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It may be mid-August, the time of year when there's usually nothing to talk about. But this past week bucked that trend in a big way. Here's the best stuff we wrote this week, including a deep look at Twitter trolls, a peek back at a little-known fact about the first atom bomb, and more.

Ferguson Police Will Finally Get the One Device They Really Need

Ferguson, Facebook, Failed Smartwatches, and More

In a statement today, Ferguson's police department announced that it is committed to buying vest cameras for its officers. When it finally happens, it'll be a great first step. And it'll happen even faster if we ditch the bloated, expensive wearable cam tech cops use today for something accessible to every U.S. precinct.

Facebook's Rose-Colored News Feed

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Pope Francis. Haim. An inspirational Little League coach. You've likely seen these stories on Facebook today, along with ice buckets and your friends' babies. I know that because they're sitting atop the social network's "trending" list. What's not there at all? Ferguson. Welcome to Facebookworld, where everything's wonderful all of the time.

The $1.5 Million Indiegogo Smartwatch Horror Story

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Crowdfunding, like any gamble, preys on your hopes and dreams. Sometimes, you get the wonderful dream device you deserve. Other times, you get a million dollar pile of shit, like a smartwatch that can't tell time. The Kreyos Meteor seems to fall into that second category.

Vapshot Mini Review: Vaping Alcohol Is One Hell of a Fun Gimmick

Like many warm-blooded humans, I like to drink. It's a fun activity that just never seems to lose its appeal. But if you are finding that drinking booze has last its appeal for you, there is a (somewhat dangerous) solution: Don't drink your alcohol. Inhale it!

Panasonic Lumix GH4 Review: 4K For the Rest of Us

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While ultra high definition video—you know it better as 4K—has been making steady inroads among the pro ranks for years, it hasn't yet hit with the masses. The Panasonic Lumix GH4 wants to prove that the ability to capture 4K video is something every shooter needs, whether they own an 85-inch 4K TV or not.

Stop Refrigerating Your Butter

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Do you keep your butter in the refrigerator? You do? Stop it. Stop it right this second. You're ruining your butter experience and making your toast taste like failure. Let me tell you why.

Less than two percent of the Hiroshima bomb's uranium actually detonated

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Little Boy, the nuclear bomb that U.S. forces dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima on August 6th, 1945, leveled a two-mile radius of the city, killing an estimated 80,000 people. It was an enormous amount of destruction—and it was caused by less than two percent of the uranium carried by the bomb.

Why We Still Have Bezels (But May Not For Long)

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Yesterday, the first Sharp smartphone to come to these great United States brought with it one of the skinniest bezels we've ever seen on a smartphone. The Aquos Crystal is visually impressive, and a major step into the frameless future that seems to be emerging. There's just one problem, though. Bezels matter. And we still need them.

Stop Pretending There's a Line Dividing Politics and Tech

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"Silicon Valley is a place where seemingly impossible problems are solved every day," Ezra Klein writes in a new post for The Verge. "...while Washington is a place where solvable problems prove impossible to do anything about." Klein presents a huge chasm dividing the worlds of technology and politics. This idea is misguided at best, and dangerous at worst.

Why the Military Is Pinning Its Hopes on Google's Modular Phone

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In its small red brick headquarters, Vanderbilt's Institute for Software Integrated Systems (ISIS) is working on a revolution in smartphone technology. It's not better screens, or battery life, or anything for a major carrier. It's a puzzle-piece phone that will (hopefully) change the way the military communicates.

How Twitter Could Beat the Trolls, And Why It Won't

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Twitter has a troll problem. It has from the beginning, really. But it's been particularly loud this month, thrown into sharp relief with the sickening attacks on Robin Williams' grieving daughter, Zelda. Twitter's response has been tepid at best—and as far as squashing trolls goes, it's the most we can ever expect.