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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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At a time in the distant past, trees on Earth grew in a year-round warm environment, but over time adapted to thrive in colder climates as well. What were the physiological changes that trees went through that allows them to survive the cold? YouTube channel MinuteEarth discusses how trees adapted to survive in today’s video.

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Do you have an old vintage camera sitting around collecting dust? Want to turn it into something awesome and useful? Then you will definitely want to take notes from today’s DIY video on hacking a vintage Instamatic camera!

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Doctor Who is a beloved science fiction series that has captured the hearts and imaginations of people the world over, drawing us all into the life and adventures of this unique time traveler. Take your desktop on a journey through space and time with the first in our series of Doctor Who Wallpaper collections.

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If you have been keeping up with the progress on the latest Ubuntu LTS release, then you will definitely be excited by today’s bit of news! The second set of alpha builds of Ubuntu 14.04 are now available for download in six different ‘flavors’, giving you the perfect excuse to indulge in a weekend full of system testing fun.

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Reality TV is a very popular television genre right now, but has it had an unexpected impact on us beyond serving as mere entertainment at the end of the day? Is Reality TV ‘acclimating’ people to the concept of being watched and recorded to the point that constant surveillance by authorities, or others, is no longer a major concern to us? The Idea Channel discusses the topic in today’s video.

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Do you want to channel your inner ‘Agent Smith’ or simply appear to be wearing an FBI earphone while listening to your favorite music? Then today’s earphone DIY project is the perfect way to accomplish your goal!

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Video games are definitely fun to play, but is that the only ‘benefit’ a person can receive from them? The topic has been hotly debated over the years and now we have a definitive answer to the question. YouTube channel AsapSCIENCE discusses the results of research on the subject in their latest video.

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