WHAT’S INSIDE FIREWORKS: GLITTER, STARCH, AND GUNPOWDER

ALONG WITH BURGERS, brats, and BBQ, fireworks are a Fourth of July staple in the US. And they always have been. Founding father John Adams wanted “illuminations from one end of this continent to the other” to commemorate Independence Day even before the 13 colonies were fully independent. But the chemical cocktail that explodes in showers of color hasn’t changed all that much since those days. Sure, the shows have gotten far more sophisticated—technicians can now time brighter colors, comets, and complex displays to the crescendo of any song. Here’s what lights up the sky.

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Hands-on With The Ralph Lauren RL Automotive Double Tourbillon

Is there anything more American than Ralph Lauren? Not only did he redefine American style, but his success has also spread it all over the world, becoming one of the most recognizable brands around the world. With the expansion of his empire, it was inevitable that he would touch on watches sooner or later. When prominent fashion brands venture into timepieces, they have two options. The most commonly used option is to make relatively inexpensive watches and induce them with some of your brand’s style elements. Although this maximizes profit, these type of watches usually does not entice watch enthusiasts. Fortunately, Ralph Lauren took another route and created a collection of enticing, high-end watches that bear his character, such as the new RL Automotive Double Tourbillon.

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This Valerian Clip Shows What’s Possible When 3000 Alien Species Live Together

Though it’s easier to simply call Luc Besson’s new movie “Valerian,” that’s not the full title. The full title is “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” and a new clip from the film explains the title in detail.

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Report: Apple Hopes to Replace Fingerprints With a 3D Face Scanner on iPhone 8

Yesterday, a leak from one of the most reliable Apple rumor sleuths claimed that the iPhone 8 won’t feature a fingerprint scanner integrated into the display. That feature has been expected for some time. But if a new report is correct, it seems that fingerprints are going to be replaced with 3D facial recognition.

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Servers Seized at Ukrainian Firm Where ‘Petya’ Attack Began, Charges Being Considered

On Monday, reports emerged that the head of the Ukrainian Cyber Police is seeking criminal charges against the Ukrainian tax software company that was the first victim of the crippling NotPetya malware attack. Now, it has come to light that the firm’s servers have been seized by authorities.

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