The secret engine technology that made the SR-71 the fastest plane ever

December 20th, 2014

The secret engine technology that made the SR-71 the fastest plane ever

On December 17, 1903, the Wright brothers flew the first airplane ever at 6.8 mph (10.9 km/h). Only 61 years and five days later, the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird took off. It’s still the world’s fastest airplane with a speed of 2,193 mph (3,530 km/h.) This fascinating video explains its top secret engine technology.

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5-year-old girl discussing Leia’s slave outfit with her dad is pure gold

December 20th, 2014

5-year-old girl discussing Leia's slave outfit with her dad is pure gold

Adam Buxton recorded a conversation with his 5-year-old daughter discussing her thoughts on Princess Leia’s famous slave outfit. She is hilarious by herself but when he got The Brothers McLeod to animate her words, it all turned into pure comedic gold. One of the cutest things I’ve watched this year.

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Watch Freaks and Geeks, an Awesome Show From a More Peaceful Time

December 20th, 2014

Watch Freaks and Geeks, an Awesome Show From a More Peaceful Time

Remember Freaks and Geeks, the short-lived teen comedy produced by Judd Apatow before you knew who Judd Apatow was? The show starred Seth Rogen and James Franco some 15 years before the pair would help spark the international cyber-clusterfuck we know as the Sony Hacks. Forget about the hackers and just watch the show.

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Hozier’s "Take Me to Church" Will Haunt You But That’s a Good Thing

December 20th, 2014

"Take Me to Church," the worldwide hit by Hozier, sounds like it’s about religion, but it’s not—not exactly. The song also sounds kind of haunting, but it’s not—exactly. As Hozier told New York Magazine earlier this year, the song is about sex and humanity. The church part is just a metaphor.

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Report: US Wants China to Stop North Korean Hacks with "Blocking Action"

December 20th, 2014

Report: US Wants China to Stop North Korean Hacks with "Blocking Action"

Well, this is a weird twist. Just hours after we learned that North Korea wanted to work with the United States on a joint investigation into the Sony Pictures hack, The New York Times is reporting that the U.S. now wants China’s help in stopping North Korean hackers. Apparently, U.S. officials want to unleash the Great Firewall on North Korea.

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Which Gadgets Get You Through the Holidays?

December 20th, 2014

Which Gadgets Get You Through the Holidays?

The holidays are a magical time. They can also be incredibly hectic and stressful, as you struggle to juggle your responsibilities at work with visiting family members, shopping for gifts, and the link. No matter what your seasonal stress, however, technology is there to help.

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First Drone Launches at FAA Test Site in Nevada, Crashes Immediately

December 20th, 2014

First Drone Launches at FAA Test Site in Nevada, Crashes Immediately

Friday was a big day at the drone testing facility in Boulder City, Nevada. It was the day that the first drone authorized to fly without FAA approval would take to the air. The bright orange unmanned aircraft, Magpie, did just that—and then it crashed to the ground in an embarrassing cloud of dust two seconds later.

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North Korea Wants to Work With the US to Investigate the Sony Hack

December 20th, 2014

North Korea Wants to Work With the US to Investigate the Sony Hack

In a predictably bizarre move, officials in Pyongyang are now proposing that North Korea and the United States work together on a joint investigation into the Sony Pictures hack. The country says it can prove that they didn’t do it. North Korea also warned of the gravest consequences if the U.S. does not agree to the inquiry.

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Happy Birthday Ames! Awesome Photos From 75 Years of Aerospace Research

December 20th, 2014

Happy Birthday Ames! Awesome Photos From 75 Years of Aerospace Research

On the 20th of December, 1939, the second laboratory of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) was founded. The facility at Moffett Field in Sunnyvale, California, would later be known as NASA’s Ames Research Center after the founding chairman of NACA, Joseph S. Ames—but no one could foresee how iconic Ames would become.

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A Single Chinese Town Makes Most of the World’s Christmas Decorations

December 20th, 2014

A Single Chinese Town Makes Most of the World's Christmas Decorations

At this point in time, you’ve already hung your tinsel and decorated your tree with blinking lights. Maybe there’s even a glowing Santa statue on your lawn. But did you ever step back and think about where all of these holiday decorations come from? A factory in China is the easy answer. An entire town of factories specializing in Christmas cheer is the correct answer.

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