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Mother raccoon teaches her baby how to climb a tree

A baby raccoon is called a kit. [via]

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Puzzle sheds light on government policy, corporate America and why no one likes to be wrong

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Here's a fun puzzle from the NY Times. Try it then discuss your experience in the comments.

EFF's 25th Anniversary Party with me and Wil Wheaton: July 16/SF


It's been a quarter-century since the Electronic Frontier Foundation was founded by John Perry Barlow, John Gilmore, and Mitch Kapor, and we're celebrating!

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Classmates tearfully reunited in court—as judge and suspect

Miami-Dade Eleventh Judicial Circuit Judge Mindy Glazer pauses to look closely at Arthur Booth, in court on a burglary charge: "Did you go to Nautilus Middle School?"

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July 4: Rumblefish claims to own US Navy rendition of "America the Beautiful"

Adafruit Industries has been stripped of revenues from its Youtube channel after Rumblefish -- a notorious music-rights agency -- claimed to own the copyright on a public domain, taxpayer-funded rendition of "America the Beautiful."

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Binge-watching Titansgrave: Wil Wheaton's new live RPG show

I've just watched all three new episodes of Wil's new show, which features performers and writers playing an exhilarating RPG campaign with Wil as DM, set in a lavishly illustrated techno-primitive society.

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WATCH: Patriotic fireworks safety supercut

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission just released a very dry safety video about not blowing yourself up with fireworks for the holidays, so we made a peppier patriotic supercut.

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Woman posts others' judgments on her appearance with and without make-up

The title is You Look Disgusting, but don't worry, they get to "Slut" and "False Advertising" when the make-up goes on.

WATCH: Bricklaying robot ushers in semi-automated masonry

Construction Robotics developed this bricklaying robot SAM (Semi-Automated Mason) after addressing two key challenges: mortar application and onsite variables that can hinder precision.

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Video: HOWTO put a Rubik's Cube in a bottle

YouTuber Mathologer shares his technique for reassembling a Rubik's Cube inside a glass container. The secret? Magnets!

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The Choose Your Own Android Phablet Giveaway

Have you ever wanted to take your flat screen TV off the wall and stick it in your pocket? If so, this giveaway is for you.

No, we’re not giving away a foldable pocket TV, but we are giving away the next best thing – a top of the line Android ‘Phablet.’

“Hey, what on earth is a phablet

Great question! A phablet is a Phone/Tablet hybrid, and for those that don’t mind a little extra bulk, they are awesome.

There are too many good phablets on the market for us to choose just one, so we’re going to let you choose.

One lucky winner will get their choice from the following list of killer handhelds:

  1. Google Nexus 6
  2. LG G4
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note 4
  4. OnePlus Two
  5. LG G Flex 2

Don’t waste any more time…

ENTER. SHARE. WIN.

XKEYSCORE: under the hood of the NSA's search engine for your Internet activity


Following up on its in-depth look at which communications the secret XKEYSCORE tool lets the NSA search, The Intercept makes some observations about how the technology actually works.

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You probably need more pollen-covered bats in your life

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The undisputed king of cute pollen-faced bat photography is Merlin D. Tuttle of Bat Conservation International. If you like tequila, thank a bat!

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Ten great websites with useful design style guides

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Laura Busche at Canva makes interesting observations about the style guides of 10 popular sites with distinctive and appealing styles, like Mozilla's Sandstone framework.

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Interactive chart displays opinion gaps between scientists and public

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Pew Research Center just released an interactive chart showing gaps between scientific consensus and public opinion. Refine results by gender, age, race, education, ideology, political party, and level of science knowledge.

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WATCH: Gorgeous drone footage of Iceland

Cinematographer Dima Balakirev created this striking montage of Iceland, including waterfalls, geothermal features, and lava formations. Crank it up to 2160p!

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The poetry in game-making

From the stylish and courtly competitions of old Japan to the vital and evolving independent game development scene. Read the rest