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So You Think You're Smarter Than A CIA Agent

The morning I met Elaine Rich, she was sitting at the kitchen table of her small town home in suburban Maryland trying to estimate refugee flows in Syria.<p>It wasn't the only question she was considering; there were others:<p>Will North Korea launch a new multistage missile before May 10, 2014?<p>Will …

24 Hot & Spicy Recipes for Sriracha Week—or Any Week

From mapo tofu to jerk chicken, here are 24 spicy recipes guaranteed to make you sweat.<p>If you haven't figured it out already, we're big spice fiends here at <i>Bon Appétit</i>. So fiendish, in fact, that we're dedicating an entire week to foods that tingle our tongues, light our mouths on fire, and make us …


Watch A Robot 3-D Print With Metal

Autodesk teamed up with designer Joris Laarman to create the system.<p>Metal, despite being one of the most ubiquitous building materials, isn't something we see in 3-D printing too often. (Seriously: we've got pizza before small-scale, consumer steel printing.) But software company Autodesk, working …

The Definitive Ranking Of Poop

It's not the ranking we need, but the one we deserve right now.<p>Everyone poops. The young and old, the rich and the poor. But not all poop is created equal. Here are the different kinds of poop, ranked for your pleasure.

The Cubli

(YouTube link)<p>This is very weird to watch. The Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control in Zurich has developed a cube that can stand on its own …


After publishing Arduino tutorials for over seven years, John Boxall has taken a break for a while. You can still see the index of remaining articles …

Red Bull Illume Photo Contest 2013

The top 250 finalists have just been selected in the 3rd edition of the Red Bull Illume Image Quest photo competition. The contest invites photographers to submit images of the world of action and adventure sports in one of 10 categories, including Energy, Illumination, Sequence, and Experimental …

35 Random Corners Of The Internet You Should Visit When You Need A Break

Bookmark this for when you're having a bad day or when you just need a distraction and want to play. There's something so soothing about these single-serving sites.<p>Major h/t to this post by Tumblr user Writing Weasels and the website The Useless Web for providing me with endless hours of amusement.

Jackson Pollock

17 Tiny Pigs With Unrealistic Life Goals (PHOTOS)

These tiny pigs think they have it all figured out, but they are due for a rude awakening.<p><b>1. Little pig, you expect an Etsy store to be your only source of income in such an oversaturated marketplace???</b><p><i>Imgur</i><p><b>2. The odds of needing a tiny pig extra on "Law & Order: SVU" are so low.</b><p><i>Flickr:State Farm</i><p><b>3.</b> …

The Beauty of Making a Pen

This video makes me want to play on the lathe! Alexandre Chappel’s video shows him milling his own ball-point pen out of steel, brass, and aluminum.

31 Redneck DIYs That Are Borderline Genius

You can go ahead and keep your bourgeois "life hacks."


Pictures of Hipsters Taking Pictures of Food

47 Raspberry Pi Projects to Inspire Your Next Build

If you’re looking for inspiration for your first Raspberry Pi project, look no further than the several dozen projects entered in the first ever Raspberry Pi Design Contest, sponsored by MCM Electronics. All the projects were entered into one of four categories – Artistic, Educational, Enclosure, …

Where Are All the YouTube Stars Now?

Do you remember the first time you saw Gangnam Style? Or the first time you laughed at Antoine Dodson? Or even Charlie bit my finger? What about …

Gangnam Style

Why the mantis shrimp is my new favorite animal

Articles about world’s most impressive bridges on - Dwell

The University of Toronto’s John P. Robarts Research Library contains 4.8 million books, 4.1 million microforms, and 740,000...<p>Hulking on the edge of the trendy Eastern Docklands in Amsterdam, the Lloyd Hotel is a storied mammoth.<p>In San Antonio, Morgan’s Inspiration Island opens for its second …

Single Topic Blog of the Day: Reasons Why My Son is Crying

Check out “Reasons My Son is Crying,” an anonymous dad’s daily Tumblr blog featuring photographs of his bawling toddler with captions describing all the inane reasons that made him upset, including (from top left, clockwise):<p>He wasn’t allowed to drink bath water<br>• He was asked to play with his trains<br>• He wasn’t allowed to spill his ice water<br>• He was forbidden from drowning in a pond

$35 Computer: The Vast Possibilities of Raspberry Pi

The bare-bones Raspberry Pi comes with no keyboard, no monitor, and no operating system. But the Linux-based blank computing slate opens a world of coding possibilities—if you're patient. (Note: There's now an even simpler $25 Raspberry Pi, the Model A.)<p><b>The Raspberry Pi is about the most</b> minimalist …

Raspberry Pi

28 Incredibly Beautiful Places You Won't Believe Actually Exist

I want to go to there.

Yellowstone National Park

The 33 Most Beautiful Abandoned Places In The World

Can't wait until the world ends and EVERYTHING looks like this.