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  1. Editors’ Picks 7/20: A Solemn Farewell to Magic Clowns

    This week in Editors' Picks: Two Associate Editors who are moving on from Geekosystem this and next week, boo! A secret project Eric has been working on for like a week, yay! And a trackpad, booyah!

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  2. Internet Explorer Simulator Brings the Best Parts of Jank to Your Favorite Browser

    Internet Explorer catches a lot of flak for being awful, to the extent that its most recent advertising push stresses not that it's great exactly, but that it's no longer unusable. All that aside, Internet Explorer had one feature that made the inevitable crashes sort of, kind of, a little bit fun; you could make designs with the "Internet Explorer has encountered a problem" window during a freeze. Good news, you don't need to use IE to do that anymore.

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  3. Jet Set Radio HD Coming to iOS and Android

    Jet Set Radio -- doubtlessly your favorite cell-shaded graffiti simulator -- is getting an HD remake and coming to XBLA and PSN. What could be better? What if it was also coming to Android and iOS? It is.

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  4. Kim Dotcom’s Hokey New Single is Self-Indulgent and Dangerous, Still Catchy

    Before all the MegaUpload takedown garbage started, there was a MegaUpload song. It was a weird endorsement of the site, filled with crazy celebrity cameos. It was a goofy little PSA. If you haven't seen it, you really should. Now, Kim Dotcom has dropped another single, and while similarly catchy, it's a lot more serious in tone, serious to the point of being self-defeatingly pompous. The man has some valid points, but it's just, well, see for yourself.

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  5. Check Out a Computer Animation from Nearly 50 Years Ago

    You probably tend to think of computer animation as a relatively recent phenomenon, but it's actually a lot older than you're likely to give it credit for. While computer generated movies didn't start taking off until the '90s, computers were being used to generate animations as early as the 1960s. A video recently released from the AT&T archives shows off one of these early specimens, an animation from 1963, which very well may be the first computer animation ever; it's hard to really know. Nonetheless, it's an important piece of history.

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  6. Scientists Create Aerographite, Lightest Material on the Planet

    We already know that sheets of carbon atoms, also known as graphene, can work absolute wonders, so it should be no surprise that carbon tubes can be impressive too. Scientists in Germany have been experimenting with the potential of these tubes and have found that by weaving them at the nano and micro level, they can be used to make a material called aerographite. What's so special about aerographite? It's the lightest material in the world.

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  7. YouTube Now Lets You Blur Out the Faces in Your Videos

    In a world were practically everyone has a device that can record video, anonymity in public is becoming a trickier and trickier thing to pull off. YouTube's new built-in facial blurring feature might not necessarily help you control where your face does and does not appear, but it will help people who have your privacy in mind. With the new feature, all uploaders will have the ability to automatically blur all the faces that appear in a video, a feature that could prove especially helpful for anyone who wants to document an event, but not necessarily what people were involved.

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  8. MegaUpload Judge Steps Down After Accusations of Bias

    Kim Dotcom is facing a potential setback in his legal battle, now that Judge David Harvey has taken himself off the contentious case. After commenting that "we have met the enemy and he is US" at a conference, Harvey faced criticism of bias, despite the fact the comment -- in its original context -- had no explicit relation to the ongoing case. Now, a recent announcement suggests Harvey was in fact biased, and aware of the fact, which is why he has now removed himself from the case.

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  9. Wikipedia Heading Towards a Serious Admin Shortage

    Wikipedia is something of a modern day miracle. It's a free, perpetually up-to-date, nigh-all-inclusive, readily accessible encyclopedia that has long proven to be about as accurate as more traditional alternatives. The easy thing to forget, however, is that this is only because an army of Wikipedians is dutifully editing, re-editing, and re-re-editing the site's myriad pages. Unfortunately, there seems to be a downward trend; the number of new Wikipedia Admins has dropped off, and if the pattern continues, the site could face a very serious shortage.

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  10. Graphene Boosts Artificial Photosynthesis Efficiency, This Is Getting Ridiculous

    We already know that graphene is a wonder-material, so it's no surprise that it has yet another superpower. It is, however, a little bit of a surprise that there are still superpowers left that it isn't yet known to have. A recent study by a team of scientists from the Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology, and Ewha Womans University, both in South Korea, have found that graphene has potential in increasing the efficiency of artificial photosynthesis. This is probably thanks in part to its ability to generate electricity when struck by light, and the same qualities that make it great for supercapacitors.

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