The Digital Library Of Babel Could Contain Every Word Ever Written

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The Digital Library Of Babel Could Contain Every Word Ever Written

If it were real, the words you're reading would already exist in the Library of Babel, the fictional archive imagined by Jorge Louis Borges in his story of the same name. Luckily, we have the internet. The words you're reading do exist on libraryofbabel.info, the digital version of Borges' library created by Brooklyn-based writer Jonathan Basile. (We're not joking: this paragraph appears on this page of the library.)Related: The Human Library Lets You "Check Out" People To Hear Their Stories

The #Laugh Project Is 3D Printing The Best Laughter In Space

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The #Laugh Project Is 3D Printing The Best Laughter In Space

It was only a matter of time before art went to space. The #Laugh project, which began in 2014, will crowd-source laughter to be 3D printed aboard the International Space Station. Yes, you read that right: 3D-printed laughter.Related: The Moon's First Piece Of Art May Have Been A Moon Museum

Shakuntala Devi Was India's Human Computer

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Shakuntala Devi Was India's Human Computer

Can you find the 23rd root of a 201-digit number? The late Shakuntala Devi, India's arithmetic prodigy, calculated the answer in just 50 seconds (beating a computer).Related: The First Computers Were People

The Firefly Communicator Lets You Relay Insect Pick-Up Lines

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The Firefly Communicator Lets You Relay Insect Pick-Up Lines

One of the best parts of summer, if you live in the right region to see it, is when swarms of fireflies illuminate the evening twilight. That bioluminescent glow is a form of communication for the little critters, and scientists have mostly cracked the code. That's how it's possible to create something like the Firefly Communicator, an inexpensive smartphone-controlled gadget that flashes signals to fireflies in their own language. The only caveat? The signals are almost exclusively booty calls.Related: Every Human Is Bioluminescent

Search Engines Make You Feel Smarter Than You Really Are

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Search Engines Make You Feel Smarter Than You Really Are

You're having drinks with friends, and the conversation turns to whether or not beer is vegan. You whip out your phone and make a visit to your old pal Google: sure enough, some beer is made with fish bladders. Mystery solved! Another friend wonders: why does beer get you drunk, anyway? That's a good question. How confident are you that you could answer it without the internet? According to research, you're probably pretty confident—and you really shouldn't be. Related: The Internet's Filter Bubble Isn't As Strong As You Think