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David Pescovitz

David Pescovitz is Boing Boing's co-editor/managing partner and leads Medium's creative studio. On Instagram, he's @pesco.

The mysterious machine behind the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew

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At The Atlantic, Daniel Gross looks at the factory behind 85 years of Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew books and the assembly line represented by the authors on the iconic covers, Franklin W. Dixon and Carolyn Keene, who never existed at all.

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New organic transistors for reading brain waves

Researchers are studying how organic electrochemical transistors (OECTs), as opposed to silicon transistors, could lead to far better brain-computer interfaces that detect brain signals either from the surface of the skull or implanted inside.

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Amazing dioramas of NYC storefronts

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Artist Randy Hage began photographing the wonderfully shabby storefronts in New York City's SoHo in the late 1990s as they began to vanish. Then he started bringing those photos back into three dimensions in the form of incredibly intricate 1/12th scale dioramas.

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Watch the POV shots from the Mad Max films

George Miller, director of Mad Max, Max Max 2: The Road Warrior, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, and Mad Max: Fury Road, is a master of the POV shot.

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What does it really mean for a planet to be "habitable"?

Yes, last year astronomers discovered Kepler-186f, an Earth-size planet orbiting within the "habitable zone" of a star, but you shouldn't pack your bags for the high frontier quite yet.

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Electronic devices made from oversized wood LEGO bricks

Love Hultén built elegant electronic music machines, a video game system, and other devices from handcrafted oversized wooden LEGO bricks.

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Super-Awesome Sylvia's new book about Arduino

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BB pal Super-Awesome Sylvia, the teenage maker superhero, has released a fantastic book, "Sylvia's Super-Awesome Project Book: Super-Simple Arduino."

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What happens when mind melds are real?

From rats whose brains have been hardwired together to technology for reading your visual cortex, the possibility of brain-to-brain communication may not be so far-fetched. At Aeon, Peter Watts surveys the latest research, ties it to conjoined twins, and wraps it all up with questions of consciousness.

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Flying Monkey costume test shot

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Flying Monkey wardrobe test from "The Wizard of Oz" (1939). Such pride.

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When to Rob a Bank: new book from the Freakonomics folks

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Ten years after Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner published Freakonomics, the most fun book about economic incentives you'll ever read, have published a greatest hits collection from their fantastic blog, titled When to Rob a Bank: ...And 131 More Warped Suggestions and Well-Intended Rants. Above, Dubner addresses the bank robbery question.

Ecocapsule: minimalist pod for living off-grid

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The Ecocapsule holds two adults and contains a kitchenette with running water, flushing toilet, hot shower, and storage space. I can imagine fields in San Francisco peppered with these as the housing crisis continues.

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Jenny Lewis video draws from her childhood actor past

The enchanting Jenny Lewis's video for "She's Not Me," from her terrific LP The Voyager, is a fun and nutty dreamscape referencing Lewis's childhood acting roles in the likes of Troop Beverly Hills and The Wizard. Special guest stars include Zosia Mamet, Vanessa Bayer, and Fred Armisen as "The Gilded Gals" in homage to Lewis's 1987 appearance on The Golden Girls.

NetDragon CEO built headquarters in shape of Star Trek Enterprise

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Liu Dejian, founder of NetDragon, is such a Star Trek fan that he built his corporate headquarters to resemble the USS Enterprise NCC-1701-E.

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WTF are the new entries in Merriam-Webster's unabridged dictionary?

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Yes, WTF is one of them, as are emoji, NSFW, net neutrality, click bait, crema, chilaquiles, colony collapse disorder, and more.

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Wes Anderson's new cafe

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Wes Anderson designed a new cafe in Milan, called Bar Luce. You can even play Steve Zissou pinball there.

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Watch robot bird launch off oversized robot cockroach

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This is UC Berkeley's H2Bird ornithopter micro aerial vehicle launching off a VeolicRoACH mobile robot! Video below.

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Survey of table flipping

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DutchAsHell surveys "the many forms and functions" of table flipping for use "in those moments when words are just not enough."

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