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Jamstik+ review: Not quite a guitar replacement, but a great tool for beginners

When I was growing up, my mom would put me in a variety of classes: ballet, piano, swimming. After a semester of each course, I would get bored and move on to something new. The varied curiosity was fun at the time, but eventually it led to my lack of skills in any one outlet.<p>I didn’t realize how …

Windows 10's face detection isn't easily fooled by twins

Windows 10's facial recognition is supposed to make it easy to sign into your PC while maintaining security, but just how good is it? Good enough that even your doppelganger might not get in, apparently. <i>The Australian</i> has conducted an informal test where it tried to fool Windows using sets of …

Dreamy Photos of the Finnish Landscape

Mika Suutari is an avid nature photographer based in Southern Finland. Suutari is into pictures with an intense atmosphere and he deliberately …

7 Things You (Probably) Don't Know About Marvel's 'Avengers'

From Hulk Smash to Hawkeye's eyes, there's tons of behind-the scenes trivia we're guessing you probably didn't know about the first "Avengers" movie.<p>categories Movies, Trivia

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David Beckham's Style Transformation Through The Years

Star Wars X-Wing And TIE Fighter Games Come To Steam

Well it’s essentially Star Wars time, with May the 4th in sight and the new movie set for launch later this year – and it probably won’t <i>not</i> be Star Wars time ever again if Disney has its way. To celebrate, Steam is hosting a big Star Wars Day sale, with discounts on classic games, and debuting the …

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The Nexpaq modular smartphone case will let you add lasers to your mobile

The concept of a modular smartphone that lets you quickly swap in components like a bigger battery or better camera has been around for a few years now, but the best-known example — Google's Project Ara — is still firmly in the prototype stage. Now, however, a new Kickstarter campaign is offering …


Unity Will Be Able To Build Games For Microsoft’s HoloLens

The Unity game engine is arguably the de facto standard for those dabbling in Oculus Rift development.<p>But that doesn’t mean the Unity/Rift relationship is particularly exclusive — that’s hardly Unity’s style.<p>Thus, Unity today announced support for an entirely different headset platform: Microsoft’s …

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4 new things we learned about Windows 10 from Microsoft Build 2015

Joe Belfiore, Microsoft's corporate VP of the operating systems group, took to the Build 2015 stage to go over new Windows 10 features.<p>As expected, Windows 10 got some face time at Microsoft's Build 2015 event in San Francisco, and Joe Belfiore took the stage to go over several of its newest …


Newly Discovered Species Looks Exactly Like Kermit the Frog

Down in Costa Rica, scientists have discovered an adorable, familiar-looking new species. This newfound amphibian is a frog known as Diane's Bare-hearted Glassfrog, since its underbelly is translucent and takes on the appearance of glass. Most surprisingly, this extraordinary creature looks just …


Visually Stunning Nature Footage Edit Set to “Hello Tomorrow” by Karen O | Colossal

<p>Hey, Happy Earth Day! What better way to celebrate than watching remarkable footage of wildly random creepy crawly things in slow motion set to <i>Hello</i> …


Watch the Transformation of NYC's Skyline Unfold in an Elevator to the Top of the World Trade Center

Visitors to the One World Trade Center can now watch the evolution of New York City unfold before their eyes. The elevators to the observatory at the top of the building show an animated timelapse depicting the development of the city's skyline from the 1500s to today, as is seen in this video by …


Star Destroyer for Sale on Craigslist

It's a bit of a fixer-upper<p>Now that you've seen the second trailer for the new <i>Star Wars</i>, you're undoubtedly restless for December. You need something …


6 Warm, Fresh-Baked Breads That Steal The Spotlight

These warm, fresh-baked breads and biscuits make a delicious addition to any meal -- don't be surprised if they upstage everything else on the table!<p><b>1. Rosemary Focaccia</b><p>Expecting company? Focaccia is a flavorful and easy-to-make Italian flat bread that feeds a crowd. This classic version is topped …


Scientists now know why popcorns pop

The popping sound made by popcorn is normally viewed as a pleasing cue that your snack is ready to eat, but for scientists the phenomenon represented one of nature’s significant unsolved problems.<p>Now a French team say they have settled the question of why popcorn pops through a series of high-speed …


Watching Mesmerizing Drip Paintings Will Never Get Old

Holton Rower's pour painting timelapse breaks the internet one drip at a time.<p><b>This article was originally published on February 17, 2015 but we think it still rocks!</b><p>It's unlikely that watching paint drip has ever been as transfixing as it is in the video below. Which is likely why the old clip of …




25 Fantastic and Funny Photos Celebrate Photoshop's 25th Birthday

Happy Birthday, Photoshop! Twenty-five years ago, this week, a little graphics editing program named Photoshop was born. Fast forward a few decades and now we're living in a world where surreal-looking images are all around us. As part of the celebration, Adobe has launched a search for 25 of the …


3 places better than Craigslist to buy and sell used items

When you want to buy or sell something used online, your first thought might be to use Craigslist. After all, it's the site that brought the newspaper classifieds into the digital world and today has nearly 40 million new listings every month.<p>Of course, using Craigslist does have valid concerns. …


How 40,000 Tons of Cosmic Dust Falling to Earth Affects You and Me

Our bodies are made of remnants of stars and massive explosions in the galaxies, authors say.<p>Astrophysics and medical pathology don't, at first sight, appear to have much in common. What do sunspots have to do with liver spots? How does the big bang connect with cystic fibrosis?<p>Astrophysicist Karel …

Hunting For Big Planets Far Beyond Pluto May Soon Be Easier

On a mountaintop in Chile, excavators have just started work on a construction site. It will soon be home to a powerful new telescope that will have a good shot at finding the mysterious Planet X, if it exists.<p>"Planet X is kind of a catchall name given to any speculation about an unseen companion …


5 Ground Animals That Are Cooler Than Groundhogs

It's Groundhog Day! Why is this a holiday? (And why isn’t it called Whistle-Pig Day instead?) We celebrate groundhogs in February in part because these squirrel relatives are still in deep hibernation at this point, living off their copious fat reserves until it’s warm again. Their stirrings remind …


In The Future, You Can Control Your Tesla From Your Watch

Starting at just $50,349<p>If you're a Tesla Model S owner, you're already part of a technologically elite crowd, so it's hardly out of the question that you might be in the market for an Apple Watch when the wearable device ships this April. But you might be further enticed by an app that promises to …

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Science Is Beautiful: The Human Body Under The Microscope

A new book showcases the magnificent micro-world<p><i>Science Is Beautiful</i>, a new book by Colin Salter, is a compilation of images that show what the human body looks like under a microscope. With an artistic eye, the book showcases cells, microbes, and more. Here are some of our favorite images from</i> …

See it! Best pics of full moon and Jupiter

An awesome gallery of photos of Jupiter and the full moon on February 3-4, 2015. Photos by EarthSky friends. Thank you all!<p>What a sight … the full …


Watch a McDonald's Burger Decay in Real Time

An ordinary McDonald's burger and fries sits beneath a glass dome inside a hostel in Reykjavik, Iceland. The meal is 1,922 days old. It has been preserved by a local resident, Hjortur Smarason, for no good reason. You can watch a live stream of the burger, which is now over five years old.


This Chef is Growing His Own Salt, and It's Delicious

Not all salt comes from the ocean—some comes from a mason jar in Ohio.<p>Not all salt comes from the ocean—some comes from a mason jar in Ohio. At …

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