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Ride Along On A Four-Mile-Long Rollercoaster For Library Books

A few weeks ago we showed you images of incredible robotic library logistics, including the Telelift system of the National Széchényi Library in Budapest, Hungary. Last week I had a special opportunity to visit that library and take a look at its automated book transportation system — basically a roller coaster for books.


A Programming Languages Alphabet Book Could Spark An Interest In Coding

You have no idea what your kids will grow up to be while they’re still toddlers, but that doesn’t mean you can’t gently nudge them towards one vocation or another. And since those fancy computers aren’t going away any time soon, perhaps a career in coding might be worthwhile, inspired by this alphabet book featuring popular programming languages.


A New Book Looks At The Packaging Design Of The Original Star Wars Toys

George Lucas isn’t rich beyond a Hutt’s dreams because he was a great director or writer. His vast fortune is a result of his shrewd decision to hold onto the merchandising rights to his space opera many years ago. A new book called A New Proof takes a look at what was involved in bringing the first official Star Wars toys to the film’s rabid fans back in the late 1970s, and how it helped change movie marketing forever.


Graph: Which Game Of Thrones Episode Corresponds To Which Book Chapter

This is the work of a Grand Maester. Joeltronics made this very useful graph that shows which episode of Game of Thrones the TV show corresponds to which chapter and which book in the A Song of Ice and Fire books (aka the Game of Thrones books). That way you know what’s been shown when and what’s been omitted in the story. Warning, potential spoilers!


Watch The Unbelievable Restoration Process Of Making An Old Book New

There is honour in having a worn down book with creases on its spine and dogeared corners and highlighter marks on its pages and a cover that barely resembles anything anymore. But, sometimes, a book gets a little too roughed up and is on the brink of falling apart and needs fixing. You can fix it! Or, well, this magician of a man can. He restores old books with the utmost care.


Is It Really Possible To Learn To Speed Read?

Ninety-five per cent of university-educated individuals read at a rate between 200-400 words per minute according to extensive research done by University of Massachusetts Amherst professor Dr Keith Rayner. However, there exists a small, but rather vocal subset of people who insist that they can read several times faster than this using various speed reading techniques.


How P-22 Became Hollywood's Most Famous Mountain Lion

A mountain lion named P-22 is making headlines today for being discovered inside — and eventually escaping from — a Los Angeles basement. In this excerpt from his new book about the urban wilderness,Tristan Donovan gives us the origin story of P-22.


The Plan To Build An Undersea Cable Around The US -- And Why We Need It

There’s a new undersea cable in the works, unlike any system that’s been built before. It is almost 10,000 miles long. It winds under the Arctic Ocean, from the United Kingdom, over Canada, and down to Japan, offering the fastest possible route between London and Tokyo. It stops on icy Canadian shores along the way, providing internet access to small communities entirely dependent on spotty satellite connection. And what’s really new: the cable is made possible only by climate change. Melting Arctic ice is making way for giant cable ships.


Human Existence Is A Big, Sad Video Game In William Gibson's New Novel

Human beings are the most important ingredients in game design. Without the participation and attention of an actual person, games are just basically systems waiting for input. In the latest novel by legendary science-fiction writer William Gibson, humans aren’t just controlling disembodied avatars in made-up worlds. They’re also controlling each other in the worst possible ways.


That Monster Book Of Monsters Replica Comes With A Real Textbook

Sideshow Collectibles has revealed that its Harry Potter Monsters Book of Monsters replica will be available sometime this year for $US295. That seems expensive, but the furry, tentacled tome also includes an accompanying book full of actual drawings, sketches, and info on all the creatures in the Harry Potter universe.