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How Video Games Revived The Dying Art Of Japanese Woodprinting

A successful Kickstarter campaign that depicts classic video characters like Mario and Zelda in medieval Japan has injected new designs into an ancient but stagnating craft.<p>Whether Hyrule or the Mushroom Kingdom, we’re used to video game heroes saving their own respective pixel worlds. This is the …

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Massive Yosemite blaze may have been sparked by illegal marijuana growers

The massive forest fire that has scorched 348 square miles in and around Yosemite National Park may have been sparked by illegal marijuana growers, according to one fire official in Tuolumne County.<p>The San Jose Mercury News reports that Todd McNeal, chief of the Twain Harte Fire Department, told a …

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An Ingenious Bicycle-Powered Treehouse Elevator Lifts a Rider 30 Feet in Seconds | Colossal

<p>Over the last few weeks Ethan Schlussler has been working on a beautifully designed 30-foot-high treehouse and quickly became tired of “climbing a …