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Frogs Are Really Cool. Too Bad Humans Are Killing Them All

Frogs don’t have a great public relations record. First, they plagued the Egyptians—not usually how you make friends. Then people accused the amphibians of giving them warts. Patently untrue. A brief respite came when a frog turned into a prince that one time, but now frogs face their greatest challenge yet: …

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What That Scary New Red Gmail Unlocked Symbol Means

In recent days, some Gmail users have been wondering and worrying about new emails popping up in their inboxes with a new unlocked icon. Have no fear. As we mentioned on Tuesday, this is just Google’s way of telling you that an email you’ve received isn’t as secure as it …

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Samsung Starts Android Marshmallow Update with Galaxy S6 Today

Samsung is pushing the latest version of Google’s Android operating system to its mobile devices from February 15th. The company said today that Android Marshmallow will be available first on this date for the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge (which is also receiving new functionality for the ‘edge’ portion of its …

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Making the GrammyCam, Awards Season’s Newest Meme Machine

Awards shows are usually too polished and stiff to really have spontaneity. Unless Jennifer Lawrence is involved, there’s rarely room for surprises. But this year the folks at the Grammys have decided to welcome just a little bit of chaos into the proceedings—courtesy of the GrammyCam. “What’s a GrammyCam?” you …

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Why Use a Paintbrush When You Can Make Mind-Bending Art With Code?

Computer code underpins many aspect of our lives. Usually we know exactly what we want that code to do—but what if we didn’t? This is the question posed by Los Angeles software artist Casey Reas, who employs code to form abstract, bewildering, and literally unexpected creations. Reas received his MS from the MIT …

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Why Modern Makers Are Bringing Back Ham Radio

More than a hundred years ago, a few intrepid amateurs began experimenting with a new means of communications known then as “wireless.” These protohackers — soon to be known as hams — for etymologically obscure reasons — began building their own electronics gear, hoping to use it to communicate with others. …

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