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RIP Tony Dyson, the Man Who Built R2-D2

RIP Tony Dyson, the Man Who Built R2-D2

One of the most iconic non-human characters in movie history, R2-D2, was the handiwork of many people. Beloved concept artist Ralph McQuarrie designed him, Kenny Baker helped bring him to life—but it was Tony Dyson, who passed away today at the age of 68, who had the daunting task of building Artoo as a real life ...

Deep-Diving Robot Discovers Mysterious and Adorable Octopus Species

Deep-Diving Robot Discovers Mysterious and Adorable Octopus Species

Would you just look at him? Sprung to life out of a Pixar movie, the ghostly little fella pictured above was discovered last month by Deep Discoverer, the deep-diving robot that travels with NOAA’s Okeanos Explorer. Spotted 4,290 meters beneath the surface, it’s the deepest observation of a so-called incirrate octopus ...

Google Gives Pass To Pirated Porn

Google Gives Pass To Pirated Porn

Axel Braun is about as close as you can get to a household name in porn. He’s behind the biggest adult film titles of the last ten years, and his porn parody, Star Wars XXX, is one of the best selling adult films of all time. He also can’t make a film for $500,000, which used to be pittance in porn, without losing ...

Bill Clinton’s 1999 Internet Town Hall Was the First Presidential AMA

Bill Clinton’s 1999 Internet Town Hall Was the First Presidential AMA

Back in 1999 President Bill Clinton held an “internet town hall” hosted by a company called Excite@Home. Clinton answered questions submitted from the 50,000 people watching along. And despite the fact that Clinton admitted he was “technologically impaired,” it was essentially the first presidential Ask Me Anything ...

How Math Geeks Almost Doxxed Banksy

How Math Geeks Almost Doxxed Banksy

Describing graffiti as a “minor terrorism-related act,” researchers in the UK have used a technique developed for crime-fighting to tag the identity of a Banksy, a highly prolific but secretive street artist. The system could thwart more serious crimes, but its use in outing an anonymous artist shows the potential for ...

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