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First Listen: No Age, 'An Object'

The L.A. duo No Age got its start playing weird, bruising, arty punk and noise, but its sound keeps morphing into something trickier to describe: Its fourth full-length album, <i>An Object</i>, finds No Age withholding bruising rushes of power and blistering payoffs as often as it doles them out. In their …

What Would You Do If Money Were No Object? Alan Watts on the Life of Purpose

British philosopher and writer Alan Watts (1915–1973), author of the cult-classic <i>The Way of Zen</i>, played a key role in popularizing Eastern philosophy in the West, like John Cage had done, in the middle of the 20th century. In this short remix video, a fine complement to this omnibus of wisdom on …

The Best Craigslist Missed Connection Ad of All Time

OK maybe that's overselling it a tad, but we couldn't help but fall in love with this beautifully written Missed Connection. There's so much truth in …

The 11 Most Important Political Science Fiction Movies

Science fiction looks to the future — but it also reflects the time when it was created. And the best science fiction often holds up a distorting …

How Upvote/Downvote Sites like Reddit Breed Irrational Herd Behavior

Are you a think-for-yourselfer? Do you weigh positive and negative Yelp reviews with a cold, dispassionate sagacity? Do you fancy yourself immune to …

Mystery particle could revolutionize personal electronics

A strange, newly discovered particle could shrink a laptop computer's hard drive to the size of a peanut and an iPod's drive to the size of a rice …

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Extraordinary Carving Discovered Inside Ancient Maya Pyramid

Archaeologists are calling it a "once-in-a-lifetime find" — a 1,400 year-old frieze vividly decorated with images of gods and rulers. Considered a …

7 Dystopian Technologies That Would Never Exist in Real Life

Everybody loves dystopias nowadays — especially dystopias where the evil overlords have crazy unstoppable gear. But a shockingly high number of …

Why can't Einstein and Quantum Mechanics get along?

Despite our successes at describing the inner workings of the universe (Higgs, anyone?), there are still some gaping holes in our knowledge. Where's …

Train yourself to see impossible colors

Hiding in the shadows between the colors we see everyday are weird, impossible shades, colors that you shouldn't be able to see and generally …

The Coolest and Weirdest Artworks That Are Visible from Space

How do we know that aliens aren't watching us right now? We don't. There could be cloaked vessels right on our doorstep. Luckily, some intrepid souls …

New Computer Programming Language Imitates The Human Brain

As we pointed out earlier this week, we’re still far from being able to replicate the awesome power of the human brain. So rather than use …

Watch this truck explode an astounding 39 times

Question: How does a single vehicle manage to explode nearly 40 individual times in the course of seven minutes? Answer: <i>Exactly like this.</i><p>The truck …

How a pair of torpedos led to the worst shark attack in history

On July 26, 1945, the <i>USS Indianapolis</i> reached the island of Tinian, where it delivered the components and enriched uranium necessary for the atomic …

Iconic Painter Agnes Martin on Art, Solitude, and the Secret of Happiness

<b>Agnes Martin</b> (March 22, 1912–December 16, 2004) — legendary abstract painter, revered minimalist, celebrated reconstructionist — has arguably done for modern art what John Cage has for music. In this short 1997 interview by Chuck Smith and Sono Kuwayama, an 85-year-old Martin shares her wisdom on …

Download Knowledge Directly to Your Brain, Matrix-Style

Scientists from Boston University are developing a “Matrix like” technology that will let us upload/download knowledge directly into our brain. …

Entrepreneurs Were More Likely To Cause Trouble As Teens, Study Says

"Disrupting" norms is profitable when you're a 35-year-old tech maven. When you're 16, it just makes you a delinquent.<p>In many respects, we view entrepreneurs as successful, self-made men and women. We value their innovation and charitable endeavors. Yet we also associate plenty of negative …

Work Alone: Ernest Hemingway’s 1954 Nobel Acceptance Speech

<i>“One can never be alone enough to write,”</i> Susan Sontag observed. Solitude, in fact, seems central to many great writers’ daily routines — so much so, it appears, that part of the writer’s curse might be the ineffable struggle to submit to the spell of solitude and escape the grip of loneliness at …

Lavabit's Ladar Levison: 'If You Knew What I Know About Email, You Might Not Use It'

Ladar Levison, 32, has spent ten years building encrypted email service Lavabit, attracting over 410,000 users. When NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden was revealed to be one of those users in July, Dallas-based Lavabit got a surge of new customers: $12,000 worth of paid subscribers, triple his usual …

Pirate Bay releases 'PirateBrowser' to sail round censorship, mark ten years on the ocean wave

The Pirate Bay may be many things, but one that it is not, is a pushover. It's moved location, received continuous heat from various courts, and, of course, done some time. But still, it doesn't give up. The latest effort is a browser designed to help you access the torrent site in locations where …

How Delusion Makes You More Productive

The first step to getting something done is deluding yourself into thinking you can do it.<p>How do you get something massive done–like building a business or writing a book or learning how to dance–when you’re not sure if you can make it happen? A.J. Jacobs has the hack: self-delusion.<p>Jacobs, whose …

Marina Abramovic Wants You to Stop Multitasking

The average attention span, which began eroding at a breakneck pace when the Internet arrived, shrunk to seconds with the widespread adoption of smartphones. It’s a problem that Marina Abramovic is hoping to curb.<p>Concentration is the key to the celebrated performance artist’s projects, most of …

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Acidgrooves announces Audio Plug-Ins Store App

The Acidgrooves Team has announced the upcoming release of the Acidgrooves Audio Plug-Ins Store App.<p>Inspired by the biggest application store, they …

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University of Texas students send yacht off-course with GPS exploit (video)

Students from the University of Texas gave us another reason not to mess with the Lone Star state: they'll hack your yacht. In cooperation with a luxury boat's owners, the Longhorns manipulated their $80 million vessel's nav system, covertly guiding it off-course -- all without the crew ever …

The FBI May Be Working To Install Surveillance Taps On Major US Telecom Carriers

According to a report in CNET today, the FBI wants to follow the NSA into broad surveillance of Internet data by forcing large telecommunications carriers to put in place what is described in the story as “eavesdropping technology.” Once installed, the technology would grant the FBI sweeping new …

Kickstarter bans project creators from giving away genetically-modified organisms

Kickstarter is clamping down on genetically-modified organisms following the success of a project to genetically engineer glowing plants for use as additional lighting in people's homes. Earlier this week and without explanation, the crowdfunding website quietly altered its guidelines for project …