of southern Chile and Argentina but I especially enjoy the clip right above where the scattered clouds dance and merge together to form a dense layer that completely blocks out the sky. You… » 8/03/15 8:45pm Yesterday 8:45pm

A gasoline drenched flaming tennis ball is good for so many things

Need to have fun on a boring summer day? Get a bunch of tennis balls, drench ‘em in gasoline, put some wet gloves on and then torch the balls. You can throw fireballs, play tennis with balls that have a super long fire trail, punch ‘em, kick ‘em and do whatever your imagination wants with real life fireballs. » 8/03/15 8:20pm Yesterday 8:20pm

All These Jaw-Dropping Airplane Images Were Taken By This Flying Photog

Tyson Rininger’s name is synonymous with incredible aviation imagery. For over 20 years his work has been seen on the cover of magazines, the pages of aerospace books and above the dates on showcase calendars. His affair with aviation doesn’t stop at the viewfinder, loving all things air show related, Tyson was even a… » 8/03/15 8:05pm Yesterday 8:05pm

First person view of a firefighter fighting fire is so intense

There are few job descriptions (hell, the job description is in the job title) as terrifying as being a firefighter. When things are burning, you run there. When something catches on fire, it’s your job to put it out. When fire is thrown at you, you have to stare it down. It’s just crazy. And though it’s not like the… » 8/03/15 8:00pm Yesterday 8:00pm

What Should We Name The Drought?

It’s been called a historic drought. An exceptional drought. A catastrophic drought. But it’s four rainless years later, and we still don’t have an actual name for that drought that’s spreading throughout the Western United States. Everyone just calls it “The Drought.” It’s time to come up with something better. » 8/03/15 7:15pm Yesterday 7:15pm

Strap This Pony Head To Your Leg For More Authentic Horsey Rides

The day that most new parents fear isn’t when their child finally reaches the terrible twos, or first heads off to school, it’s when their kid starts asking for a pony for their birthday. And since few of us can afford the real thing, this stuffed horse head might be a more affordable substitute. » 8/03/15 7:10pm Yesterday 7:10pm

An Architect Wants To Retrofit This London Power Plant With Tesla Coils

A few weeks ago, the design mag Dezeen reported on a lecture by the Danish architect Bjarke Ingels at the Royal Academy in London. During the lecture, Ingels nonchalantly described a plan to turn an aging power station’s smokestacks into tesla coils—if only London would let him. » 8/03/15 6:20pm Yesterday 6:20pm

For a Limited Time, Get Two Philips Hue Bulbs for $100

If you’ve been waiting for an excuse to start or expand your Philips’ color-shifting Hue lighting collection, Amazon’s offering a great deal on spare bulbs today. All you have to do is pick any two Hue bulbs from four available models, and your total price at checkout will get marked down to $100. [Philips Hue Bulb… » 8/03/15 6:15pm Yesterday 6:15pm

Rob Rhinehart's Latest Attempt to Make You Buy Soylent Is Terrible

I think Rob Rhinehart is trying to turn himself into some sort of creepy nerd messiah. Today he posted a giant essay to promote the release of Soylent 2.0, the next version of his sperm-esque food replacement drink. It was all about how he’s given up alternating current so he can get ready for his life as a space… » 8/03/15 6:00pm Yesterday 6:00pm

A 16-Foot Tall Inflatable Vader Is Holiday Decorating Done Easy

This inflatable Darth Vader is not only the easiest way to decorate your front lawn for the holidays, it will also blow away whatever your neighbors come up with because at 16-feet tall it’s one of the largest lawn ornaments you can buy. And isn’t besting your neighbors what the holidays are really all about? » 8/03/15 5:28pm Yesterday 5:28pm