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How Times Square Works — When we stepped out onto the roof, the wind whipped me sideways, and it took me a second to get my bearings. I was nine stories above Times Square, staring at the back of its biggest LED sign, and it was thrilling.

Inside the Radical Redesign of the Country's Largest Retailer: USPS — With more than 30,000 locations operating today, the United States Postal Service is still the largest retail network in the US. It's also an embattled institution that's struggling to stay afloat. That's why last year, it enlisted a small design studio to overhaul its look completely. Here's what they came up with.
Jul 31, 2014

very cool... "Inside the Radical Redesign of the Country's Largest Retailer: USPS"

Jul 31, 2014

Inside the Radical Redesign of the Country's Largest Retailer: USPS…

Scientists Made This Entire Mouse Transparent Using Detergent — Last year, scientists did the wacky and cool thing of making a mouse brain transparent. Now they've gone and done it to an entire mouse by pumping detergent through its veins. The transparent mouse looks like gross rodent jello (yes, there is a photo), but it's also an incredible new way to study what intact organs look like on the inside.

7 Conservative Alternatives to the Internet's Most Popular Sites — ReaganBook-the hip, social-networkin' conservative's answer to Facebook that popped up not even a week ago-is dead. After being flooded with pornography and profanities of all sorts, the "Facebook for Patriots" was forced to shutter its doors. But don't worry. There are still plenty of places where the internet-minded neocons among us can feel right at home.
Jul 31, 2014

7 Conservative Alternatives to the Internet's Most Popular Sites…

Dad Builds Kids a NASA Simulator That Would Make Chris Hadfield Jealous — Remember that fridge box you turned into a rocket ship as a kid, complete with crayon-drawn control panels and a fancy sparkle glue paint job? Yeah, that was an embarrassment to our nation compared to this NASA simulator that Jeff Highsmith designed and built for his sons.

CIA Admits It Snooped On Senate Computers — Today, Senator Diane Feinstein backed up reports that the CIA had illegally searched Senate computers in an effort to figure out what the Senate knew about its torture activities. It turns out that the CIA acted exactly the way we expect the CIA to act--and that's a problem.

NASA Will Make Oxygen From CO2 On the Surface of Mars — NASA just announced what the Mars 2020 rover will carry to the Martian surface, and one of them sounds like pure sci-fi: MOXIE, a machine that sucks in carbon dioxide from the Martian atmosphere and pumps out pure oxygen for use in rocket fuel--or someday, for humans to breathe.

This Whale of a Flying Boat Used to Fight Nazis, Now It Fights Fires — General Douglas MacArthur once famously quipped, "Old soldiers never die; they just fade away." Obsolete military equipment should be so lucky. While most outdated systems are simply scrapped, a lucky few find new purpose after their time in service--like the Martin JRM Mars, a coastal patrol bomber that now demolishes wildfires instead of invading armies.

Step Inside the Restoration of the Original Boeing 747 — The Boeing 747 is an iconic aircraft that singlehandedly pushed the airline industry into the jumbo jet age. Sitting derelict at the Museum of Flight for 14 years, the very first of its kind is currently undergoing a rigorous restoration process to restore its former glory.

The Tiniest Propeller Ever Can Sneak Between Cells — Researchers want to use microscopic nanobots for drug delivery and other tasks inside the human body, but there are still places the micro machines can't get. Now, scientists have made the smallest bot yet, a magnet-guided corkscrew so tiny, it can sneak through the pores in human connective tissue.
Jul 31, 2014

Gotta give these scientists props RT @Gizmodo: The tiniest propeller ever can sneak between cells:

How To Protect Your Data Before Your Phone Gets Stolen — Having your precious smartphone swiped is one thing, but giving the thief free access to your apps and data can potentially be even worse. There's a lot you can do before you lose the phone in the first place, though, that will make it much harder for thecriminals to do anything other than wipe it and sell it on.

The Best Free Android Apps in Amazon's New Two-Day Giveaway — The Amazon Appstore already gives away one free app each day, but today it's decided give away 30 apps, worth a combined total of $100, to anyone with an Android phone. Here are the pick of the bunch that you should download first.
Jul 31, 2014

FREE APPS! "@Gizmodo: Amazon is giving away a bunch of great apps, for free, to anyone with an Android:"

USB Has a Fundamental Security Flaw That You Can't Detect — We all rely on USB to interconnect our digital lives--but new research reveals that there's a fundamental security flaw in the very way that the humble Universal Serial Bus functions, and it could be exploited to wreak havoc on any computer.