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27 May 12:51

Hot Topic is buying ThinkGeek

by Daniel Cooper
Cooper Griggs

I guess it makes sense, but I don't think I like it as a consumer.

High school is teenage tribalism, which is why the Lip Service kids aren't going to hang with the Forever 21 set in the lunch hall. Now, however, Hot Topic has realized that it's got plenty in common with ThinkGeek, and has decided to swallow the nic...
27 May 14:00


27 May 15:37

Radically Diverse Australian Fungi Photographed by Steve Axford

by Christopher Jobson


Photographer Steve Axford (previously) continues his quest to document some of the world’s most obscure fungi found in locations around Australia. Axford lives and works in the Northern Rivers area of New South Wales in Australia where he often has to travel no further than his own back yard to make some of the discoveries you see here. The forms of fungi, slime molds, and lichens he prefers to document seem to have no limit in their diverse characteristics. Axford explained when we first featured his work last year that he suspects many of the tropical species he stumbles onto are often completely undocumented. You can follow more of Axford’s discoveries on Flickr and SmugMug.














26 May 14:12

The NSA wants to identify phone users by their finger swipes

by Jon Fingas
Cooper Griggs

Surprised it took this long to out this.

For the National Security Agency, the fingerprint reader on your smartphone just isn't secure enough. Lockheed Martin has confirmed to Nextgov that the intelligence outfit is testing Mandrake, an identification system that verifies who you are based ...
26 May 15:00

Share-iah Coke

Photograph shows a bottle of Coca-Cola with the words "Share a Coke with Isis" printed across the front.
27 May 04:26

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25 May 04:41


26 May 22:14

Thieves steal tax data for 100,000 from an IRS website

by Jon Fingas
Cooper Griggs


You might need to keep a closer eye than usual on your tax-related info. The Internal Revenue Service is warning that intruders stole tax data for 100,000 people between February and May by taking advantage of a flaw in the agency's transcript websit...
26 May 18:26

The Galaxy Tree

Cooper Griggs

great photo!

First came the trees. First came the trees.

26 May 15:59

baby goosesi did not want to get up for the early morning walk...

baby gooses

i did not want to get up for the early morning walk today, but was rewarded with my little guys.

as i was taking the first photo, a baby goose wandered up onto the trail and plopped itself down. the adult goose followed and we were pretty sure we’d have to detour. but the adult circled the baby, wandered down the hill, and the baby got up and did the same as we ambled by, inches away. 

this explains to me why the adults don’t appear to be afraid of us humans. if they grow up in this park with us so close, they learn we’re just gawkers and not a threat. 

well, not a threat except that i want to run up and squeeze them all.

26 May 17:50

Rick Satava’s Luminous Glass Blown Jellyfish Appear Suspended in Motion

by Kate Sierzputowski


The jellyfish tank is the first environment I always run to when visiting an aquarium. I’m drawn to the luminous quality of the underwater creatures’ bodies, as well as their inclusion in a scene that appears to need no sources of artificial light. Glass artist Rick Satava was also captivated by these creatures in the late 80s, and after a trip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium he began to experiment with sculptures that mimicked the experience of a jellyfish’s elegant glide through the water.

Satava began selling these sculptures in 1990, and by 2002 he was crafting about 300 pieces of work a month. The bright jellyfishes he creates are suspended in the glass that surround them, yet each still appears as if their tentacles are rippling through the water. The glass blown approach works perfectly when translated to the round bell-like shape of the jellyfish’s body, as their natural appearance looks like brightly blown glass.

The California-based artist uses a technique in his sculptures called “glass-in-glass,” which consists of a glass sculpture being dipped into a second, molten glass layer. You can find Sativa’s sculptures within dozens of galleries nationally as well as a few locations internationally including Japan, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland. (via My Modern Met)







26 May 14:17

(photo via gavinwakeupcall)

(photo via gavinwakeupcall)

22 May 03:30

Zap! Vworp! Pew! Pew!

sleep is dumb

Tonight's comic contains a very difficult Space Choice.

26 May 00:57

Video captures badass woman fighting back after man assaults her

by Neha Prakash

This video contains violence.

A woman defending herself against a man sexually assaulting her at work did so in the most badass way.

A patron at a restaurant in Russia captured a waitress fighting back after one of her customers attempted to shove money into her blouse and then grab her butt

The waitress can be seen pushing him off, and when his advances continue, she slaps him away with a menu, sending him crashing to the ground

We don't typically condone violence, but infinite props to this woman and her menu-wielding defense strategy.

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25 May 04:22

Super-efficient solar cells can power homes in unforgiving areas

by Jon Fingas
Scientists have long talked about black silicon (that is, silicon with nano-sized structures) having the potential to trump conventional solar power, and there's now some proof that this is happening. Aalto University researchers have developed black...
26 May 03:30

Audi's R8 e-tron electric supercar can now drive itself

by Nick Summers
Slowly but surely, Audi is getting closer to realizing Will Smith's wildly futuristic motor from I, Robot. At CES Asia, the company has revealed an updated version of its R8 e-tron electric supercar with self-driving capabilities. A bevy of sensors h...
25 May 05:00

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25 May 15:46

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24 May 20:26

Avocado Love Wool Sculpture by Hanna Dovahan

by Christopher Jobson



Ukranian crafter Hanna Dovahan makes some pretty fantastic wool objects including animals, arthropods, and food which she sells in her Etsy shop. This avocado love piece is on a slightly higher plane of amazing.

24 May 23:40

Quoth the Raven “Nevermore.“ #raven #bird #flight...

Quoth the Raven “Nevermore.“
#raven #bird #flight #willrogers #statepark #hike #losangeles #california #nature (at Will Rogers State Historic Park)

24 May 23:44

Cactus Bloom #willrogers #statepark #losangeles #california...

Cactus Bloom
#willrogers #statepark #losangeles #california #cactus #flower #hike #nature #orange (at Will Rogers State Historic Park)