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Month: August 2018

Now You Can Charge Your Phone Without Trashing the Planet

August 31, 2018

Reach into your backpack right now and take out the charging brick you use to top off your phone. Feel its weight and turn it over in your hand. What's it made of? Plastic, mostly. There's a lot of metal in there too. Where did all that ABS and aluminum come from? What kinds of […]

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Happy Birthday, Minifig! Lego’s Tiny Plastic People Turn 40

August 31, 2018

Today marks the 40th birthday of the Lego minifigure. The little plastic people from Billund, Denmark first walked off the assembly line and onto the carpet under our bare feet in August of 1978. The Lego minifigure—colloquially known as the minifig—has enjoyed a long life so far. But it also endured its own years-long journey […]

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Meet The Cow Who Looks Like She Came From Outer Space

August 31, 2018

Meet Celeste, the cow that might have come from udder (or shall we say, cowter) space. Unfortunately, her owner does not know her specific breed as she was bought at an auction a few years ago. Pictures of Celeste (and her baby calf, Nebulla) were shared on Reddit and received more than 60,000 likes. 1 […]

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Goats storm Idaho neighborhood after escape from enclosure

August 31, 2018

Well. There goes the neighborhood. #baahh #goatescape https://t.co/KrYEoTkFMw — Idaho Statesman (@IdahoStatesman) August 3, 2018 “Goats are great escape artists, and I guess they decided to go on an adventure today,” owner Kim Gabica told the Statesman. “It’s rare that this many would get out, but they would definitely follow each other.” A local company, […]

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Boosting your Mac’s graphics performance with Blackmagic’s eGPU is more trouble than it’s worth

August 31, 2018

Blackmagic's eGPU was co-designed with Apple. No wonder it looks like the trash can Mac Pro.Image: raymond wong/mashable Blackmagic eGPU $699 If you judged by how Apple presented the Blackmagic Design external graphics processing unit (eGPU) at its coming-out party for the latest MacBook Pro, turbo-charging your Mac with faster graphics performance was easy. Improving […]

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Wildfire fighters see record death toll as climate pushes teams ‘to the limit’

August 31, 2018

Californias megafires are making a demanding job even harder, say firefighters mourning their colleagues The firefighter Jeremy Stoke was helping residents evacuate from the northern California city of Redding when the wildfire menacing their neighborhood arrived suddenly in an apocalyptic form: a riot of wind and flame known as a firenado. As the firestorm ripped […]

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The Best Gear on Sale at REI and Backcountry This Labor Day

August 30, 2018

Summer might be winding down, but it sure doesn’t feel like it. If it’s still hot enough to feel like sandal season, then you can probably keep your tent in the trunk and your Chacos on for a few more weeks. REI’s hotly-anticipated Labor Day sale starts today and lasts through September 3, and Backcountry’s […]

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Coconut oil is ‘pure poison’, says Harvard professor

August 30, 2018

It is feted as a healthy choice but the oil, which is high in saturated fat, is one of the worst things you can eat says expert For certain health food shops and wellbeing sites it is the panacea that helps everything from bad hair and mental grogginess to obesity and haemorrhoids. But the carefully-crafted […]

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Gaming in Asia may be cryptos killer decentralized app

August 30, 2018

As money and talent flows into the crypto and blockchain worlds, a persistent question keeps coming up: what is going to be the “killer app” that drives adoption for these nascent technologies? The answer may well be quite simple: gaming in Asia. Back in March, For those unfamiliar with Cryptokitties, it’s often been alluded to […]

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