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Akemi Iwaya

Akemi Iwaya (Asian Angel) is our very own Firefox Fangirl who enjoys working with multiple browsers and loves 'old school' role-playing games. Visit her on Twitter and .

When we learn about places, people, and events from history, we are usually taught about them in separate chunks or blocks, making them ‘seem’ rather separate and/or disconnected from each other. Vsauce provides a new perspective about some famous people, places, and events from history that you may not have known about or thought of as simultaneous/connected.

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The long wait for the latest stable version of Ubuntu is finally over. Now you can download your favorite UI version of Ubuntu 13.10, try out the Phone Edition, and grab a copy of the official manual using the set of download links we have compiled for your convenience.

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We spend approximately one-third of our lives sleeping, but why do our bodies need sleep? What is happening in our brains and bodies during our awake and sleeping periods? Could we get by with little to no sleep? Learn the answers to these questions and more with SciShow’s information-packed video about sleep!

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Accessing your system’s settings in Windows 8 is not exactly the most straight-forward of processes, so if you need to change your settings often, then it can be a bit frustrating. With that in mind, the good folks over at 7 Tutorials have created an awesome shortcut that will take all the hassle out of accessing those settings, and make ‘tweaking’ Windows 8 much easier.

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In the distant future, our sun will begin its descent into death after using up all of the hydrogen fuel in its core. When that happens, the inner parts of our solar system will suffer horrible consequences. But what will happen at that point in time and how quickly will things ‘deteriorate’? Is there anything that could be done to help our planet survive? AsapSCIENCE looks at this ‘hot’ topic in their latest video.

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Rainy days are great for staying indoors to read your favorite new book, taking a nap, or even going outside for a quiet walk. Let the rain fall on your iPhone’s screen with the first in our series of Rainy Day Wallpaper collections.

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If you love playing Super Mario Brothers, but hate the hassle of dealing with or setting up the game console, then you will be pleased to know a new and complete version is now available to play online. Josh Goldberg has worked hard to recreate the classic game in its entirety in HTML5, so sit back, relax, and get ready to enjoy all that Mario goodness via your favorite browser.

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If you have fond memories of using Apple’s drawing program MacPaint when you were young, then you will definitely be glad to learn that it has a whole new lease on life. Developer Martin Braun has indulged in a labor of love and created an awesome online version of the classic MacPaint program that will take you back in time!

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Just how much ‘data’ could you transfer or access via a fiber optic cable? For most people, the answer to that depends on the service arrangement(s) they have with their ISP, but what if you could utilize the maximum bandwidth possible? YouTube channel Sixty Symbols presents a fascinating discussion on the topic in their latest video.

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As worries about climate change continue to grow, scientists are working hard to understand the changes that are occurring right now as well as the ones we may face in the future. One avenue they are pursuing is looking to the past for answers. By drilling deep into the ice and scouring ancient sea beds, they hope to find evidence of past climate change and use that information to see where our planet and climate may be headed.

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You have had the unfortunate luck to encounter an evil scientist who thinks you are the perfect candidate for his latest round of experiments! But just as he starts to perform his fiendish work on you, you get an unexpected opportunity to escape. Can you make the most of this one chance at freedom or will you be joining the ‘good doctor’s’ other test subjects in permanent captivity?

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This past August we took you on a wonderful image-filled journey through the world of Skyrim and this week we are setting off on a new round of exploration. Sit back and enjoy the gorgeous scenery on your desktop with the second in our series of Skyrim Wallpaper collections.

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Until recently, being an introvert carried a negative social stigma with it and set these individuals apart as ‘social outcasts’. But now, things are changing and introverts (along with nerds) are enjoying a sudden cultural popularity. PBS’s Idea Channel looks at the recent shift in attitudes towards being introverted and the possible connection to the technology we all use and enjoy.

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The mere thought of having one’s brain hacked, altered, or controlled is enough to make people feel unsettled, but is such a thing actually possible? AsapSCIENCE looks at the current research into using light to affect DNA-altered neurons or brain cells, and the possible medical applications where it could be used to help people.

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Most people are familiar with the Jurassic Park movies and quite a few are fascinated with the idea of bringing extinct species back to life. But is our level of science reaching the point where we could resurrect dead species? Should we do it if we develop the scientific capability to bring them back to life? SciShow discusses the ‘hot topic’ of resurrection biology in their latest video.

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There is little doubt that the languages featured in our favorite fantasy series or movies are awesome and have a high level of appeal, but are they, or could they be classified as ‘real’ languages? John McWhorter looks at Elvish, Klingon, Dothraki, and Na’vi, the work that their creators and fans have put into them, and more in this terrific TED-Ed video.

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A recent update to Google Chrome resulted in a completely revamped version of the new tab page, one that has not gone over well with many people. If you want to get the ‘classic’ apps-based new tab page back, then Vishal Gupta from the Tweaking with Vishal blog came up with a quick and simple way to do it.

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Whether you are looking for a simple background or something with a view, ice and cold environment wallpapers can fit a multitude of moods. Make your iPad the ‘coolest’ one around with the first in our series of Ice-Cold Wallpaper collections.

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Ubuntu 13.10 beta releases featuring GNOME, Kubuntu, Xubuntu, and Lubuntu UIs were released earlier this month, but the Unity version was delayed. If you were one of the individuals who decided to hold out for the Unity UI version, then your wait is over. The final beta version of Ubuntu 13.10 featuring Unity 7 is now available to download just in time for a weekend of Linux powered fun!

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It has been an interesting week in the search for life in our solar system…some news has been good and some has been disappointing. SciShow discusses the latest information about amino acids in our solar system and the search for methane on Mars.

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Have you ever wondered how magnets work? Perhaps you have wondered why some metals or materials are magnetic while others are not. Sit back and enjoy learning the answers as MinutePhysics and Veritasium team up to explain how magnets work with their double video feature.

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A Windows 8 Modern UI optimized version of Firefox just got one big step closer to finalization this week with the release of Aurora Channel version 26. Those who are looking forward to enjoying the full Firefox experience on their Windows 8 systems can download and try out the latest version now.

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Sleep consumes a sizable portion of each of our days, but what would happen if we significantly reduced the amount we got on a daily basis? What if we tried going without sleep altogether? While it may be tempting to regularly skip sleep for a variety of reasons, it can have a distinct impact on our health and ability to function well.

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This weekend is the start of Autumn for those of you in the Northern hemisphere, so why not celebrate the arrival of the new season on your desktop as well? Cover your desktop in beautiful Fall foliage with our Autumn 2013 Wallpaper collection.

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Quickoffice has been a popular product for those who needed to work with Microsoft Office documents on their mobile devices, but has always been a shareware product until now. Starting this week though, Google has released a new, free edition for iOS and Android that works seamlessly with Google Drive and comes with 10 GB of free extra Google Drive storage for two years.

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