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Don’t Be Grossed Out, the Bacteria on These Petri Dish Plates Is Art

Looking for a great prank to pull on a germaphobe? Invite them over for dinner, but serve it on these colorful plates that look like modern art, but are actually microscopic images of bacteria grown in a petri dish. Bonus germaphobe prank: just don’t wash your hands during meal prep.

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Andrew Liszewski

July 31st

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A Charging Station Camouflaged As a Toaster Banishes Crumbs and Cables

Most multi-device charging solutions are kind of an eyesore, but we’re all used to seeing a toaster sitting on a kitchen counter, right? That’s the theory behind the Foaster which camouflages a charging dock as a household appliance.

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Andrew Liszewski

July 31st

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Squishy Glassware Is Actually Made of Magical Crystal Clear Silicone

If you’re clumsy, or have kids, your kitchen cupboards are probably filled with ugly but necessary plastic drinkware. It doesn’t have to be that way, though, because it turns out someone has created crystal clear drinking glasses made from squishy, shatterproof silicone.

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Andrew Liszewski

July 30th

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A Hidden Tesla Coil Wirelessly Powers This Lamp’s Interchangeable Bulbs

Based on a fun demo used at science centers across the country, the Arc Light features a pair of glowing LED tubes that aren’t actually connected to the lamp in any way. Instead, tucked out of sight is a compact Tesla coil that wirelessly powers the bulbs whenever they’re close enough.

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Andrew Liszewski

July 30th

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This 360-Degree GoPro Video Is Your Only Chance To Ride American Pharaoh

Very few people will ever have the chance to ride the insanely valuable Triple Crown-winning American Pharoah. So on a recent morning workout, the racehorse’s jockey strapped a 360-degree GoPro rig to their helmet—allowing the rest of us to come as close as we’ll ever get to riding the steed.

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Andrew Liszewski

July 30th

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Robotic Rhythmic Gymnastics Should Be an Olympic Sport

If you thought the debate over giving robots weapons was heated, the day is coming when we’ll also have to decide if we’re cool with them competing against us at sports. If this rhythmic gymnastics bot is any indication, there may never again be a human on the Olympic podium if that happens.

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Andrew Liszewski

July 30th

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Turn These Giant Bundles of Foam Into Comfy Custom Seating

At most you can customize a chair bought at a furniture store with a throw pillow or a blanket. But Keren Shiker’s wonderful Sink In seat actually starts off as a large bundle of foam pieces that have to be slid around before you can comfortably sit.

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Andrew Liszewski

July 29th

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Color-Changing Map Shows the Best Attractions Based on the Weather

You can plan ahead all you want, but a vacation is often at the mercy of the weather wherever you’re traveling to. And that inspired designer Camilla Hempleman to create a special map, printed with thermochromatic ink, that changes color to reveal the best places to visit based on the local weather.

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Andrew Liszewski

July 28th

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Oh No, an App That Makes It Easy To Shoot Your Own Music Videos

Have you ever watched a music video for a popular song and thought you could’ve done a much better job? Much to the chagrin of all your social media followers, with Triller, a new app for iOS, you can easily shoot and share your own version—no editing skills required.

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Andrew Liszewski

July 27th

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Go Install This Chrome Extension For Sending Self-Destructing Gmails

Gmail’s Undo Send feature gives users of Google’s free email service up to 30 seconds to change their mind on a sent email before it leaves their outbox. But a new Chrome extension called Dmail lets you send messages with a self-destruct timer—or the ability to remotely delete them whenever you want.

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Andrew Liszewski

July 24th

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