Watch: 2 years before Snowden, Barrett Brown on why reporters should be covering intel contractors

Today, a judge in Dallas will decide the fate of journalist Barrett Brown, who is being sentenced in a case that has been fraught with controversy and deplorable conduct by the Justice Department from its beginning in 2013.

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Watch: cats vs. Christmas trees

A compilation of cats destroying Christmas trees.

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How to support the Futility Closet podcast

The fantastic Futility Closet podcast is a show about entertaining oddities and lateral thinking puzzles. The producers have started using Patreon as a way for listeners to support the show. if you've enjoyed listening to the Futility Closet, please consider pledging your support.

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Serial-inspired vigilante app will help the Internet investigate unsolved crimes

An Indiegogo campaign inspired by the Serial podcast is underway to develop a platform for crowdsourcing crime solving.

CrowdSolve will supposedly provide a home for the public documents, a forum for debating theories and visualization tools for making presentations and videos.

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WATCH: How a nearly-blind woman cooks for her family

"Gordon Ramsey would probably be angry, but he doesn't have to eat my food."

Licia Prehn has congenital cataracts and sees about 2% of 20/20 vision. [via]

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Video: How books used to be made

Red panda curiously investigates laser pointer

As you watch this video, remember: it's not actually cool to use laser pointers on animals.

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WATCH: Life hacks for kids

Our family friend Sunny is a great ukulele player and project maker. Here's here new web series, Life Hacks for Kids.

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WATCH: Make a cool spinning pencil toy

Arvind Gupta, master of making toys from trash, shows you how.

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Baby Terrified by Pineapple

DO NOT WANT.

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How To Draw Mushrooms On An Oscilloscope With Sound

“Yes it's real and it's an analog oscilloscope.”

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WATCH: What Is Life? Is Death Real?

What Is Life? Is Death Real? Neither of this questions are answered in this video, but the narrator has an appealing authoritave voice, and the animation is fantastic.

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Nightmarish Christian birdsong album

Enjoy this genuinely nightmarish visit with Ralph Platt in God's great outdoors, where he joins the birds of the forest in giving song to the pipe organ music of Lorin Whitney. More

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Skinny Puppy invoices US military for using its music for torture

Industrial band Skinny Puppy sent a $666,000 invoice to US Department of Defense for allegedly using its music to torture prisoners in Guantanamo Bay.

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