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Look At This Hilariously Botched Drug Smuggling Attempt

You can almost hear the lowly mules--both of whom fled the scene--cry out in that sort of self-deprecating _God damnit_ that only comes when you know you really fucked up.
Brian Anderson
10.31.12
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Could a Rogue Millionaire Fix Climate Change?

Most of us have seen the alarmist food documentaries that target giant food companies like Monsanto. Soaring over crops, airplanes spray contrails of fertilizer that often spill into smaller neighboring farms; destroying their seeds and ultimately...
Daniel Stuckey
10.23.12
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Real-Life Confessional Boards Are Just As Awkward and Gross As Reddit

Walking through an urban college campus can be an extremely claustrophobic experience. With ever-increasing enrollment are one factor, there are the young and eagerly participatory students, destined to have you join a club or support a cause. "Buy a...
Daniel Stuckey
10.19.12
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In Hengxi, China, Deer Blood Is a Youth Potion

Put this in your holy grail: Deer blood. But markedly the blood of young sika deer, which people are spending their holidays traveling to a rural town in China to get a sip. Hengxi is home of a backwoods deer farm started by a man, Mr. Yang, who with...
Daniel Stuckey
10.18.12
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From Tesla to Asahara: One Japanese Death Cult's Insane Attempt to Split the World in Two

On May 28, 1993, a remote and dusty thicket of the Australian outback shook for hundreds of miles around. Deep reverberating explosions could be heard far and wide, the night sky illuminated by sporadic flashes of unexplained light—all this allegedly...
Jake Hanrahan
10.18.12
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Ever-Changing Apartments of the Future Will Do Everything

Move over, McMansions. In the not-so-distant future, your studio apartment will also be your gym, your massive dining room, your home office, a yoga studio, house a guest room and function as pretty much any other kind of space you could imagine...
Kerri Connolly
10.16.12
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Those Craigslist Drug Dealers Should Have Used the Dark Web

Plenty of people have used Craigslist to hunt down and entrust perfectly amicable roommates (check), to sell cars that were worth less than the work they needed (check), to buy $2 seats to Mets games (check, Shea days), and to trade a bunch of other...
Daniel Stuckey
10.15.12
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Tech Support: How to Make Your Breath Smell Nice in the Future

_In a new column,_ Tech Support, _we offer three high-tech solutions to an everyday ailment, each somewhat more sophisticated than the next, and all made possible by the magic of science and any extra cash you might have lying around._*Help! My breath...
Michelle Lhooq
10.10.12
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Here Come the Gangnam Robots

At last weekend's Beijing's College Student Robotics Competition, some 300 people from 99 teams from across China and Taiwan "showed off robots":http://beijingcream.com/2012/09/robots-do-a-little-dance-make-a-little-love that could play five-a-side...
ALEX PASTERNACK
9.26.12
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How Many Nerds Does it Take to Break an iPhone 5?

There couldn't be anything more satisfying than being Greg Packer last Friday, the first to walk away from Apple's 5th Avenue store with a fresh iPhone 5. Opening that box, I imagine a small string of Packer's drool collecting in a puddle on the device...
Daniel Stuckey
9.26.12
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Are Pakistan's Other Drones the Future of Extreme-Sport Cinema?

In a place that's become synonymous with all the moral, ethical, legal, and political quandaries posed by the robo-lords of the new "bugsplat" warfare, the thought of insect-like drones buzzing over northern Pakistan may not immediately take on...
Brian Anderson
9.24.12
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iFixit Has Already Ripped Open an iPhone 5

The lovely iFixit has gotten its deconstructive hands on an iPhone 5 and already has "the phone's guts up on display":http://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/iPhone-5-Teardown/10525/. There aren't a whole lot of surprises -- the battery is a bit bigger, and...
Derek Mead
9.21.12
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