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Mattel's 3D printer lets kids make their own toys

Mattel wants to make a toy factory out of the living room with its announcement of the ThingMaker — a 3D printer designed to let children customize and create their own playthings. Originally shown off at the New York Toy Fair, Mattel’s ThingMaker is a far cry technologically from its …

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The Ambitious 11.22.63 Is the Beginning of a Brand New Hulu

Last Thursday night, Hulu rented a parking lot. The massive concrete expanse was a few doors down from the Bruin Theater in Los Angeles’ Westwood neighborhood. Hulu rented that theater too, for the premiere of its first original drama, 11.22.63. But the parking lot was for the afterparty. A crew erected a massive …

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Being Bilingual Changes the Architecture of Your Brain

I’d been back from studying abroad in Mexico City for a couple of days when I asked my dad, “Can I use the lavadora?” “The what?” He didn’t speak Spanish. I knew that, of course. I didn’t even really speak Spanish. I had barely been able to hold a conversation …

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Lose Yourself in a Time-Lapse of Carnivorous Glowworms

New Zealand’s glowworms are a stunning sight. Buried inside caves, their soft illumination sends many photographers inside for the perfect shot. But Jordan Poste took a unique approach, capturing the bugs’ breathtaking twinkle with a 60-hour time-lapse video. Glowworms are actually the larval form of a gnat, commonly found by …

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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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