Who Sounds Better on Helium: Morgan Freeman or Jimmy Fallon?

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Jimmy Fallon is taking Morgan Freeman’s voice to the next level

Fallon convinced the 77-year-old actor to inhale helium on Thursday’s episode of The Tonight Show. While Freeman called the act “undignified,” he still did played along, proving his voice is just as iconic at a higher octave.

This isn’t the first time Freeman’s gotten, err, gassy; he inhaled the noble gas to promote his Science Channel show Through The Wormhole earlier this year

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‘American Ninja Warrior’ Competitor Destroys Obstacle Course. Literally.

Jimmy Kimmel Proves No One Understands Smartwatches

Jimmy Fallon and Robin Wright Turn and Face the Music

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25Jul

24 People Who Don't Know How to Beach

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There are two types of people in the world: those who love the beach, and those who just don’t get it.

Many want nothing more than to spend the entirety of their days sprawled out in the sand, as they craft a perfectly even tan. Others find the beach a salty, sand-infested nightmare that houses sea monsters, sunburns, and countless ways to be uncomfortable.

See also: 12 Sandsational Accessories for the Best Beach Day

The beach is a wonderful place, but it’s not for everybody. Some people should probably just stay indoors and leave beach-going to the professionals Read more…

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25Jul

Special Case Gives Your iPhone Heat Vision

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When Boston police found bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev hiding inside a boat parked in a backyard in Watertown, Massachusetts, they didn’t actually see him. They found his heat using a thermal imaging system known as FLIR (forward-looking infrared device)

Now that same law enforcement and military intelligence technology has been shrunk down to smartphone size

See also: 7 Creative Ways to Organize Your Mobile Apps

FLIR One is an imaging accessory that weighs a hefty 3.9 ounces (almost as much as the phone), slides onto an iPhone 5 or 5s and adds a thermal imaging capabilities to the phone

Unveiled at CES earlier this year, the device’s sole job is to detect invisible heat. It combines the heat signature information with the live camera image from your phone to deliver a composite thermal heat image. FLIR Systems says FLIR One is useful for detecting ventilation leaks around doors and windows, car engine trouble, over-heating circuitry and wiring and even allowing you to see when there is no light. No more stumbling around the pitch-black campground, hoping not to step on a raccoon. Read more…

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25Jul

Google Wants to Create a 'Baseline' for Human Health

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Google’s X division wants to know what’s up with human health.

The company’s research arm is planning an initial study of 175 people to collect anonymous health data from biological samples, including blood and saliva.

See also: Look Out, Apple: Google May Launch a Health-Data App

According to the Wall Street Journal, Google’s Baseline Study will compile a database of full genomes for each participant. Researchers will be able to track an individual’s genetic history, metabolic processes and even heart rate while under stress.

The goal, says lead researcher Andrew Conrad, is to build a healthy human standard for comparison — a baseline. Read more…

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25Jul

Ford Print Ad Uses Optical Illusion to Let You 'Park' a Car

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Print advertising may be a bit passé as a medium, but that doesn’t mean that clever advertisers can’t have some fun within the confines of a declining channel of communication

At least you could make the case that Ford and Israeli ad agency BBR Saatchi & Saatchi are still experimenting with the form. In this ad, the agency and client tap an optical illusion that’s more than 100 years old to create an “interactive” print ad

See also: OK Go’s Mind-Boggling Music Video Is a Trove of Optical Illusions

Try it yourself. If you stare at the black dot in the third car on the right for 30 seconds or more then your eyes will create a black car that you can “park” between the other two. Read more…

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25Jul

16 Books to Read Before the Movie Version Comes Out

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Good news: You’ll have no shortage of things to read (and watch) in the next year.

Books are the prequel to countless up and coming major films these days. Rather than waiting for the movie to come out, refresh your reading list ahead of time, and you’ll be first in line to say that the book was better when it comes out.

See also: 25 Literary Classics to Binge on This Summer

Here’s your definitive guide to the book-based movies releasing in 2014 and 2015. The films are sorted by release date so you can pace your reading.

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25Jul

Unearthed Prints Suggest T. Rex Hunted in Packs

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Some 70 million years ago, three tyrannosaurs stalked together across a mud flat in Canada, possibly searching for prey.

The new insight comes from several parallel tyrannosaur tracks unearthed in Canada. The dinosaur tracks provide stronger evidence for a controversial theory: That the fearsome mega-predators hunted in packs.

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Track marks found on a mud flat in Canada.

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The ferocious beasts may have “stuck together as a pack to increase their chances of bringing down prey and individually surviving,” said study co-author Richard McCrea, a curator at the Peace Region Palaeontology Center in Canada. Read more…

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25Jul

'Penny Dreadful' Creator Teases Season 2 Antagonist

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SAN DIEGO — Penny Dreadful creator John Logan was coy about Season 2 of Showtime’s breakout hit, but one nugget he did share with audiences at the panel for the show at Comic-Con? Helen McCrory’s Madame Kali will be next season’s antagonist

“Her supernatural world will then become the big threat to all the gentlemen on the stage,” Logan said, pointing to fellow panelists and actors Josh Hartnett, Reeve Carney and Harry Treadaway

See also: A Lot of TV Shows Are Going to Comic-Con 2014: Here’s Your Guide

On Season 1, McCrory appeared in two episodes as the spiritualist. At the panel, a deleted scene from Season 1 featuring the character was shown. Read more…

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25Jul

This art project turns primitive smoke signals into ones and zeros

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How to come to grips with a world dominated by ubiquitous, but unseen wireless communication? An art installation from the Koln International School of Design aims to give us a feel for the ethereal radio waves we take for granted every day. Binairy…

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25Jul

Sky spends £5 billion to become one of Europe's biggest pay-TV operators

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Rumors of an assault on Europe have circled for quite some time, but today BSkyB has finally made a move to expand its pay-TV empire outside of the UK. The company today announced it has agreed to pay 21st Century Fox a total of £4.9 billion ($8.33…

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25Jul

'Ulysses' is coming to life thanks to virtual reality

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Look, there’s nothing to be ashamed of if you’ve been plowing through James Joyce’s Ulysses for the past, oh, decade. It’s such a challenging read, that a developer thought it best to create some sort of a virtual reality world based on the piece…

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