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Star Wars wall-mounted heads glow, are up for pre-order

Star Wars wall-mounted heads glow, are up for pre-order

Having animal heads mounted on one's wall has thankfully fallen out of fashion, but there's a new type of decoration to fill the void: wall-mounted Star Wars characters' heads, which have the added perk of glowing and add simulated cracks to your drywall. The wall-mounted heads are the type of thing you'd find in a kid's room or similar places, but this isn't a place of judgement -- having a glowing Darth Vader smashing through your entertainment room wall is awesome, and there's no shame in acknowledging that.

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Researchers find shape-shifting frogs in the Andes

Researchers find shape-shifting frogs in the Andes

Researchers have discovered shape-shifting frogs in the Ecuadorian Andes, it has been announced. The frogs are able to change the look of their skin within the span of a few minutes to imitate a surface they are sitting upon, making them what is thought to be the first amphibian discovered with such an ability. The species is called Pristimantis mutabilis, which means "mutable rainfrog", and its shape-shifting revolves around the texture of its skin, which can go from mostly smooth to "high tubercular".

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Taylor Swift’s streaming on Tidal, still snubbing Spotify

Taylor Swift’s streaming on Tidal, still snubbing Spotify

Taylor Swift generated a lot of hoopla last year after pulling all of her music from Spotify, one of the more popular streaming services available. She accused the company of stiffing musicians out of adequate compensation for their music, something it contested just as vocally. That issue hasn't changed, in that Swift's music catalog is still absent on Spotify. It has found itself another place to roost, however, in Tidal, the streaming music service recently bought by Jay Z.

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Ohio State University: Magnets can control sound, heat

Ohio State University: Magnets can control sound, heat

The Ohio State University has released details about a project with magnets its researchers have been working on. According to their work, magnets are able control both heat and sound waves -- something recently detailed in the journal Nature Materials, and the first time such information has been proven. Said one of the researchers, this experiment has added "a new dimension to our understanding of acoustic waves", and that using magnets researchers are able to "steer" both heat and sound waves.

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Boeing scores patent for blast-inhibiting force fields

Boeing scores patent for blast-inhibiting force fields

Our the-stuff-of-fiction future is becoming ever brighter, and newest to flesh it out is a new patent scored by Boeing, which has apparently set its sights on force fields. The patent details a technology that would create force fields somewhat similar to what we've seen in movies like Star Wars, though they won't work quite the same. Rather than taking the impacts from objects, they'll absorb or otherwise inhibit the shockwaves that result from a blast, helping keep the blast contained while protecting nearby people and structures from the damage that could result.

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Twitter hit with gender discrimination class action lawsuit

Twitter hit with gender discrimination class action lawsuit

A class action lawsuit was filed against Twitter late last week in San Francisco, with a former software engineer alleging the company's promotion process is discriminatory towards women. This comes at a time when such lawsuits are becoming common in Silicon Valley, as a separate legal complaint was also filed recently against Facebook by a former employee claiming gender discrimination. In the Twitter case, Tina Huang, who worked for the company between 2009 and 2014, says she was passed over for a Senior Staff Engineer position for no good reason.

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Top Gear fans drive tank to BBC in support of Jeremy Clarkson

Top Gear fans drive tank to BBC in support of Jeremy Clarkson

As the most well-known host of one of the BBC's most popular TV shows, Jeremy Clarkson of Top Gear has a record of doing and saying things that spawn controversy. Unfortunately for the show's large number of fans, Clarkson's latest actions, allegedly punching a producer, has gotten him suspended and the current season possibly cancelled. But in a show of support, and a spectacle that could be right out of Top Gear itself, fans drove a tank to the BBC's London headquarters to demand their hero be allowed to continue working.

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Facebook user’s fake suicide threat lands him in psych ward

Facebook user’s fake suicide threat lands him in psych ward

In our modern world, people often take their woes online, leaving hints about private troubles or outright threatening suicide as a last-ditch cry for help. Facebook, being the most popular of social networks, is one of the places a person is likely to turn, and so it isn't surprising the company has implemented so-called suicide prevention tools. Those tools were recently updated, and one user -- making a fake threat -- has ended up demonstrating how well it works.

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The changing of the guard: Cher Wang is the new HTC CEO

The changing of the guard: Cher Wang is the new HTC CEO

CEO changes happen. Sometimes, the current head steps down for health or personal reasons. Sometimes, it's merely to give way to a younger generation. But on average, such high-level management shifts usually betray some problem that a company is scrambling to resolve, partly by changing the CEO. When that company is HTC and that CEO is Peter Chou, that might very well be the case. The Taiwanese OEM has just announced that, effective immediately, Ms. Cher Wang will be the company's new chief executive, bring perhaps hopes of a revived HTC.

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Frappuccino at home? Starbucks says it’s coming soon

Frappuccino at home? Starbucks says it’s coming soon

If you don't have time for a mad dash into Starbucks before work, and you're suffering caffeine withdrawals, will soon be able to delivery your drink to your door. Starbucks is launching a new "green apron" delivery service this year. We heard rumblings of the service last year. Now, things are more clear as Starbucks' chief digital officer, Adam Brotman, announced its new delivery operation plan. Starbucks is partnering with Postmates Inc. delivery service in Seattle to bring its customers fresh coffee on-demand. The delivery service will be available to select area of Manhattan as well.

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