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Are you smarter than a rat?

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Meet the scientist who runs rats and people through mazes to find out how intelligent they are.

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Gadgets 022: RGB LED Lightbulb, KontrolFreek joystick extender, Photive 5 Port Multi-USB Charger

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This week Mark, Xeni and Jason recap their holidays and current favorite gadgets — a remote controlled color changing light bulb, Xbox joystick extender, and a multi-USB charger.

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How crowdfunding helps haters profit from harassment

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Meet the professional victimizer.

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KRS ONE meets his future DJ and doesn't know it.

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Introducing Boogie Down Productions DJ Scott La Rock into the fold in this week’s Hip Hop Family Tree by Ed Piskor.

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How to honor Aaron Swartz’s life

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Today is two years and a day after the suicide of Aaron Swartz.

Aaron was one of my closest friends. That night was the worst of my life.

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Jo Walton's "The Just City"

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Time-travelling godess Athena assembles on a volcanic island every man and woman in history who has ever prayed to her to live in Plato’s Republic, and sets in motion a social experiment that shows just how heartrending, exciting, and satisfying philosophical inquiry can be.

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How you can hack credit cards for cheaper travel

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Travel credit cards are crucial to reducing your travel costs and making life easier. These credit cards can get you free stuff and cheap flights, help you save on exchange rates, avoid fees, and make you money.

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What David Cameron just proposed would endanger every Briton and destroy the IT industry

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David Cameron says there should be no “means of communication” which “we cannot read” — and no doubt many in his party will agree with him, politically. But if they understood the technology, they would be shocked to their boots.

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Charlie Hebdo - Love Is Stronger than Hate

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Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH je suis Charlie

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The best books for nerds from 2014

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Some 600,000 volumes were published in English last year. Here’s a few of the best.

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A tour through New Zealand's amazing steampunk town

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We went to Oamaru, New Zealand to see the blue penguins (and they were super cute), but it was the town’s dedication to Steampunk that really got us fired up.

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Yo! Your Honor! A Response to the Chief Justice

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PACER is America’s all-but-inaccessible public database of court records. Carl Malamud explains the problem—and the solution: you.

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The Autobiography of Pac-Man

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Chapters from the life of gaming’s most famous yellow blob.

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Monkeys, money, and the primate origins of human irrationality

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Psychologist Laurie Santos trains monkeys how to use money, and has learned that they attempt to solve the same sort of financial problems humans have attempted.

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Remembering Aaron Swartz with action: watch new, unreleased footage from "Internet's Own Boy"

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Two years after the death of hacker, activist, and good human being Aaron Swartz, new video and a new way to bring life to his legacy of making the world a better place.

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Batmanga: Japan's 1960s parallel universe "New Look" Batman

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In the 1960s, DC comics rebooted its moribund Batman franchise with the “New Look” comics, where Batman returned to his scientific detective roots. Across the ocean, manga master Jiro Kuwata was tapped to interpret the superhero for a Japanese audience, in stark black-and-white, and made Batman into something remarkable, prescient and unmatched. Batman: The Jiro Kuwata Batmanga, DC is collecting, for the first time ever, the English translation of the Kuwata’s full run.

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Tsukunejima: A Fantastic Dining Experience in Hiroshima

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When I visited Hiroshima, Japan with my family, I expected a lot of tough questions about the atomic bomb from my daughters. But I didn’t expect to stumble upon one of the best restaurants I’ve ever eaten at.

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Cable News, 1860

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Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH the great issues of history are decided as they are today — by arguing hysterically about one representative incident chosen by cable news networks.

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A nerd’s 12 best and worst films from 2014

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Hits and misses from a year packed with big-screen science fiction and fantasy

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Join the New Hampshire Rebellion

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Politicians will do anything to avoid embarrassing questions about how money corrupts politics, but we’re walking to remind them they can’t dodge them forever. Make a video to cheer us on!

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How to have mind-boggling fun with infinity

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The human brain is happy working with nice finite numbers. As soon as you start working with infinity, things start happening that are completely counter-intuitive.

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Roxanne's Revenge!

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The “Roxanne Wars” of the ’80s officially begin with this song by 14 yr old Roxanne Shante in this week’s Hip Hop Family Tree strip by Ed Piskor.

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Preview of Henni, by Miss Lasko-Gross

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In a fantastical world where old traditions and religion dominate every aspect of life, lives a girl named Henni. Unlike most in her village, Henni questions and wonders what the world is like as she comes of age.

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Monstrous Regiment: the finest Discworld novel?

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Monstrous Regiment, a book about gender, war, identity, strategy and tactics, can be enjoyed without reading any of the other marvellous books in the Discworld series.

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The Twinkie Murder trial of Harvey Milk's killer

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As a reporter for the Berkeley Barb, Paul Krassner covered the trial of Dan White, who was found guilty of killing San Francisco gay leader Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone, yet received a shockingly lenient sentence.

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How imageboard culture shaped Gamergate

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That tell-tale wedding of relentless hostility and ethical affectation is a peculiar youth subculture spilling out into the open web. Get ready for more of it.

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Marriott plans to block personal wifi hotspots

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The hotel chain petitioned the FCC for changes that could let venues shut down personal networks. Microsoft, Google, and the cell industry are opposed.

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TOM THE DANCING BUG: Oregon Woman Gives Birth to Hindu Baby

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Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH the News of the Times presents the story, “Oregon Woman Gives Birth to Hindu Baby”

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Krampus was the best thing about Christmas 2014

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A gallery of the child-whipping Alpine demon that haunted our holiday

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The long, slow death of our watering holes

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Our gathering spots, neither home nor work, were absorbed into another world. But we knew they were dying long before they disappeared…

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