Why Is the Paper Clip Shaped Like It Is?

When you think of paper clips, you immediately think of a specific form—the familiar round-ended, double-loop design. The wire trombone shape. But that’s only one variety of clip; the “Gem,” which gets its name from a British company called Gem Manufacturing Limited, which, even if it wasn’t directly involved with the… » 4/27/15 2:02pm 17 minutes ago

Parrot Bebop Drone and Skycontroller Review: Looks Aren't Everything

You’ve graduated from your cheap beginner drone, and you want to try something new. Something that can shoot beautiful video from the sky—but doesn’t cost $1,000+ like a camera-equipped DJI Phantom. You spot the $500 Parrot Bebop Drone, and pull the trigger. It’s kind of fun, you think, between strings of obscenities. » 4/27/15 1:21pm 58 minutes ago

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Google Attempts to Fight Patent Trolls with a Pretty Dubious Strategy

Google’s legal team has just announced that they’ll be buying as many patents as possible in order to “remove friction from the patent market” and defeat patent trolls, companies that buy patents just to sue people on bogus charges of infringement. But there’s a big problem with this strategy. » 4/27/15 12:55pm Today 12:55pm

Transform Paper and Glue Into a Robot That Actually Transforms

If the thought of spending hours with a hobby knife, glue, and more patience than a saint doesn’t sound like a fun way to spend an evening, you’ll probably want to move along. Because it’s completely up to you to turn the six pages in this papercraft kit into a robot that actually transforms into a paper car. » 4/27/15 12:52pm Today 12:52pm

On Game Of Thrones, All The Oath-Breakers Debate The Meaning Of Faith

Many of our favorite Game of Thrones characters have broken sacred vows at this point. Jon Snow slept with a Wildling girl. Cersei made a mockery of her wedding vows. Roose Bolton stabbed his liege lord. But last night, we got to see them solemnly debating the meaning of religion, and what it means to be faithful. » 4/27/15 11:33am Today 11:33am

The Forgotten Era: When Bed Bugs Were Tested for Combat in Vietnam

In 2004, Brooke Borel got bed bugs in New York. Then she experienced them again in 2009—twice in two different apartments. Because of those experiences, which were part of a widespread bed bug resurgence in the US, Borel, a science journalist, decided to explore why the bugs were back. This excerpt is one of many… » 4/27/15 11:00am Today 11:00am

Interesting chart shows what the tallest building built in each year was

This chart showing the height of the tallest skyscrapers built over time, made by the Economist, can get a little hectic with what seems like axises and data points that go beyond x, y and z and on to some unknown letter but it is deeply interesting. It shows what the tallest building built in which year was, how tall… » 4/27/15 10:42am Today 10:42am

An Iron Man Bluetooth Speaker Is More Useful Than Most Collectibles

Unless you’ve managed to hold on to the imagination that inspired your make-believe childhood adventures, all those comic book collectibles you’ve bought don’t do much more than decorate your den. Except for this Iron Man helmet replica that’s secretly also a wireless Bluetooth speaker. » 4/27/15 10:12am Today 10:12am

Easily Cut People and Objects From Photos With This Camera App

There are plenty of powerful third-party camera apps available for Android if you don’t like the one that came with your smartphone. They offer manual control over white balance, ISO and shutter speed, plus a range of advanced features—like the option to cut out moving people and objects from your photos, available in » 4/27/15 9:57am Today 9:57am

Moving a two-ton elephant looks absolutely crazy

A small group of elephants who had been displaced have been butting heads with local villagers in a village in Daloa in the Ivorty Coast. The elephants have damaged crops, ruined homes, injured people and so forth. The villagers wanted to kill the elephants. Luckily for everyone though, the International Fund for… » 4/27/15 9:38am Today 9:38am

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