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    Dan is a video game modding hobbyist and secret ninja who lives in New Jersey.

  1. Don’t Miss a Single PAX Prime Gaming Convention Live Stream This Weekend

    It's dangerous to stream alone. Take this.

    The PAX Prime gaming convention runs from today, August 29, 2014 to September 1, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. But you can still get in on all the fun thanks to a whole bunch of streams on Twitch. We've collected some of the biggest ones and their stream schedules for you here to simplify your life.

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  2. Will Hollywood Follow GOG.com Into DRM-Free Movie Downloads?

    Thus leaving us agog.

    Music services like iTunes brought digital distribution into the spotlight long ago, but in the years since, concern over the ease of copying files have led to Digital Rights Management (DRM) issues and a slew of different solutions. Launched back in 2008 under the name Good Old Games, GOG.com has made a name for itself in DRM-free video games, and they just launched an initiative to bring the same freedom to movies and TV. But will Hollywood go along for the ride?

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  3. This Is Your Brain on Coffee: How Coffee Affects Your Brain and Body

    I like my brain like I like my coffee: full of caffeine.

    You know how coffee makes you feel. Depending on your necessary intake level, that's anywhere from "awake and alert" to "like a functioning adult human being." But what does the caffeine physically do to your brain and body to generate that feeling? This video from AsapSCIENCE will explain the science behind your brain fuel.

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  4. Nintendo Announces New 3DS, Confirms Leaked Smash Bros. Character in Nintendo Direct [UPDATED: Character Spoiler Spotted in Video]

    Looks like we don't have a choice!

    Last night, Nintendo held a Japan-only Nintendo direct, where they announced several things including new 3DS models which have a second circle pad built in among several new features and a brand new Smash Bros. character. The new models will reportedly even have a faster processor and exclusive games which the current 3DS won't be able to play.

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  5. Vashta Nerada Fears Validated: Tiny Nightmare Bugs That Live Among Books Exist

    Hey! Who turned out the lights?

    So science has known about pseudoscorpions for a while, but we didn't know until just today that tiny, scary-looking bugs like to inhabit books and papers, so forgive us for having a bit of a moment. In return, we'll forgive you for taking a second to check how many shadows you've got.

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  6. Things We Saw Today: Detroit Is Turning Into Gotham City

    Oh, it's for Batman v Superman and not Batkid? Oh well.

    Feast your X-Ray vision or little bat lenses on some tweeted set photos from the Detroit Gotham City filming of Batman v Superman.

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  7. Scientists Are Trying to Prove Our Universe Is Just a 3D Hologram of 2D Information

    What is it with the glasses?

    Today in silly questions your intoxicated friends have asked: Is the Universe just a giant hologram? Maybe we're all really flat like the people on TV and don't even know it! Well, scientists at Fermilab have come up with an experiment to find out for sure, so maybe next time you'll have a solid answer—or at least a holographic projection of one.

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  8. Women at Code Camp Discuss How to Fix the Problem of the Male-Dominated Tech Field

    Spoiler: Society has to stop dictating kids' interests by gender.

    Why are programs like Code Camp so important to fixing the tech field's problem with being overwhelmingly male-dominated? While Code Camp helps strengthen the community of women in tech, attendees think that something needs to be done about the gender divide at an earlier age.

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  9. Time Warner Cable Subscribers Suffer Huge Internet Outrage Outage

    TIL the human brain automatically replaces "outage" with "outrage" when it's next to "Time Warner Cable."

    Time Warner Cable narrowly avoided bringing on the wifipocalypse this morning when service to their customers went down nationwide. Somehow, the people managed to band together in the dark and make due for a few hours without the Internet, but they're not happy about it.

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  10. Dorkly Shows You 20 Simpsons Guest Appearances You Might Have Missed

    Mandy Patinkin guest voice? Simpsons did it!

    Hey, remember that time that [insert famous person's name here] was on The Simpsons? Well, just because you don't remember it doesn't mean it didn't happen—it probably did. So, here are 20 Simpsons guest voices that you might not have picked up the first time around/your brain was too numb to notice after the first 72 hours of the FXX Simpsons marathon.

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