December 2011

  1. Tech

    Happy New Year!

    Thanks for reading! Have a happy New Year, and we'll see you in 2012!

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  2. Science

    Why Alcohol Makes Your Head Spin [Video]

    Some valuable information from thegnome54 as we approach New Year's Eve. Stay safe, everyone.

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  3. Geekolinks

    Geekolinks: 12/31

    Hackers aim for censorship free Internet using their own satellites (BBC) Was the iPhone actually invented in 1992? (Giz) Progress continues on the $35 tablet (The Globe and Mail) Child actors then and now (BuzzFeed) A Facebook for the 99% (/.) Hunting for the Beast of Beast of Gévaudan (io9) And the Pantone color for 2012 is... (World of Wonder) (time just flies by, via Reddit)

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  4. Science

    Misery, Interrupted by the Occasional War: The Last 100 Years in 10 Minutes

    As we prepare to close the book on another year, YouTube user derDon1234 threw together a quick look back at the last 100 years of history -- conveniently compacted into 10 minutes. While interesting it's, uh, not exactly uplifting. In fact, it's nearly all wars and explosions, with a few sporting events thrown in for good measure. Also, only one woman was apparently noteworthy enough to make the cut -- and it's Lewinksy. So, while deeply flawed, its a sobering reminder of how far we've come. See the video after the break, but be forewarned that it does contain some graphic images, so watch at your own discretion.

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  5. Science

    Statue of Two Dinosaurs Making Out is a Great Reason to Visit China

    If  you're looking for an excuse to visit China, here's a great one: At the city of Erlian, near the border with Mongolia, there is an enormous statue of two dinosaurs. And they are totally making out. The whole complex was designed to draw attention to the nearby Dinosaur Fairyland park, but that pales in comparison to the site of two long-necked dinos tongue wrestling.

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  6. Tech

    Apple’s Top Design Guru Jonathan Ive Receives Knighthood

    While Steve Jobs is often remembered as the father of Apple's iconic products, UK designer Jonathan Ive was the creative mind behind the look and feel of devices like the MacBook, the iPod, and the iPhone. In recognition for his contribution to art and design, Ive has been named a Knight Commander of the British Empire in the New Year Honours list.

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  7. Gaming

    Top Game Companies Nintendo, Sony, EA Drop Support for SOPA

    A recent update to the Judiciary Committee's list of top supporters for the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act, more commonly known as SOPA or "that horrible law in congress," suggests that alliances may be shifting behind the scenes. The refreshed list shows that top game makers Nintendo, Sony, and EA have dropped their support the law.

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  8. Tech

    How About That: North Korea Has a FAQ

    With the recent death of Kim Jong-Il, many people ignorant of the internal workings of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea might have some questions. Perhaps you're curious about how a DPRK citizen spends his or her time, or maybe you're looking for commentary on slippery rumors about mass starvation and nuclear weapons. Well, worry no more friends: North Korea maintains a FAQ that should answer just about any question you might have. And it's not full of bald-faced propaganda, of course not.

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  9. Weird

    The Philosoraptor Pop Song [Video]

    Bucky Studios compiled some of the best Philosoraptor musings and put it to a generic pop song just in time for the new year. Move over, Auld Lang Syne, and allow us to question existence itself for the new year, rather than forgetting auld acquaintances.

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  10. Science

    Tornadoes More Likely to Form Mid-Week Because of Human Pollution

    A new study has found that tornadoes seem to have an overwhelming preference toward forming in the middle of the week. This isn't necessarily because the hyper-destructive funnel clouds are dedicated workers that live for the weekend, but rather because of the pollution created by humans commuting to work. Just another example of human beings sowing the seeds to their own destruction.

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  11. Tech

    Anonymous Allegedly Threatens Sony, Justin Bieber, Others Over SOPA Support

    An Anonymous-branded message threatening Sony and a handful of celebrities has surfaced and calls for attacks on the target parties as retaliation for their collective support of SOPA. The message announces that Anonymous will "destroy [Sony's] network," and has "declared that [their] fury will be brought upon...Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Kim Kardashian, and Taylor Swift," for their grievous crime. Now, I've said it before and I'll say it again: Releasing a video announcing an Anonymous attack doesn't necessarily make said Anonymous attack real, but this one seems to be gaining some traction.

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  12. Geekolinks

    Geekolinks: 12/30

    Myspace Tom talks about Google removing a profile photo flipping the bird (Google+) Grantland tells us who won 2011 (Grantland) Ever wonder how mercury gets into fish? (Scientific American) 10 weirdest scientific theories in sci-fi (io9) 23 bizarre things dropped on New Year's Eve (Mental Floss) Apps for orangutans ( Imgur's top pictures of 2011 (Imgur) (title pic via Daily Picks and Flicks)

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  13. Science

    Study: Being Healthy is Good For You

    A recent study that looked at the diets of people at-risk for Alzheimers has revealed that a balanced diet high in vitamins and low in trans-fats is good for you. Specifically for your brain, and could possibly be a check against the debilitating effects of aging on your thinking organ. Who knew that holding off on the Taco Bell could be a good thing?

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  14. Tech

    Internet Giants Reportedly Considering “Nuclear Option” Blackout To Protest SOPA

    With the culmination of the SOPA hearings conveniently postponed until sometime in January, the tech world gained a little bit of time to prepare and execute some anti-SOPA demonstrations. Wikipedia had been considering a protest blackout that, as of yet, has not come to fruition and, according to reports by CNET, other Internet giants including Google, Twitter, and Facebook may be considering the "nuclear option" as well. The reports are derived from a quote by Markham Erickson head of the NetCoalition trade association that calls the aforementioned companies members.  "There have been some serious discussions about that," Erickson says. "It has never happened before."

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  15. Science

    Time Lapse View of a Bustling, Beautiful, Busy Moscow

    If you're like me and have lived your entire life in the United States, odds are most of your impressions of Russia come from Cold War-era movies: A bleak sky with people huddling about while some kind of droning chant plays in the background, endless military parades in front of harsh leaders, general dreariness. This amazing little time lapse video from zweizwei completely shatters that image, showing a colorful and bustling metropolis of Moscow. Go on and take a watch if you think your view of Russia could use a bit of a refresher. See the video, after the break.

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