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The Fall of Gondolin: ‘new’ JRR Tolkien book

JRR Tolkien’s The Fall of Gondolin, his tale of a beautiful, mysterious city destroyed by dark forces which The Lord of the Rings author called “the first real story” of Middle-earth, will be published...

Pedro Rodrigues, the real-life Dexter

Pedro Rodrigues Filho, a.k.a. “Killer Petey” was born in a farm at Santa Rita do Sapucaí, Brazil, on June 17, 1954. He was born with a damaged skull, which was indirectly inflicted by his father when...

The Internet Archive put your favorite LCD handheld games online

The Internet Archive has launched a Handheld History Collection filled with about 60 emulated versions of retro handheld games to take you back to the long car rides of your childhood. Archived games include Tiger Electronics’ Mortal Kombat, Bandai’s Burger...

Saturn devouring his son

Francisco Goya y Lucientes was the leading figure in Spanish painting during the period 1785-1820. Goya lived through troubled times. The French Revolution (1789-95), for example, shattered the peace of the 18th century and led directly...

The Ataribox gets an official name

Atari has renamed its upcoming retro mini-console from the Ataribox to the Atari VCS, according to VentureBeat. The device, similar to Nintendo’s NES Classic and SNES Classic consoles, uses a design aesthetic inspired by the Atari...

RIP Stephen Hawking

Professor Stephen William Hawking was born on 8th January 1942 (exactly 300 years after the death of Galileo) in Oxford, England. His parents’ house was in north London but during the second world war Oxford was...

10,000-year clock

Installation has finally begun on Jeff Bezos’ 10,000-year clock, a project that the Amazon CEO has invested $42 million in, with the goal of building a mechanical clock that will run for 10 millennia....

The rise and fall of the Inca empire

It was the western hemisphere’s largest empire ever, with a population of nearly 10 million subjects. Yet within 100 years of its rise in the fifteenth century, the Inca Empire would be no more....

Kanchō

Kanchō is a prank performed by clasping the hands together in the shape of an imaginary gun and attempting to poke an unsuspecting victim’s anus, often while exclaiming “Kan-CHO!” It is common prank among children in East...

Download a 30-module virtual synthesizer

VCV Rack is a powerful new piece of open-source software that gives you control of over 30 modules. Launched at Illinois’ Knobcon 2017 tech convention over the weekend, VCV Rack boasts modules from the...