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The Origin Of Colour Bars On TV, And Other Standard Test Files 

Occasionally, we get to catch a glimpse of the hidden tests that ensure our technology-infused world runs smoothly: colour bars on TV or blocks of “lorem ipsum” gibberish text. There’s a fascinating story behind how each of these tests came to be and how they work.


5 Unsettling Works Of Encryption Art

Encryption is the process of encoding a message, and today we have incredibly sophisticated software and algorithms that make our encrypted messages almost impossible to decode. But how does it work? These art projects answer that question by exploring how encryption has become part of daily lives.


A Fond Farewell To The Neon Sign

I simply can’t help it; I’m a sucker for neon signs. I just love their clear glowing lines, their curves and bends, their warm though discreet presence in the night. And I hate to see them go.


These Insane Labs Recreate Frightening Forces Of Nature

Knowledge is the key to survival when nature turns hostile, whether because we’re living on trembling ground, building homes along vulnerable coasts, or navigating through dangerous water. That’s why scientists study nature’s greatest acts of destruction — by recreating them. Here are 10 labs where they do it.


Massive Spacecraft Transport Vehicles Are Still Going After 50 Years

NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida has two of the largest vehicles ever built on treads. Crawler-transporter No. 1 and crawler-transporter No. 2 (CT-1 and CT-2) have carried rockets and spacecraft to the launch pad for the last 50 years.


All The Broke-Ass Tech We Still Use Every Day

Not long ago, I asked you all to vent your rage about the most garbage why-the-hell-doesn’t-it-actually-work-worth-a-damn technology that you still find yourself having to use every day. Here’s our collective tech crap list.


The NSA's In-House Magazine Looks Like A 1970s Punk Zine 

Back in 1976, the NSA started an in-house magazine called Cryptolog that served as reading material for employees of the top secret agency. In 2013, the agency declassified heavily redacted issues of the magazine dating up to 1997… and its design is actually pretty amazing.


7 Slow-Mo GIFs That Show Off Android Lollipop's Delightful Animations

Android Lollipop is beautiful. It’s the best Android has ever looked, thanks in part to its lovely animations and new “material design“. We’ve taken a GIF-centric look at Lollipop before, but YouTuber The Nerd Herd took an awesome slow-mo look at the new animations, and I think that calls for a few more GIFs.


The Olympic Venues Of The USSR, 35 Years Later

The 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow were controversial. While its war in Afghanistan had sparked a global boycott of the games, the USSR also wanted to showcase its capacity for opulence. To this day, the architecture of the Olympic Village lives on like an undying tribute to the Soviets’ misplaced and ultimately untimely ambition.


The 7 Geekiest Moments Of The 2015 Rio Carneval

This year the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (aka CERN) made a surprising appearance at the Rio Carnival, held at Rio de Janiero’s Sambadrome. Two hundred people from the Unidos da Tijuca, last year’s winning samba school, represented CERN’s particle accelerators crossing the border between France and Switzerland. And this was not the only beautifully geeky moment at the world’s largest parade.


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