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The Entire Country of Sri Lanka is About to Get Balloon-Based Internet, Thanks to Google

“Project Loon” will make Sri Lanka the first nation on earth to enjoy complete, coast-to-coast 3G coverage.

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The island nation of Sri Lanka has just signed a major contract to become the first country on earth to enjoy complete, nationwide 3G internet coverage, and they’re doing it all with balloons. Yes, balloons. Specifically, 13 of them, floating high above the Indian Ocean, bobbing in the stratosphere, to ensure the entire country of over 21 million people can get online.

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You Want To Print The Entire Internet? Here’s What You’ll Need

Students at the University of Leicester calculate how many pages–and trees–it would take to print the entire internet

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The internet, to borrow a phrase from author Douglas Adams, “is big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind- bogglingly big it is.”

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Plant Internet Is A Real Thing

Science has proven that plants have a complex network for communication--and mushrooms are apparently pretty chatty

It seems we’re not the only living things on earth to use a high-speed information superhighway. As detailed in a recent BBC science post online, mushrooms also have their own version. The bodies of most fungi are made up of tiny threads known as mycelium, linking roots to different plants. Thanks to this invisible interweb, a tree in your backyard is probably linked to shrubs several feet away via mycelia. But this version of the web isn’t for sharing funny cat videos or vacation photos. Through this linked fungal network, friendly plants can transfer nutrients and information to their neighbors—or destroy unwanted flora by spreading toxic chemicals through the network.

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Do You Remember Your First Time... with the Internet? New Podcast Calls on Internet Users to Share Stories of Discovering the Internet

What was the first time you realized the internet would change the world? A new podcast wants to share your story.

"The internet is not trying to hurt you." So says "On the Network," a new blog and podcast that intends to counter the paranoia surrounding the discussion of internet culture in the mainstream media. Founded by media consultant and Fray editor Derek Powazek, the project is calling on internet users everywhere to submit their stories of the first time they "saw" the Internet for all it could be, to be featured in "On the Network's" debut podcast.

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Liar, Liar, City's on Fire: What's Really Going on in That Vancouver Make-Out Pic?

The internet is calling bullshit on the instantly famous Vancouver make-out picture. We asked the photographer what he saw.

You've probably seen it dozens of times today—the photo of the anonymous Vancouver couple caught in a loving embrace as their city burns in a hockey riot. The image, tender love behind a heavily guarded, truncheon-wielding cop, is a beautiful juxtaposition. But does it actually depict what everyone thinks it does?

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Idea: A Word-Shortening Thesaurus That Makes You Better at Twitter

Thsrs, a new search tool, helps you quickly find short words to use in your tweets. Say goodbye to struggling with Twitter's 140-character limit.


A brainchild of the photographer David Friedman, Thsrs is a simple tool to help you find shorter synonyms for words you're trying to tweet. With Thsrs, "regurgitate" becomes "disgorge," and "spectacular" becomes "salient."

It's a great way to make your tweets more exciting, not to mention learn a few new words.

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