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PyroPet Candle Melts Away To Reveal Skeleton

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Run-of-the-mill candles are a snorefest in our book, so we’re kind of happy to report on the PyroPet Candle. Initially it looks like a 3D rendering of a cat made in a computer in 1999, back when “omg look at all the polygons” was the rage. But then as the wax melts, it reveals a creepy little metal skeleton. It’s kind of neat, but at £35 (roughly $60), it’s also kind of very expensive. Sure, it’ll burn for 20 hours and makes a great present and all that… but $60 for a candle is kind of a lot to stomach.

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Deal Of The Day: Name Your Own Price ‘Learn How To Code’ Bundle

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Knowledge and education are probably the most precious “things” you can acquire. So when you get a chance to pay whatever you want for this, it would be foolish to pass it up. Today you’re looking at a bundle of 8 courses that can teach you how to code.

In this bundle you’ll get lifetime access to 8 actionable online courses, 826 total lectures, and more than 80 hours of content that will have you coding like a pro in no time. It’s the perfect tool to brush up on old skills or learn to code from scratch.

Sample courses include Creating Responsive Web Design, Build a Website from Scratch with HTML & CSS, and Web Programming with Python. What’s even better is that 10% of the amount you choose to pay will go to charity, and while the average price is currently $14.92, you’re still getting a value of $892!

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Cats Are Stupid, Yo

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Tee hee. That’s all, carry on.

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This Pan Uses Rocket Tech To Be More Efficient

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‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ goes the saying. But sometimes things are more broken than we realize, and this much is true of conventional saucepans. When you’re heating stuff in a conventional pot, the heat partially transfers to the liquids through the bottom, but the rest is lost up the sides. Oxford engineering Professor Dr. Thomas Povey and his team of master’s students thought there should be a more efficient way to transfer this heat, and the Flare Pans using FIN-X Technology are the result of their efforts. The fins make for a more even distribution of heat and actually reduce the amount of energy needed to achieve temperature parity by 44%. This is clearly seen with thermal imaging equipment.

So while you may not impress your guests with your cooking skills, at least you can “entertain” them with your tales of efficient thermodynamics. The Flare line of cookware will be sold starting next month through retailer Lakeland, with prices starting at £49.99 ($85 roughly) for a frying pan. Efficiency, apparently, isn’t cheap.

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‘Moments’ App Shows You How Much Time You Spend on Your Phone

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How much time do you spend on your phone in a day? A few minutes? Half an hour? Probably more, especially if you use instant messaging or check for emails a lot during the day. Giving you the exact figure is Moments, an app which tracks how long you used your phone and where you were when you were using it. It uses the collected data to build a map to show you the most frequent location of use.

If you feel like your usage is excessive, then you can set a maximum daily limit for your phone usage using the app. When your time’s up, an alert pops up letting you know it’s time to put your phone down and start living (and interacting) in the real world. It’s available for iOS and can be downloaded from iTunes for $3.99.

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Deal Of The Day: A PS4 And Battlefield 4 Giveaway!

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Giveaways, giveaways, we love to give stuff away! This time you can enter to win a Playstation 4, along with Battlefield 4, and 2 controllers. That’s a $520 value, which you could win just by clicking a couple of buttons. The link is at the bottom, so don’t wait and enter!

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Bullets That Curve In Mid-Air? Yep, The Military’s Got That

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This tech is still in its infancy, but as the video below appears to show, the US military has developed bullets that curve in mid-air. Remember that stupid movie with Angelina Jolie, Wanted? Yeah, it’s like that, only for real this time.

DARPA’s Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance (EXACTO) program recently conducted the first successful live-fire tests demonstrating in-flight guidance of .50-caliber bullets. This video shows EXACTO rounds maneuvering in flight to hit targets that are offset from where the sniper rifle is aimed. EXACTO’s specially designed ammunition and real-time optical guidance system help track and direct projectiles to their targets by compensating for weather, wind, target movement and other factors that could impede successful hits.

The EXACTO program is developing new approaches and advanced capabilities to improve the range and accuracy of sniper systems beyond the current state of the art.

When you’re trying to hit a target nearly a mile away, even the slightest mistake compounds into a huge miss, so this kind of tech is definitely useful. How much it cost to develop and how much of that money could have been used for something far less grim than ending lives… is a discussion best left for another day.

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The Rio Firefly Handcycle Transforms Any Wheelchair Into A Motorized Wheelchair

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The indignities suffered by being confined to a wheelchair are only compounded by the fact that you’re expected to provide your own locomotive power. The Firefly Electric Handcycle by Rio Mobility is a battery powered wheel that attaches to the front of just about any wheel chair and transforms it into an electric wheelchair. It will get up to 18 km/h (11 mph) for distances of up to 24 km (around 15 mi) between charges. This should be sufficient for regular daily chores that would normally be tedious and exhausting if they had to be done without external assistance. The device is light enough (under 15 kg (33 lb)) that you should be able to just pick it up and throw it in the car. And most importantly, as many mobility devices cost a fortune, the Firefly Electric Handcycle is relatively affordable at $1,950.

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Swash Clothing Care System Refreshes Dry-Clean Only Clothes

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The thing about clothes that require dry cleaning is that you have to make the trek to the cleaners. That’s a pain, which means they’ll often go for longer periods without getting the attention they need. If you still want to wear them and don’t feel like scaring your companions off, the SWASH™ Express Clothing Care System is able to refresh them between washes.

Simply place clothing inside, insert a SWASH PODS™ cup and press start—your items will be restored and ready to wear in just ten minutes. Removes light wrinkles and neutralizes doors, restores fit that’s lost after wear without pilling or fading, and is safe for most fabrics, including denim, wool, polyester, lycra, cotton,cashmere, sequins, beading and lace; not recommended for silk, leather, velvet, suede or fur.

This kind of convenience clearly comes at a price, and the Swash system is no exception with its $500 price tag.

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