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Friday still feels like it is a long way off yet, and perhaps you have already had a ‘long’ week, so why not take a quick break for a bit of fun and stress-relief? Today’s offering is a remake of the classic Duck Hunt with a nice twist…you get to shoot at the pesky feathered ‘fiend’ from Flappy Bird!

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Have you ever wondered why Saturn and other gas giants in our solar system have rings, but other planets do not? Learn the answer in today’s great ‘explainer’ video from SciShow.

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Are you a Minecraft fan who wants to add a bit of ‘blocky’ goodness to your home or geek den? Then today’s DIY project video is a great place to start as you learn how to make your own personal glowstone cube!

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Many of us love to think about what humanity might find among the stars if we had the ability to travel and explore beyond our own solar system. Take your desktop and imagination on a journey to beautiful alien worlds with the second in our series of Awesome Planetary Orbits Wallpaper collections.

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We currently enjoy many wonderful bits of technology such as the internet, mobile phones, radar, and more, but how much of it was ‘predicted’ ahead of its time by science fiction authors? You just might be surprised! PBS Digital Studios looks at the predictions that came to pass, and which author was the most accurate of all.

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Ultra-quiet anechoic chambers have a ‘reputation’ for getting to people after spending time in them for just a short while, sometimes even inducing panic in some individuals. But is it actually as bad as people say it is, or does it depend more on the person in the chamber? Veritasium decided to test the theory and presents their results in today’s video.

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Microsoft recently announced their intention to change SkyDrive’s name to OneDrive and add new features in the process. Well, today is the day when it has all gone live. Now you can tuck into all the new OneDrive goodness and even earn extra storage for free!

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Whether it is a camera suffering from subtle lag-induced distortions, or distortions caused by the properties of light and matter themselves, we are subject to many visual distortions we are not aware of on a daily basis. Vsauce looks at some awesome distortions that will get your ‘thinking juices’ going in their latest video.

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Light bulb technology has come a long way since the invention of the incandescent bulb, and we now have newer, better types such as halogen, fluorescent, and LED. But how exactly do the newer bulb types work in comparison to incandescent bulbs? MinutePhysics provides a wonderful and concise primer about newer bulb types in today’s video.

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Freshly fallen snow can turn dull and dreary winter scenery into a vibrant winter wonderland. Let it snow on your iPhone’s screen with the first in our series of Winter Wonderland Wallpaper collections.

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The weekend is nearly here, so why not start it off with a terrific DIY project? Today’s DIY video shows you how to build a portable laser tripwire to help protect your home.

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What do you think the brightest thing in the universe is? Whatever your choice, you might be surprised by the actual answer. Watch and enjoy as Vsauce discusses the brightest things in the universe in today’s video.

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If you are the go-to tech person for your family and friends, then sooner or later you may have found yourself being asked what a DDoS attack is. Rather than explain it again each time someone new asks you, you can just point them in the direction of this terrific video by Scientific American tech editor Larry Greenemeier.

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Are you one of the individuals who missed out on downloading Flappy Bird to your iPhone or Android phone before the weekend was over? Then take heart! While the official game may be gone now, there are some great ‘replacements’ available to fill in the gap. One of the best is Flappy Doge, an awesome variation of the game that you can play in your favorite browser for free!

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During the early part of its history, Earth was a barren and dry rock, so where did all the water we have now come from? YouTube channel MinuteEarth discusses the most likely source of our water in today’s video.

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A romantic holiday for some, a ‘pesky’ one for others, Valentine’s Day is all about the love we feel for that special someone in our lives. Let romance bloom on your desktop with our Valentine’s Day 2014 Wallpaper collection.

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Sooner or later, every operating system throws a temper tantrum or experiences a hiccup of some sort, so having a troubleshooting chart available can help make things a lot easier to deal with. With this in mind, Ray Nolan has created an awesome troubleshooting chart for Google’s Chrome OS system.

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Here is more from the professor about how these companies can, and are, using the data they collect.

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Do you want a sneaky place to hide your password list, spare money, or other small paper items right by your computer? Today’s DIY video shows you how to create a thin compartment in your keyboard to hide those small paper items in ‘plain sight’.

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Have you been waiting for the ‘Google Now’ feature in Chrome to get more settled in and stabilized before trying it? Then this bit of news should be of interest to you. ‘Google Now’ notifications have made it into Chrome’s Beta Channel, and are one step closer to a stable release!

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Stephen Hawking has recently stirred up a hot debate concerning the event horizons of black holes…by suggesting that they do not exist! YouTube channel Sixty Symbols discusses the topic in today’s video.

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Tigers have always had a special place in our mythology and folklore through the ages, but sadly enough, the remaining six subspecies of these beautiful creatures are all now endangered. Add the power and magnificence of these elegant felines to your iPad’s screen with the first in our series of Tigers Wallpaper collections.

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These days, when you work on a document to print out later, you simply choose the font you want, the size, etc., and go about your business without a second thought. But it was definitely not that easy when it came to printing in the past. Learn how the problem of making low resolution fonts look good was solved by the men who founded Adobe.

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Have you ever wondered what criteria or signs scientists look for when studying exo-planets for signs of life? Today’s video discusses the topic, the fascinating information we are already learning about exo-planets via space telescope, and what we hope to find in the future.

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Are you looking for some great outdoor scenery to liven up your desktop? Then the wallpapers selected for the upcoming Xubuntu 14.04 release may be just what you are looking for! The entire set of winning photos from the wallpaper contest is now available to download, ready to freshen up your desktop.

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