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10 Cool Stories Of the Week – July 8th to July 14th, 2012

 Man’s greatest invention…, The Great and Powerful’…, Large Hadron Collider…, giant cosplay gallery…, 13 fave Breaking Bad moments…, Presidential campaigns tapping…, Europeans…, White House petition…, Miller Brewing…, Shaka, when the walls fell…1. Hundreds of thousands of years ago man’s greatest invention was creating fire. Today man’s greatest invention is extinguishing fires. You’ve come a long way, baby

DARPA, the military tech agency known for funding the development of terrifying (as well as adorable) robots and fascinating espionage technologies, found another way to put out fire without the use of water or chemicals. After showing off its fire-suppressing magic wand earlier this year, the agency divulged details about its huge, fire-extinguishing speakers.

2. The trailer for Sam Raimi’s ‘Oz,The Great and Powerful’ includes a sober James Franco and a stoned Tim Burton

Sam Raimi’s take on the ‘Wizard of Oz’ universe is taking shape nicely.  By the trailer, you can definitely tell people who work with Tim Burton are working on this film with Raimi.  When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot-fame and fortune are his for the taking-that is until he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting.

 3. Step inside the Large Hadron Collider. You already submitted this link tomorrow

There’s something almost ironic about the disparity of scales between the Large Hadron Collider and the subatomic particles it’s built to study. The collider itself measures 17 mi. (27 km) in circumference, sits 380 ft. (116 m) below ground and cost $10 billion to build. Its detectors and magnets alone weigh tens of thousands of tons. As for the particles that are produced by the proton collisions that take place in the LHC tunnels? They are so tiny and evanescent that they flash into and out of existence in just a few trillionths of a second. But you can learn a lot in that flicker of time.

 4. Here’s today’s giant cosplay gallery from Comic Con

And now, the moment you’ve been waiting for — the very best cosplay yesterday and today seen here at San Diego’s ginormous comic book convention. You’ve got to admire the unlimited level of passionate fandom necessary to put together costumes like these. Which is why we took every single one of the shots above with the EVO 4G LTE’s 8 MP camera, watermarked them on the phone, and uploaded them using Sprint’s truly unlimited network.

 5. 13 fave Breaking Bad moments per Walter White…… “I won”

Breaking Bad is back on Sunday for its final season, which AMC has decided to break into two parts—the first eight episodes will air now and the final eight will air next year. In the series, Bryan Cranston plays Walter White, a cancer-stricken high school chemistry teacher who turns to a life of crime out of desperation, but stays in it out of his own sociopathic need. Cranston has won three Emmys for his shining portrayal of the maddest scientist on television and is poised to nab another nomination next week.

6. Good: Presidential campaigns tapping into social media -Bad: Michael Moore is now the foursquare mayor of Mitt Romney’s RNC headquarters

For years, our friend Mike has had people give him a hard time for sharing his name with a famous filmmaker. A couple of weeks ago Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign set up camp next to Mike’s office. Mike didn’t think too much of it until he discovered one of the campaign staffers had listed the location on foursquare. Seeing an opportunity for some good humor, Mike decided to finally put his name to good use and play a social media prank. Now, “Michael Moore” is the mayor of Mitt Romney’s RNC campaign headquarters in Tampa.

7. Europeans use hot water to cool their supercomputers, probably because they hate America and Jesus

Europe’s fastest supercomputer, call SuperMuc, will be one of the first facilities to use a hot-water cooling system. The hot water flowing in the cooling system can reach 113 degrees F.  Built by IBM, the supercomputer and cooling system at the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre in Germany consumes 40 percent less energy than air-cooled facilities, according to the company. IBM explains how the system works in this video.

 8. And here’s a White House petition asking the TSA to actually obey the court order it was given a year ago. Only 13,601 more e-signatures needed to earn a vapid meaningless response

In July 2011, a federal appeals court ruled that the Transportation Security Administration had to conduct a notice-and-comment rulemaking on its policy of using “Advanced Imaging Technology” for primary screening at airports. TSA was supposed to publish the policy in the Federal Register, take comments from the public, and justify its policy based on public input. The court told TSA to do all this “promptly.” A year later, TSA has not even started that public process.

 9. Free beer Friday at Miller Brewing. The catch? Your name has to be Miller 

A free beer on a Friday sounds pretty good.  Today, Miller Lite is hosting a series “it’s Miller time on us.” Anyone 21 or older with the first, middle or last name, Miller, can get a free 25-dollar gift card.  Sorry, no Muellers.  The name has to be spelled like the company.

10. In honor of Patrick Stewart’s birthday, here’s a list of his top ten performances. “Shaka, when the walls fell” indeed

Today Sir Patrick Stewart turns 72, and before wishing him a very happy birthday, we reminisced a little on his long-running career. Whether it’s in a film, TV show, or voice appearance, Stewart never disappoints. We chose our favorite appearances by one of today’s most talented actors.

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