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Date: Tuesday, 23 Sep 2014 08:00

Learn Just How Crazy Russian Smokejumpers Are

To be a smokejumper — the front-line firefighters who parachute into forest fires — in the US, you've already got to be a little unhinged. To do the same job in Russia, with antique equipment, for no pay, you must be certifiably insane.

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Author: "Chris Mills" Tags: "fire, national geographic, smolejumpers"
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Date: Tuesday, 23 Sep 2014 07:00

Microsoft's Former Software Guru Wants to Reinvent Phone Calls

Ray Ozzie, former Chief Software Architect at Microsoft, has decided that voice communication — in other words, the venerable phone call — is broken, and he's going to fix it. With an app.

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Author: "Chris Mills" Tags: "iphone, talko, ray ozzie, apps"
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Date: Tuesday, 23 Sep 2014 05:45

Watching the iPhone 6 Plus Get Shot With .50 Is Incredibly Theraputic

The pace of iPhone coverage has been a little relentless the last few weeks: first there was the announcement, then the reviews, then the laughing at idiots camping in lines for weeks. Now, the ultimate stress relief: watching Apple products get some .50-cal slow-motion loving.

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Author: "Chris Mills" Tags: "apple, guns, iphone 6 plus"
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Date: Tuesday, 23 Sep 2014 05:34

Magnetized iron dust moves in crazy patterns with the music

Watch these metal filings mesmerizingly dance the night away as the music pumps in. The board, which is made by TechnoFrolics, uses iron dust in a choreographed magnetic field to react to noise. It looks like a field of waving dancing metal mini trees.

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Author: "Casey Chan on Sploid, shared by Casey Chan to Gizmodo" Tags: "music, dance, fun, metal, noise, magnets..."
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Date: Tuesday, 23 Sep 2014 04:36

Fresh off its 3-D printing experiment with a measly 6 stores last year, UPS is now offering 3-D printing at 100 stores nationwide. If you've ever wanted your very own tiny thing made out of plastic, your hour is here.

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Author: "Chris Mills"
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Date: Tuesday, 23 Sep 2014 03:54

This perfectly timed picture is not of a solar eclipse

I know this picture looks like the Moon is passing perfectly between the Earth and the Sun. And I know it seems like the people in the picture are trying to look at the eclipse. But this picture taken by Reddit user MDPPatrick is not of a solar eclipse. It's just a perfectly timed snap of a basketball shot.

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Author: "Casey Chan on Sploid, shared by Casey Chan to Gizmodo" Tags: "photography, neat, eclipse, moon, basket..."
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Date: Tuesday, 23 Sep 2014 03:27

We're Finally Going to Be Able to Track Missing Airliners

It's only taken two major crashes and untold millions in search operations, but the world is finally going to have the capability to track airliners anywhere in the world.

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Author: "Chris Mills" Tags: "satellites, aireon, mh370, space"
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Date: Tuesday, 23 Sep 2014 03:16

Watching a falcon hunt down a crow in the air is pretty terrifying

Seeing a falcon hunt down a crow from the falcon's point of view in an aerial pursuit is not unlike seeing an airplane dogfight or a crazy aerial chase scene from an action movie. Only this is happening in nature all the time. And this particular crow has no chance against the falcons.

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Author: "Casey Chan on Sploid, shared by Casey Chan to Gizmodo" Tags: "falcons, nature, crows, birds, dogfight,..."
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Date: Tuesday, 23 Sep 2014 02:22

This Is What Happens When You Give Cirque du Soleil a Bunch of Drones

When you think Cirque du Soleil, you probably think teams of sequin-suited acrobats doing improbable things in time to music, not quadrotors. Well, that's where you're wrong. The Montreal-based circus's latest trick manages to take the mechanical, and make it wonderfully artistic.

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Author: "Chris Mills" Tags: "drones, cirque du soleil"
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Date: Tuesday, 23 Sep 2014 01:38

7 things you probably didn't know about Fight Club

As we all get excited about the new second part of Fight Club coming out in 2015, let's take a look back at some fun facts that you probably didn't know about the movie. Like how Brad Pitt's outfits were even crazier than you thought and how perfect the blood dripping needed to be.

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Author: "Casey Chan on Sploid, shared by Casey Chan to Gizmodo" Tags: "fight club, movies, interesting, film"
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Date: Tuesday, 23 Sep 2014 01:13

Lyft , the pink 'stache-sporting ride-sharing service, announced today that it's acquiring Hitch, a service that tries to get multiple users into one taxi. Lyft has said that the acquisition will bolster its Lyft Line service (and hopefully stem the onwards flooding of the Uber tide ). [Lyft]

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Author: "Chris Mills"
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Date: Tuesday, 23 Sep 2014 00:47

This beastly sword with an arc reactor would make Iron Man even cooler

Though I think Tony Stark would try to invent some sort of laser if he made his own saber and that Iron Man doesn't quite need a sword with all his weaponry, this beast of a sword made by Man At Arms: Reforged would still look pretty badass when used with Iron Man's suit.

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Author: "Casey Chan on Sploid, shared by Casey Chan to Gizmodo"
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Date: Monday, 22 Sep 2014 23:04

Badass photo of an F-15 refueling

So the US Air Force is on Instagram and sometimes they post some nice shots. This one is not just nice. This one really kicks ass. It reminds me of Macross for some reason. The F-15 is still so damn cool.

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Author: "Jesus Diaz on Sploid, shared by Casey Chan to Gizmodo" Tags: "airplanes, f-15, cool"
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Date: Monday, 22 Sep 2014 23:00

Steam Is Getting A Massive Overhaul

Valve is changing Steam in a big way, overhauling the front page and adding some brand new features that will drastically change the way we find and buy PC games on the ubiquitous digital store.

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Author: "Jason Schreier on Kotaku, shared by Casey Chan to Gizmodo" Tags: "steam, steam discovery update, valve, ko..."
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Date: Monday, 22 Sep 2014 23:00

Hear Michael Jackson and Freddie Mercury Sing A Duet, 33 Years Later

In 1981 Freddie Mercury recorded "There Must Be More to Life Than This," which originally featured additional vocals from Michael Jackson. The song was eventually released without Jackson's voice, but thanks to the new compilation Queen Forever, you can finally hear Freddie and Michael together.

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Author: "Alissa Walker" Tags: "queen forever, music, freddie mercury, q..."
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Date: Monday, 22 Sep 2014 22:33

Escape from demolishing fire proves that cats have nine lives

Legend says that cats have nine lives. Science says that's superstition based on uncanny reflexes and amazing flexibility. Whatever. Looking at this video of the fire of the Towers Hotel—a historic hotel in Dauphin, Manitoba—I'm saying nine damn lives and scientists can go poop in a litter box for all I care.

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Author: "Jesus Diaz on Sploid, shared by Casey Chan to Gizmodo" Tags: "cute, cats, wow"
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Date: Monday, 22 Sep 2014 21:55

These Tiny Diamond Nanothreads Could Someday Support a Space Elevator

A team of scientists just strung a tone of the world's smallest diamonds into superstrong nanothreads. That makes for one impressive (and basically invisible) necklace, but the applications of these nanothreads don't end there. They could someday help string up an elevator to space—just like in science fiction.

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Author: "Adam Clark Estes" Tags: "diamonds, space elevator, materials scie..."
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Date: Monday, 22 Sep 2014 21:48

Is this the most ridiculously looking scientific discovery of all time?

This is Gary Dryfoos demonstrating one of the 2014 Ig Noble prizes: Use bacon "to stop uncontrollable, life-threatening nosebleeds." Seriously, it's a real research paper and it has already saved lives. Watch the ceremony to see the most ridiculous—but sometimes crucial and enlightening—scientific research of 2014.

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Author: "Jesus Diaz on Sploid, shared by Casey Chan to Gizmodo" Tags: "ig nobel 2014, fun, wtf"
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Date: Monday, 22 Sep 2014 21:45

Google Street View Is Blurring the Faces of Ancient Gods

Ever notice how all the faces are blurred in Google Street View photos? That happens thanks to a privacy-enabling robot . But it's not a perfect robot. The Google Street View robot not only blurs the faces of humans but also of statues, despite the fact that statues have no notion of privacy. Makes you think, doesn't it?

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Author: "Adam Clark Estes" Tags: "privacy, art, google street view, statue..."
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Date: Monday, 22 Sep 2014 21:30

How to Hack an Inkjet to Print Custom-Colored Makeup

After graduating from Harvard, Grace Choi decided that she wanted to target the makeup industry with a low-cost device that would actually let consumers simply print their own. And while she's working on perfecting (and raising the needed funding) to put her Mink printer into production, she's created a tutorial on how to hack a run-of-the-mill inkjet to actually print makeup.

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Author: "Andrew Liszewski" Tags: "diy, mink, gadgets, hacks, makeup, print..."
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