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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.

Why the CIA destroyed "interrogation" tapes

“I was told, if those videotapes had ever been seen, the reaction around the world would not have been survivable,” Jane Mayer, investigative journalist for The New Yorker, says on the new FRONTLINE documentary Secrets, Politics and Torture.

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See Neil deGrasse Tyson's collection of weird artifacts

Celebrity astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson's office is loaded with curiosities found at the intersection of science, cosmology, and pop culture. (National Geographic)

The E.T. sequel that fortunately never happened

In 1982, Steven Spielberg and Melissa Mathison wrote a treatment for an ET sequel, called "Nocturnal Fears," that featured evil aliens and the return of ET as savior; Here is a chunk of it:

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Watch: Excellent animation about Net Neutrality

From the team behind Kurz Gesagt (In a Nutshell), this terrific animation about Net Neutrality that premiered at last night's Webby Awards in New York City.

Do bugs sleep?

According to University of Wisconsin biologist Barrett Klein, paper wasps, cockroaches, praying mantises, and fruit flies definitely doze. The challenge though, he tells National Geographic, is identifying when an insect is actually zonked out or just in a "sleep-like state."

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Massive wind-up teeth graffiti artwork

Dede 2 Wind Up Teeth

"Wind Up Teeth," a fantastic piece by Israeli street artist Dede on the abandoned Tel Aviv Dolphinarium; More on Tel Aviv's street art scene at PAPERMAG.

Watch: Cute video blends playful child with Super Mario Bros. effects

"A Kids Imagination."

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Landspeeder cake


Les Gâteaux de Gilles created this enticing Landspeeder cake. It would make an excellent dessert following an entrée of womp rats I bull's-eyed in my T-16 back home.

More photos on Les Gâteaux de Gilles's Facebook page. (via Laughing Squid)


Watch Johnny Rotten get booted from Roseanne Barr talk show (1999)

In 1999, Johnny Rotten was meant to be a guest on Roseanne Barr's TV show, but it didn't end well.

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Nonprofit creates shoes that expand with kids' feet


Kenton Lee worked with shoe R&D firm Proof of Concept to develop a kids' sandal that adjusts over five sizes and is built to last for at least five years. He tested the prototypes at schools in Kenya and the nonprofit he founded to distribute them, Because International, recently ordered 5,000 pairs.

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Under Armour apologizes for Iwo Jima parody shirt


Sports clothing company Under Armour apologized for its "Band of Ballers" t-shirt with a graphic mimicking the famed 1945 war photo "Raising the Flag at Iwo Jima."

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Tokyo bookstore renews writer's passion for print


At GONE, Tom Downey writes beautifully about how a visit to Tokyo's Tsutaya bookstore clarified for him why print media remains so seductive:

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Bloc Party bassist loves Joy Division's "Passover." A lot.

1*3_Hkq1UbB9KSKA0eM9b7kg At Cuepoint, Gordon Moakes, bassist for Bloc Party and Young Legionnaire, explores the beautiful restraint of Joy Division's "Passover," from Closer.

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National Geographic exhibit about Indiana Jones and archaeology


This week, the National Geographic Museum in Washington DC opens an exhibition titled "Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology" that includes movie props from the films along with actual ancient objects and historical documents from the Penn Museum and National Geographic Society.

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Raining spiders in Australia


Millions of spiders rained from the sky in Australia's Southern Tablelands, literally covering homes with webs as the arachnids invaded.

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LED turn signal cycling gloves


I saw these clever Zackees LED Turn Signal Gloves for cycling last week at Silicon Valley Fashion Week. While LED streetwear is a bit too "cyber" for my taste, these gloves seem like they could be a lifesaver.

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Call an UberCopter in Cannes

For €160 per person, those making the scene at the Cannes Film Festival can grab an UberCopter between Nice and the Croisette where the action is.

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