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The Simple Patent That Conquered the World of Toys

After 70 years the Slinky just keeps on slinking on.

The iconic Slinky is both one of the best and worst toys of all time—best because the oversized spring will captivate the imagination any child in the world; worst because that captivation will last about five minutes and the toy will likely be discarded, never to be played with again. But I had one as a kid, and you probably did too, and after 70 years the Slinky just keeps on slinking on.

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Taste of Tech: Biohacking the Future

How to make your own genetically modified seed—and what might happen if you do.

This Taste of Tech post is the fourth in a series exploring the science and technology of food in partnership with Gearfuse. Don't miss last week's post on the complicated relationship between industrial production lines and pure food by Matthew Battles.

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Taste of Tech: Teasing out the Sugar in the Genes

What happens when you combine the newly-sequenced cacao genome with breathable chocolate? Fresh Taste of Tech speculations from Gearfuse.

This Taste of Tech post is the first in a series exploring the science and technology of food featuring guest contributions by Matthew Battles. Battles is editor of Gearfuse, a blog about the confluence of science, culture, and technology, where you can read about hacked knitting machines, emerging biomimetic technology, and the extradition chic of Julian Assange, among other things.

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