SAM MCDOUGLE

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Meet Karakuri Ningyō, Japan's First Robot

“Karakuri ningyō” roughly translates as “Mechanism Dolls” (which is a decent Industrial rock band name) though the word “karakuri” can also mean “to take a person by surprise.”
SAM MCDOUGLE
7.26.12
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The Gender Binaries: New Study Says People Assign Gender To Numbers

A new study suggests that people assign gender to even and odd numbers.
SAM MCDOUGLE
5.31.12
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Recording at the Bottom of the Marianas Trench: An Interview with Luke Temple of Here We Go Magic

We caught them for a minute while they're touring and picking up famous hitchhiking cult film directors.
SAM MCDOUGLE
5.21.12
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Internet Week's Portrait of the Future of Online Music

After a day of phrases like “music ecosystems” and “brand building,” I needed to escape.
SAM MCDOUGLE
5.21.12
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Oxygen Bars Are Back! Why?

Throwback to Y2K, anyone!?
SAM MCDOUGLE
5.17.12
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Dark Tourism, In Which People Vacation with Death, Just Got Academic

Dark Tourism...it's like rubbernecking with a hotel.
SAM MCDOUGLE
5.14.12
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Buzz Kill: The World Is Not Gonna End This Year

Newly uncovered hieroglyphs support the idea that the Mayans had a recycling calendar, rather than an apocalyptic one.
SAM MCDOUGLE
5.11.12
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Chimp Nut-Smashing Techniques Explain Our Proto-Culture

Conventional wisdom makes a big deal about the cultural gap that sets humans apart from apes – that giant chasm between nut-smashing and Beethoven.
SAM MCDOUGLE
5.10.12
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The GIFt of Life: Biology in 12 Endless Loops

Bio-GIFs are the animated gifts biology has gifted to the Internets. And here's 10 of the best of them, presented in one particular order. Which is the order that the deterministic biology of my brain dictates as I type this post (we are all biological...
SAM MCDOUGLE
5.5.12
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Hey Big Companies, Data Are Actual Things That Take Up Space

“Digital sprawl” is guaranteed to lead to our doom.
SAM MCDOUGLE
5.2.12
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Fun Fact: Killing Zombie Nazis Is Good For Your Brain

A new study out of the University of Toronto shows that first-person-shooter (FPS) action video games can actually help your brain by improving a range of perceptual skills.
SAM MCDOUGLE
4.29.12
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How a $4 Piece of Fabric Saves Millions of Lives

Malaria killed as many as 1,000,000 people in 2010. But the number has decreased sharply as of late, mostly due to a simple technology: fabric mosquito nets.
SAM MCDOUGLE
4.27.12
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