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After several centuries mankind has finally started to master the science of ornithopters. What are ornithopters you may ask? They are mechanical winged machines that work with the same kind of wing-flapping motion as birds, bats, and insects. SciShow takes a look at the first of this new breed of machines in their latest video.

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Our first edition of WIG for May is filled with news link coverage on topics such as Adobe has confirmed a ‘leaky PDF’ flaw, Lotus Notes is suffering from a huge Java security hole, iOS 7 will possibly have a visually different (flat) look, and more.

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Last year we shared an awesome collection of ocean waves wallpapers with you and today we are back with more. Relax and enjoy the view as the waves roll across your desktop with the second in our series of Ocean Waves Wallpaper collections.

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On July 19, 2012 a power solar flare provided scientists a rare opportunity to record an awe-inspiring sight…coronal rain from the coronal mass ejection that occurred that day. So sit back and enjoy the view in this UHD video as you watch liquid fire reaching into the darkness of space only to rain back down upon the Sun’s surface.

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This week Google has officially unveiled its latest iteration in apps for Google Chrome and Chrome OS users…packaged apps. Now you can install this new brand of apps that provide native app goodness, will work offline, and can communicate with additional hardware that is hooked up to your computers.

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Creating password protected accounts is part-and-parcel for operating on the web these days, but no two sites approach password creation in the same way. One site might allow you nearly unlimited freedom in the characters you choose and the length of your password, but another may limit you to as few as eight characters with no special characters allowed. Needless to say the ‘creation process’ can be frustrating much less managing the ever growing number of passwords we need on hand to access all our accounts. With this in mind Casey Johnston from Ars Technica decided to ask some companies about their password policies and received some interesting responses…

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The term ‘DDoS attack’ is one that is well known to geeks everywhere and unfortunately they are becoming more common-place with each passing day. Now it is one thing to hear about a ‘DDoS attack’ and understand the sheer power that one can wield against a target, but what would one look like if you could visualize it? Enter Ludovic Fauvet and the video visualization that he made using Logstalgia for the recent attack against VideoLAN’s infrastructure.

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What do you do with a liquid that is literally ‘dripping with magnetism’? Have fun doing some awesome experiments with it! Materials scientist Mark Miodownik uses a simple steel bolt and a strong neodymium magnet to demonstrate some of the weird properties of ferrofluid in this fun to watch video.

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Our last edition of WIG for April is filled with news link coverage on topics such as Microsoft has issued a new version of the security update pulled on Patch Tuesday, Google Glass has now been hacked, Apple has added a ‘download later’ option for iTunes purchases, and more.

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Images of nature, animals, movies, and more can make perfect backgrounds for your iPhone’s screen, but sometimes you want or need something a bit more simple and organized looking. Turn your iPhone’s screen into a perfect miniature library with the first in our series of Shelves Wallpaper collections.

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Money…an important resource for acquiring life’s necessities, cool gadgets, and more, but a resource that always seems to be in short supply for most of us. Yet the world is ‘full’ of money! How much you say? Vsauce tackles the topic in this terrific video filled with all kinds of fascinating facts about money.

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So, all the new editions of Ubuntu are available for download and you are eager to try out the latest releases. But where do you go to find all that Ubuntu goodness, especially if you are looking for one of the UI-variant editions? Not to worry, we have the links for the direct download pages for seven editions of Ubuntu gathered together into one post for your convenience!

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If you were one of the people who promptly updated the Java installation on your system last week, then you probably felt like things should be in good shape for a bit. Guess again. As seems to be the pattern lately, another new security hole has already been found that affects all versions of Java 7 including the latest release.

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The Horsehead Nebula is well known for its beautiful and distinctive look, making it a favorite subject among the many nebulae images taken over the years. As part of the celebration for the Hubble Space Telescope’s 23rd anniversary, a new image of the Horsehead Nebula has been captured in infrared and released. The new image is simply breath-taking with the amount of detail that can be seen…

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In the past if we interacted with others, then it was done in-person, but the technology and online services available to us today have changed that. Now we simply grab our mobile phone and interact with others through texting, Twitter, Facebook, and more. Convenient? Yes, but not necessarily good for us though. Sherry Turkle discusses how new technology is affecting our ability to relate to others as well as ourselves in this terrific TedEd video.

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This week’s edition of WIG is filled with news link coverage on topics such as Microsoft has released an ISO image to repair Windows systems affected by security update 2823324, U.S. Windows computers are among most vulnerable in the world, a former Hostgator employee has been arrested & charged with rooting 2,700 servers, and more.

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Looking at maps lets us dream of places that we would like to go and explore, think of adventures we might have, and people we could meet along the way. Fill your desktop with dreams of world travel with the second in our series of World Maps Wallpaper collections.

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Did you know that people are taller on average now than they were 150 years ago? What do you think the causes or reasons for that are? Just how tall do you think a person could become? Vsauce discusses the answers to these questions and more in this fascinating video about our bodies and DNA.

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With the goal of becoming the center of your online life, it seems like all the big companies are focused on having their own ‘personalized’ line of hardware as an extension of their expanding software and service offerings. Now you can add Evernote to the list of companies expressing interest in joining the hardware trend.

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Quite a few people have been unanimously vocal in their dislike for the Modern UI, lack of a Start Menu, and more in Windows 8. Enter Windows Blue, a.k.a. Windows 8.1, and the rumors that Microsoft may be ready to compromise on some of the UI changes users want. The question is, if the rumors are true will it be enough to turn things around for Windows 8 or is it too late?

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Oracle is due to release an update to patch critical vulnerabilities that malware authors have been exploiting in current (and older) versions of Java later today. Anyone who needs or actively uses the Java Runtime Environment for work or gaming should watch for the update to go live and promptly install this update as soon as possible.

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Now you might be looking at that title and thinking “What?!”, but consider what might happen if a super villain managed to stick a giant ‘space straw’ capable of reaching space into an ocean? Do you think the vacuum of space combined with the pressure of our atmosphere would allow the water to reach space or not? Vsauce discusses the question and more in this terrific video about our atmosphere.

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Our latest edition of WIG is filled with news link coverage on topics such as Windows XP now has less than a year of extended support remaining, Dropbox is now offering business customers an IT-friendly version, the Social Media widget for WordPress has been injecting spam advertisements into sites, and more.

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The look and ‘mood’ of cities at night come in an infinite variety, but all have one thing in common…a unique and colorful beauty that begs to be captured in photos. Bring the ethereal beauty of urban night-life to your iPad with the first in our series of City Lights Wallpaper collections.

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While it does not happen often, every once in a while a security update to patch Windows causes more problems than it solves. Case in point, security update 2823324 that was a part of this month’s Patch Tuesday release for Windows 7. Some users have been experiencing endless rebooting or a failure of their system to restart after installing the update. To counteract the problem Microsoft has published a KB article to help get affected systems up and running again.

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