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Pink Trombone

It sounds a bit rude, but Pink Trombone is actually the auditory equivalent of QWOP. See if you can get it to say something intelligent. (via JWZ)

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So it actually happened

Has anyone got Elon Musk’s phone number?

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3D noughts and crosses

3D Noughts and Crosses

Long ago (back in the 80’s), my school had a couple of Research Machines 380Z computers for us to play around on. These things had about as much processing power as your average modern-day wristwatch, but were great fun nonetheless.

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3D panoramas from Mars

Flickr user Moe_Ali has been using photos taken by the Curiosity Rover to create 3D images that work with red-blue 3D goggles. They’re really quite good, but don’t bother trying to view the example shown below; click through to the

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The mathematical arse

Stack Exchange user mikuszefski has come up with a parametric formula for plotting rather nice arses in three dimensions. Take a look at this: Apparently it doesn’t look so good from the other side, but I don’t have Mathematica so

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Breaking a robot out of jail

A company called Double Robotics makes “telepresence robots”, which are basically mobile iPads that remote workers can use to give themselves a “virtual presence” in an office many miles away. Their website includes a “test drive” feature where you can

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Turing competition

The maths department at Manchester University recently launched a new competition tied in with the release of The Imitation Game, the film about Alan Turing that you have no doubt heard of. The competition involves decrypting three codes. I thought

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A stained glass puzzle

Here’s an interesting puzzle set by user MattClarke at the Stack Exchange puzzling website. The stained glass window you see here is called Chaos and Order. You simply have to figure out why. I found the answer to this yesterday,

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Untrusted

Untrusted is a Javascript adventure game where the only way you can win is by rewriting parts of its source code as you go along. For example, in the very first level, your character (a simple “@” character) is imprisoned

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How Slartibartfast got his name

At half past ten tonight (about ten minutes from now) it will be exactly 36 years since the first episode of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy was broadcast. To mark the occasion, the BBC is not only repeating the

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