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Crazy video shows what it’s like to be attacked by helicopters

Russian helicopter attack video

At least two people have been injured as a result of a friendly-fire incident during a Russian military exercise. That's bad; what's more shocking is the video footage that emerged of the incident, which paints a very terrifying picture of what it's like to be attacked by a rocket-wielding helicopter.

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Chris Mills

September 20th

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The Tortilla Drone is the flying robot we’ve all been waiting for

 You’ve seen it all before: a drone takes off in an open field, everything is clear. The drone flies straight up for a moment then, on the way down, it hits a tree. A moment later the whole thing is a mess. Plastic everywhere, the motors whizzing and failing, a camera flinging off and into the bushes. Disaster! But what if you could easily take that broken drone, fry it, and dip it into… Read More

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John Biggs

September 5th

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Pepper the robot can perform funerary rites, but it shouldn’t

 It’s not really clear just what “humanoid” robots are actually for. I’ve seen them do all kinds of things, but almost none of them well; at our recent Robotics event in Boston, several leading experts in the field questioned their necessity. But we grew up with Data and Robby and Cylons, and so now we have Pepper. Performing funeral rites for cash-strapped people in Japan. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

August 23rd

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Health vlogger eats poisonous plant on livestream, and you’ll totally believe what happens next

Health vlogger eats agave plant

In the fascinating world of second-tier YouTube health vlogging, chemicals bad and plants good. Only, that doesn't work so well when the plant in question is Agave Americana, a Mexico-dwelling poisonous plant that can easily kill a human.

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Chris Mills

July 4th

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The WriteyDesk is a desk you can write on

 Whether you’re an unsung mathematical genius with a penchant for writing complex equations all over everything or a damn vandal, you’ll find the WriteyDesk quite useful. This test is essentially a big whiteboard that upon which you can write, draw, or sketch and it’s erasable. It comes in white or “birch” and $300 on Kickstarter and $400 when it hits… Read More

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John Biggs

May 5th

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This is the stupidest thing on Microsoft’s new laptop

Microsoft Surface Laptop preview

Microsoft has a new laptop. It's called the Surface Laptop, and it appears to do many things well. It's basically a spiritual successor to the MacBook Air, but more quirky, because it comes in various colors and has fabric on the keyboard.

Unfortunately, Microsoft took its rather good-looking laptop out behind the woodshed and murdered it with one particularly dumb choice: there's no USB-C port.

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Chris Mills

May 2nd

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Juicero users find that man trumps machine

 FADE IN: EXT. BOHEMIAN GROVE – NIGHT Two VCs are wearing feathered headdresses and leather breeches. One, Anton, is drinking Soylent 3.0 from a bag, the other, Brad, Chateau Margaux 2009 Balthazar from a bark cup. Another younger VC, Chase, crushes a Juicero with a golf club in the firelight. ANTON: He’s taking it really hard. BRAD: Who? What? ANTON: Chase over there. That’s… Read More

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John Biggs

April 19th

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Video shows United Airlines violently dragging random passenger off overbooked flight

United Airlines forcibly removes doctor

Video circulating on Twitter shows the moment a man was forcibly dragged off a United Airlines flight Sunday night. According to the passenger who posted the video and statements from United, the flight was overbooked, and several passengers were randomly bumped off the flight.

One of the unlucky few claimed to be a doctor who had to be at work the next day, so he refused to get out of his seat and leave the aircraft. As you can see in the video, police and airport employees forcibly drag him out of his seat and down the aisle, leaving him bloodied and dazed in the process.

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Chris Mills

April 10th

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The Macallan x Urwerk Flask is $2,000 worth of high-tech boozing

 In the annals of mechanical gadgets it doesn’t get much simpler than a flask. You open the top, pour booze in and close the top. Then you drink. But what if you could put two boozes into your flask? And what if you had a mechanical indicator to tell what kind of booze you were drinking? Read More

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John Biggs

March 8th

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Angry Octopus Intimidates Cameraman By Blowing Itself Up Like a Giant Balloon

Don’t interrupt an octopus while it’s eating and don’t you dare point your camera at it because the octopus ain’t having it. In fact, the super villain creature of the ocean will try to intimidate you when you do that because it’ll charge at you, stare you down, and then inflate itself like a giant parachute so it…

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Casey Chan on Sploid, shared by Casey Chan to Gizmodo

February 1st

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