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Verge Hack Week starts tomorrow, and we're letting everyone in the company go crazy building and experimenting with new tools on the site. It's going to be fast and messy and a little bit insane — so basically, punk rock. I can get down with that: the internet has always been about restlessness and attitude and DIY spirit, values that are rooted firmly in the punk rock I grew up listening to.
Comic book writers almost always spin up some inventive pseudo-science to explain how normal men and women transform into superheroes, but what if a real biologist took a crack at it? Sebastian Alvarado, a postdoctoral research fellow at Stanford University, has done just that with a new series of videos. He plumbs the depths of biology in a search for some sort of reality-based explanations for Captain America's and the Incredible Hulk's spectacular transformations. You might be surprised by what he finds. Just don't ask him to explain how Bruce Banner keeps his pants on.
Twitter is experimenting with a new feature that is downright blasphemous to experienced users. The experiment is particularly concerning for some because the favorite has always been rather mysterious. Despite its name, many do not use the favorite in the same way as a Facebook "Like." Some use it as a simple acknowledgment of receiving a tweet or as a way of saying "thanks." It can also be a simple way of saying that you found something funny. If Twitter starts surfacing favorited tweets in timelines, they've suddenly become far more public.
The events in Ferguson, Missouri between Officer Darren Wilson and Michael Brown are tragic, chaotic, and unfortunately part of a larger pattern of police-citizen conflict that occasionally escalates into deadly force. These events are also not simply about what happened on August 9, 2014, but about the growing distrust between citizens and...
When parodies go wrong, they go horribly wrong. That's probably why you've never heard of Not Another High School Show. Comedy Central ordered a pilot of the show in 2006 as a spin off of 2001's Not Another Teen Movie, and it disappeared soon after its 2007 premiere. Now you can see why: it's pretty awful.
Motorola is all set to unveil its Moto 360 watch at a press event in Chicago on September 4th, but it looks like Best Buy has let the cat out of the bag. A product page for the Android Wear smartwatch has mistakenly gone live on Best Buy's mobile site, and it lists the device with a $249.99 price tag. The fine print of the official rules for a Motorola contest this past May placed the smartwatch's approximate retail value at the same price. Droid Life first reported on the leak earlier this afternoon. The Best Buy page does list some preliminary specifications: the LCD touchscreen is said to come in at a resolution of 320 x 290, and the display is protected with Gorilla Glass 3.