Song for Shaker: free the last UK Gitmo prisoner!

Andy writes, "This is the promotional video for a new campaign, We Stand with Shaker, aimed at securing the release from Guantanamo of Shaker Aamer, the last British resident in the prison, who is still held despite being approved for release in 2007 and 2009."

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Kit that lets you build a "chaos machine"

My friend William Gurstelle told me: "Remember when you assigned me the Make magazine story about the Chaotic Double Pendulum?

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Be terrified: new Grimm's Fairy Tales book

It's no secret that the Disney-fied versions of fairy tales that we grew up with in modern times pale in comparison to the originals, told by the likes of Hans Christian Andersen and the Brothers Grimm.

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Video: Fred Armisen doing iconic NYC accents

Portlandia star and BB pal Fred Armisen improvises a startling number of New York City neighborhood accents for nearly five minutes.

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Massive Attack's "Teardrop" on acoustic guitar

Gregory Johnson of Acoustic Labs plays a beautiful acoustic cover of Massive Attack's downtempo classic "Teardrop." Original version below.

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Zombie-killing animal of the week: Alligators

With some beasties -- birds, bugs, bacteria -- it's easy to dismiss their zombie-killing powers simple by adjusting the zombie scenario at hand.

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Caturday splatterday

Beatles "Across the Universe" covered using sampled audio from Rosetta mission

Essa writes, "Andrew Huang has taken fragments of the audio from the Rosetta mission and arranged them into haunting rendition of The Beatles' 'Across the Universe'. Apart from his singing, no other sounds were used in the song."

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Europa, extreme shrimp, and the search for alien life

NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab just published two interesting new videos about the search for life beyond Earth.

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History of video game graphics

Video game graphics, explained in gruff Estuary English. Part 2 below!

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James Bond-inspired laser wristwatch, complete with danger

"NO plans, no tutorials, but maybe for SALE soon!"

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Video: amazing record-breaking parallel parking

No back and forth bullshit when Han Yue made the Guinness World Record for the tightest parallel park, 8 cm (3.15") in a MINI 3-door Hatch, during the China Drift Championship.

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Cringe at Sony's new Playstation Vita ad—and a '90s precursor that made Sega look sleazy

Sony’s Playstation advertising used to be clever and weird and manipulative. Now it just makes me think of a ship burning faster than it can sink.

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Bionic arm's "masturbation mode" surprises France

A guest on a French television show demonstrates a useful feature of his high-tech prosthetic arm. (Alas, it is merely a comedy show.) More

Video: She & Him cover Dusty Springfield

The lovely and talented duo of She & Him, aka M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel, bring their 1960s AM-radio joy to the Dusty Springfield tune "Stay Awhile." It's from their forthcoming covers LP, titled Classics.

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