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RIP YouTube [2005-2013], The End Of An Era

Man, we were all fooled. We're being told today, YouTube was launched in 2005 with one sole goal in mind -- to surface the best video of all time. It's taken 8 short years, but the panel of judges are now ready to get down to brass tacks and start the hard work, which according to Google will take 10 long years hence.

Back To The Future: X Ray Glasses

For those who have always wondered about how those X-Ray Specs from your youth worked, here's everything you probably never thought to ask.

Microsoft Reveals Big Themes For 2013

As part of the company's TechForum event in Seattle this week, Microsoft reveals that three big technologies and innovations will shape the world of technology in the coming year. First, the arrival of big data along with the affordability of cloud processing power, then learning systems, and finally more human interfaces will allow all of this power to be used by more people.

Color Me Stop And Go: The History Of The Traffic Light

You see them hanging around, here and there. They’re everywhere, part of the landscape, it seems but you never really pay close attention to them until you blow through a red one. Here's some interesting facts about traffic lights...

Burger King's Twitter Hacked: Hilarity Ensues

Burker King's Twitter account was hacked by Anonymous members. Fans go crazy and retweet funny messages all day long, but meanwhile this shows how important it is for businesses to keep control of their PR messages.

The World's First Computer: The Antikythera Mechanism

If someone were to ask you to name the world's oldest computer, you'd probably mention The Babbage Engine, Konrad Zuse's Z3 or  The UK's Colossus.  If you were asked when humanity built the first computing device, your estimates wouldn't go higher than a few hundred years or so.

What if I told you that there exists a computer system that was operational almost two thousand years ago?


Five Innovations That Changed Video Games

One can't argue that the gaming industry has produced its fair share of innovative products. Video games have changed a lot since the days of pong - the technological advances on this list are among the chief innovations that have propelled us from Pac Man to Crysis, and beyond.

Lava Me Tender: Big Rack Rock Invades Japanese Beach!

A five foot wide anatomically correct lava bomb resting on the beach near the Japanese seaside town of Reihoku has got tourists lining up to ogle Mother Nature's bouncy bounty.

2010 Ig Nobel Prizes To 10 Strange & Funny Scientific Studies

Read this, if you want to die laughing...

Celebrating its 20th anniversary of Ig Nobel Awards on September 30 at Harvard University, Improbable Research granted 10 Ig Awards to some of the most hilarious scientific studies you will ever hear about.  They are laughable, but then they make you think, which is the main objective of the Ig Nobels.  So, laugh and then think as you read about these winning discoveries.

 


8 Really Wacky Inventions From Time Magazine's 50 Worst

Time Magazine just published its list of the 50 Worst Inventions.  Some of these inventions are really old, like the crinoline and tanning beds.  Others aren't even around any more, like the Ford Pinto and the Pontiac Aztek.  And many, like Agent Orange, plastic shopping bags, and DDT, historically really called for a more timely worst inventions list.  But some of Time's 50 Worst Inventions are worth a look just for being so darned ... wacky!