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Why You Have a Delivery Confirmation and No Package From Amazon

So you ordered that cool new doodad from Amazon and it was supposed to arrive today, but it didn’t. Yet you’ve been sent a delivery confirmation telling you it made it there on time. Was it stolen? Maybe! But here’s another possible explanation.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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How Do Missile Defense Systems Work?

You’re probably aware the U.S. has a missile defense system, and the thought alone makes you feel (relatively) safe and cozy here in the states. But do you know how these systems work? Or how effective they can be? They’re not the impenetrable shield you think they are.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Why Calling Elizabeth Warren ‘Pocahontas’ Is Racist, Explained

When Don “Puffy” Comb-Over took the opportunity during a White House ceremony honoring the Native American code talkers to call Elizabeth Warren “Pocahontas,” the collective response from most nonracist Americans was, “Oh no, he didn’t!”Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Your Guide to Steppenwolf, the Villain of Justice League, and DC’s Other ‘New Gods’

Justice League finally hits theaters this week, and while its villain, Steppenwolf, is not the big bad many were expecting when the movie was first revealed, he opens up the gateway to a whole new corner of DC Comics canon: Jack Kirby’s legendary Fourth World and its New Gods. Here’s a spoiler-free guide to…Read more… […]

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Why You Don’t Have to Be Afraid of Serial Killers

There’s no greater boogeyman in our modern society than the serial killer. They’re ruthless killers, they’re everywhere, and they’re after you—right? Not really. Serial killers are very real, and very dangerous, but the chances of you encountering one are next to nothing.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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What the Hell Is a Quantum Computer and How Excited Should I Be?

They will never sit on your desk, and they will most certainly never fit in your pocket. Today, they’re fragile, and need to be kept at temperatures close to absolute zero. Quantum computers aren’t much like the desktop PCs we’re all so familiar with—they’re a whole new kind of machine, capable of calculations so…Read more… […]

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So What the Hell Is Ragnarok, Anyway?

This week, Thor: Ragnarok hits theaters—but its titular apocalypse is more than a casual allusion to the Norse mythology that Marvel’s hero originates from. It’s a reference to an event in the comics that has hounded the God of Thunder since his adventures first began. Here’s everything you need to know about it…Read more… Continue […]

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Why Everyone Seems to Know the Same Urban Legends

You know that creepy urban legend you heard about that thing in your town? Yeah, someone is probably telling that very same story in another part of the country right now. Here’s why everybody seems to know the same spooky stories, no matter where they are.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Why Time Seems to Stop When You Look at the Clock

You’re in a long, boring meeting. You look up at the clock again, hoping time is passing by faster than it feels, but instead the clock’s seconds hand doesn’t seem to move at all. No, the clock didn’t just pause to mock you, your brain is playing tricks on you.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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What’s So Great About Mechanical Keyboards

There’s been a lot of talk on Kotaku about mechanical keyboards over the past six months, talking about customizing them, building them and making them pretty. We put together a little video to explain why many of us are so smitten with those clicky keys. Read more… Continue Reading at http://kotaku.com

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What’s So Great About Mechanical Keyboards

There’s been a lot of talk on Kotaku about mechanical keyboards over the past six months, talking about customizing them, building them and making them pretty. We put together a little video to explain why many of us are so smitten with those clicky keys. Read more… Continue Reading at http://kotaku.com

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