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A functional pinball machine made entirely from Lego bricks
If you're a nostalgia-minded geek, you might have a soft spot for the classic Space Lego sets, with their iconic orbiting rocket ship logo. You might also be fond of the physical action of pinball, full of tactile sensations so often missing from modern gaming. You probably never expected the two to meet in one of the more amazingly geeky…

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Dealmaster: Get an Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet for $60
Greetings, Arsians! Courtesy of our friends at TechBargains, we have another round of deals to share. Today's list is led by an array of discounts on various Amazon devices, including the company's Fire HD 8 tablet, which is down to $60 from its usual $80. While this isn't the absolute cheapest the Fire HD 8 has been, it's still a…

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Democrats demand answers on AT&T’s $600,000 payment to Trump’s lawyer
Congressional Democrats are asking US regulators for information on whether AT&T payments to President Trump's personal lawyer were made in order to influence the government's review of AT&T's merger with Time Warner Inc. AT&T paid $600,000 to Trump lawyer Michael Cohen's shell company, Essential Consultants, "the same vehicle he used in October 2016 to direct $130,000 to the adult-film actress…

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Hurricane Harvey was fueled by record heat in the Gulf of Mexico
We’ve covered several studies seeking to clarify the role of human-caused climate change in the unbelievable amounts of water Hurricane Harvey dumped on Houston last year. The general approach of these studies was to simulate today’s climate and a pre-global-warming climate, and to then compare the behavior of hurricanes around Houston.

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Here are the Russian-made Facebook ads that tried to shake American politics
On Thursday morning, the House of Representatives' Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence released a vast trove of thousands of Russian-bought Facebook and Instagram ads designed to sow doubt amongst the American population in the run-up to the November 2016 presidential election. The committee had promised to publish the ads late last year.

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Multiple studies show no improvement in distracted driving
As we've reported in the past, the death toll on US roads keeps increasing despite ever-safer vehicles. And people are overwhelmingly to blame; the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration calculates that 97 percent of all fatal crashes are due to human error. One factor in all this unsafe road behavior is distracted driving, and the past few weeks have seen…

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Video: How Blizzard makes Overwatch maps, and why tiny boats made Rialto more balanced
Blizzard Entertainment just released Rialto, a new map for its hero-based first-person shooter . Set in Venice, Italy, Rialto does a few things differently from past maps—it has more water than any before it and uses 90° angles in tightly packed streets to create choke points in addition to narrow archways, to name a couple changes.

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Net neutrality to die on June 11, as Ajit Pai blasts “special interests”
The repeal of net neutrality rules will finally take effect on June 11, six months after the Federal Communications Commission voted to eliminate the rules that prohibit Internet service providers from blocking and throttling lawful Internet traffic. The repeal will get rid of "unnecessary and harmful Internet regulations," and help spur investment in 5G and other broadband networks, FCC Chairman…

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Nintendo’s $20 charging stand fixes one of the Switch’s biggest problems
One of the few sour notes in our initial review of the Nintendo Switch last year was for the "surprisingly flimsy" kickstand. Not only does the thin, plastic, flip-down strip on the system's rear feel poised to snap off at the slightest pressure, but using the kickstand prevents you from simultaneously charging the system from the bottom-mounted USB port.