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The curious story of why the Jedi are called Jedi

If you're a cinema fan you may know part of this story but, if you aren't, this video is a summary of how American westerns influenced the samurais …

Throwback Thursday: More Vintage Nuclear Reactor Cutaways Than You've (Probably) Ever Seen In One Place

Everyone loves a good cutaway illustration (and we've got no shortage on Core77 (just take a look at our entire series on cutaway masters). We've …

Lego Robot With a Smartphone Brain Shatters Rubik's Cube World Record

Cubestormer 3 is a robot with just one job—to solve a scrambled Rubik's Cube as swiftly as possible. Today, at the Big Bang Fair in Birmingham, UK, …

It's Okay To Be Insanely Jealous of This Kid's AT-AT Rocking Horse

Even though it's still not quite finished, it's ok to envy the toddler who'll be riding off into the imaginary twin sunset aboard this AT-AT rocking …

Out in the Open: Man Creates One Programming Language to Rule Them All

Stefan Karpinski was building a software tool that could simulate the behavior of wireless networks, and his code was a complete mess. But it wasn't …

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17 Cosmic Toys From The Age Of The Space Race

The Space Race between the USA and USSR was the most intensive scientific competition of the twentieth century, and its indirect effects were …

Want a Fair Society? Keep Tech Out of the Free Market

The free market model for society has its roots in 18th-century notions of natural law: the idea that humans are self-interested and self-commanded …

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Behold, the Badass Beauty of Boro

Since the dawn of time, high fashion has recycled low... and congratulated itself for doing so. Antique Japanese boro fabric, increasingly popular …