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Football Physics And The Science Of Deflategate

Does the ideal gas law explain 11 deflated footballs?<p>News reports say that 11 of the 12 game balls used by the New England Patriots in their AFC championship game against the Indianapolis Colts were deflated, showing about 2 pounds per square inch (psi) less pressure than the 13 psi required by the …

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How binge-watching has changed TV forever

As 75 per cent of viewers admit to "binge-watching" TV series on streaming services such as Netflix, we look at how gorging on box sets has changed our viewing habits<p>There used to be a time when, once a week, colleagues would gather around the water cooler to discuss the previous night's episode of …

The Best Craft Breweries in America From A to Z

We tapped nine beer experts from around the nation to select just one outstanding U.S. craft brewery for each letter of the alphabet. Of course, there are only 26 letters in the alphabet -- around 1 percent of the craft breweries there are in America -- which means there's a 99-percent chance you …

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Delightful Illustrations Depict R2-D2 Dressed as Other Superheroes

Fantasy worlds collide in Steve Berrington's delightful illustrations that depict Star Wars icon R2-D2 dressed up as superheroes from other realms. The lovable droid crosses Marvel, DC Comic and Lucasfilm lines to don a Superman cape, pick up Captain America's shield and try on Wonder Woman's …

When Will Humanity Finally Pull The Plug On Power Cords?

Look, ma, no wires!<p>In the mobile age, we're largely unfettered by wires, thanks in no small part to Wi-Fi, cellular networking, and the rise of laptops, smartphones, and tablets. But one thin tether keeps us perennially bound: power. Though battery technologies have improved, we still need to …

Ubuntu Linux is now ready to power your appliances and robots

Ubuntu Linux has spread to quite a few platforms in its 10-year history, if not always successfully. Today, though, the open source software is tackling what could be its greatest challenge yet: the internet of things. Canonical has released a version of its stripped-down snappy Ubuntu Core for …

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Who wouldn't want to live in this enchanting little Swedish micro home?

Here at Boing Boing, we do love tiny houses! Hus-1 is a small house designed and built by Swedish micro-home designer Torsten Ottesjö.<p>The project is …

Penis Ring Thrust Counter And Sexual Performance App

<i>HIYO, totally thought that dude's finger was a pecker at first.</i><p>Because what man hasn't dreamed of sporting a BlueTooth and Wi-Fi connected ring …

Twitter vs. Facebook as a news source: Ferguson shows the downsides of an algorithmic filter

While Twitter has been alive with breaking news about the events in Ferguson, Mo. after the shooting of an unarmed black man — video clips posted by …

How algorithms rule the world

Mathematics,Data protection,Science,Computing,Programming,Technology,NSA,US news,US national security,World news,Financial sector,Crime,US crime<p>The NSA revelations highlight the role sophisticated algorithms play in sifting through masses of data. But more surprising is their widespread use in our …

Why the Security of USB Is Fundamentally Broken

Computer users pass around USB sticks like silicon business cards. Although we know they often carry malware infections, we depend on antivirus scans …

AWS Summit London 2014 | Scaling on AWS for the First 10 Million Users (200)

This mid-level technical session will provide an overview of the techniques that you can use to build high-scalabilty applications on AWS. Take a journey from 1 user to 10 million users and understand how your application's architecture can evolve and which AWS services can help as you increase the …

Why the operating system still (kind of) matters

Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth has been beating the Linux drum for years — particularly around the Ubuntu distribution that Canonical develops …

Context Cards: A Peek At Facebook’s 5-Year Plan

These white cards will appear in your mobile feed soon, where they’ll dig through what your friends thought of the experiences you’re having now.<p>Last week, Facebook began testing new features you may spot within the Facebook iPhone app. They’re called context cards (unofficially), and whenever you …

Critics are raving about Biennale's big hit

Brandis, a Queenslander, is one of the arts world's most idiosyncratic and versatile figures. Subjected to chronic persecution by the National Party …

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg Takes White House To Task Over Privacy

Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg published an open letter on Thursday in which he takes the White House to task over "the behavior of the U.S. government."<p>While he does not say so explicitly, Zuckerberg is clearly referring to the reports of widespread surveillance undertaken by the National …

Almost a third of new U.S. electricity came from solar last year

Solar power crashed its way onto the U.S. power grid last year and is now fundamentally changing the makeup of how energy is being produced and …

The Google Smartwatch Is Real, And It’s Coming Soon (But Maybe Not Too Soon)

Google’s long-rumored smartwatch is real, and still “officially” expected to begin shipping in mid to late March. However, many members of the smartwatch team inside Google believe that date will either be pushed back to June, or the watch will end up shipping incomplete with a smaller feature set …

Harvard researchers look to termites as inspiration for autonomous building robots

Termites may be among the most repellent and invasive insects on the planet, but they've also provided the inspiration for a set of swarm-based construction robots designed by a group of Harvard researchers. The TERMES robot project is based on the behavior of actual termites: while the insects may …

Instagram Hacker Plays the Hero, Pockets 'Four-Figure' Reward

An Instagram hacker elected to play the hero instead of the villain.<p>Christian Lopez Martin, a self-identified freelance security researcher, …

25 Must-Have Plugins for WordPress Multisite Networks

This is a relatively new plugin, which includes more than 12 Multisite enhancements, such as:<p>– An “Add New” link under the plugins menu for super …

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How to Throw a Chinese New Year Dumpling Party

From wrappers and fillings to dipping sauces, all you need to know to make dumplings for Chinese New Year, courtesy of Beijing's Black Sesame Kitchen<p>Even before the metaphorical Chinese New Year's ball drops this Saturday night, families across China (and around the world) will already be stuffed …

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Serious ideas for increasing Facebook engagement | Sticky

No doubt at some stage, every marketing and comms manager with a Facebook page has asked some of the following questions:<p>1. how often should I post …

Chinese new year - in pictures

People around the world gather to see in the year of the horse

The blackouts during Australia's heatwave didn't happen by accident

Australia is experiencing the most extreme heatwave since the last one in 2013 and 2009.<p>While the sunburned country is used to hot weather, our infrastructure was not built to cope with several days of above 40°C temperatures. Now Victoria has now seen four consecutive days above 41°C, breaking …

Why Did This Top Science Journal Editor Expose A Blogger's Pen Name?

The pseudonymous Isis the Scientist had her name revealed after a confrontation on Twitter.<p>If you're in the scientific field, or even if you're just a regular reader of, say, this site, you're probably familiar with <i>Nature</i>, one of the top scientific journals in the world. They're the publishers of …

Canberra's National Zoo and Aquarium has welcomed a very cute new addition. Mani is an endangered Goodfellow's Tree Kangaroo born to proud parents Oumak and Kubu. The rare roo is almost never born in captivity and came as a surprise to delighted keepers. http://bit.ly/1hNr9yw

11 Expert Tips To Help You Be More Productive In 2014

Who doesn’t want to figure out how to get more done? Or get things done more efficiently? We asked some of the most productive people we know how you can tackle the New Year’s work.<p>Last year I used a kitchen timer to force myself to focus; I blocked the Internet and email so I couldn’t get …