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This Is How Nike’s Self-Lacing Trainers Actually Work

When Nike released its self-lacing HyperAdapt 1.0 trainers last year, people went crazy for them, even with their outrageous £600 price tag. But does anyone actually understand how they work? Read More >>

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This is How You Fold a Record-Breaking Paper Aeroplane

In 2012, designer John Collins constructed a paper aeroplane that flew an astonishing 226 feet, establishing a distance record that still stands. A new video demonstrates the steps required to fold your own version of this record-setting paper-based aircraft. Read More >>

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How to Turn Nerf’s Newest Blaster Into a Foam Bullet Fire Hose

It was only announced last week, and it’s not supposed to be available until later in the year, but somehow YouTube’s LordDraconical managed to get his hands on Nerf’s new Rival Nemesis MXVII-1oK. He promptly gutted it and then upgraded it to turn it into a wacky foam bullet-shooting monster. Read More >>

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Why Are the Windows on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner So Much Bigger Than Normal Planes?

The windows in the Boeing 787 Dreamliner are awesome. You can electronically dim them for five different levels of sunlight and visibility. That’s much better than the typical plane window shade option of blinding or blocked out. But the coolest thing about Dreamliner windows are how big they are, like vertical panoramas of the sky. How come the 787 can support bigger windows but other planes can’t? It’s because the Dreamliner is mostly made of carbon reinforced plastic. Read More >>

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These Days Everyone Needs a Soundproof Cardboard Box You Can Scream in

Every time you turn on the news, open Twitter, or do anything other than hide under a blanket, there’s another good reason to just stop and scream for a couple of minutes. But to ensure you don’t disturb your neighbour's own screams, grab yourself one of these soundproof cardboard boxes. Read More >>

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Making a Flip Book of a GIF of a Guy Flipping Through a Flip Book of Another GIF Is Genius

Reddit user Stupot McDoodle made some clever software that could turn any GIF into a flip book. It works by turning each frame of a GIF into easy-to-put-together squares that could be printed on paper. It’s a fun project— even if it is a bit weird and silly. Read More >>

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A Wind Turbine With Flapping Wings Might Be Quieter and Safer For Birds

Unless they’ve got stake in a big oil company, the most common reasons people have for opposing the installation of wind turbines is the noise pollution and the risk they pose to birds. But a radically redesigned turbine with flapping wings instead of spinning blades might finally solve both of those problems. Read More >>

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Watch the Seconds Blink By on This Freaky Eyelash Clock

If you were to stumble across this freaky ring of hairs hanging on a wall you’d probably dismiss it as another confusing piece of modern art. But if you were to give it more than just a passing glance, you’d notice that some of its hairs were moving, because it turns out this piece is actually a functional clock. Read More >>

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This Sweet DIY Wall Mount Will Hide Your Annoying Power Cables

Plenty of homes have tangled nests of power cords just waiting to catch fire. To combat this domestic blight, Laura Kampf crafted a simple projector cabinet that both obscures cords and looks plain awesome. Read More >>

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Scientists Develop Lithium-Ion Battery That Doesn’t Burst Into Flames

Lithium-ion batteries are currently one of the biggest problems in the tech world. The ubiquitous power source has an annoying tendency to burst into flames. But researchers at Stanford University believe they may have found a solution with a built-in flame retardant that doesn’t harm the battery’s performance. Read More >>

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London’s Garden Bridge’s Own Backers Warn it Might be an Expensive Flop

The group that fancies its chances of building that posh new semi-private bridge across the Thames has published its first set of accounts, and they come with quite a severe warning about the status of the project. Including the really quite obvious fact that the cost of building it could "substantially exceed" initial expectations. You don't say. Read More >>

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Hot or Not?

Those things you see up there, dear readers, are the Air Jordan 4 Super Nintendos, a pair of mashup trainers we think are pretty great, despite the fact they’re actually hideous. Read More >>

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Brilliant Space Invaders Backpack Straps a Miniature Arcade Cabinet to Your Back

Let’s get the bad news out of the way first. This Space Invaders-themed backpack only looks like a miniature replica of an arcade machine—it doesn’t actually let you play the classic video game that has you fending off alien invaders. But we’ll happily turn a blind eye to that oversight, because everything else about this pack is fantastic. Read More >>

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A Bed That Warms My Feet So I Fall Asleep Faster Is the Only Furniture I Need

Getting the recommended eight hours of sleep every night means you’ll spend at least a third of your life in bed. So if you’re going to splurge on a piece of furniture, it might as well be a bed that constantly adjusts its comfort to match your sleeping position and warms your feet so you can fall asleep faster at night. Read More >>

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Watch Tesla’s Autopilot Brake For a Crash Before It Even Happens

Since Tesla released Version 8.0 of its Autopilot system this summer, CEO Elon Musk has touted its lifesaving potential. Today, dashcam footage from the Netherlands showed just how powerful the new safety feature can be. Read More >>