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North Korea tries to entice tourists with “Internet Room”

North Korea tries to entice tourists with “Internet Room”

North Korea, threats of war aside, is trying to entice more tourists to its little nation via a new “Internet Room” at the world’s worst airline. The little facility in Pyongyang International airport, however, has one big problem: despite being an Internet room, it does not in fact have Internet access, at least according to reports coming from the nation. The nation’s residents are, at the most, given access only to North Korea’s very limited intranet. Tourists have a little bit more freedom.

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‘Anakin’ is now one of the top 1,000 US baby names

‘Anakin’ is now one of the top 1,000 US baby names

The U.S. Social Security Administration has revealed that "Anakin" is now one of the top 1,000 baby names in the United States. The administration released its latest list of popular baby names in the United States this summer, and we see more than a handful that are likely inspired by popular culture -- Khaleesi, for example, outranked Anakin last year in the top 1,000 baby name chart. Still, Anakin is gaining ground and joining the likes of "Luke" and "Leia" among the top charts.

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Oldest message in a bottle ever found on German beach

Oldest message in a bottle ever found on German beach

Between 1904 and 1906, researcher George Parker Bidder released a bottle into the North Sea as part of an experiment. Now, about 108 years later, a couple in Germany has discovered the bottle washed up on a German beach. It is believed this is the oldest message in a bottle discovered thus far, joining the ranks of other bottles that has been founded dating back to the early 1900s. The discovery was made back in April, but has only recently been publicized.

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Magic Cube is a levitating laser display for your treasures

Magic Cube is a levitating laser display for your treasures

If that levitating speaker has given you a fondness for floating objects, the new Magic Cube will satisfy your showcasing needs. Magic Cube is basically a levitating display, though it also serves just as well as a funky modern decorative piece. The unit is comprised of a large cube-shaped base that houses the technology, and a small saucer-shaped levitating platform upon which you can place an available clear prism, or a small object of your choosing, or both.

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Striking ‘Virgin Rainbow’ opal to be showcased in Australia

Striking ‘Virgin Rainbow’ opal to be showcased in Australia

A beautiful opal called the Virgin Rainbow is currently on its way to an Australian museum, where it will be showcased alongside some other rare, valuable and otherwise precious items. The opal will go on display starting late next month and will remain in the exhibition until February 2016. Opals are unique, at least as far as gemstones go, but this one is particularly notable due to its striking colors and rare shape. It is said to be the finest opal in the world.

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3D-printed ‘Bubble Bucket’ blows 14,000 bubbles per minute

3D-printed ‘Bubble Bucket’ blows 14,000 bubbles per minute

You can use your 3D printer for utilitarian things like printing a replacement battery cover for the TV remote, or you can use it for something fun like building your own bubble-blowing contraption. The latter is what one designer decided to do, and the end result is a relatively simple-to-make 5 gallon bucket full of watery soap, a revolving band of bubble-blowing wands, and a motor that takes it in a loop. The output is enough to drive dogs and kids alike crazy: 14,000 or so bubbles per minute.

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Back to the Future Monopoly includes DeLorean token

Back to the Future Monopoly includes DeLorean token

Monopoly — it’s that game that starts out well enough, and after a couple hours devolves into arguments and money throwing. Or something like that. If you’re still willing to broach the board and spend a few hours dominating the make believe business world, you’ll soon have a new variant to enjoy: a Back to the Future edition. The board features iconic imagery from the movies (all three, as this is the “trilogy edition”), including a giant shiny DeLorean hovering in the centermost section beneath the Monopoly logo.

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Red hot nickel ball sends foam block into color chaos

Red hot nickel ball sends foam block into color chaos

That red hot nickel ball is still burning its way through all sorts of substances -- except for hockey pucks, that is -- and the latest item subjected to its hellish super-heated self is a block of craft foam...the kind you might find poked full of fake flowers. While the steam and sparks and other things we've seen from past burning sessions were intriguing, this latest one is downright fascinating, and a bit unexpected -- the hot nickel ball sends the foam block into chaotic colors.

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Firefighter’s body cam shows first-person fire fighting

Firefighter’s body cam shows first-person fire fighting

Body cams have quickly become associated with police officers, but they're not the only ones wearing the little cameras. There are consumer versions designed for recording the important moments in your life, and other occupations are taking advantage of them, too -- firefighters being among them. The San Bernardino County Fire Department has begun using them, at least in certain cases, and late last week it published footage from one of those cameras on its YouTube page. In it we get to see what it looks like when fighting a raging inferno from a firefighter’s point of view.

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Soylent’s founder hawks new drink in spiel on solar living

Soylent’s founder hawks new drink in spiel on solar living

Feel too busy to cook, or can’t seem to master the art of not eating junk? You’ve probably heard of Soylent, then, the meal-replacement drink that promises to meet all your nutritional needs and not taste entirely terrible while doing so. Whether it fulfills its promise if debatable, but that's not the topic of creator Rob Rhinehart's latest blog post. In a long statement today, he detailed his efforts to reduce his environmental footprint, embrace solar, and more. All in all it's an interesting enough read...right up until it turns into a Soylent advertisement.

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R2-D2 mini-vacuum keeps your desk free of crumbs

R2-D2 mini-vacuum keeps your desk free of crumbs

Don't have time to take a lunch break, but need a sandwich? That's how you get crumbs on your desk, and a crumby desk is no way to work. Thanks to Firebox, you can have R2-D2 nearby to make things right -- it is, in this case, a miniature vacuum that rolls across your desk and gobbles up the remnants of your lunch. The mini-vacuum is powered by a USB cable, the power source of choice for desktop environments, and you can pop his head off when it’s time to empty his belly reservoir.

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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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