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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

Graffiti enthusiast won't take red for an answer

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In the eternal struggle between graffiti enthusasts and wall owners, sometimes a playful conversation emerges, like this battle over the word RED vs. red paint.

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Changing the conversation around games with fashion and ballet

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Mare Sheppard, half of two-person development team Metanet Software, has unveiled an unprecedented art project around the upcoming release of Metanet's long-anticipated N++: A photography series of dancers wielding vivid scarves designed in the image of the game.

Although it's a sort of "campaign" for N++, the expressive goals of the project, called Motion++, are higher, Sheppard tells us. "I want to convey the influence of dance and movement and art in my platformer, and show how Raigan [Burns, her collaborator at Metanet] and I really see N++, to abstractly demonstrate some of the characteristics and depth this game has. I am trying to show instead of tell, and in an unexpected way."

For Sheppard, Motion++—a gallery of striking images that communicate the spirit of the upcoming game, where players can even buy one the fashion scarves depicted (starting at a very reasonable $35)—is more than marketing, but an assertion of her values into a space that's often constrained by insular commercial aesthetics.

"I am trying to be the change I want to see in the world and in the game industry, in everything I do: I want the future to be diverse, abstract and creative, influenced and inspired by a wide and surprising range of things," she says. "I want games to be a vibrant, layered reflection of time and place and personality, made possible by a variety of people and collaborations. I want people to see the beauty of games with much more depth -- I want to help expand what games are and what they can be, who they speak to, and what they say. And how they say it! I hope this project is even one small step towards that future." MetanetSoftware-9494-20150226-Edit

Although Motion++ was inspired by fashion editorial, ballet and the diversity of beauty and bodies, it's fundamentally an expression of how Sheppard and Burns feel about their game and the experience of playing it.

It seems impossible to believe the first release of Metanet Sotftware's N was in 2004. The simple but impossibly-elegant free game became widely loved and often-imitated over the years, culminating in 2008's N+ release on Xbox Live Arcade and other platforms. Metanet's "definitive and final" N++ will release on PS4 in the near future.

Flashmob choir interrupts TTIP congress

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is a secret EU/US trade agreement that "puts the right to profit above all other rights," in the words of one MEP.

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North Korean defector to Finland claims evidence of illegal human experiments

The researcher, "Lee," worked in Ganggye, Chagang, and escaped with what he says is 15GB of data detailing illegal human subjects biochemical research, which he is due to present to the European Parliament this month. (Thanks, Sulka!)