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  • Finally, someone created a map of the Internet

    Say goodbye to anything else you were going to do today

    Well, productivity, you had a good run. But unfortunately for everyone with actual stuff to do today, a fantastic time waster has appeared on the web, and it threatens to turn everyone into mindless page surfers for eternity. It's called The Internet Map, and it just might be the best tool yet for finding sites you've never even heard of.

    The map is comprised of the top 350,000 websites from around the world, organized into groups based on country and genre. The more popular a site is, the larger its dot will be. As you can imagine, heavyweights like Google, Yahoo, and Facebook have some mighty large real estate on the map, but the seemingly endless smaller dots are a treat to explore. You can even search the map for a specific website, and then browse its virtual neighborhood to find other sites you may enjoy.

    The map uses a pretty advanced algorithm to determine the placement of each site, and its creator — a Russian man named Ruslan Enikeev — has been working on the map as a

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  • Another kitchen gadget you never knew you needed

    Cooking enthusiasts have lots of drool-worthy gadgets to make cooking healthier and easier, but this is certainly one of the strangest. It's a Sushi Bazooka, sold by Strapya World of Japan. For 2,000 yen, or about $25.50, you can be the proud owner of this plastic maki maker.

    According to the company's website, all you need to do is load cooked rice into the barrel of the device, along with fish, vegetables, or other ingredients. Then attach the plunger and push to make a perfect log ready for wrapping in seaweed.

    The Strapya World website, where you can buy the bazooka, is chock-full of great photo illustrations of the device in action. It also assures you that the bazooka has been "tested with real food." That's encouraging. And let's face it, humans are going to need every edge they can get to keep up with this sushi-making machine.

    [via Gizmag]

    This article was written by Anna Washenko and originally appeared on Tecca

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  • This medication could be key to restoring sight in certain cases, but real obstacles exist

    Losing the use of your eyes via retinitis pigmentosa or macular degeneration — diseases that effect your ability to sense light — can be absolutely traumatizing. But thanks to new research on lab mice, these types of blindness may soon be reversible through a series of injections.

    In the study, a group of blind lab mice were given injections of a chemical called acrylamide-azobenzene-quaternary ammonium, or AAQ for short. Previously known to be active on nerve cells, AAQ, when injected directly into a mouse's eye, allowed the animal to once again sense light. Though it's difficult for researchers to measure exactly how much of the mouse's sight was restored by the injection, lab testing has so far shown the mice regaining near-normal function.

    So far, AAQ has only been tested on mice — upcoming primate tests will tell scientists whether or not this drug is a possible solution for treating retinitis pigmentosa or macular degeneration in humans. But even if tests point to AAQ's

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