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Live in Frank Sinatra's 1960s mountain hideout, now for sale


For just under $4 million you can live in Frank Sinatra's Villa Maggio, a five acre home on a mountain above California's Palm Desert.

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The data of Sherlock Holmes


Illustrators Adam Frost and Jim Kynvin prepared a series of charts examining the data in the Sherlock Holmes canon.

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Video: Red baby panda cubs astonishingly adorable

These fluffy panda infants are too cute for words! Born to mothers who weren't able to care for their babies (one had cancer, another wasn't able to properly care for them) Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute is hand-feeding them up to seven times a day.

So far they are doing great and breaking hearts around the world.

Why I'm leaving London

My family is moving to Los Angeles in two weeks. Many Londoners understand intuitively why we're going.Read the rest

NBC fires Donald Trump over 'derogatory' remarks about Mexican people


NBC is severing ties to Donald Trump after the presidential candidate and professional assclown called Mexican immigrants "rapists," and other dumb racist things.

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WATCH: Insane excavator cliff descent probably not OSHA-approved

YouTuber YJSubs stabilized this crazy video of an excavator operator using the bucket to descend an unstable sandy embankment.

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Jack Fusco's remarkable night photography

Malibu Sea Cave

Night photography specialist Jack Fusco has a special love for framing his images of the Milky Way using sea caves, like this one in Malibu.

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Scariest snake on the planet

The split-tailed horned viper has the head of a snake but its tail looks like a spider. This adaptation allows it to attract birds to munch on.

Nature sure is beautiful, but also as scary as fuck.

World's first underground urban farm is about to sell its produce


Peas, celery, parsley, and a variety of lettuces are growing in an old London WWII bunker 100 feet underground. To enter the 2.5 acre farm you must first wind your way down a 129-step spiral staircase near the Clapham North tube station. Once inside, you will see a sophisticated indoor farming system that will produce food consistent in flavor and color.

Crops will be grown in a sealed clean-room environment with a bespoke ventilation system, advanced LED lighting and a sophisticated irrigation system that enable the farm to produce crops with very little energy. 

The farm is pesticide-free, uses very little energy, and makes very little impact on the environment. The project, called Growing Underground, was hatched by Britsish entrepreneurs Richard Ballard and Steven Dring, who at first raised capital via crowd-funding, and then got two-star Michelin chef Michael Roux Jr on board as a backer. The farm will begin selling to Covent Garden buyers in just a few weeks.

Cross-sectioned brain sample drink coasters

Thinkgeek's Brain Specimen Coasters come in a set of ten, stacking to form a 3D brain. (via Geeky Merch)

For Sale: 1975 BMW R75/6, "likely haunted"

I've had an interesting run with this motorcycle. It is probably haunted, and really doesn't want to go to Los Angeles.Read the rest

Neal Stephenson on the story behind Seveneves

Rick Kleffel sends his latest Bookotron podcast: "Neal Stephenson discusses (MP3) the challenges of turning orbital dynamics into pulse-pounding fiction ... and his latest novel Seveneves." (Image: Bob Lee, CC-BY)

Deal: Pay What You Want For The Back-End Developer Course Bundle


Learn Python, Ruby & PHP w/ 8 Courses of 95 + Hours of Programming Bootcamp. See details.

Couples asked to have more sex become less happy


Studies have shown that there is a strong link between having sex and being happy. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University asked 64 married heterosexual couples to double the frequency of their sexual relations. On average, the volunteers were able to manage a 40 percent increase. It did not make them happier.

From Gretchen Reynolds from The New York Times:

In fact, their well-­being declined, especially in measures of energy and enthusiasm, as did the quality of the sex. Both men and women reported that the additional intercourse wasn’t much fun. The results surprised the researchers — but they probably shouldn’t have, according to George Loewenstein, a professor of economics and psychology at Carnegie Mellon, who led the study.

"It seems that if you’re having sex for a reason other than because you like and want sex," he says, you may undermine the quality of that sex and your resulting mood.

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Jeb Bush's business experience: "My daddy is the president of the United States"

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Jeb Bush is telling Americans about his business acumen. But he's leaving out the part where five of Bush's business associates have been convicted of crimes.

Here's the story about the time he reminded Nigerian officials over and over again that his dad was President, so he could land an $80 million deal for water pumps:

"My father is the president of the United States, duly elected by people that have an interest in improving ties everywhere," Bush told a group of Nigerian officials, while trying to secure an $80 million deal for water pumps financed by the federal U.S. Export-Import Bank. "The fact that you have done this today is something I will report back to him very quickly when I get back to the United States." He did, and President George H.W. Bush wrote a letter to Nigeria's president thanking him for hosting his son. MWI [the company Jeb Bush was working with] got the deal, and was later convicted on U.S. civil charges related to the Nigeria business. Jeb's speech was recorded, and The Post features it in this video on Bush's dealings:

The Washington Posts has an article that shows just how terrible a businessman Jeb Bush really is.

Mobile game of the week: You Must Build a Boat


You Must Build a Boat is a game about matching tiles as fast as you can so that monsters won't kill you, and tricking out your adventure boat.

Despite the title, most of the game is spent not boat-building, but fighting your way puzzles—or puzzling your way through fighters. In order to gain gold, brains, brawns, and other resources, your tiny character must descend into dungeons and battle his way out by shifting tiles into matching lines while jaunty chiptunes play in the background.

Your little pixelated man automatically sprints across the top of the screen until he encounters an obstacle like treasure chest or monster, and then in order to continue running you'll have match up three or more of the right tiles: keys, swords, magic staffs. But there's no time to dawdle. If you're too slow, as you often will be, you'll slowly get edged off the left side screen until you lose.

The game, however, has different take on this; every time your turn ends, it announces:

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As silly as it sounds, it's kind of nice to be told that you're constantly winning, and thanks to the constant powerups and tiny successes sprinkled throughout You Must Build a Boat, you always feel like you're getting better even when you're constantly dying. This forgiving attitude is a nice antidote to the relentless pace of the game, which can feel pretty frantic when you find yourself boxed in by an encroaching monster and all you seem to have are goddamn keys. It also makes me feel more inclined to open the game while I'm waiting for the bus and just run through a dungeon or two. After all, what's the worst thing that's going to happen: I'll win?

If you've ever played the RPG puzzle game 10,000,000 by the same developer, this is all going to look very familiar; in that game, you were an adventurer trying to battle your way out of a dungeon; here, you're sailing free on the sea in the titular boat, possibly after you have escaped from that dungeon.

Over time, you make your way to new locations, face new challenges, and recruit monsters who assist you on your quest to build the sickest boat. Although the game available on Mac or PC, it's much better as a mobile game on iOS or Android. It's $2.99, so go build a boat, already.

Chevy's 200-mile electric car could be $2.5k more than Tesla Model 3

General Motors is moving up the on-sale date for its Chevrolet Bolt electric car to 2017, or maybe even sooner than that. It'll cost $30,000 (after tax breaks) about $5,000 less $2.5k more than the upcoming Tesla Model 3, which will offer a similar 200 mile range on a charge.