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Be amazed by this 45 Gigapixel photo of Dubai

Gigapan is a website that allows photographers to create extremely high-resolution high-detail pictures, and the results are amazing. Photographers use a special camera and mount to capture panoramas with astounding detail. This example of a shot of Dubai is incredible, and you can zoom in much farther than you think. To give you a sense of scale, we started with this shot: and them zoomed way in: Where was that in the first picture? Right here: Technology is amazing....

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Oxford plagiarized Wikipedia for textbook information

Wikipedia is incredibly useful, but its status as an open encyclopedia means inaccuracies can spring up from time to time. Troubling, then, that the site was plagiarized in The Oxford Textbook of Zoonoses (diseases that can be transmitted to humans from animals, to save readers from having to look it up on Wikipedia). It’s especially troubling that the copy and pasted passages appeared in a chapter about Ebola. Lifting text from Wikipedia, of course, is not...

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Here’s how your luggage gets back to you at the airport

Managing the mountains of luggage found at every airport is no easy task-- it requires miles of track and advanced data systems to get everyone's bags from point A to point B. This awesome video from Thrillist straps a 360-degree camera on to a piece of luggage as it goes through this enormous system: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1MBWZWyvMng This is a view into a world most of us never see-- the system autonomously moves your checked luggage from your hands,...

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The seven craziest rollercoasters in the world

Today is National Rollercoaster Day, and to celebrate, we’ve rounded up seven of the wildest rides in the world. Some are noted for their length, while others boast extreme heights, borderline-excessive loops and dips, or blistering top speeds. Lets get to it! Here, in no particular order, are the dailyOrbit’s seven craziest rollercoasters. Formula Rossa Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates With a top speed of 150 mph, Formula Rossa is the world’s...

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New world record skydive: 164 jumpers

164 people recently jumped out of a plane to break the skydiving world record-- it took 13 attempts and a whole lot of precision to complete the task. The team consisted of people from Spain, Australia, France, Britain, Dubai, and the United States. Take a look: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CogIXrea6A4 Seven planes had to be flown in a specific formation so that the jumpers could be in the right place at the right time. Starting at 19,700 feet, the...

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Remember the MB speed! Google Fiber is coming to San Antonio

Google has been expanding their high speed Google Fiber network across the country, and their latest market comes from Texas. San Antonio’s pleas have been answered, as Google will be installing their ultrafast fiber-optic network in the city. San Antonio will join cities such as Austin, Provo, Kansas City, Nashville, and others in the quest for faster internet. What goes into installing Google Fiber? According to Engadget, “the company will be spending the next few months coordinating...

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Apple considering launching a mobile network

Apple might be expanding in to new territory, providing support for every facet of their products. According to Popular Science, Apple has been testing a mobile virtual network operator service (MVNO), which is a “virtual cell service that switches between cell towers depending on the strongest signal” The company has been in talks with other internet providers in order to launch their service in both the United States and Europe. The service won’t be available for a...

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Australian stuntman rides a wave on his motorcycle

Australian daredevil Robbie Maddison, or “Maddo”, describes himself as a “nutter”. We aren’t sure if this means he’s literally insane or if he gets off on jumping his motorcycle over things, but we’re pretty sure those details don’t matter (It's also possible both are true). What does matter is that he’s jumped over lots of stuff, done a bunch of backflips, and most recently, sped past some surfers on a pretty sizeable wave—on his motorcycle. Check it...

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South Korean startup launches first Braille smartwatch

Thanks largely to the release of the Apple Watch, smartwatch sales have increased more than 400 percent over the past year, but as handy as it might be to be able to read texts or obtain directions from a wrist device, one key demographic remains underserved: the blind. According to Popular Science, one South Korean startup is looking to change that by creating the first Braille smartwatch. The device is known as Dot, and works by using...

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Hawking, Musk call for ban on AI weaponry

It’s the middle of the night, and automated drones are flying overhead in search of humans to fire missiles at, while automated rovers patrol the ground with the same purpose. That might sound like a scene out of any one of the Terminator movies, but many captains of the technology industry are quite serious about preventing such a scene from ever becoming reality. In a letter presented on Monday at the International Joint Conference on Artificial...