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How an NYC rat made it in show biz, "megatall" skyscrapers, what "Australia Day" means to Aboriginal people and more in this week's look at the web

1. Marvin Minsky, Artificial Intelligence Pioneer, Has Died Marvin Minksy, a pioneer in artificial intelligence and one of the first people to begin imparting common-sense reasoning to computers, died on Sunday at the age of 88. A true innovator of the now-booming industry, he’s described as “one of the very few people in computing whose visions and perspectives liberated the computer from being a glorified …

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A new dinosaur, behind the scenes with Fujifilm, the end of Cute Overload and more in our weekly look at the web

1. Christine Osinski’s Photos of 1980s Staten Island In the upcoming book “Summer Days: Staten Island,” photographer Christine Onsinski captures the spirit of residents of New York City’s “forgotten borough.” Taken during the summer seasons of the 1980s, the monochromatic images offer a glimpse into the culture of Staten Island, which sits just a ferry ride away from the bustling streets of Manhattan. AnOther recently …

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Space-age architecture, a new "sperm switch" contraceptive and more in our weekly look at the web

1. Design Legend Richard Sapper Dies at 83 Legendary industrial designer Richard Sapper has died at the age of 83. Throughout his nearly 60 year long career, the German-born, Italy-based designer worked to create products that not only looked beautiful, but functioned with purpose—including the foldable Zoombike, the harmonic 9091 whistling kettle for Alessi and, most notably, the ThinkPad range of laptops for IBM. In …