Swype, smartphone replacement keyboard, available for IOS 8

Swype, a gesture based keyboard for smartphones, is available for IOS 8. As Android users well know, it is awesome.

WATCH: You probably need more hedgehog Vines in your life

File this Pets Universal compilation under "cute" and "headlines that made no sense before 2012."

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Restoring Ecosystems to Reverse Global Warming conference, Medford, Mass, Nov 21-23


Gmoke sez, "As someone who lives halfway between Harvard and MIT and has used that opportunity to monitor the scientists on climate change and energy, this is the first time I’ve seen anyone address these issues from the ecosystem perspective."

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WATCH: Origami expert creates "impossible" computer-generated shape

Mathematician and origami expert Tom Hull created this pleated multi-sliced cone from paper, never before accomplished since Robert Lang designed it via computer.

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Virgin Galactic test flight crashes, one reported dead

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Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo crashed during a test flight friday, resulting in the death of one of its two crewmembers. After early reports surfaced on Twitter, California Highway Patrol confirmed the fatality, and Virgin Galactic confirmed that it had lost the flight. The second crewmember was seriously injured and airlifted to hospital.

Screen Shot 2014-10-31 at 2.33.52 PMVirgin Galactic announced on its feed that an "anomaly" occurred six minutes after it was released from its mothership, WhiteKnightTwo, over the Mojave Desert.

The Associated Press reported that witnesses saw it "explode in flight after ignition of rocket."

Wreckage and at least one parachute were observed on the ground, via a live feed posted by ABC News 23, which sent a helicopter to the scene. Two parachutes were seen by onlookers, according to reports, and one of the crewmembers is said to have also been seen alive on the ground.

Stephen Clark, of Spaceflightnow.com, writes that it was the 55th flight of SpaceShipTwo and its 35th free flight: "It was the fourth time SpaceShipTwo had fired up its rocket motor in flight, and the first powered mission since Virgin Galactic and Scaled Composites, the craft’s builder, switched from a rubber-based propellant to a plastic-based fuel mix."

SpaceShipTwo's design would let it carry six passengers and two pilots on trips to the edge of space, with hundreds of reservations already taken for the $250,000 ride. Virgin Galactic boss Richard Branson had hoped to see the earliest flights next year. The Mojave Air and Spaceport is 60 miles south of Bakersfield, California.

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WATCH: FBI has chat with YouTuber for filming in Speedo on plane

YouTube star Jerome Jarre decided to have some fun on a flight to Miami, so he slipped into a silly swimming outfit in the lavatory and filmed the hijinks. After being threatened with jail, he had a little talk with the FBI.

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Grease Monkey Gorilla Grip gloves: thin, durable, grippy gloves

I ran across these gloves when I did a bathroom remodel around 2 years ago. Basically, they are a thin synthetic knit glove that has a palm and fingertip area that’s coated in a “polymer.” Traditionally, I’ve worn those cheap rubber dipped gloves when working with tile, but these gloves are far superior. The best part of these gloves is that they are really thin and allow for all the manual dexterity that you would have in a nitrile glove, but the Gorilla Grip gloves are much more durable. They’re great for wet work because they let the back of your hand breathe and dry out.

When I did tile work with them, they were really great for using with the wet tile saw. Even though they were wet, they didn’t slide around, get soggy, or come apart – even when soaked in water. I’ve used them as a go to general purpose glove for most home improvements. Just this past week, I used them on a drop ceiling project and an attic insulation project. They were great in that they protected my hands from the ceiling tiles and insulation while allowing me to switch tools and do fine motor tasks while wearing the gloves.

These gloves are the perfect medium between a disposable rubber or nitrile glove and a heavier work glove while being better than other rubber/vinyl dipped gloves. -- Chuck Balog

Grease Monkey Gorilla Grip Gloves ($9)

Court rules that Touch ID is not protected by the 5th Amendment

"A Virginia Beach Circuit Court this week ruled that an individual in a criminal proceeding cannot be forced to divulge the passcode to his cellphone as it would violate the self-incrimination clause of the Fifth Amendment. At the same time, the Court held that an individual can be compelled to give up his fingerprint to unlock Touch ID, or any fingerprint protected device for that matter." - The Unofficial Apple Weblog

Chelsea Handler: Instagram's nipple policy is sexist

I agree with Handler's statement. If men's nipples are OK with Instragram, then women's should be, too.

French town bans clowns

A month-long ban on clown attire and makeup was imposed this week by Mayor Pierre Dudieuzere of Vendargues, France, following assaults by "dressed-up teens."

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Why scratching an itch only makes it worse

You scratch an itch to cause pain, which soothes the itch. Then your body releases serotonin to reduce the pain, and the itch flares up.

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10 classic ads from the sugar and cereal industries

10 reminders from the sugar industry to eat lots of healthful candy this Halloween!

No Such Thing – charming kids' ghost story with a deadpan sense of humor

I haven’t recently run across a children’s book that has excited me as much as No Such Thing (see Cory's review here). Usually I see books for young children with either wonderful art but no real story, or a clever story with forgettable illustrations. But this is one grabbed me with both its utterly charming style and deadpan sense of humor.

It’s about a young girl named Georgia who keeps noticing odd things happening in her house – snacks disappearing from the fridge, objects vanishing or shattered on the floor, scribbled crayons on the wall – but the logical little girl is able to prove in each case that these things are caused by a pet or her brother or even a bird outside the house. I’ve noticed in other reviews that the moral of this story is that there really is no such thing as ghosts. Ha! Not so quick! Look deeper, at the Golden Book-style illustrations, and you will see the humor of it all. Without saying it in words, the message of the story is quite the opposite. But Georgia doesn’t know this, so all is good in the end. Author Ella Bailey is new on the scene of books and art, having just graduated from college a little over a year ago, but keep your eyes out – I think we’ll be seeing a lot more great creations from this talented artist.

No Such Thing by Ella Bailey

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Homeworx HD Antenna

51prhQ0icML If you're looking to get rid of your cable or never had it to begin with, the Homeworx HDTV Antenna is the cheapest way to get free, crystal clear over the air HD on your television.

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Public Enemy to reissue legendary albums

Once again back is the incredible Public Enemy. Rolling Stone tells us that Def Jam records and PE are planning to reissue It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back and Fear of a Black Planet with a ton of additional tracks and media.

As part of pioneering rap label Def Jam's 30th anniversary celebrations, the label has planned reissues of Public Enemy's 1988 breakthrough album It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back and their 1990 follow-up LP, Fear of a Black Planet, as multidisc deluxe reissues. Each reissue contains the album as it originally came out alongside a disc's worth of bonus tracks, comprising hard-to-find tracks and B-sides, as well as liner notes by the Roots' Questlove and Wax Poetics editor-in-chief Andre Torres.

I've always wanted to hire the S1W to work for Boing Boing.