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

  1. Meet The Top 10 Cutest Animals of Science in 2014

    As determined by the journal Nature and also actual nature.

    Animals sit squarely at the intersection of science and cute. And then they pee on it in really weird ways. Welcome to Nature's top ten cutest animals of science in 2014.

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  2. Lincoln Logs Are Coming Back to the USA With Brand New Sets, Holiday Feels

    An educational toy more than four score and seven years old.

    Lincoln Logs will once again be produced in the USA with brand new, "Made in the USA" sets to celebrate. Despite production's move overseas, the Logs have been here all along, right under our noses, just waiting to be noticed to conjure the ghost of childhood holiday seasons past spent with the wooden LEGO alternative and play with our emotions. We just have a lot of feelings about educational toys, OK!?

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  3. A Guy Builds a Hoverboard out of Leaf Blowers, Proves You Don’t Need Fancy Magnets and Science

    Leaf blowers. How do they work?

    Easily the most "2015 is almost here, and we don't want to disappoint Marty McFly!" hoverboard solution yet, four leaf blowers, some tape, and a piece of wood still works almost as well as other, more scientific attempts. There are even instructions to build your own after the jump!

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  4. Google’s Top Search Data for 2014 Is Out and Just as Full of Frozen and Jennifer Lawrence as You’d Expect

    Let it Goooooooogle!

    Google has released its data for the top searches of 2014, so let's see if we can have some fun with it. In U.S. searches, Flappy Bird beat the Ice Bucket Challenge, while worldwide the ALS awareness stunt edged it out, and ALS also came in as the top "what is... ?" search. Now will the "it's self-serving and obnoxious!" complainers give it a rest?

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  5. A Smartphone Tax Is One Way to Help Clean Up Space Junk

    Or we could maybe just place a higher value on space funding.

    Space debris is a big problem, and not just because it might mean losing George Clooney to the cold, unfeeling clutches of outer space. If something isn't done about the debris from space programs in orbit around the Earth, launching a spacecraft from our planet will eventually become like trying to catapult it through a shooting gallery.

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  6. Things We Saw Today: Stargate Wedding Rings Show You’re Connected No Matter What

    You know, because of wormholes. Or Love. Whatever.

    What better way to celebrate a bond that connects you no matter where you are than with Stargate wedding rings? Answer: There isn't one. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

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  7. Sorry, ISS. Russian Space Agency Considering Creating Its Own Space Station Again

    Probably with a Little Rascals-esque "No U.S. Allowed" sign on the door.

    Russian officials have been talking about leaving everyone at the ISS hanging for a while, but now the head of Roscosmos, the Russian Federal Space Agency, has confirmed they're considering their own new space station as a possibility.

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  8. The Pirate Bay Is Back From the Dead Again, but Piracy Barely Noticed It Was Gone

    If you build it, they will share it.

    Despite one of its co-founders openly hoping that it would stay dead forever, notorious torrent sharing site The Pirate Bay has been resurrected by... another torrent sharing site. Piracy, uh, finds a way.

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  9. Watch Today’s Youth Understand Our Pain as They Get Mercilessly Wrecked by NES Mega Man

    No one even taught them the pause trick? Harsh.

    Depending on your age, you may remember a time when video games were hard. I'm talking controller throwing, unapologetically emotionally damaging, brutally hard. To heal those wounds in a totally healthy, schadenfreude-driven way, watch kids of today play the original Mega Man and get equipped with nothing but lasting psychological torment.

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  10. Mark Hamill Says the Force Awakens Ball Droid Is a Practical Effect He Got to Play With; We Are Jealous

    Don't worry. We can always go back and replace it with CGI later.

    BB-8, also known as the "ball droid," "rolling droid," or "most adorable thing about the Force Awakens trailer" is a real thing that exists in the world, and that makes us so happy. That's not the only thing Mark Hamill talked about in a recent interview, either. Read on for more about Jedi beards, returning actors, and little mechanical balls of wonder.

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