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Xeni Jardin

Boing Boing editor/partner and tech culture journalist Xeni Jardin hosts and produces Boing Boing's in-flight TV channel on Virgin America airlines (#10 on the dial), and writes about living with breast cancer. Diagnosed in 2011. @xeni on Twitter. email: xeni@boingboing.net.

UK says yes to three-parent IVF babies. The science behind it is pretty wild.

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The UK is becoming the first country to legalize the creation of baby humans from three different adult humans.

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Astronomy: Get ready for tonight's close encounter with Jupiter

NASA: "Efrain Morales Rivera of Aquadilla, Puerto Rico, photographed multiple shadows transiting the face of Jupiter on Jan. 24th."


NASA: "Efrain Morales Rivera of Aquadilla, Puerto Rico, photographed multiple shadows transiting the face of Jupiter on Jan. 24th."

Every 13 months, Earth and Jupiter have a close encounter. And that's happening tonight.

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“We tested 48 best-selling sex toys, so you don't have to”

The famed Hitachi Magic Wand.


The famed Hitachi Magic Wand.

After 30 hours of research that included reading hundreds of reviews of 48 bestselling models, interviewing six sexperts (including those affiliated with the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction), and crowdsourcing opinions from enthusiasts, The Sweethome's panel of six testers tried out five of the top clitoral vibrators. They picked the Magic Wand ($55) as the one to recommend to most people, despite its “intimidating size.”

This might look like an alien's dong, but it's a G-spot toy. And who knows, perhaps it was modeled after an alien's dong.


This might look like an alien's dong, but it's a G-spot toy. And who knows, perhaps it was modeled after an alien's dong.

From Sweethome's mega vibe review:

This massager-style vibrator is huge, noisy, and looks like “something you’d see in a chiropractor’s office” according to one of our testers, but it offered hands-down the most power of any vibrator we tested at a very reasonable price. Many of our testers described the Magic Wand as their “go-to” vibrator for clitoral stimulation, a toy that was almost always guaranteed to give them an orgasm when others could not."

Lots of real research, and lots of real fun, in these Sweethome.com reviews:

The Best Vibrators
The Best G-Spot Toys
The Best Anal Toys

This may be the best thing you ever put up your butt.


This may be the best thing you ever put up your butt.

The guy behind GPG, Ed Snowden's favorite email encryption tool is going broke

In 1997, Werner Koch attended a talk by free software evangelist Richard Stallman. Stallman urged the crowd to write their own version of existing encryption software. Inspired, Koch decided to try, and created GNU Privacy Guard (GPG). "I figured I can do it," he recalled. (Willi Nothers for ProPublica)


In 1997, Werner Koch attended a talk by free software evangelist Richard Stallman. Stallman urged the crowd to write their own version of existing encryption software. Inspired, Koch decided to try. "I figured I can do it," he recalled. (Willi Nothers for ProPublica)

"The man who built the free email encryption software used by whistleblower Edward Snowden, as well as hundreds of thousands of journalists, dissidents and security-minded people around the world, is running out of money to keep his project alive."

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Silk Road trial verdict: Ross Ulbricht found guilty on all counts

Ross Ulbricht , who prosecutors say created the underground online drugs marketplace Silk Road, makes an initial court appearance in New York, February 7, 2014. Image: REUTERS/JANE ROSENBERG


Ross Ulbricht , who prosecutors say created the underground online drugs marketplace Silk Road, makes an initial court appearance in New York, February 7, 2014. Image: REUTERS/JANE ROSENBERG

A jury has convicted Ross Ulbricht of being Dread Pirate Roberts, and masterminding the Silk Road online empire where hundreds of millions of dollars in illicit goods were traded before the feds shut it down in 2013.

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Whistleblower John Kiriakou, only person jailed over CIA torture program, is out of prison

On Feb. 3, 2015, John Kiriakou (‏@JohnKiriakou) tweeted this photo with the text: “Free at last. Free at last. Thank God Almighty. I'm free at last.  MLK Jr (and John Kiriakou). ”


On Feb. 3, 2015, John Kiriakou (‏@JohnKiriakou) tweeted this photo with the text: “Free at last. Free at last. Thank God Almighty. I'm free at last. MLK Jr (and John Kiriakou). ”

Former CIA official John Kiriakou was today released after two and a half years in prison. He exposed the Bush-era war-on-terror torture program, and for that act of bravery became the only American to serve time in connection with it.

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Ocean Gravity: freediver Guillaume Nery “flies” underwater in swift ocean currents

A short film with stunning footage of French freediver Guillaume Néry riding fast currents along Tiputa pass.

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Cavalier King Charles puppies will not stand still, nope

Bouncing balls of kinetic squee.

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“Old/New,” short film narrated by comedian Patton Oswalt

“Old/New,” a short from Red Giant and narrated by comedian Patton Oswalt, tells the tale of protagonist Drew McHugh.

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Hilarious condom crowdfunding video makes excellent use of unicorns

The unicorn motif is a play on the startup condom brand's name: Einhorn, which translated from German means "one horn," which is also a reference to the male wiener.

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Watch this octopus morph itself in a magnificent underwater camouflage display

They're such magnificent creatures.

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Goats enjoy jumping on and off annoyed but patient horse

The horse is being a really good sport about it.

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Plane carrying 58 crashes in Taiwan river, injuries and deaths reported, rescue ongoing

Taiwan's Central News Agency released a picture of the plane that crashed into a river in New Taipei City. --PHOTO: New Taipei City Fire Department


Taiwan's Central News Agency released a picture of the plane that crashed into a river in New Taipei City. --PHOTO: New Taipei City Fire Department

A TransAsia Airways flight carrying more than 50 people crashed in Taiwan's Keelung River after takeoff from Taipei's Songshan Airport Wednesday morning.

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Newborn Bulldog puppy live webcam

Can't stop watching.

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84-year-old grandmother makes strike on her first time bowling ever

Brava, nonna!

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Golden retrievers are magic dogs

Magic.

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Black cat takes a nosedive into snow

LOL. [liveleak]

#Leftistshark: Katy Perry's Super Bowl Left Shark plus Noam Chomsky quotes

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From Boing Boing with meme-love. You're welcome.

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Music: Erik Satie's “Gymnopédie,” the Anamanaguchi chiptune cover

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Our sparkly electronic musical pals Anamanaguchi have created a glittery chiptune cover of Erik Satie's classic composision “Gymnopédie No. 1.”

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24 mindblowing psychedelic sexy melty gifs by kyttenjanae

tumblr_ni7azw5ZS21slt6qeo1_500 These may be the most unexpectedly gorgeous and disturbing examples of experimental GIF art I've ever seen.

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10 magnificent minimalist GIFs by Florian de Looij

GIF: gif.flrn.nl


GIF: gif.flrn.nl

Here are some of my favorite very simple animations by artist and GIF-master Florian de Looij.

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Katy Perry's Shark: “After The Game,” An insta-song by Jonathan Mann

Song-a-Day Man Jonathan Mann whipped up a quickie about those Katy Perry Superbowl sharks.

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Groundhog Day alarm clock only plays “I Got You Babe” from “Groundhog Day” over and over

Modify a Panasonic RC-6025 flip clock to play Sonny and Cher's “I Got You Babe” from the movie “Groundhog Day” over and over and over when the alarm goes off, and what do you get? The Groundhog Day Alarm Clock.

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Pitbull Angel

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From echointhevoid.tumblr.com.

”Earth Shine,“ multi-exposure image of the moon from a Boing Boing reader

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Dylan O'Donnell took this wonderful image, and shared it on our Boing Boing Flickr Pool.

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“Game of Thrones” Season 5 trailer is pretty epic

This trailer for Game of Thrones Season Five made the internet rounds last week during IMAX screenings of Season Four's final two episodes, "The Watchers on the Wall" and "The Children."

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Who won the Puppy Bowl? We all did.

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If you're like me, you prefer Animal Planet's Puppy Bowl to the Superb Owl.

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No big deal, just a golden retriever dancing the merengue

Go ahead and laugh. You know you can't dance this well.

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Simpsons opening remade as genius 16-bit pixel animation

Is it wrong to enjoy this more than the original?

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Indonesian Muslim cleric condemns selfies; Indonesian women are all, like, LOL as if!

Said the cleric, “These days many Muslim women are taking selfies without shame. There are usually nine frames in one photo with facial poses that are just–my goodness–where’s the purity in women?”

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