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The Tree of 40 Fruit

Sam Van Aken, an artist, has genetically modified a tree to bear 40 different varieties of stone fruit. He started the project in 2008, not long after he had grafted vegetables and flowers together. He was contracted to design and construct and orchard out of the beautiful plants, a project called Eden. The funding abruptly stopped, forcing him to shut the project down. Wanting to continue the project, he cut similar-sized offshoots from each plant and “bandaged” them to a tree.

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During the project, he discovered and was amazed at how many more varieties of stone fruit there are other than the five you will find at the shops; cherries, peaches, plums, nectarines and apricots. The Tree of 40 Fruit is a project that is beautiful, with many varieties of white, pink and crimson; a project that can protect many overlooked stone fruit, and a project to show off the capabilities of human intelligence. 

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PS4 Controller Review

The PS4 controller is a big step up from the previous generation controller. It features an all new touchpad located above the thumb sticks for even more immersive gameplay. Though not too many games support this pad at the present time, it will continue to grow in popularity as the next gen titles start to be released. This all new controller also features a light pad located at the back that can be used by games to give the player info, in the form of multicoloured LED’s. First, let’s start with the form factor.
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Test any site for the Heartbleed bug

Heartbleed is a huge and very dangerous bug that has been found in the OpenSSL, an open source piece of software used by many websites use, including Amazon, Yahoo, soundcloud, last pass and tumblr. The bug has been around since 2011, but has only recently been noticed by a google employee. It’s hands down, the worst security flaw in the history of the internet. This security flaw allows the stealing of data that should be protected by SSL, a secure internet protocol. This enable hackers to extract 64 bytes of un-encrypted text from a website, over and over again. Be it your password, bank account details or your address, they can all be compromised, if the site has the flaw. The worst part is, the website can’t find out if it has been compromised. If you use chrome, install this extension, and you’ll be notified if a site you visit has this bug in it. You can find the top 1000 websites that use openSSL here. If you want to find out if a site that you use has this bug, click here. So, make sure you change your passwords! This is important! CHANGE YOUR PASSWORDS!

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Virgin Galactic Gearing Up For Space Flights

Virgin Galactic is one of the many “sub-companies” of Virgin. This year, Virgin Galactic is planning to take the first space tourists out. Back in September, 2013, SpaceShipTwo broke the sound barrier whilst climbing to 69,000 feet from 42,000 feet, completing an important test.

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Originally, the flights were going to be sub-orbital hops – a journey out of the atmosphere that wouldn’t be an entire orbit, just a hop, hence the name – but the flights are hoped to go further. Quite a few distinguished people have signed up for a near-orbital trip, including Stephen Hawking and Katy Perry.

This is a giant leap towards… anything really, space hotels, colonisation of other planets, the possibilities are endless. Click here to see what Virgin Galactic has in plan for the selected astronauts out of the hundreds of applications.

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HTC Desire 300 Review

Recently, I needed an upgrade from my old Samsung Galaxy S 1, yes, the one from 2010. I read pretty good reviews, so I bought one on eBay for around $170 (AU). I couldn’t be happier with it. It has a pretty good camera, but nothing to amazed about, as well as the battery. It runs Android and HTC’s Sense mod smooth as butter. Apps also run smooth and the phone can play almost any graphics intensive game on the app store.
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Better Snap Tool: Making Life Easier

Better Snap Tool Is a fantastic mac based piece of software that makes snapping your windows and apps across desktops or multiple monitors super easy. Its as simple as grabbing the menu bar of the windows you wish to “snap” and bringing it to the top, sides or corners of your desktop.

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