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Inside the Battle of Hoth

By Spencer Ackerman<p>How did the Galactic Empire <i>ever</i> cement its hold on the Star Wars Universe? The war machine built by Emperor Palpatine and run by …

Watch This Freaky Gyro Cube Balance Perfectly, Defying Gravity

All Google wants for Christmas is a bunch of scary ass robots. Clearly, the big ticket items under the tree are Big Dog and the rest of the Boston …

Google AI Team Lets You Build Quantum Computing Traps in Minecraft

You hack your way through vines into the ziggurat and then follow dark passageways until arriving in a stone-block room. There's a sign on the wall. …

Maths is fun (sometimes)

In my secondary school, one of the maths teachers had a sign in his window saying "Maths is Fun". Of course, we often mocked this on a regular basis; we were adolescents and therefore knew everything, so poured endless scorn on the claims of teachers with the worldly cynicism of 14-year-olds.<p>But …

Tech Time Warp of the Week: Jim Henson's Muppet Computer, 1963

Computer H14 isn't shy about telling you how great he is.<p>"The machine possesses supreme intelligence, a faultless memory, and a beautiful soul," H14 …

11 Hidden Messages in Company Logos

When Wendy's redesigned its logo in 2013, the company insisted the word "MOM" in the collar was unintentional. But plenty of other logos contain …

Donald Glover

If William Shakespeare Had Written Star Wars

Though <b>William Shakespeare</b> regularly dominates surveys of the greatest literature of all time, he remains a surprisingly controversial figure of literary history — while some believe The Bard profoundly changed modern life, others question whether he wrote anything at all. Doubts of authorship …

College Student's Speech Makes Him King of the Nerds

If the nerds of the world ever come together to elect a president for all geek-kind, this kid should definitely run.<p>The epic — yes, epic, there is no …

79 Words You're Most Likely Mispronouncing

A dysfunctional family is more than disagreement or constant arguments. Anything from plain neglect, to abuse and even verbal and physical violence …

Wenn Einarmige klatschen und Mistkäfer Sterne gucken

Erst lachen, dann nachdenken: Die Ig-Nobelpreise zeichnen jedes Jahr witzige Forschung aus. Ein absurdes Verbot brachte auch Weißrusslands Diktator …

How Do You Pour Water Up Into a Glass?

What the heck? Did gravity reverse itself to make this water flow UP? No, not quite. But this trick is indeed impressive. I've looked at this same …

Hear Shakespeare As It Was Meant To Be Heard

The stereotypical English accent of today is not the English accent of Shakespeare’s time, which goes at least some way towards explaining why, when …

Seven tips to beat German bureaucracy

Any 60 minutes spent waiting at an <i>Amt</i> can engender real fears that the time-space continuum has stretched, leaving you sitting on a hard chair …

Seven Great, Underrated Desktop Wallpaper Sites

When it comes to decorating your desktop with new wallpaper, you probably have some favorite sources already, and we hopefully our Wallpaper …

Creator of xkcd Reveals Secret Backstory of His Epic 3,099-Panel Comic

When <i>xkcd</i> creator Randall Munroe first posted a new installment of his webcomic titled "Time" on March 25, it looked deceptively simple: a picture of …