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15 Heart-Stopping Skywalks That Will Turn Your Legs To Jelly

A few weeks ago, we showed you a terrifying Alpine tourist attraction called "Step Into the Void." It's a glass cage that hangs more than 3,300 feet above the mountains. But the Void is hardly the first heart-stopping skywalk—in fact, these are dozens out there that are just as scary. Read More >>

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21 Pictures of America's Modern-Day Ice Age

This week temperatures across the United States dipped to -26.7 degree Celsius on the heels of the frigid, dense air known as a polar vortex, which has swept across the Midwest and through a huge portion of the United States, with Chicago being particularly affected. Read More >>

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Oslo in Crisis: Norwegian Recycling Town Is Running Out of Trash to Burn

Norway's capital city has a serious waste management issue—they're way too good at it. Half of Oslo's 1.4 million residents rely on a steady stream of refuse to power their appliances and heat their homes. Problem is, there just isn't enough trash to go around. Read More >>

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Japan Turned the One Surviving Tsunami Tree Into a Gigantic Sculpture

Two years ago yesterday, Japan was ravaged by a horrible tsunami. And now, right on the anniversary of the disaster, there's a new memorial to the people and things who lived through it: the "miracle tree" that survived the surge has now been converted into a sculpture. Read More >>

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Mexicali Police Deflate Smugglers' Compressed-Air "Marijuana Cannon"

Border fences are really tall so it's not like you can just throw your packages of marijuana over them. No, you'd need something like a weed-apult or, better yet, a weed cannon to heave them over the wall. Read More >>

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Fireworks Truck Explodes, Takes Out Massive Bridge in Most Festive Tragedy Ever

A horrible thing has happened today in China's Henan Province. A truck loaded to the gills with fireworks — intended for the country's upcoming Lunar New Year celebration — fired off its wares on a busy highway, leading to six minutes of the most brightly lit, celebratory destruction in recent memory. Read More >>

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10 James Bond Gadgets That Actually Exist — And One That Needs To

There have been 23 Bond movies made In the past 50 years — full of lethal, handy, futuristic, awesome, and sometimes funny gadgets. Most are still too fantastic to be real, but some have transcended the silver screen to become naturalised residents of the Real World. These are our favourites. Read More >>

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So Where the Hell Do I Get Cool Christmas Decorations?

Christmas decorations are so tacky. And not wonderfully tacky. Terrible. I hate them. There must be a place to get better ones. Or do I have to make them myself? Whatever, I'm open to anything. Help! Read More >>

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Eagle-Eyed Argus II: An Artificial Retina That Reads For the Blind

The advent of cochlear implants in the 1970s and ocular implants in the early 2000s revolutionised hearing and vision loss treatment by circumventing damaged organs with digital prostheses that directly stimulated neural pathways. But these devices have been poor substitutes for the real thing. That is, until now. Read More >>

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Is It Immoral to Own an iPhone 5?

So many things are made in China: DVD players, handbags, adorable shoes, kitchen gadgets, watches, t-shirts, laptops, and more. Some of them are made in happy, shiny factories. Some are born out of deplorable labour conditions that ruin and cost lives. We usually don't know which. Read More >>

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How NASA Prevents a Space Plague Outbreak

In the early days of space exploration, NASA basically made up procedure on the fly. With little knowledge of the world outside our atmosphere, agency physicians worried what humans might encounter out there. Maybe John Glenn would go Space Blind. Maybe the Apollo 11 crew would track an Andromeda Strain through the Lunar Command Module, unleashing a deadly moon virus on a defenseless earth. Read More >>

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10 Stupid, Crazy, Wonderful Gadget Fails

More than most other fields, technology prides itself on being a hotbed of innovation. It's easy to forget, though, that innovation is messy, and for every iPod, there are a few dozen portable, wrist-mounted 8-track players. Here are ten failed gadgets that were unabashedly crazy. Read More >>

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The Undercover Story on How Someone Infiltrated Foxconn to See How They Make the iPhone 5

A reporter from the Shanghai Evening Post pretended to be a new worker at the Foxconn Tai Yuan factory to get an insider's look at how the factory is going to make the next iPhone 5. He spent a total of 10 days inside and gave us the undercover story of what goes on in the making of the next iPhone. Read More >>

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How a Simple Fungus Might Resurrect the Legendary Stradivarius Violin

Because the few remaining instruments can fetch millions of pounds at auction, scientists have been trying to pinpoint exact what makes a Stradivarius sound so phenomenal so they can be recreated. It's partly due to a rare type of wood used by Antonio Stradivari that a Swiss wood researcher has managed to artificially recreate using a couple of species of fungus. Read More >>

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Would You Pay Less for Backup Storage You Can't Immediately Access?

So Amazon Glacier is here as super cheap storage for "data that is infrequently accessed and for which retrieval times of several hours are suitable." But that's different from a lot of the storage you might have used in the past. Read More >>

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How Is It Possible That Olympic Athletes Keep Breaking World Records?

The Olympics are over. Athletes have been crowned. GIFs have been made. And World records have been broken. In four years, we'll do the same thing all over again. And world records will continue to be broken. How is that possible? How do Olympic athletes keep getting better and keep breaking records? Will it ever stop? Can humans ever "max out"? Read More >>

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