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We Use A Pie To Describe Pi on Pi Day!

Today is Pi Day in America - but why? Any chance to eat pie is the best. March 14th is abbreviated here to 3.14 and 3.14 is the rounded representation of the mathematical constant for calculating the circumference of a circle: π. What? Let's say you have 1 marionberry pie - measure across the pie...
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I Had No Idea Wind Turbines Catch Fire!

Supported by StickerYou.com At first, I was learning about a type of wind turbine, a savonius verticle axis wind turbine, whose technology dates back to the times of the ancient Persian empire. Then in the video I was watching, I saw one of those modern white three-bladed wind farm turbines asunder...
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Name a Cockroach After Your Ex for Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day. I'm pretty certain it might be America's least popular holiday that we somehow still perpetuate out of a sense of guilt or shame. It's pretty gross if you let it get there and it gets there quickly. This year, Valentine's Day has a wonderfully dark side I've yet to see harnessed by...
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Nerd Talk: China Germinated a Seed on the Far Side of the Moon

China's fancy new moon probe, the Chang'e, not only softly landed safely on the lunar surface, this thing is busily science-ing its face off. Figuratively, it lacks an animal face... for now. One of the experiments would successfully grow veggies and they've made the huge first step for plantkind!...
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Guy Makes Dave Grohl out of Rubik's Cubes!

It's like my best worlds have collided - cubing and rock music with this sweet ass portrait of Dave Grohl! A post shared by Giovanni Contardi (@jvenb) on Jun 3, 2018 at 1:18pm PDT The road to competitive rubik's cube (a real thing) involves collecting tons of different cubes, solving them for hours...
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Nerd Talk: AI To Become More Like Kirk, Less Like Spock

Scrolling through the /r/Formula1 subreddit like I do on the daily, I came across a Ted Talk from a dude in Portland talking about how machines will soon augment our brains to help us break out of our little thought boxes and find new ways to create magnificent feats of engineering, art, and other...
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This App Can Detect Album Covers Using Your Smartphone

What some people (me) are referring to as "reading skills" is being replaced using Google AI and your smartphone to give us an app that detects what album cover you're looking at. Record Player will take a look at the weird record store find you've made thumbing through buckets of bad vinyl and...
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Tycho in 4k

Nerd Talk: NASA's 4K Tour of the Moon is just Badass

As a tiny little virus running around changing the Earth to my own liking, it's a complex abstract idea to understand the scale, distance, and the barren surface of our natural satellite the moon. If you don't believe that Earth is round, please stop reading and go hate yell at someone on the...
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Nerd Talk: Programmer Makes Bot To Capture Seattle Sunsets and the Time-lapses are Insanely Beautiful

A Seattle programmer found a way to keep us from ever having to miss a gorgeous sunset again, and he's made the code for it available for free! We keep ourselves so busy feeding the big data machine with modern circuit training - two minutes on Facebook - switch - two minutes on Instagram - switch...
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Nerd Talk: We Built the LEGO NASA Apollo Saturn V Rocket

1,969 awesome pieces all come together to form the greatest Lego build I’ve ever completed. Look, do I think that new 7500 piece Millennium Falcon is awesome? Yes. A Super Star Destroyer ? Also, yes. But when I was gifted a Lego set for Christmas, a purchase of love from a family member trying to...
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