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I’ll follow you [deviantART]

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One of the labs over at MIT is working on a new solar-powered water robot that can clean up an oil spill. These things are 7 feet wide and 16 feet long, and they absorb the oil and then evaporate it into a container. Watch the video for more.

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memories and thoughts [via Geekosystem]

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The good people over at nmap.org created a gigantic map of the internet world, using almost 300,000 favicons from web sites to create an image depicting the relative size of each site. Here’s where we found the HTG icon.

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We’re big fans of the Rubik’s Cube around here, and this one is especially interesting—it’s a cube that can be solved in the dark because each side has symbols you can actually feel with your fingers.

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City In The Sky [deviantART]

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Firefox users have long had access to many useful context menu search extensions that allow you to select text on the page, and then search using any number of search engines via the context menu—and now you can do the same in Google Chrome.

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If you’re the type of person that keeps Google Calendar open all day long, you might be interested in this script, which customizes the favicon—that little icon that shows up on the tab—to show the current day of the month.

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We all love to listen to music on our computers whether at work or at home. This week we want to know which desktop music player you use for listening to music.

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According to Fortune, users are starting to see new interlinking features show up between Gmail’s built-in chat application and Google Voice—letting people make voice calls directly from within Gmail.

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Beyond Space [deviantART]

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Over at Neatorama, they are selling some novelty flash drives fashioned after the characters in Star Wars.

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Why sit around listening to a professor when you could be playing video games instead?

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Yahoo! Transitions Organic Search Back-End to Microsoft Platform

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Somebody decided to hack an unused touchscreen voting machine to be able to play Pac-Man instead.

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Most of the retro NES wallpapers that we’ve covered in the past show you a screen from the actual game, but this one clears out all the bad guys, leaving a nice clean Mario world.

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Just how much of a geek are you? Are you geeky enough to make your own life-sized version of ExciteBike?

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As a programmer by trade, this one has always driven me crazy—Internet Explorer would draw a 2-pixel border around web sites, screwing up your pixel calculations.

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Google Chrome extensions have only had the ability to create buttons on the menu bar, and we’ve been waiting a long time for support that integrates with the context menu, or some other method that doesn’t waste space on the menu bar.

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According to some guy, at least, Facebook is on track to overtake Google. He put together a graph based on the Alexa ranking site, which ranks traffic for various web sites.

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This one is a zip download with loads of different sizes so you can find one that matches your desktop resolution.

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Over at SuperUser.com, the best question and answer site for geeks with computer questions, they are celebrating their one year anniversary with a contest that includes some serious prizes.

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The Firefox icon used to look a whole lot different—here’s a great-looking icon to customize your desktop with. There’s also Sunbird and Thunderbird icons as well.

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As a very happy Android user, I’ve never wanted an iPhone before this very moment. How awesome are these stickers?

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This is probably what it would look like—though I’m guessing a game designer would include chainsaw-wielding zombie ducks.

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