In Pictures: The weirdest, wackiest and coolest sci/tech stories of 2013 so far

From cool robots and unmanned aircraft to celebrity swatting and Moby Dick emoticons, it’s been an interesting high-tech year!

Either Linus Torvalds has been kidnapped by aliens and replaced by a doppelganger; someone is simply impersonating him on the Linux Kernel Mailing List (LKML); or the famously profane fellow is finally mellowing out. Here's an excerpt from a post to LKML in which someone claiming to be Torvalds discusses the latest release candidate of the Linux kernel and the amount of work that it has entailed, especially for Torvalds: “Guys, guys, guys. I'm going to have to start cursing again unless you stop sending me non-critical stuff. So the next pull request I get that has "cleanups" or just pointless churn, I'm going to call you guys out on, and try to come up with new ways to insult you, your mother, and your...

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