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The Game Boy Turns 25 Today

gizmodo.com — You've almost certainly played a game on your phone today. Some beautiful, high-res game with a rainbow of colors and fluid animation. You've got a lot of power in your pocket these days, but portable gaming owes a lot to the chunky old Game Boy, which is 25 years old today.

Explore the World of Game of Thrones as if It Were on Google Maps

gizmodo.com — S If you're desperate to understand the world from George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire and Game of Thrones, here's you chance. The lands of Westeros and Essos have been given a full Google Maps-style treatment, so you can explore them in detail.
RT @sal19: You can now explore Game Of Thrones’ lands of Westeros and Essos on Google Maps gizmodo.com/explore-the-wo…
You can now explore Game Of Thrones’ lands of Westeros and Essos on Google Maps gizmodo.com/explore-the-wo…

Why Is New Urbanism So Gosh Darn Creepy?

gizmodo.com — I remember looking toward the edge of town and thinking that something seemed off. We had stopped here before crossing the Continental Divide, in one of those typically charming Colorado mountain communities. Yet a few blocks away from its railroad-era Main Street lined with historic 1890s structures, there were almost cartoonish versions of those same buildings, arranged in an unnaturally tight grid.
Q. Why Is New Urbanism So Creepy? (My A.: B/c it's completely ahistorical. Communities grow, they don't just appear.) bit.ly/1iCKvrG

Powdered Alcohol Is Bad - But Is it Real?

gizmodo.com — I don't quite get this one. It appears that there is some sort of powdered alcohol called Sub You-WTF?-available for KIDS TO BUY AND DRINK AND KILL THEMSELVES WITH but I don't quite understand how or why it works. Can you "powder" alcohol? I mean, I don't really care that people are up in arms about it.

Impoverished Kids Love the Lamp-Powering Soccer Ball-Until It Breaks

gizmodo.com — S Across the globe, even in impoverished communities where families can't afford electric light, there is something you will almost always see: children kicking balls. What if you could harness that youthful energy to generate electricity? That is the inspiration behind an American invention called the Soccket.
Impoverished Kids Love the Lamp-Powering Soccer Ball—Until It Breaks gizmodo.com/impoverished-k…

Celebration, Florida: The Utopian Town That America Just Couldn't Trust

gizmodo.com — It's been exactly two decades since Celebration, Florida, broke ground in 1994, a major anniversary for a community that enjoyed a massive amount of media attention when it emerged. Yet we don't hear much about Disney's foray into real estate lately, apart from the odd fire.

A Teenager Somehow Survived a Five-Hour Flight in a Jet's Wheel Well

gizmodo.com — S A 16-year-old boy managed to stow away in the wheel well of a flight headed from California to Hawaii on Sunday-and then survived the 5-hour trip despite freezing temperatures, low pressures and little oxygen. Hawaiian Airlines Flight 45 set off from Santa Clara, California on Sunday morning, before flying 5.5 hours to Maui in Hawaii.
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Google Clone Makes It Easy to Search for Drugs and Guns on the Dark Web

gizmodo.com — It can be hard to find good smack without leaving the comfort of your own home. At least it used to be. A new search engine for black markets is making it easier than ever to find anything from high quality heroin to assault rifles. The site even looks just like Google.

LED Lights Are Ruining Laundry Detergent's White-Brightening Trick

gizmodo.com — LED lighting is great. The right bulb gives the same warm incandescent glow you love from a fraction of the energy. But there's a downside: while LEDs make cities look awesome, the most common type of LED lighting dims the ultraviolet trick laundry detergents use to make white clothes look whiter.

Rebranding Weed So It's Not Just For Potheads Anymore

gizmodo.com — With marijuana legal in two states and approved for medicinal use in about 20 more, this year's 4/20 is gonna be epic, bro! But even as marijuana is being embraced by the mainstream, its image has been left behind in the 1960s. It's time to rebrand weed.