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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 .

Have you ever been curious about the science behind the Aurora Borealis and Aurora Australis? Then sit back and enjoy as this terrific video looks at the solar winds and atmospheric reactions that help make these awesome visual phenomena possible.

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Are you tired of keeping Chrome open just to listen to your music library in Google Play? Then you will definitely love the new panel app available in the Chrome Web Store. Once you have it installed, you can sit back and enjoy your favorite songs in an easy to manage, browser-free manner.

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Being afraid of things is common to humans and can help keep us alive when presented with a dangerous situation. But what about things that are not direct threats to our lives, things that feel creepy to us or fall outside our comfort zones? Vsauce discusses why things feel creepy to us and other unsettling feelings that can prey upon our minds in this fascinating video.

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Opera has just released the first stable version of their revamped browser and will be proceeding at a rapid pace going forward. There is also news concerning the three development streams they will maintain along with news of an update for the older 12.x series for those who are not ready to update to 15.x just yet.

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It seems like a simple enough question when first asked, but the answer is not as straight-forward as you might think. Sit back and enjoy as MinutePhysics discusses the three types of North Pole that exist in this terrific video.

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Sometimes the best part of hiking along wilderness pathways is the unexpected beauty you find along the way, other times it is the wonderful peace and solitude that you can immerse yourself in. Escape to hidden destinations on your desktop with the second in our series or Wilderness Pathways Wallpaper collections.

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Creating secure passwords for our online accounts is a necessary evil due to the huge increase in database and account hacking that occurs these days. The problem, though, is that no two companies have a similar policy for complex and secure password creation; then factor in the continued creation of insecure passwords or multi-site use of the same password and trouble is just waiting to happen. Ars Technica decided to take a look at multiple password types, how users fared with them, and how well those password types held up to cracking attempts in their latest study.

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Many people have been eager to have Google Now working in their Chrome browsers and this week that dream got one step closer to reality. The first teasers that the new feature is becoming active have started to appear, so now is a good time to activate the switch for it and be ready for its arrival.

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From our earliest days mankind has debated what should be defined as the center of the universe, a ‘definition’ that continues to evolve as our technology and knowledge of the universe improves. Follow along with mankind’s historical progress on defining the center of the universe and learn some great facts about the debate with this terrific TEDEducation video.

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People have been curious if there would be cross-browser compatibility for extensions due to Opera’s recent switch to the browser engine that Google Chrome uses. That question has now been answered. The OMG! Chrome! Blog has put together a nice tutorial on how to get cross-browser extension compatibility set up and working with your browser of choice.

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It is hard to imagine a more cataclysmic event than the collision of two galaxies and the effect such an event has on each one as they are ripped apart. See the destructive power of collision at work in this video showing the latest Hubble imagery of Arp 142, a.k.a. the collision of NGC 2936 and NGC 2937.

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The sun is rising and a gentle morning breeze stirs the sparse vegetation around you as you look out across the lonely desert… Bring the beauty of these barren yet scenic lands to your Nexus 7 with the first in our series of Deserts Wallpaper collections.

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Have you been waiting for more awesome photos of Mars’ surface from the Curiosity Rover mission? Then you are definitely going to love this bit of news! NASA and GigaPan have teamed up to create a truly inspiring 1.3 billion pixel panoramic view of Mars that you can ‘zoom around’ and explore at your leisure.

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While most people think of the 1930s as the time when computers made their debut, there was one designed much earlier than that…in the 1830s. This great TedED video provides a fascinating look at Charles Babbage’s mechanical, steam-powered analytical engine.

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Oracle has released new updates that patch 40 security holes in their Java Runtime Environment software. Anyone who needs or actively uses the Java Runtime Environment for work or gaming should promptly update their Java installation as soon as possible.

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If you or someone you know uses the linked accounts feature in an Outlook.com account, then you definitely need to pay attention to this news. Starting late next month Microsoft will begin the process of unlinking linked accounts as a measure to boost overall account security for Outlook.com users.

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If you are not familiar with quantum computers, then you may be wondering what the difference is between them and our regular everyday computers. Veritasium discusses the topic of what makes a quantum computer different and why they are so powerful in this video.

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Searching for seashells at the beach can be a unique adventure each time you go since new shells are always washing up out of the water. Gather up a beautiful collection of seashells for your desktop with the second in our series of Seashells Wallpaper collections.

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When Google introduced Chrome Frame in 2009, it was their intention to help those running legacy versions of Internet Explorer have access to and enjoy a modern browsing experience. Now that more people are using modern up-to-date versions of Internet Explorer and other browsers, Google has decided that Chrome Frame’s work is done and it is time to retire it.

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Have you ever wondered why people have a preference for using one hand over the other? What is it that determines hand dominance? Is it because of evolution, is it hereditary, or due to something else? SciShow takes a quick look at the topic in this terrific video.

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Visiting a desktop-only or misconfigured website on your mobile device can be a very frustrating experience. They are not easy to navigate or fail to work properly, leaving you with little to no satisfaction. To encourage websites to adopt good ‘mobile compliant’ practices, Google will be introducing new changes in how websites are ranked when users search on a mobile device.

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Did you miss seeing Apple’s WWDC Keynote this year, but still want to enjoy the experience for yourself? Then here is your opportunity! Apple has posted the 2013 keynote at their website for those who may have missed it or want to see it once again.

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When you touch an item and it feels hot, cold or in between to you, are you actually feeling the temperature of the item itself or is there more to it than that? You might be surprised by the answer as MinutePhysics discusses the topic in this informative video.

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Sunsets herald the end of long working days and turn our thoughts to sitting down for a bit to relax or perhaps taking a few minutes to reflect on our lives and loved ones. Add a late afternoon glow to your iPhone’s screen with the first in our series of Sunsets Wallpaper collections.

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Imagine that the zombie apocalypse has finally happened and they think you are the choicest selection on the menu! What would you do? Where would you go to be safe? David Hunter discusses how good geographical skills might be one of the best survival tools that you can have at your disposal in this awesome video.

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