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This Unusually Short-Lived Fish Could Hold the Secrets to Getting Old
28-Feb-15   By: Sarah Zhang

The turquoise killifish is largely unremarkable except for how fast it ages. In just three months, it goes from a spry, young fish (left) to a decrepit, old one (right). For scientists who study aging, the turquoise killifish could be the key to their future experiments.


Hot Beer. No Really, Hot Beer. 
27-Feb-15   By: Adam Clark Estes

When I go home to Tennessee, nobody ever asks me if I want a beer. "How 'bout a col'beer?" say the Southerners as they toss a can through the air. (All one word.) The ice cold brew cuts through the summertime humidity nicely. This frigid February in New York City deserves a different kind of cocktail.


Holi: India's Most Colorful Festival
27-Feb-15   By: Björn Schütrumpf

The town of Pushkar in Rajasthan is supposed to have the most colorful celebration of Holi, the Hindu festival of colors. So, we packed up a trio of Royal Enfields and rode there from Mumbai.


How The Universe Is Saying Goodbye To Leonard Nimoy
27-Feb-15   By: Meredith Woerner

Leonard Nimoy passed away today. But his memory and legacy will live on forever in his fans and the lives of the people he touched — which is easy to see because right now because Twitter, Instagram and the rest of the Internet is teeming with touching Nimoy tributes. Here's how the world is responding.


50,000 Uber Drivers Had Their Personal Data Compromised
27-Feb-15   By: Matt Novak

On this week's edition of Late Friday News Dump: Uber's driver database was accessed by an unknown third party, compromising the personal information of about 50,000 drivers. So far there have been no reports of unauthorized use of the information.


The Many Meanings of Alksgskdgjals;hjg
27-Feb-15   By: Ashley Feinberg

You've seen it in a chat window. You've probably kldjhsljfalshj-ed a few times yourself. In context, it always makes since, but how can you properly explain the text-scream phenomenon of lakgjiosdgjitheiow? What does i;slahkdsgkuhdsj really mean?


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27-Feb-15   By: Jane-Claire Quigley

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Fukushima Is Teaching Us How Radioactivity Spreads 
27-Feb-15   By: Sarah Zhang

After the nuclear meltdown at Fukushima, scientists began a massive effort to monitor radioactive contamination of food grown nearby. And one good thing did come out of it—we learned how radioactivity moves through the ecosystem.


Use Google Translate to Transform Foreign Signs Before Your Eyes
27-Feb-15   By: David Nield

The best way to get along in a foreign country is to know the local lingo. But if you don't, your smartphone can help you cheat your way through. The instant picture translation feature rolled into Google Translate last month is only a tap away, though you shouldn't take everything it says at face value.


This Tiny Toolbox Transforms Into an Entire Woodshop
27-Feb-15   By: Andrew Liszewski

Who hasn't stumbled across an episode of This Old House or New Yankee Workshop on a lazy Saturday afternoon and dreamed of being as skilled a woodworker as Norm Abram?


No, a Cryptocurrency Can't Fix a Broken Economy
27-Feb-15   By: Kate Knibbs

Auroracoin, the digital currency given as a free hand-out to every resident of Iceland, was supposed to be a a salvo for a country rankled by a broken financial system. It was heralded as the beginning of hyper-localized cryptocurrencies; it became the second-largest cryptocurrency before it even launched, valued at half a billion dollars at its peak.


Spock And The Motorola StarTac
27-Feb-15   By: Wes Siler

My buddy Scott is this big time photographer who shoots all sorts of famous people. So, when news of Leonard Nimoy's death broke this morning, he had a fun little anecdote to tell me about the Star Trek actor and his favorite cell phone.


Reagan's Star Wars Missile Program Had Its Own Video Game
27-Feb-15   By: Matt Novak

Remember President Ronald Reagan's plan for space weapons in the 1980s? Today, it's little more than a punchline, but it used to be serious business. How serious? Video game serious. Yes, there really was an SDI video game, and thanks to the Internet Archive you can even play it.


The Humble Binder Clip Just Became Much More Useful 
27-Feb-15   By: Andrew Liszewski

Just because a product seems perfect doesn't necessarily mean there isn't room to squeeze just a little more usefulness out of it. Take the humble binder, or bulldog clip, as it's often called. Its simple design lets it keep giant stacks of paper in order, prevent loose cables from sliding off your desk—but with a tiny design tweak, it can also serve as a handy spot to hold a cup of coffee.


Inside the Gross, Predatory World of "Sexy Teen" Instagram Accounts
27-Feb-15   By: Kate Knibbs

Not feeling acutely queasy at the relentless perversion of our great big world yet today? Here ya go: Instagram accounts devoted to showcasing photos of "sexy teens" are becoming commenting hotbeds for swapping kiddie porn.


Google's Crazy New Campus Will Be Covered In Giant Canopied Domes
27-Feb-15   By: Sean Hollister

Apple is building a spaceship. Nvidia will work inside alien polygons . Amazon has its orbs . Soon, Google might have an crazy new headquarters of its own: A series of giant, transparent canopied buildings filled with open spaces for Googlers to congregate.


Listening to a Vintage Synth Next to Its Reboot Is Just So Satisfying
27-Feb-15   By: Mario Aguilar

Last year, Korg set out to recreate the Arp Odyssey, a legendary synth that went out of production back in 1981. How does the result sound? Pretty darn good!


Every Member Of The Avengers, Ranked
26-Feb-15   By: Rob Bricken

They're called Earth's Mightiest Heroes, but some of the are mightier than others. We've broken down all of the official Avengers — minus a few too recent to judge — to determine who should be assembled first when evil strikes.


Rest in Peace Leonard Nimoy, My Honorary Space Grandpa
27-Feb-15   By: Kaila Hale-Stern

I'm trying not to cry as I write this. Actor Leonard Nimoy has passed away at age 83, leaving behind a legion of grieving fans who have loved him all their lives, and millions of honorary "grandchildren" like me.


The Latest Fukushima Leak Was Unreported for Almost a Year
27-Feb-15   By: Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan

More reports, more mystery leaks, more questions about the complexity of cleaning up a broken nuclear plant.


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