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Hell Yeah, Liquid Nitrogen! Eco-Friendly Swedes Will Shatter Your Frozen Corpse 'Terminator'-Style

Um, amazing? Promessa is a Swedish company that will freeze your dead body to -18 degrees Celsius, dip it in liquid nitrogen, and then shatter it with sound waves. The resulting "organic powder" is then "introduced into a vacuum chamber where the water is evaporated away," before being sealed in a coffin made from biodegradable cornstarch. So call your power of attorney, hightail it to the...

Julian Assange Loses Extradition Case, Plans to Appeal

A British judge has ruled that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange must be extradited to Sweden to be questioned on accusations of sexual abuse. The decision, which was issued this morning in London, means that the Australian national will be sent to Sweden in ten days, although his lawyers have already indicated that they plan to file an appeal. In the ruling, Judge Howard Riddle determined that...

Swedish Neighbor Mistakes Kinect Boxing Match For Abuse, Calls Cops

Over the weekend, Swedish police responded to a report of domestic abuse and discovered the only violence happening was of the pixelated variety. According to Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet, cops stormed Robert Johansson's home after a nosy neighbor claimed to see five people inside beating up a woman. Turns out, Johansson and his friends were just playing a round of boxing on the Xbox 360's 'Kinect...

London Judge Grants Bail to Julian Assange, Sweden Files Appeal

A court in London has granted bail to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, just a few days after the elusive Australian turned himself in to the authorities. The 39-year old is facing allegations of rape, molestation and illegal use of force, stemming from separate alleged incidents in Stockholm reported over the summer. Assange came to British police last week in response to a European arrest...

The Week In Design: The 'Tron' Room at The Ice Hotel, A Robot Therapist on Your Wrist

The Web is teeming with the unrealized ideas of both students and established designers who set out to produce astonishing renderings and prototypes for unusual products. Unfortunately, due to the lack of time, money, or technology, many of those products never progress from the planning stages to the mass market. But that doesn't mean we can't salivate over them, nevertheless. As the...

See Photos of WikiLeaks' James Bond-Like Data Headquarters

Share If you thought Julian Assange and his team of WikiLeakers were wreaking global havoc from some decrepit, dank basement in northern Europe, guess again. The Daily Mail recently ran some photos of the Pionen data center -- a cave carved out of granite under Stockholm's Vita Berg Park, where WikiLeaks reportedly houses all of its files. And, as you can see, the photos are pretty unbelievable....

Wikileaks Founder Assange Arrested in London

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange was arrested this morning in London, on a Swedish warrant first issued in November. The 39-year-old Australian will now head to a British court, where authorities will have 21 days to decide whether or not to extradite him to Sweden. According to the extradition arrest warrant, Assange is suspected of one count of rape, two counts of molestation and one count of...

'gutPOD' Transforms Mad Musical Scientist Into Walking Jukebox

Fredrik Hjelmquist, owner of the Pause audio equipment store in Stockholm, harbors a "mad passion" for unique, custom sound systems, and he recently decided to take that form into untouched, virgin territory. The territory? Down his gullet. Hjelmquist reportedly ingested a custom-designed 'gutPOD' wireless receiver, which transformed his abdomen into a walking human jukebox. Interested...

Hackers Attempt to Sabotage Swedish Election With Wily Write-In Codes

Sweden's election regulations feature a quaint guideline that allows voters to write-in their selections by literally handwriting them on slips of paper. During the nation's most recent election, hackers attempted to undermine that system by surreptitiously including codes that could have completely crippled the tabulation process. Sweden openly displays the written votes to maintain...

Sweden Accuses Wikileak's Julian Assange of Rape, Then Withdraws Warrant

Already under pressure from the Pentagon, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange woke up Saturday morning facing charges of rape and molestation in Sweden. A few hours later, however, the rape charge was dropped, after Swedish authorities determined that accusations against the mysterious Australian were bogus. "We can confirm that he's wanted. He was charged last night -- the allegation is...

Typo Takes Out Internet for Swedes

Monday night, all of Sweden lost access to the Internet, thanks to a problem that arose during routine maintenance of the country's top-level domain, .se (like .com or .us in the U.S.). The root of the issue was an improperly configured script (or set of commands) used to update the .se zone. When Sweden's Internet Infrastructure Foundation investigated the cause, it found that the error in the...

Swedish Government Funds Artsy 'Feminist' Porno for Gals

To the easily flustered: avert your eyes. Swedish director Mia Engberg has produced 12 short films that she dubs, as oxymoronic as it sounds, 'feminist porn,' the AFP reports. Artsy, with slow close-ups of men and women, lots of laughter and 'unsexy' imagery like hugging, 'Dirty Diaries' -- as the series is called -- hopes to celebrate sexuality, not please men. Enterprising, and not without...

Pirate Bay Server to be Displayed in Museum

You may or may not be cool with the Pirate Bay's activities -- the infamous peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing site allows users to share copyrighted music, movies, and other forms of media -- but you can't deny its cultural impact. Clearly, Sweden's National Museum of Science and Technology can't deny it either: One of the Pirate Bay servers, confiscated by police last year, is now included in...

Swedes Filing Taxes via Text Message

Just as those of us in the States have (hopefully) done this month, the citizens of Sweden will file their income taxes in May. Unlike us, though, many of them will do so with a few simple clacks on their cell phones' keypads. Over the past five years, an increasing number of Swedes have taken to their government's method of filing taxes via text message, according to CNET. Of course, these tales...

Swedish Tax Authorities Crack Down on Web Strippers

Last week, the BBC reported that the Swedish Tax Authority (STA) has launched an investigation into the world of online stripping, a business that the Swedish government seems to regard as lucrative and largely unreported. Dag Hardyson, the head of STA's Internet trade project, believes that as many as 500 Swedish women work as professional, online strippers, and that none of them have filed a...