D20 silicone baking molds

They're oven, microwave, dishwasher and freezer-safe, and make 4 3" cakes (or whatever) per batch; $13 each. Read the rest

Star Wars chocolates: Death Star, Millennium Falcon, Han in Carbonite truffle bars!

Pop culture chocolatier Sweet Belle Cakes sells a variety of Star Wars-themed chocolates, from the solid chocolate Death Star ($8) to the massive chocolate Millennium Falcon ($22) to the Han Solo in carbonite truffle bars (there's also a $13 variety pack!). Read the rest

Cakeageddon: life-size "horror-farm" made from cake!

Evil Miss Cakehead's latest edible installation is a "horror-farm" featuring all manner of grotesqueries from baskets of entrails to slaughtered pigs, entirely made from cake! Read the rest

Edgar Allan Poe sweater

Archie McPhee & Co. offers this Edgar Allan Poe intarsia sweater for $42.50, "one size fits most." (via Dangerous Minds) Read the rest

Happy Caturfriday

A photo shared in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool by reader Mark Moschell. The cats' names: Bert and Kiska. Says Mark, "I am only posting this because This Never Happens!" Read the rest

A jet interior designed with Nike for traveling athletes

Designers interviewed physicians, coaches, operations staff and sleep specialists to understand how best to create an environment that helps optimize performance for distant events.

US officials threatened James Foley's family with criminal charges if they raised ransom money to free him

The "devastating" message didn't surprise her, she told ABC News, but the way it was delivered shocked her.

#Internetslowdown: FCC receives record-breaking 1.75M comments on Net Neutrality

It's the largest number of comments ever filed in an FCC docket, blowing past the 1.4M comments received on Janet Jackson's Superbowl "wardrobe malfunction" (and how f-ed up is it that wardrobe malfunction held the top place until now?). Read the rest

This Week In Science with Dr. Kiki: Science Like Jagger

Here's episode 480 of Kiki Sanford's kickass science podcast, TWIS.

A solar flare erupted from the sun that was aimed directly toward Earth. Thankfully, it wasn't an extremely large flare, but northern latitudes should expect more intense aurora activity.

Researchers published evidence that nerve impulses might travel as a physical wave rather than the well accepted electrical action potential. Dr. Kiki thinks it's fringe science, and warns people not to be taken in by new age scams involving our sound transmitting nerves.

Blair goes to watery depths in the Animal Corner with a story about baby frogs rushing their development in order to hatch earlier when their siblings get eaten. Her second story involved jumping mosquito fish leading researchers to think our sense of balance was with us before we stepped on land. And, finally, she found a fascinating story about a conversation between a trout and eel... fishy friends for sure.

Birds and migration come into focus with two stories introduced by Dr. Kiki. First, migratory insectivorous birds follow green vegetation in the spring rather than the migratory path they followed in the fall. This behavior leads to a looped migratory path. Second, neo-tropical birds most likely diversified as a result of traveling over geological features that influenced isolation and speciation. Justin, however, brings up the good point that no one really needs to migrate in the tropics since the weather is the same all the time.

Justin brought up a study about how hard working our brains are, even after we fall asleep.

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Sound It Out - new music discovery site

I was just telling Xeni last night (waiting for the doors to open to see John Hodgman and David Rees perform at Largo in West Hollywood - great show!) that my only source for finding out about new music is Pesco and my 17-year-old daughter. That's why I was happy to learn about Sound It Out, a new website co-founded by my friend (and fellow beekeeper) Amy Seidenwurm. It's got new music, overlooked chestnuts, and free MP3s.

My pick from the stuff I've listened to so far, the "fuzzy psychedelia" of Toronto's Wish: Read the rest

Petition launched to encourage use of name "ISIL" to refer to insurgent group also known as ISIS

Isis Martinez, 38, of Miami, has started a petition asking the media to stop using the term "ISIS" to describe the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, an unpleasant organization whose name may be rendered perfectly legitimately in other ways. The count is at 300. Read the rest

Grandparents accidentally tagging themselves Grandmaster Flash on Facebook

"Love, Grampa and Grandmaster Flash."

512GB SD cards out--with $800 price tag

Aimed at videographers who need fast, expansive storage for 4K footage, SanDisk's Extreme PRO SD card range now comes with up to 512GB of space: enough to match most solid state drives, with read/write speeds faster than many mainstream hard drives. But it's $800, so no. Read the rest

The Jackson 5ive, the cartoon (1971)

In 1971-1972, The Jackson 5ive were cartoon characters in a Saturday morning series directed by Robert Balser who previously was animation director for Yellow Submarine and later worked on Heavy Metal. (Thanks, Lux!) Read the rest

Some beautiful Burning Man 2014 photos by Trey Ratcliff

Check out some of the stunning images photographer Trey Ratcliff captured at Burning Man this year. Read the rest

Burger King's gothburger

Burger King has launched a black burger in Japan made from black peppered-beef, buns and cheese darkened with bamboo charcoal, and a topping of garlic sauce blackened with squid ink. Read the rest

Video: violent family games of yore

In this episode of "They Actually Made That!?," our pal Attaboy demonstrates several strange and "violent" vintage family games. Read the rest

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