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Earth's Message to Aliens Coming to Humans Soon

Kickstarter campaign seeks to release vinyl version of Voyager's 'golden record'

(Newser) - It’s been dubbed "music for aliens," but the Voyager golden record, sent into space on NASA's Voyager 1 and 2 in 1977, was as much "a gift to humanity" as it was "a gift from humanity to the cosmos," per a Kickstarter campaign.... More »

Everyone Wants This $19 Toy for Fidgeters

Fidget Cube nabs $4.5M so far on Kickstarter

(Newser) - If you can't stop fidgeting, Matthew and Mark McLachlan say they have just the thing for you: Fidget Cube, which an ad helpfully explains is "a cube that you fidget with." The tiny desk toy—which has buttons to push, a ball to roll, a dial to... More »

This Jacket Will Wirelessly Charge Your Phone

It can be yours for $169, plus add-ons

(Newser) - Not yet terrified that you'll suddenly burst into flame? Put on one of Hiral Sanghavi's jackets. The man behind Kickstarter's BauBax travel jacket —which last year became the fourth most-funded project on Kickstarter, raising $9.2 million —hopes to raise $100,000 with his new... More »

Olsen Twins Are Close to Getting Their Own Museum

Awesome Kickstarter is looking to fund one

(Newser) - If a Kickstarter campaign raises enough money—and it's already more than a third of the way there with 13 days to go—Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen will be getting their own museum. Brooklyn-based comedians Matt Harkins and Viviana Olen are behind the campaign, Racked reports; last year, Harkins... More »

Kickstarter Digs Deep Into Case of Doomed Drone

Was Europe's largest Kickstarter ever a scam?

(Newser) - It had all the makings of fraud, or at least some level of incompetence: a Kickstarter product that raised a ton of cash, didn't ship on time to backers, didn't work properly, and sent the manufacturer into bankruptcy. Not only that—it was the largest project out of... More »

Get Zzz's Anywhere With This Inflatable Hoodie

Seriously, you can doze off just about anywhere with this Kickstarter product

(Newser) - Coming up with an invention that will appeal to the masses is the goal of every creator worth his or her salt, and the folks behind the Hypnos Hoodie think they've done just that. "This is a product that a lot of people need in their daily lives,... More »

Have a Seat, Chris Hansen's Back on the Predator Beat

Ex-NBC host's Kickstarter campaign let him film first set of busts in Connecticut

(Newser) - For four days earlier this month, a temporary tenant took up residence in Fairfield, Conn., someone who probably would have been familiar to many of the locals if he weren't holed up in a house with police, waiting for potential sex offenders. It was Chris Hansen, ex-host of NBC'... More »

Iraq Vet's Son Creates App to Stop Night Terrors

'My team and I won't sleep until the veterans can'

(Newser) - Tyler Skluzacek was in sixth grade when his father, Sgt. 1st Class Patrick Skluzacek, was deployed to Iraq for a year. When he came back, he struggled with night terrors—and now Tyler, a senior at Minnesota's Macalester College, is helping in a big way, KARE 11 reports. As... More »

Kickstarter Suspends Popular 'Laser Razor'

It's apparently lacking a working prototype

(Newser) - "After 5,000 years of using the same technology, it's time to make shaving easier, safer, and greener." Apparently, more than 20,000 supporters agree with this statement by a Skarp Laser Razor rep, because they donated more than $4 million to a Kickstarter campaign for a... More »

Kickstarter Will Help You Help Refugees

Crowdfunding site teams up with White House

(Newser) - Kickstarter is crowdfunding for Syria, at the request of the White House, which asked if the crowdfunding website could find ways for the US public to help Syrian refugees, the Guardian reports. The result: this special Kickstarter page launched Tuesday, through which people can donate money that will go to... More »

Husband, Wife Ask Kickstarter for $20K, Get $9M

It's the 'world's best travel jacket'

(Newser) - A new Kickstarter darling emerged this week—a jacket designed for travelers that has become the most successful clothing campaign in the crowdfunding site's history, reports UPI . In fact, by raising $9,192,055 in the campaign that ended yesterday, the "World's Best Travel Jacket" is the... More »

Smithsonian Launches $500K Kickstarter for Famous Suit

They'll leave lunar dust on Neil Armstrong's moonwalk getup, though

(Newser) - "Reboot the Suit" is the slogan for the Smithsonian Institution's new campaign to restore Neil Armstrong's famous moonwalk spacesuit—and the museum group has launched its first-ever Kickstarter campaign to reach its $500,000 goal, Smithsonian reports. Funds raised will go toward conserving the spacesuit so it... More »

5 Kickstarter Projects That Failed Miserably

Apparently no one wants to back a superhero made of poop

(Newser) - The generous donors of Kickstarter are known to fund everything from a kitten card game to a potato salad . But some projects don't attract backers at all. The Washington Post takes a look at the interesting and weird projects that didn't make one cent.
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Chris Hansen Wants to Catch Predators Again

He would also like you to pay for him to do it, via Kickstarter

(Newser) - Chris Hansen, last seen getting unceremoniously dumped by NBC in the wake of a little marital infidelity , wants to crawl back into the underworld of would-be pedophiles, and he's hoping to catch you in a generous mood so he can do it, reports Rolling Stone . The former NBC reporter'... More »

Celeb Uses Kickstarter to Hunt for 'Loneliest Whale'

Leonardo DiCaprio donates money to Adrian Grenier project

(Newser) - Another case of stars crowdfunding cash from other stars : Entourage star Adrian Grenier has launched a Kickstarter campaign to find a mysterious whale, and it just received $50,000 from Leonardo DiCaprio's environmental nonprofit. The campaign just ended today, and the Hollywood Reporter says the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation's... More »

Kickstarter's Most-Backed Project: Exploding Kittens

Internet's new darling has more than 107K backers with days to go

(Newser) - When last seen, Exploding Kittens had reached its $10,000 Kickstarter goal in eight minutes and zoomed right on by, racking up a hefty $1.8 million as of last Wednesday. But the Internet, apparently a big fan of "kittens and explosions and laser beams and sometimes goats,"... More »

The Oatmeal's Kickstarter Reaches Goal in 8 Minutes

Is currently up to $1.8M

(Newser) - The creator of popular comic website The Oatmeal launched a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to make a card game, and let's just say things are going well for him. " Exploding Kittens ," a Russian roulette-inspired game created by The Oatmeal's Matthew Inman along with Elan Lee and Shane... More »

What Happens to Kickstarter Projects That Don't Get Made?

Reaching funding goal is just the beginning

(Newser) - Just because a crowdfunded project reaches its donation goals doesn't mean the project will ever actually come to fruition. Instead, plenty of projects—including some that receive a lot of media hype—are stalled or perhaps canceled altogether. Ars Technica takes a look at cases like myIDkey , which pulled... More »

Joan Didion Documentary Funded on Kickstarter

Project exceeds goal of $80K in one day

(Newser) - The early results of a new Kickstarter campaign make it safe to say that the world very much wants to see a documentary on author Joan Didion. In its first day, the funding campaign exceeded its goal of $80,000, reports Time . By this morning, it had reached $123,000... More »

Man Who Raised $55K for Potato Salad Throws Big Party

Zack Brown funnels money into charities, too

(Newser) - An Ohio man who raised $55,000 in a joking crowdfunding appeal to pay for his first attempt at making potato salad threw a huge public party yesterday that promised "peace, love and potato salad." PotatoStock 2014 was held in downtown Columbus and featured bands, food trucks, beer... More »

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