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This week in Tech Reads: tracking down hackers, peering inside a marketing "war room," examining gen

Feb 22, 8:00PM

This week in Tech Reads: tracking down hackers, peering inside a marketing "war room," examining gender on Facebook, and more.

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This Week's Best Photo-Related Posts on Reframe

Feb 22, 8:00PM

This Week's Best Photo-Related Posts on Reframe

Did you guys know there is a Gizmodo subdomain where you can go for all things photographic? Yep! It's called Reframe, and it's where you'll find additional coverage of gear, techniques, news, and all kinds of great stuff related to the crafts of photography and videography.

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The Inside Story of How Olympic Timekeeping Is So Amazingly Precise

Feb 22, 7:00PM

The Inside Story of How Olympic Timekeeping Is So Amazingly Precise

Three one-thousandths of a second is less than 1/10th of a blink, less than 1/100th of a heartbeat. But if you're a speedskater, 0.003 seconds can be the difference between gold and silver. So how are Olympics timekeepers able to get such ridiculous precision and accuracy? For the inside scoop, we talked to Omega's Peter H├╝rzeler, head of Olympic timekeeping.

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Ikea Shelves, More Viral Fakes, How to Choose a Smartphone, And More

Feb 22, 6:00PM

Ikea Shelves, More Viral Fakes, How to Choose a Smartphone, And More

Strange week, huh? Ikea killed the shelf everyone had in their first apartment, Fitbit recalled its fitness tracker over some nasty rashes, and DHL punked UPS with some clever advertising. Let's take a look back at this week's best stories!

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This Centuries-Old Musical Instrument Sounds Exactly Like Super Mario

Feb 22, 5:00PM

Listen to this young girl playing her sheng, a Chinese instrument invented thousands of years ago. The woodwind may be ancient, but the sound is pure 1980s nostalgia—it's the Super Mario Brothers theme, right down to the sounds of Mario collecting coins and mushrooms. Amazing!

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Become a Master of the Secret Menu

Feb 22, 4:00PM

Become a Master of the Secret Menu

You may already be familiar with In-N-Out's fabled secret menu, but it's just one of several popular food chains whose order options aren't limited to what's on display. In fact, there's a menagerie of exotic items and flavor combinations just waiting to be uncovered, if you know what to ask for. Here are five of America's most popular hidden menus.

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How Olympic Ice Skates Are Designed for Speed, Spins, and Swerves

Feb 22, 3:00PM

Watching the world-class ice athletes of the Winter Olympics, whether it's in speed skating, figure skating or hockey, is a jaw-dropping affair. The speed, control, and dexterity they exhibit while somehow balancing on a metal blade is simply amazing. But what exactly is going on with those blades? Smarter Every Day's Destin Sandlin shows us the fascinating physics and engineering that goes into every pair of Olympic skates.

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Rumor: Samsung's 2nd-Gen Smartwatch Might Come in Two Flavors (Updated)

Feb 22, 2:22PM

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9 Great GIFs That Turn Your Favorite Movies Into 8-Bit Masterpieces

Feb 22, 2:00PM

9 Great GIFs That Turn Your Favorite Movies Into 8-Bit Masterpieces

Digital artist Dusan Cezek has a great collection of 8-bit style GIFs inspired by some of the greatest movies ever made. We're talking The Big Lebowski, Pulp Fiction, Clerks, and more. You should really check out the whole series, but here are our absolute favorites. Can you name them all?

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New Zealand is a magical land with or without elves

Feb 22, 8:43AM

New Zealand is a magical land with or without elves

Shawn Reeder made this impressive time-lapse of New Zealand after he decided to leave his home to become a film maker travelling around the world. His first stop was the country he always wanted to travel to "for as long as [he] can remember." Looking at this video, it was a good decision.

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Rare photo of two F-16 landing simultaneously in perfect sync

Feb 22, 7:12AM

Rare photo of two F-16 landing simultaneously in perfect sync

This is something you don't see every day: Two fighter jets landing simultaneously in perfect synchronization on the same runway.

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The Weirdest Thing on the Internet Tonight: It's Called "Moon"

Feb 22, 5:00AM

The newest work from Ubermensch creator, Emanuele Kabu, It's Called "Moon" illustrates the unintended side effects of melatonin ingestion as a sleeping aid. Kabu should have stuck with the red wine.

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Behind the scenes pictures of a NSFW Playboy photoshoot are so awkward

Feb 22, 4:57AM

Behind the scenes pictures of a NSFW Playboy photoshoot are so awkward

NSFW. This is NSFW guys. If you don't want to see body parts typical of a Playboy photo shoot, do not click. Anyway. NSFW. Here's a collection of images from photographer Patrick Van Dam's book Playboy Behind The Scenes. It shows how those iconic centerfold sausages are made and how hilariously awkward and unsexy it can be behind the scenes of a Playboy shoot.

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Hilarious corgi running on a carousel is a perfect metaphor of life

Feb 22, 3:07AM

Hilarious corgi running on a carousel is a perfect metaphor of life

I'm not going to be a hamster on a wheel anymore. I will be a corgi running on a carousel. This never-ending GIF wins my own personal internet forever.

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Watching ice crystals melt is like seeing a psychedelic kaleidoscope

Feb 22, 2:52AM

Watching ice crystals melt is like seeing a psychedelic kaleidoscope

I'd like to have whatever these ice crystals are having because damn it's quite the trip. The video of these ice crystals melting was taken by Shawn Knol using cross-polarized light which I'm going to assume is some code word for really powerful drugs and not actually some super slick microscope.

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What a beating heart looks like during surgery

Feb 22, 1:55AM

What a beating heart looks like during surgery

Buh-bum. Buh-bum. Buh-bum. We all have our own interpretations of what a heartbeat sounds like but here is what it looks like during heart surgery. It looks like it's rolling in place inside your chest. Pretty amazing.

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Most Beautiful Items: February 14 - 21, 2014

Feb 22, 1:00AM

Most Beautiful Items: February 14 - 21, 2014

If I have to look at one more half-melted slushy snowdrift, I'm going to junkpunch the nearest passerby. Luckily, there are things like amazing honeycomb sculptures and insane light installations to bring everyone off the ledge that winter has put them on. Enjoy a little reprieve in the form of the most beautiful items we posted this week.

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Celebrities looked like they time traveled in these 1860's photographs

Feb 22, 12:51AM

Celebrities looked like they time traveled in these 1860's photographs

Whenever you look at vintage photographs taken using old methods, there's always a certain haunting quality about them. The life captured is so still, the eyes always seem so dark. It's almost joyless. Photographer Victoria Will wanted to see how old photographs would translate with modern people so she used an 1860's era method of photography called tintype to capture celebrities today. It's fantastic.

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This New App Wants to Fight Your Parking Tickets For You

Feb 22, 12:30AM

This New App Wants to Fight Your Parking Tickets For You

It's happened to all of us. You get back to your car after a delicious brunch or productive visit to the bookstore only to find a demonic little slip of paper tucked under your windshield wiper. "But the meter was broken!" you think. "I'm going to contest this!" you say to yourself. No, you're not.

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I Want This $30,000 Vibrating Waterbed That Syncs to My Heart Rate

Feb 22, 12:00AM

I Want This $30,000 Vibrating Waterbed That Syncs to My Heart Rate

People, muster up all your creative juices and imagine the most ridiculous bed you can think of. Is it a waterbed? Obviously. Can it play music from your iPhone? Totally. Does it vibrate to the beat of that music? Yes, it can. Can it sync 50 LED lights to the beating of your heart? Yup.

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You can light a candle by igniting its smoke trail

Feb 21, 11:48PM

You can light a candle by igniting its smoke trail

Here's a fun trick for pyros (which is pretty much every human ever). As a candle poofs out and leaves a smoke trail, you can re-light it again by igniting the smoke trail. The fire burns down and hits the wick and boom, let there be light.

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Our Favorite Android, iOS, and Windows Phone Apps of the Week

Feb 21, 11:00PM

Our Favorite Android, iOS, and Windows Phone Apps of the Week

We made it! It's Friday! The weekend is here. Time to get your smartphone loaded—with brand-new apps, that is.

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Debt, Salt Shortages, Protests: What's Ruining Our Cities This Week

Feb 21, 11:00PM

Debt, Salt Shortages, Protests: What's Ruining Our Cities This Week

Detroit outlines a plan to get itself out of debt, salt shortages are making a snowstorm near you even worse, and another week of violence is igniting in Kiev. It's this week's look at What's Ruining Our Cities.

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Let's Talk About Whatever You Want Right Now

Feb 21, 10:43PM

Let's Talk About Whatever You Want Right Now

It's Friday, folks, and there is officially one week left in the month of February. That means the only thing standing between you and spring is St. Patrick's Day—and probably one or two or three more snowstorms.

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Hipsters Can Ride This Tiny Fixie Across Their Next Gluten-Free Pizza

Feb 21, 10:20PM

Hipsters Can Ride This Tiny Fixie Across Their Next Gluten-Free Pizza

If the thought of driving this Vespa-esque scooter slicer across your next homemade artisinal pizza is just too mainstream for your tastes (and environmentally-unfriendly), you'll probably be thrilled to learn there's now a fixie pizza slicer alternative.

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