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Date: Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 20:40

This Slim Engagement Ring Case Slips Right Into Your Back Pocket

There are an infinite number of ways to do a marriage proposal. Regardless of what comes before, many of them climax in the big reveal of a fancy ring in a bulbous velvet box that, while traditionally classy, isn't exactly discrete. Packaging designer Andrew Zo streamlined that somewhat clunky exterior into Clifton, a clever, leather-bound pop up the size of a credit card.

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Author: "Jordan Kushins" Tags: "engagement rings, design, packaging, pro..."
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Date: Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 20:14

Carbon Fiber-Reinforced Clothing Will Protect Cyclists From Road Rash

Donning a full suit of motorcycle leathers for your morning bike ride to work is probably overkill, but cyclists can still be subjected to road rash should they fall while wearing less-than-protective gear. So athletic gear manufacturer Scott is developing shorts and jerseys strategically reinforced in key areas using both carbon fiber and ceramics, so the garments hold up if the rider ends up sliding across pavement.

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Author: "Andrew Liszewski" Tags: "cycling, scott, fitmodo, safety, bikes, ..."
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Date: Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 20:02

It's not just you. Instagram is down, with users reporting 503 errors. Don't worry, they're on it, but they better hurry, or I'll have to show these photos of my lunch to the mailman.

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Author: "Alissa Walker" Tags: "instagram is down, what will we do, app,..."
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Date: Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 19:51

Doctors Implanted a 3D-Printed Vertebra for the First Time

Doctors in Beijing successfully replaced a 12-year-old boy's damaged second vertebra with a 3D-printed custom implant made from titanium powder. The boy, who had bone cancer, is now in recovery.

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Author: "Kate Knibbs" Tags: "health, 3d printing, bone, cyborgs, surg..."
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Date: Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 19:46

Switzerland Puts Secret Bacteria in Cheese to Catch Knockoffs

In parts of Europe, where cheese is taken seriously as a source of national pride, entire labs are devoted to spotting knockoff Emmental and Gruyere. Switzerland has what may be the most impressive strategy yet: secret cocktails of bacteria, sent only to licensed cheesemakers, that work as living biological tracers.

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Author: "Sarah Zhang" Tags: "food, counterfeiting, europe, bacteria, ..."
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Date: Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 19:30

​The Best Spring-Loaded Running Shoes

Can adding springs—polycarbonate or rubber—to the soles of running shoes help you run faster? We tested three new shoes from Adidas, Reebok and new Swiss brand On Running to find out. Surprisingly, the answer was a pretty definitive yes.

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Author: "Wes Siler on IndefinitelyWild, shared by Meg Neal to Gizmodo" Tags: "test, review, springs, adidas, spring, o..."
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Date: Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 19:20

When LCD Soundsystem split up, it left frontman James Murphy with a lot of time and creative energy on his hands. So he's been experimenting with a number of weird and esoteric projects , the latest of which is turning tennis data from the U.S. Open into music.

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Author: "Leslie Horn" Tags: "lcd soundsystem, music, tennis, james mu..."
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Date: Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 18:57

Dice Furniture Changes Form and Function When You Roll It

You can actually change how any piece of furniture looks just by flipping it over or tossing it onto its side. But the Dice, created by the talented designers at Torafu Architects, also changes functionality depending on how you orient it.

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Author: "Andrew Liszewski" Tags: "design, torafu architects, dice, furnitu..."
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Date: Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 18:36

What's the Perfect Smartphone Screen Size?

Now that we have confirmation of Apple's next iPhone event being just around the corner , it's only a matter of days before we (very, very likely) see a bigger iPhone screen finally rounding out the bunch. Which got us thinking—what's your ideal smartphone screen size?

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Author: "Ashley Feinberg" Tags: "smartphones, screen size, iphone 6, sams..."
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Date: Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 18:12

I Flew Like a Bird Using Oculus Rift

It should be a truth universally acknowledged that any man or woman using Oculus Rift will look like a dumbass . As awesome as it is to experience Oculus Rift, to everyone else, you are a crazy person with a black box strapped onto your face groping at thin air. And then I, of course, had to strap myself to some wings, stick my feet in the air, and flap my arms to Birdly—an ambitious virtual reality flying simulation.

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Author: "Sarah Zhang" Tags: "flying, birds, simulation, virtual reali..."
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Date: Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 17:51

Ivy-Covered Extension Cables Disguise Your Unsightly Tangled Power Cords

We live and die by the cord; the energy tethers are everywhere—powering our portable gadgets and stay-at-home decor—and they're pretty much always a tangled, unsightly mess. We need them, but they're ugly… Unless! Unless you could disguise the longuns in an artful sprawl of faux-ivy, like you lived in some kind of fantasy world where electricity came naturally from houseplants.

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Author: "Jordan Kushins" Tags: "kickstarter, electrovine, wish you were ..."
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Date: Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 17:42

This Truck Shakes the Ground So Hard It Can Simulate Earthquakes

The shaking of minor earthquakes can feel like a garbage truck driving by. T-Rex is no plain old garbage truck though. The 64,000-pound "mobile hydraulic shaker" is designed specifically to make the ground rattle and jolt—all so scientists can study how the ground reacts to earthquakes.

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Author: "Sarah Zhang" Tags: "christchurch, monster machines, simulati..."
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Date: Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 17:15

Be the Envy of the Breakroom, 4K Upgrades, AirPlay Receiver [Deals]

If you ever take your lunch to work, Rubbermaid's interlocking Lunch Blox system is a great space saver. Several Lunch Blox kits are on sale from Amazon, today only, along with a couple of carrying bags, and even a few shaker bottles. [Up to 40% off Rubbermaid Products]

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Author: "Shep McAllister, Commerce Team" Tags: "dealzmodo, deals, gizmodo deals, dealz"
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Date: Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 17:09

How To Use Dropbox's New Pro Tools

Good news, cloud storage fans! Dropbox has slashed its storage prices , simplified its plans, and rolled in a glut of new tools for paying customers, some of which were previously only available to Business accounts. Here's a brief tour of some of the new features you'll get if you decide to pony up $10 per month or $100 per year.

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Author: "David Nield on Field Guide, shared by Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan to Gizmodo" Tags: "dropbox"
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Date: Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 17:00

How NYC Would Respond to an Actual Stay Puft Marshmallow Man Attack

It's been 30 years since the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man first squished through Manhattan. With Ghostbusters returning to theaters tomorrow for an anniversary run, we thought it appropriate to consider a very serious question: How would New York City actually fight an evil god in the form of a marshmallow man? Stickiness and spoilers ensue.

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Author: "Sarah Zhang" Tags: "new york city, stay puft marshmallow man..."
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Date: Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 16:45

Louisiana loses a football field of land every hour to the ocean

If you compare a map of the Louisiana coastline in the 1920s to today, the difference is striking. About 1,883 square miles of land has just disappeared — swallowed into the Gulf of Mexico. And each year Louisiana loses more. In fact, roughly a football field's worth of land is lost every hour.

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Author: "Matt Novak on Factually, shared by Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan to Gizmodo" Tags: "louisiana, global warming, climate chang..."
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Date: Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 16:32

This Cork Pot Holder Secretly Serves As a Ping Pong Net For After Dinner

Once you remove the placemats and centerpieces, your dining room table becomes the perfect stand-in for a ping-pong table. The only thing missing is a net, and that soon could also be just a quick transformation away if this convertible CorkNet pot holder is successful on Kickstarter.

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Author: "Andrew Liszewski" Tags: "sports, kitchen, table tennis, ping pong..."
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Date: Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 16:27

This Rare Photo Shows The Most Sensitive Part Of A Combat Aircraft

It look like something Doc Brown would be working on in his garage, but it is absolutely one of the most essential and sensitive technologies found on many military and some civilian aircraft today: The Ring Laser Gyroscope.

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Author: "Tyler Rogoway on foxtrotalpha, shared by Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan to Gizmodo" Tags: "subsystems"
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Date: Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 16:03

Apple's iPhone Event Will Be Sept 9th (And We'll Be There)

Apple has just sent out its invitations to an event on September 9th. You can expect at least one iPhone, and possibly an iWatch as well. And hey... we'll be there!

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Author: "Brian Barrett" Tags: "iphone event, apple"
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Date: Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 16:00

How An App Helped Me (And 20,000 Other Women) Get Pregnant

Last summer I sat in the bathroom of an Irish pub, trying desperately to solve a math equation. I had abandoned my friends at the bar, where I'd been pretending to drink an IPA, to tend to this pressing arithmetic in private. If I solved correctly for 'x,' the answer would provide me with some crucial information—whether or not my pregnancy was going well.

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Author: "Alissa Walker" Tags: "glow first, fitness trackers, health, pr..."
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