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20 online resources to take sex ed into your own hands

<i>The internet has changed how kids learn about sex, but sex ed in the classroom still sucks. In Sex Ed 2.0, Mashable explores the state of sex ed and</i> …

Sexual Health

Groundbreaking 'spinning' wind turbine wins UK Dyson award

A ‘spinning’ turbine which can capture wind travelling in any direction and could transform how consumers generate electricity has won its two student designers a prestigious James Dyson award.<p>Nicolas Orellana, 36, and Yaseen Noorani, 24, both MSc students at Lancaster University, have created the …

Turbines

How to motivate older kids without using rewards, punishment or fear. (No, really.)

Bo Burnham’s movie “Eighth Grade” brilliantly captures the challenges facing tweens and teens. Kids at that age are experiencing a complicated and often awkward time of self-discovery and growth<i>.</i> They are concerned with their identity and sense of self, yet much of what they see and experience can …

Middle School

San Francisco’s new Terror Vault is the scariest haunted house ever

Just remember, if you get too scared, you can always wear the neon necklace. Consider it the safety button in what can only be described as the most …

Spending on Internet of Things May More Than Double to Over Half a Trillion Dollars

Big companies plan to double their annual spending on smart, Internet-connected devices like video surveillance gear and factory sensors over the …

BioLite FirePit Smokeless Fire Now Available From $199

Campers, adventurers and anyone else that enjoys an outdoor fire but would like less smoke, may be interested to know that the new BioLite FirePit …

How Tech Billionaires Hack Their Taxes With a Philanthropic Loophole

Late in 2014, Nicholas Woodman, the founder and chief executive of GoPro, announced what appeared to be an extraordinary act of generosity.<p>Mr. Woodman, then 39, had just taken his camera company public, and was suddenly worth about $3 billion. Now he was giving away much of that wealth — some $500 …

Philanthropy

8 work backpacks for adults that are cooler than your dad’s

What once was considered just for school-aged kiddos or for nerds is now a mainstream, must-have for every professional’s wardrobe: a backpack. As an …

A psychologist explains how to shut down online trolls spreading ridiculous right-wing ‘fake news’

There are lots of things to try in our pressing mission to tool up quickly to disappoint trolls. Overwhelm and overload: Trolls often treat their …

I Just Discovered an Amazon Page That Shows Everything You've Ever Ordered From Amazon. It's My Life in $9,588.64 of Online Purchases

Yes, Google and Facebook have your data. The shock? Amazon has your memories.<p>I've spent $9,588.64 at Amazon over the past 12 years. I know this because I came across a page on the Amazon site that lets you download a .csv file with every item you've ever ordered at Amazon for as long as you've been …

Nevada pimp wins GOP primary, rejoices with Hollywood madam

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Pimp Dennis Hof, owner of half a dozen legal brothels in Nevada and star of the HBO adult reality series "Cathouse," won a Republican primary for the state Legislature on Tuesday, ousting a three-term lawmaker.<p>Hof defeated hospital executive James Oscarson. He'll face Democrat …

Reality TV

The vampire novel we deserve right now

Think things are tough now on the national scene? Wait till the vampires arrive, agitating for equal rights, medical treatment, nighttime access to schools and representation in Congress. That’s the scenario spun by Raymond A. Villareal in his relentlessly clever first novel, “A People’s History of …

Pentagon to take over security clearance checks

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Defense Department is poised to take over background investigations for the federal government, using increased automation and high-tech analysis to tighten controls and tackle an enormous backlog of workers waiting for security clearances, according to U.S. officials.<p>The …

Hawaii resident returns home to find lava from Kilauea volcano spewing over fence

Keith Brock, a resident of Hawaii's Leilani Estates which has been engulfed by lava, returns home to collect his belongings and finds spewing, red lava close to his garden wall.<p>Hundreds of people have been ordered to leave their homes on the eastern side of Hawaii's Big Island in the wake of …

Uber Is Doing Wine Tours Now and Vineyard Hopping Has Never Been Easier

Need a drink? Now you can call an UberWINE to take you straight to the vineyard.<p>You don’t need to be in France or Italy to taste amazing wine. Sure, …

From baking to air-frying, Breville’s Smart Oven Air does it all

Previous Next<p>1 of 14<p>When you think of a toaster oven, you might recall images of that cheap countertop appliance you used during college. It featured …

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Vandals Crack Open Dockless Scooter, Discover Particle Electron Board Inside

San Francisco, among other cities, has become a US launchpad for dockless electric scooter rentals, where, overnight, the downtown’s sidewalks and stoops are suddenly teeming with the abandoned-at-first-glance-but-not-really transports. Some locals are championing these as a healthy addition that …

Britain's safest car revealed, with no road deaths in 16 years

The country's safest car has been revealed as a Volvo model that has seen no drivers or passengers killed inside it in the 16 years it has been on sale.<p>A high-tech safety mechanism for automatic braking saw the Volvo XC90 crowned the safest vehicle ever tested, according to independent laboratory …

‘Portlandia’ is ending, but these nine legendary sketches will live on

By Stephanie Merry<p>Stephanie Merry<p>Book World editor<p>Email Bio Follow<p>“Portlandia” airs its final episode Thursday on IFC, which means you’ll have to find a new way to laugh at hipsters, DIYers and ultra-progressives. Over the course of eight seasons, Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein have played …

Lifestyle

Trump's vulgarity points to a painful truth

To liberals, Donald Trump is detestable because his obscene behaviour reveals the truth about the US political elite.<p>As if to open up the New Year in a blaze of controversy, the man who now sits in the US presidential office is said to have made some of his most flammable comments yet. No stranger …

Barack Obama

Google’s Family Link app will help you monitor your child’s online activity

Worrying about how long your child is staring at a display for, and what sort of apps they are using is a fear that most parents endure. Google has …

Stop Those Annoying Browser Prompts Asking for Your Location or to Send Notifications

If you've grown tired of answering those annoying browser prompts every time a website wants to show you notifications or know your location, you can …

The Fall of Travis Kalanick Was a Lot Weirder and Darker Than You Thought

Silicon Valley CEOs are supposed to be sacrosanct. So how did it all go wrong at Uber?<p>A year ago, before the investor lawsuits and the federal …

After Trump's Immigration Remarks, Oakland Naturalization Ceremony Goes Viral

OaklandPhoto: Matt Savener/Hoodline<i>Editor's note: reporter Matt Savener attended a naturalization ceremony yesterday in Oakland, where immigrants</i> …

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This offer has expired!<p>Be sure to follow us on Twitter for the latest deals and more. Sign-up for our newsletters and have our best offers delivered to your inbox daily.<p>Amazon offers its Prime members a six-month digital subscription to The Washington Post for <b>free</b>. Typically $10 per month, this is …

Tablets

Have a drinking problem? Here’s a tool for finding effective treatment.

American alcohol consumption spikes every December as the holidays descend, which may help explain why reducing or eliminating alcohol consumption is a common New Year’s resolution. If you have resolved to seek treatment for a drinking problem, there is good news and bad news.<p>On the one hand, …

Homeowners Have Had It Good. Too Good, Says the Tax Bill.

For decades, the tax code has been filled with rewards for homeownership. Tax breaks encourage people to get into first homes and to trade up as they get older, building a national mind-set that you’re never quite middle class until you’ve qualified for a mortgage.<p>It amounts to a vast social …

Home Ownership

Why Hundreds Of Completely New Cities Are Being Built Around The World

“Humans have always built new cities,” spoke Caspar Herzberg, the President of Middle East and Africa Region at Schneider Electric, from a stripped bare boardroom high up in the Northeast Trade Tower.<p>We were looking out through a window at skyscrapers glittering in the morning sun, myriad shops, …

Wet, Warm, Glorious: I Tried The Atomizing Shower That Wooed Tim Cook

Instead of a normal shower, imagine standing up every morning inside of a storm cloud: The shower curtain bucking and bellowing in the wind; the air, …

How Instagram Is Changing the Way We Design Cultural Spaces

The city of George Town, in the Malaysian state of Penang, has long drawn tourists to its streets, where sherbet-colored shophouses, intricately …