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FAA tells airlines to remind flyers that checking e-cigs is a bad idea

There’s currently no ban against packing e-cigarettes in your checked baggage before a flight, but the FAA seems to be convinced it’s a pretty terrible idea. The FAA has sent out an alert to airline operators asking that they remind travelers that exclusively transporting e-cigs in a carry-on bag is a safer way to go for everyone involved.

Pointing to recent incidents — one plane had to be evacuated last summer when a checked e-cigarette overheated and caused a fire — the FAA notes that it’s much easier to spot potential hazards if e-cigs are in the cabin and visible to flight crew and passengers alike. And if you’re one for modding the components inside, you might be raising the odds of a problem in the skies. “The danger may be…

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New wearable tells your DVR to record a show when you doze off at the TV

Watching TV is already one of the top things to do when you’re feeling lazy, and soon it’ll require even less effort. UK telco Virgin Media is set to trial a new wristband that monitors your pulse and can tell when you’ve fallen asleep. It’ll then beam a message to your TiVo and tell it to pause the current program and start recording it for later viewing. When you wake up, you can pick up right where you left off. Perfect for all of those food comas that are bound to happen over the holidays. The device — designed by a 14 and 15 year old — will go into trials next year. Maybe someday the software behind it will make it to other fitness wearables, though there’s no news on that front yet. You can sign up to be on the trial list right…

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Amazon tells FAA to change drone laws or it’ll move research abroad

Amazon has warned the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) that if it doesn’t relax its attitude towards drone regulation then the internet giant will be forced to move its research teams out of the country.

“Without the ability to test outdoors in the United States soon, we will have no choice but to divert even more of our [drone] research and development resources abroad,” said Amazon’s vice president of global public policy Paul Misener in a letter to the FAA seen by the Wall Street Journal. “I fear the FAA may be questioning the fundamental benefits of keeping [drone] technology innovation in the United States,” said Misener.

Amazon is already experimenting with drones in the UK

Amazon’s plan to introduce delivery-by-drone in its…

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What the ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ trailer tells us about the galaxy’s future

When Lucasfilm announced it was killing the Star Wars Expanded Universe, I was heartbroken. The galaxy George Lucas had dreamed up took form in the original movies, but it was populated and fully realized by the authors, artists, and video game developers that helped build Star Wars’ back stories. Now, like a blaster taken to my childhood memories, that Expanded Universe was gone. I thought the damage would be permanent.

But I’ve just seen the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer. I’ve seen…

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Link About It: This Week’s Picks : Frank Gehry tells off contemporary architecture, Google maps the desert on camelback and Marcel the Shell returns in our weekly look at the web

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1. Google Desert View While a robot-operated car is Google’s vehicle of choice for mapping streets, a 10-year-old camel named Raffia is doing the job of mapping the Liwa Desert in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Equipped with…

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Summer Dreams: Archivist-turned-curator Alfred Marks tells the story of how the Dutch spend their leisure time through architectural materials

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Having served as an archivist at Rotterdam’s Het Nieuwe Instituut, for the past two decades, Alfred Marks is making a curatorial debut with “Summer Dreams,” an exhibition inspired by…

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@CongressEdits tells you when Congress is changing Wikipedia

The US Congress has made enough anonymous, occasionally controversial edits to Wikipedia that the changes have warranted their own Wikipedia page. Now a new automated Twitter tattletale, @congressedits, is posting every one of the edits made from the Senate and House.

Wikipedia allows you to view edits by IP address; the congressional IP addresses are public. Inspired by a similar bot set up for the UK Parliament, web developer Ed Summers created @congressedits, which automatically searches for edits made by the IP addresses and tweets a link to the changes.

The account launched this week, and so far it’s turned up more inexplicable edits than political impropriety. Following an encounter between President Barack Obama and a man…

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Federal judge tells Supreme Court to ‘STFU’ after Hobby Lobby ruling

There are a good amount of people upset with the Supreme Court over its Hobby Lobby decision, and you can count federal judge Richard Kopf among them. Kopf, an H.W. Bush appointee to the Nebraska District Court, has the unusual habit (for a federal judge) of maintaining a blog about his thoughts on the court system — and often unfiltered thoughts at that. On Saturday, Kopf took to his blog to argue that perhaps the Supreme Court shouldn’t have taken on the Hobby Lobby case at all, thus not setting a wide precedent and allowing the executive or legislative branches of government work out a solution. “As the kids says,” Kopf writes, “it is time for the Court to STFU.”

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Sound System Culture: A new tome from One Love Books tells the story of the scene, from roots in Jamaica to its popularity in Yorkshire

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Mention sound system culture to anyone in the UK and they’ll probably associate it with Notting Hill Carnival, the annual two-day celebration of Anglo-Caribbean culture on the streets of West London. However, a new book published by…

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