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We Might Finally Solve The 'Alien Megastructure' Mystery

Good news alien hunters! A Kickstarter to fund a year-long investigation into KIC 8462852 — the star voted most likely to harbour an advanced alien civilisation — just got funded. Alien megastructure or not, we may finally get to the bottom of this bewildering, flickering star.


Hold The Door With Your Very Own Hodor Doorstop

Well, this was inevitable: a team is paying tribute to our favourite Game of Thrones character with a doorstop in his likeness. Hodor!


Small Beer Press Is Kickstarting A Four-Century-Old Science Fiction Novel 

Many people point to Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein as the first science fiction novel, but Small Beer Press thinks that they have got one better: The Chemical Wedding by Christian Rosencreutz: A Romance in Eight Days by Johann Valentin Andreae in a New Version by John Crowley, written in 1616. This year marks the 400th anniversary of the novel’s original publication, and the publisher is Kickstarting a new version.


The Pebble Core Lets You Leave Your Smartphone At Home

Known for its smartwatches, the Core is Pebble’s latest offering — and possibly most exciting yet. The core is 3G and wi-fi enabled, can record voice notes, stream music from Spotify, tracks your pace, distance, and location with GPS and sync GPS the data with top fitness apps, send an emergency SOS SMS with your location and comes with 4GB built-in storage.

But it’s not a smartwatch. It’s a “magic button” Pebble calls “the first 3G, truly connected ultra-wearable,” it’s only $69, and most importantly — you don’t need your smartphone around to use it.


Pebble's New Smartwatches Have A Fitness-Focused Obsession

Smartwatches leave a lot to be desired, but Pebble usually brings refreshingly different ideas to the wearable conversation. It’s one of the reasons why we’ve always been such big fans. Pebble continually done wrist notifications and battery life very well. Now, it’s adding a third: fitness.


Clever Chess Set Is Already Set Up And Ready To Play When You Open The Box

Mastering the game of chess is infinitely complicated, but getting started just got easier with a chess board that’s perfectly set up and ready to go as soon as you open the box. That’s the genius of Preset Chess.


You Can Now Buy An Alien-Looking 3D-Printed Violin

A 3D-printed replica is nothing more than a plastic trinket if it doesn’t function as well as the original. But as revealed last year, a company called 3Dvarius has created the world’s first 3D-printed playable electric violin that sounds just as good as its wooden equivalent — and now you can finally buy one.


This Exploding Bike Alarm Might Actually Be Effective

About ten minutes after the very first car alarm went off, the tech went from being a genuine theft deterrent to an annoyance that everyone just ignores. The makers of the Bike Mine have a better idea, at least when it comes to getting people to notice when a bike or motorcycle is being stolen: old-fashioned explosives.


Stick-On Lenses Turn Your Phone Camera Into A Microscope

Lens accessories for smartphones are by no means a new idea, but they’re often clunky, awkward to use, and far from something you’d want to try and squeeze into your pocket. These Blips lenses are a different story: They attach to your smartphone like a piece of tape, and are slim enough to carry alongside your credit cards.


This Portable Laptop Stand Is The Brainchild Of Two Sydney Men

Ergonomics. It doesn’t sound very exciting, does it? A couple of Sydney guys are on a mission to change that — with their smart, portable and height adjustable laptop stand.

Yes, okay, it’s just a laptop stand. But here is why it’s cool.


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