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RFID vs. Honor
RFID vs. Honor

What third world children have to do with NYC commuting and why RFID beats honor systems every time.

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Layman Voyeurism
Layman Voyeurism

Postcards from the afterlife, fridge-peeping, and why George W is buying people Stormtrooper outfits.

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Superhero Superdose
Superhero Superdose

The pop of culture, catwalk catfights, vintage yard sales, why sidekicks kick more ass than side, and which masked hero is changing the face of the music industry.

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Friday FYI: Auditory Freedom
Friday FYI: Auditory Freedom

We’re starting a new thing: every Friday, you get a quick everyday good-to-know. So go ahead, know.

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Birdseye Visionaire
Birdseye Visionaire

How a paraglider, a camera, and a blooming field of lavender will change the way you see the world.

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Hodgepodge of Cool | SHEEP!
Hodgepodge of Cool | SHEEP!

We continue our weekly tribute to all the random, eclectic awesome stuff out there. Welcome to Part 3 of the Hodgepodge of Cool issue: SHEEP! …or what 10,000 strangers, the BBC and Soulja Boy have in common.

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