Top Stories: Friday June 17, 2011Knockoff City | China’s answer to Hallstatt, Austria.

Top Stories: Friday June 17, 2011Uni-ball Kuru Toga Mechanical Pencil: Stays Sharp Forever

If I had to go back to high school math class again, the Kuru Toga Mechanical Pencil is the only pencil I’d take with me. Why? Because it has a twist and turn mechanism that automatically rotates its lead to keep a perfectly sharp point every time you write. More »

Top Stories: Friday June 17, 2011This Gaming Rig Fights for the User

The Acer Predator G5910 is not a desktop for posers, pansies, pedestrian players. It’s a serious desktop for serious gamers, with serious guts to match. Oh, and hey jeez it looks like Tron, everybody! More »

Top Stories: Friday June 17, 2011The LulzSec Manifesto: More Sec Than Lulz

In honor of its thousandth tweet — and on the heels of compromising the websites of the CIA, US Senate, Sony, and more — the crew of the good ship LulzSec has presented the world with a manifesto, of sorts. More »

Top Stories: Friday June 17, 2011The Atomic Bomb’s Golden Detonator

When the nuclear bomb was being developed, no detonator precise or reliable enough to set it off existed. So, researchers at Los Alamos National Labs built one that was and dubbed it the Exploding-Bridgewire Detonator. More »

Top Stories: Friday June 17, 2011It’s Time to Abandon Passwords

For months, there’s been a steady trickle of sites getting hacked, followed by their usernames and passwords being passed around publicly on the Web. It’s a real and growing problem that’s just going to get worse. More »

Top Stories: Friday June 17, 2011How Photos Lie

At first glance, this photo of two people kissing amidst the Vancouver hockey riots seems incongruous. You instantly assume they’re activists, following through with the old adage of making love, not war. More »

Top Stories: Friday June 17, 2011The Things Skeletons Do When You’re Not Looking

Artist Marc da Cuhn Lopes offers up a reminder that the skeletons of imaginary, disproportioned creatures lead normal lives just like the rest of us. More »

Top Stories: Friday June 17, 2011What Does a 268MP Image Sensor Look Like?

Space photography requires a camera — a really big camera. One with 32 CCD sensors that snaps pictures at a mind-bending 268-megapixel resolution. More »

Top Stories: Friday June 17, 2011Ten Reasons Why BlackBerry Is Screwed

RIM, the maker of BlackBerry, was absolutely destroyed yesterday in the stock market. But that’s just part of the story. RIM is screwed. 1. No new products until the summer RIM’s current lineup of phones is subpar, to say the least. More »

Top Stories: Friday June 17, 2011Why Is This Deer Dangling From a Power Line?

East Missoula, Montana wins the award for the weirdest power outage from natural causes. According to the AP report, an eagle may have bitten off more than it could chew and dropped the fawn when it was flying away with its prey. More »

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