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David Pescovitz

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

Interview with Queen

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Over at Cuepoint, Alan Light talks to Brian May and Roger Taylor of Queen about their signature operatic rock sound, the band's chemistry, and the final days of Freddie Mercury.

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Electric eel are like living TASERs

Vanderbilt University biologists studied how electric eels can zap their prey with 600 volts from even a few meters away. Turns out, the fish are like living TASERs. Professor Kenneth Catania and his colleagues published their work in the journal Science.

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To conduct the new study, Kenneth Catania, a biologist at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, recorded electric eel (Electrophorus electricus) attacks on smaller fish, such as koi, in a large tank with a high-speed video camera, capturing 1000 frames per second. At the same time, he recorded the pulses emitted by the eel and the muscle contractions of the fish. When an eel senses the movements of a nearby fish, he showed, the eel releases a high-voltage volley of electric pulses that not only shock the fish as it’s trying to swim by, but also cause a massive, involuntary contraction of the animal’s muscles, freezing it in place. If Catania injected the fish with a drug that blocks communication between nerves and muscles, however, its muscles weren’t frozen. That experiment showed that the eel’s shock immobilizes its prey’s muscles by stimulating the fish’s motor neurons. It’s the first time a fish’s electricity has been shown to have such a specific biological effect in prey. “The eel is a swimming Taser,” Catania says. “The mechanism is the same.”

"Electric eels zap other fish via 'remote control'"

Hour documentary about the nature of reality

From BBC One, an episode of Horizon exploring that good ol' mindfucking question "What is reality?"

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Terminator Genisys trailer

He'll be back.

Animation: Robin Williams on masks and humanity

Robin Williams, 1991: "“Comedy is there to basically show us we fart, we laugh. To make us realize we still are part animal.... So you don't take yourself seriously and destroy the species.” (Blank on Blank)

The weird phenomenon of Terminal Lucidity

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Terminal Lucidity is a phenomenon where someone who is completely out of it mentally (coma, dementia, schizophrenia, etc.) becomes briefly clearheaded just before they die.

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Holograms you can touch, via sound waves

University of Bristol researchers used sound waves to create a hologram you can "touch."

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Magnificent Mosque photos

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At Vantage, Iranian photographer Mohammad Rezi's mesmerizing Mosque photography. Gazing at these photos feels like looking into a kaleidoscope.

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Incredible embroidered portraits

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Cayce Zavaglia hand-embroiders astonishingly hyperrealistic portraits from cotton and silk thread and crewel embroidery wool.

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Goodbye Cat Fancy, hello Catster!

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Dog Fancy and Cat Fancy magazines, publications that are nearly 50 years old, are shutting down, to be replaced by print versions of the Web sites Dogster and Catster.

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Video: That photo has probably been taken already

From the delightfully-named Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows, a video depicting what they call "vemödalen" defined as "the frustration of photographing something amazing when thousands of identical photos already exist."

Interview with an undertaker

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Meet Caleb Wilde, a sixth-generation mortician and the blogger behind Confessions of a Funeral Director.

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The Wonder Years hit the Smithsonian

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Cast and crew from TV's The Wonder Years (1988-1993) donated iconic items to the American History Museum, home to such iconic television artifacts as The Fonz's leather jacket and Archie Bunker's chair.

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The story of Stephen Hawking's voice

In 2011, Stephen Hawking sent a message to Intel founder Gordon Moore that read "My speech input is very, very slow these days. Is there any way Intel could help?" They did.

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Pastafarian Asia Carrera wears colander hat for driver license photo

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Jessica Steinhauser (aka adult film star Asia Carrera) is only the latest of a dozen or so Pastafarians in Utah to be photographed for their Driver Licenses wearing a colander as a hat in religious devotion to the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

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Video: "World's Simplest Electric Train"

A simple and fun "electric train" made from magnets, a battery, and copper wire.

Madonna and David Blaine

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The magician interviews Madge over at Interview:

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Spiderman, aka Aaron Joseph Purmort, RIP

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Aaron Joseph Purmort, 35, "died peacefully at home on November 25 after complications from a radioactive spider bite that led to years of crime-fighting and a years long battle with a nefarious criminal named Cancer, who has plagued our society for far too long."

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Typography of Alien

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At the fascinating "Typeset In The Future" blog, Dave Addey examines the fontography of Ridley Scott's Alien (1979).

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Video: 1970s space disco of Bombay-born singer Asha Puthli

Asha Puthli performs "Mr. Moonlight" (1978), available on her album Asha L'indiana.

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Milky Way over Devils Tower

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David Lane's absolutely stunning image of the Milky Way over Devils Tower. If everything's ready here on the Dark Side of the Moon... play the five tones.

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Airbnb for fields and meadows

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Star Wars Episode VII trailer, the George Lucas Special Edition

Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer, the George Lucas Special Edition.

William S. Burroughs: "A Thanksgiving Prayer" (1986)

Uncle Bill, it's time for A Thanksgiving Prayer.

Why we hate (and love) Uber

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Over at Matter, Bobbie Johnson wrote a killer analysis of our love-hate relationship with Uber, asking and answering "What exactly is it about the controversy-baiting, aggressive, indispensable taxi app that pisses so many people off?"

Black Devil anglerfish caught on video

This clip of a bizarre deep-sea anglerfish, taken by a Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute robot sub in the dark depths of Monterey Canyon, is thought to be the first footage ever of this particular species of black seadevil.

Dead Raisers, a traveling band of evangelical resurrectors

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Tyler Johnson, 31, claims he has brought 13 corpses back to life as part of his work on the Dead Raisers Team, a group of evangelicals who travel around sharing their gift for resurrection and faith healing, and teach others how to make miracles too.

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Twin astronauts as human guinea pigs... for science!

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NASA is studying twin astronauts Mark and Scott Kelly to understand the affects of long space missions on the body and brain.

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