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Don't tell me you having thought about it. It's only natural to think about the expulsion of your bodily gas as a rocket launch and then imagine what it'd be like in space. At least that's why I tell myself. But could it actual propel you? Yes and no.

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Lower Manhattan of the 1880s was a wonderland of futuristic technology and engineering: The city's first cable car arced over the harbour. A spindly new steel bridge was forming to connect Williamsburg to the city. And on the Lower East Side, Edison was tearing up the streets to build the first permanent power station in the world.

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I don't care much for cars. But even though I'm ambivalent about automobiles, I'm incredibly passionate about the hilarious radio show Car Talk. Sadly, one half of the Car Talk brothers, Tom Magliozzi, died today at 77, which sent me searching for this they made in 2008 — the first time I saw "Click and Clack" in person.

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Computers may be ubiquitous now, but they were just beginning to enter the mainstream in 1990. Like any revolutionary technology, the desktop computer was viewed with more than a little scepticism by the average person. Luckily, David Neil of PBS's Newton's Apple was there to explain to a group of dubious high-schoolers that computers are not inherently evil. And he brought a two-storey exhibit to help illustrate.

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If you're studying for the algebra test tomorrow or thinking about how little you use maths now after you failed it a million times in high school, here's something to melt your brain with just a tad: maths might not actually exist. It's not an actual thing of the universe, it's just something humans invented. Or is it the other way around?

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The chaos of the Boston Marathon bombing is a few months behind us now, but the mechanics of the high-tech manhunt it inspired are no less awe-inspiring than they were the day they happened. PBS's fantastic NOVA series took a deep dive into the technology that went into tracking down the suspects, and it's now available to watch online for free.

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Can you imagine a world where Photoshop doesn't exist? A world where we can take every picture at face value and believe that there was no airbrushing, no retouching, no nothing? I can't. Photoshop has made it impossible for me to not question what I'm seeing and at the same twisted time has also redefined my image of what things are supposed to look like.

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"Hacker" is one of the most loaded internet words getting thrown around these days. To many (hi, TV news networks), the label is inherently malicious, and goes hand in hand with threats to blow up the interwebs. Others who self-identify as such, will never ever stop whining about how it means just the opposite. But are hackers of either flavour heroes? Can they be?

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Things that have changed because of the internet: newspapers, magazines, porn, dating, shopping, television, movies, video games, lunch, cooking, cats, weather, pictures. Ah, you get the point. The internet has changed pretty much everything. And sometimes it creates stuff too. Like the rise of web comics.

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You probably think the sky is blue because of the ocean and air and reflections or something like that. But how does it turn red sometimes? Or orange? Or, rather, why does the sky have to be any colour at all? PBS explains it so you can explain it to your future kid.

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Playing the video game Minecraft is a joke that writes itself. Ooh, look at nerds building the world they want to live in! But it's actually engaging, like playing with a digital Lego. Could it also be the ultimate educational tool? PBS's Idea Channel examines Minecraft's case for wrinkling our brain.

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The easy answer: no probably not. But after being shouted out by POTUS himself at the SOTU, 3D printing is slowly, possibly, maybe creeping into a bigger deal for more than just Maker Faire-types. So the wonderful folks at PBS Off Book decided to take a closer look and answer the question once and for all. Will 3D printing change the world?

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Silicon Valley wasn't always the buzzword-flinging, startup-sprouting tech Mecca it is today. And PBS's latest instalment of the "American Experience" series looks back 10 years before the phrase "Silicon Valley" had even been coined, when eight young physicists decided to shed their corporate shackles and found the Valley's first startup, Fairchild Semiconductor.

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If you've traveled around the circuit track of the Internet a couple of times, you've heard about trolls trolling. What does that mean? For the Internet unfamiliar, it's basically a bunch of not so lovely online folks who post stuff to get people angry. The latest video from PBS Off Book explains trolling, cyber bulling and how freedom of speech works on the Internet.

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They say you can't judge a book by its cover, but that's not true; you shouldn't judge a book by its cover. You can, and chances are you do it all the time, so better make sure that cover is good, right?