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The 10 Best Things From April 2014
January 11, 2014
looks like the love child of a motorcycle and a unicycle. But unlike either, there's little balancing required: A gyroscope and accelerometers help keep a rider upright. Leaning forward accelerates the electric bike to speeds up to 10 mph.
In this movie, Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp), an AI researcher, wants to create a machine that has both exceptional analytical power and real emotions. After a radical anti-technology group tries to kill him, his colleagues upload his consciousness as a test. And, well, all the power starts to go to his head.
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A Year With Minecraft
In just three years, Minecraft has sold more than 33 million units; an indie video game has never been so popular. In his book, Thomas Arnroth documents the rise of its creators, the world of its fans, and the unexpected influence of a concept based on building blocks.
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Nendo Cubic Rubber Band
Our favorite design this month is a cubic rubber band. The shape does two things: It makes the band easier to pick up and gives it a firmer grip. We still haven't found the best way to shoot it, though.
Jelly Belly Draft Beer
Meet the world's first beer-flavored jelly bean. It has wheat and sweet flavors, like the Hefeweizen it was inspired by—and while it doesn't contain any alcohol, you can eat it with a Red Apple bean for a G-rated apple cider shandy.
This multi-tool has four interchangeable heads—three blades and a plier—for various activities, such as shingle work and cutting wires.
Hitting the right note on a theremin is surprisingly difficult. So Moog added pitch control to its latest model. With the control turned up, it's impossible to play a wrong note. Lessen it, and there's room for vibrato.
Put your name on a restaurant's wait list from anywhere with this app. Then monitor your place in it in real time.
The Flir One is a thermal imaging device for an iPhone. It detects infrared energy from 32°F to 212°F. Uses include seeing in the dark, locating heat loss, and cheating at hide-and-seek.
Kings Island Banshee
The world’s longest inverted roller coaster opened in Mason, Ohio. In two minutes and 40 seconds, riders roar through seven inversions, including a “zero-G-roll,” and reach speeds of 68 mph. Ready for a road trip?
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Four stellar telescopes for every stargazer
The real reason we’re seeing more wildlife during the pandemic
A new vaccine protects mice from another dangerous coronavirus
Did Uranus get smacked so hard it spun sideways?
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Sony’s new DualSense PS5 controller promises more realistic tactile feedback
Portable scanners that make the world your office
Air quality monitors that verify the safety of the air in your home
We once thought nostalgia was a disease, but it might be key to our survival
The School of Game Design can teach you to make your own games at home
Eighteen digital freebies and extended trials you can take advantage of right now
‘Tiger King’ would have been more disturbing if it had focused on the big cat trade
Animal Crossing’s most elusive fish has a bizarre real-life backstory
How to start your own survival garden
Meditation apps want to calm you down on the same device that stresses you out
Soothing stories to take your mind off stressful things
Tigers can get coronavirus—but you won’t catch COVID-19 from your cat