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The Pirate Bay is down, and CloudFlare’s cache is no help (Update: It’s back)

After only a few months of reliable service, The Pirate Bay is down again. The cause of the outage is unknown (we somehow doubt Game of Thrones pirates have overloaded the servers), but the outage has been ongoing for a few hours, so it’s not a minor blip.<p>All we know is that The Pirate Bay’s host …

Texting this phone number will get you 'anything you want as long as it's not illegal'

What if you could text a number and get anything you want?<p>That's the ambitious goal of a new startup called Magic, a text-messaging-based concierge service that promises to pull strings, place orders, and schedule deliveries all so you don't have to.<p>Magic doesn't have a dedicated app. It instead …

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100 Years of Earthquake Data Becomes an 8-Day-Long Orchestral Arrangement

David Johnson created a program that built an orchestra composition from a century of seismic waves.<p>If the Earth's tremors were performed by a full orchestra, it might sound like creative technologist David Johnson’s “data auralizations.” Using 100 years of global earthquake data—a set that …

How do you break your penis?

Erections are fascinating things. Did you know the little blighters even occur in the womb? And that men well into their nineties report fully functioning trouser salutes? Something to look forward to then, along with the free bus pass.<p>They can also lead to all sorts of mishaps – the type of …

Inflammation

Wormhole to another galaxy may exist in Milky Way

A space-time tunnel could exist in the middle of the Milky Way and we could travel through it, say scientists<p>A giant doorway to another galaxy may exist at the centre of the Milky Way, a study suggests.<p>Scientists believe that dark matter at the centre of our galaxy could sustain a wormhole that we …

The real story behind Santa Claus

<b>(CNN) —</b> Don't tell the kids, but we've got Santa Claus all wrong.<p>Countless Christmas songs tell us that Santa is basically the Judge Judy of juveniles. He decides who's been naughty or nice, and doles out presents or punishments accordingly.<p>But historians say Kris Kringle was originally created to …

The hacker war that may decide whether console gamers can play online Christmas Day (update)

Two groups of self-described hackers have been fighting for nearly a month over a threat to take down the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live on Christmas Day.<p>Lizard Squad (this new Twitter account was suspended as I wrote this story) announced in early December its plans to take down both online …

Gear VR fixes one of virtual reality's most annoying problems

Virtual reality can make your few moments of downtime feel surreal.<p>Last evening I was floating a few meters underwater, surrounded by half-submerged hunks of ice and Narwhals. I was "playing" a sort of passive underwater experience on the newly-released Gear VR, Samsung's portable virtual reality …

Graves of 'vampires' discovered in Poland were cholera victims

Archaeologists have discovered the graves of cholera victims which were treated like vampires to stop them rising from the grave and infecting the locals<p>When archaeologists discovered graves in Poland where the dead had been buried with sickles across their throats and rocks under their chins, they …

Seconds from death: student photographs bear moments before it killed him

A series of newly released photographs reveal the final moments of a New Jersey student’s life before he was killed by a bear.<p>Darsh Patel, a 22-year-old Rutgers University student, was hiking with four friends in the Apshawa Preserve in West Milford, New Jersey, in September when he was mauled to …

Ex-BioShock developers' game falls well short of crowdfunding goal

<i>The Black Glove</i>, a game proposed by developers let go from the former Irrational Games when it shut down unexpectedly in the winter, has ended its crowdfunding campaign more than $300,000 short of its goal.<p><i>The Black Glove</i>, by Day For Night Games, received $216,517, though that figure was less than …