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Best Roundup Posts of 2013

10. An Alternative to the Sliding Door: 12 Pivot Doors Leading to Patios<br>The almighty pivot door is changing the game, elevating how patios look and …

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Protesters swarm Thai finance ministry

Protesters in Thailand's capital have entered the finance ministry compound in an escalating campaign to topple the government and put an end to what they say is the continued influence of the deposed former prime minister, Thaksin Shinawatra.<p>A crowd of protesters swarmed into the compound's …

The Observer's 20 photographs of the week

The best photography in news, culture and sport from around the world this week

1.8-million-year-old skull shakes mankind’s family tree

Some had protruding foreheads, others had short, squashed faces. Some had enormous jaw muscles and big teeth, while others had enormous heads to hold bigger brains.<p>They had one thing in common, however: They were family -- our ancient family, that is, from around 2 million years ago.<p>The world's …

The book that made me quit my job

A couple years ago, I sat on a plane. I was returning home to DC after visiting my family in Utah, and the prospect of going back to work made me …

With iBeacon, Apple is going to dump on NFC and embrace the internet of things

At WWDC in June, Apple (s aapl) quietly announced iBeacon, one of the more prominent features of iOS 7. Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice …

Human Movement Converted Into Digital Sculptures | Colossal

<p>I’m really enjoying the visuals in this series of four idents for CCTV that translate human motion into digitally sculpted objects that look like …

A Closer Look At Elon Musk's Much-Hyped Hyperloop

You can thank brainy billionaire Elon Musk's Hyperloop proposal for bringing electro-magnetic-powered transportation and the linear induction motor back into the public consciousness.<p>The Hyperloop is a system for really-really rapid transit. If built, Musk claims it can carry people about 800 miles …

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