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Google’s new Santa Tracker teaches kids coding skills

Google’s new Santa Tracker teaches kids coding skills

It’s that time of the year — Google has launched its Santa Tracker! It’s one of the more attractive Santa Tracker pages we’ve seen, and it is packed full of content to keep the kids (and adults) entertained. Those who have used Google’s past trackers will be familiar with the page — it is wintery and styled after Santa and other Christmas elements, and features interactive elements related to the holiday, as well as a timer counting down the days, hours, and minutes before Christmas.

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Lightweight Express Dive bridges snorkeling and scuba

Lightweight Express Dive bridges snorkeling and scuba

The world beneath the waves, at least in places that are clean enough, is rich with wondrous and beautiful sights and creatures. But rare are the people who are able to enjoy those firsthand because of the restrictive nature of underwater diving. Scuba diving gear, which is meant to provide some amount of liberation, practically straps about 50 kg of equipment on your body just to make that possible. Couldn't there be an easier, lighter way to marvel at underwater treasures even just for a little while? Industrial designer Cathal Redmond and his Express Dive invention claim there might be.

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The Netflix Switch dims lights, orders food while you binge

The Netflix Switch dims lights, orders food while you binge

Our houses are getting smarter, with new fangled connectivity to the Internet and our smartphones and new fangled remote controls. But what if your needs were simply to comfortably watch your favorite Netflix shows in the dimmed coziness of your living room? What if you happened to be a tinkerer with some spare tools and chips around? What if you wanted pizza to go with that? If you answered yes to all of those, or maybe even just the first two, then the Netflix Switch might be perfect for you.

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Cedar Point roller coaster wants to set record for insanity

Cedar Point roller coaster wants to set record for insanity

There are roller coasters and there are roller coasters. And then there are roller coasters that make you wonder about the twisted mind that created the equally twisted loops and drops of death. All for good fun, where fun equates to probably dying early. Cedar Point in Ohio might not be one of the most popular coaster parks in the world, but come 2016, it would probably be right there on the map, probably with 10 world records bagged all at once, and hopefully without any tragic mishap.

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GoPro on a balloon found after 2 years with stunning Earth shots

GoPro on a balloon found after 2 years with stunning Earth shots

The GoPro line of action cameras, especially when paired with drones, have yielded a massive library of photos and videos that would have been otherwise impossible to take using commercial equipment. But when paired with a weather balloon, things get even more dramatic. In 2013, a group of five students from Arizona did just that and launched the GoPro into the atmosphere. Sadly, they lost track of the camera during after its reentry. Good thing they recovered it two years later in good condition because the footage it had stored is truly a sight to behold.

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Lexus teases hoverboard again, promises full reveal on August 5

Lexus teases hoverboard again, promises full reveal on August 5

It was almost a month ago exactly that out of the blue Lexus released a video showing off a "real, rideable hoverboard." With a design and shape clearly inspired by a skateboard, little else was shown in the teaser, with an abrupt ending as someone approached the hoverboard and was just about to put their foot on it. Well, the hoverboard, simply called Lexus SLIDE, has made another appearance in video form, with Lexus promising more details on August 5th.

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Lexus teases ‘real’ hoverboard powered by magnets, liquid nitrogen

Lexus teases ‘real’ hoverboard powered by magnets, liquid nitrogen

After roughly a year or so hoverboard announcements that have turned out to be April Fool's jokes, expensive concepts, or low-tech hacks, it's easy think the same of Lexus' out-of-the-blue teaser video. As part of their "Amazing in Motion" series of unique, bizarre concepts, Lexus has revealed what it calls SLIDE, a "real, rideable hoverboard." Presented under the motto "There's no such thing as impossible, it's just a matter of figuring out how," the hoverboard is shown, well, hovering, above the ground, with steam vapor coming out.

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Burger King acts weird again, launches all red burger

Burger King acts weird again, launches all red burger

It's not terribly uncommon to seem a themed meal of some sort from a fast food place, but Burger King has been pushing it to various extremes. Last September we took the plunge and sampled one of its all-black burgers, which were -- as the name suggests -- all black, including the cheese. It was tasty, in case you were wondering. If a colored burger sounds appealing but you were hoping for something a little more cheery, Burger King has an alternative -- an all-red burger.

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Hockey puck survives fire, ice, and now thermite

Hockey puck survives fire, ice, and now thermite

If you spend any time on the Internet at all, you’ve likely seen that now infamous red-hot ball of nickel burning its way through friend and foe alike: fruits, random objects, nothing has managed to stand in its way. That is, until it met a hockey puck. Turns out hockey pucks are able to do more than take a beating from hockey sticks — they hardly sizzle when paired with red hot destruction. As an act of revenge, perhaps, the nickel-bearer turned to a more destructive force — but, as you’ll see in the video after the jump, a hockey puck is not easily destroyed.

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Screentendo turns web pages into Mario levels you can play

Screentendo turns web pages into Mario levels you can play

Tired of staring at the same old, same old website all day long? Presuming, of course, that is part of your work. If so, and if you use a Mac, you might want to give this hack a spin. Probably inappropriately named Screentendo, this small open source program was designed to do one thing and one thing alone. It will turn any web page you set it on into a Mario level, which you can then use to while the hours away by playing until all the bricks are gone.

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Another Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer, this time in LEGO

Another Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer, this time in LEGO

Some people just have a lot of time in their hands. Or lots of creativity. And definitely lots and lots of LEGO pieces. The group of "quirky artists" at Brotherhood Workshop probably qualify for all those. Combining months of hard work, scene by scene analysis, and a whole load of LEGO, the groups was able to recreate one of the earliest trailers for Avengers: Age of Ultron. They have just released their own LEGO stylized trailer, and just in time to welcome the premiere of the non-LEGO film this week.

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Pantone names a new color after Dispecable Me’s Minions

Pantone names a new color after Dispecable Me’s Minions

You know a pop culture thing is a BIG thing when even serious business institutions get into it as well. That definitely sounds like the situation here when the Pantone Color Institute, which is responsible for one of the most popular color palettes in the industry, has just added "Minion Yellow" as its newest named color, designed after the lovable yellow creatures from the Despicable Me films. This is quite big when you consider that Pantone has not named any new color since 2012, and the first one it does it names after fictional characters.

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