Evan Stephanoff

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A Stanford grad who raised $40 million thinks he's figured out how to get rid of Wi-Fi dead spots in your house — and it actually works

Early last year, Eero used this dream to launch a crowdfunding campaign that sold over $1 million in preorders.<p>The pitch was that Eero would use multiple devices to blanket your entire home with a smooth Wi-Fi signal that anyone could set up.<p>And after pushing back the launch from last summer, Eero …

Hackers attacked Linux distribution network in a way the FBI can only dream of

Hackers took control of the official website for the Linux Mint distro over the weekend, resulting in some users downloading a build of the OS that had been modified to include a backdoor that would give attackers full access to a user’s system.<p>Announced in a blog post, the organization said it …

DIY phone speakers that rock (and a few to avoid)

There are dozens of how-tos for DIY phone speakers, but they all have the same basic concept: You find something curved or tubular and you place your phone inside of it. I tried a wide range of speaker DIYs to find the winners and losers. Here are the results.<p>Published:16 February 2016 …

Bradford

3 Great Reasons to Take Social Security Benefits at 62

Most analysts urge you to wait, but there are some situations where it just doesn't make sense.<p>Social Security is a primary source of retirement …

Space station camera captures ominous video of Super Typhoon Maysak

The International Space Station's High-Definition Earth Viewing (HDEV) experiment captured views of Super Typhoon Maysak from space and broadcasted …

Typhoons

This Bicycle Travels As Fast As A Car, So You Can Ride On Highways

Hi Lance! Pedal your feet, and this covered three-wheeled vehicle will zoom up to 100 miles per hour.<p>Step inside the Raht Racer, a three-wheeled vehicle that looks a little like a simplified version of the Batmobile, and you’ll start to pedal like you’re riding a bicycle. But as you feed power to …

Feed a Large Family on $10 a Day with a 14-Day Rotating Meal Plan

Food is one of our biggest expenses, but one mom, who feeds a family of 7 on just $300 a month, shows us that it’s possible to eat well without …

Personal Finance

“The end of the world”: Why America misunderstands ISIS — and what you really need to know

Your conception of ISIS is scarily — and dangerously — incomplete, expert Charles Lister tells Salon. Here’s why<p>For a little more than six months, the United States has effectively been at war with the Islamic State (aka, ISIL or ISIS). Yet despite the country having committed significant resources …

The 5 best movies and TV shows added to streaming sites in April

Boy, oh boy is April a great month for new streaming titles.From hit movies to big TV shows to the first season of Netflix's new Marvel series <i>Daredevil</i> (launching April 10) — this month has it all.<p>But there are plenty of less-known titles that could get lost in the noise of all those big names. …

Oceans Are Losing Oxygen—and Becoming More Hostile to Life

Low-oxygen areas are expanding in deep waters, killing some creatures outright and changing how and where others live. It may get much worse.<p>Marlin and sailfish are the oceans’ perfect athletes. A marlin can outweigh a polar bear, leap through the air, and traverse the sea from Delaware to …

Global Warming

How do you dismantle a nuclear submarine?

When nuclear-powered submarines reach the end of their lives, dismantling them is a complicated and laborious process. Paul Marks investigates.<p>Nuclear submarines have long been a favourite in popular fiction. From movies such as The Hunt for Red October to long-running TV series like Voyage to the …

Nuclear Energy

This Bike Safety Paint Is Invisible During The Day, Super Bright At Night

Spray on, wash off<p>Remember the glow-in-the-dark reindeer we wrote about last year? The same group that came up with an animal-safe spray paint to prevent herds of Santa's helpers from getting hit by cars has struck again--but this time they're keeping people safe instead of wildlife.<p>Reflective …

Brazil Is Going To Hell In A Handbasket

Ask a Brazilian and they will tell you, “we’ve been through crisis before and we will get through this one.”<p>But this one is different. Looking at the political and economic crisis in Brazil is like staring into a black hole. Its size is unknown. What’s inside there is a mystery, but it will surely …

This Solar-Powered Engine Can Be Made With A 3D Printer

Sunny with a chance of renewable energy<p>You can 3D print plenty of things these days, from candy to a model of an asteroid. And now, with the help of a 3D printer, you can produce most of the parts for a pretty simple engine. Recently, German engineer Andreas Haeuser built a solar-powered Stirling …

ISIS Wants a Truce

In the new edition of its magazine, ISIS floats the idea of a truce. Is the group flagging—or is this just another trick?<p>After months of being …

This Jay Is Evolving in a Very, Very Weird Way

The scrub jays of California's Santa Cruz Island really love a good peanut. "It's like crack to them," says Katie Langin, a biologist at Colorado …

Birds

What A Jelly Bean Can Teach Us About Protecting The Environment When I reached for this jelly bean, I was just looking for a sweet treat, not a lesson in environmental impact. But you just never know where you’ll learn something, eh? According to research released last month in the journal Science, 8 MILLION TONS of plastic waste makes its way into our oceans every year (based on 2010 numbers). That’s the equivalent of five plastic grocery bags for every foot of coastline on Earth. Let that sink in for a moment. Eight million tons. This isn’t plastic that’s simply being thrown out the window by uncaring, wasteful Littery McLittersons. This is plastic that is escaping from our landfill and waste collection system, the very system designed to collect trash and keep it out of the ocean. People are trying to be good citizens, and that much is still making its way into ocean ecosystems. It’s enough to make a person go play inside a dry cleaning bag. Marine plastic pollution is a serious problem. As it is broken down by sunlight into smaller bits, plastic debris can resemble plankton and be ingested by filter feeders like whales. And seabirds are regularly found dead, bellies burst with flotsam ranging from cigarette lighters to bottle caps to fishing lures. (This bird finished its life more plastic than albatross. Sad photo by Chris Jordan) Knowing this, you can understand why I was shocked when this week I saw a jar of individually wrapped Jelly Belly jelly beans at a store here in Austin. That’s a picture of it up there (yes, it’s black licorice flavored, because that’s the best flavor). Now, from an enjoyment/annoyance standpoint, M&Ms and Pez might be the only products on Earth less appropriate for individual wrapping. But from an “environmentally conscious company” standpoint, I couldn’t help but think this is just the worst. So I posted that photo to the Jelly Belly Facebook page with a question attached: and I tweeted the picture to Jelly Belly UK (they’re a US company, but they don’t have a US Twitter account): This hit a nerve, apparently. A flurry of retweets, likes, and comments began to flow in. My hope was that rather than a petroleum-based plastic, the ubiquitous polymer concoctions used in everything from sandwich bags to water bottles to K-cups that are likely to stick around, mostly intact, for the next 50-500 years, that the Jelly Belly wrapper I held in my hand was instead made of cellophane, a plant-based biodegradable material. Fingers crossed. Thanks to the social media response from all of you, Jelly Belly took notice, and yesterday I had a very pleasant phone conversation with their director of communications. I have good news, and I have bad news. The bad news: I have now verified that these wrappers are definitely made of petroleum-based plastic, cut into pieces that seem to be the perfect size to slip through the cracks of our landfill system and be gobbled up by ocean species. The good news: Jelly Belly is aware of this, they feel bad about it, and they are actively looking for a different wrapper that is both biodegradable and that will still deliver fresh, jelly bean goodness to the world’s candy-lovers. So will they be replacing these plastic wrappers with magic, space-age bioplastic? No. Sadly, that wonder-material doesn’t currently exist. These sorts of food wrappers have to do certain things like keep humidity out and keep all those delicious flavors and aromas in, and the biodegradable ones don’t do that. Jelly Belly told me that their product people (and the product people from hundreds of other companies in the same position) scour trade shows and engineering fairs every year looking for biodegradable plastics, searching for that magical combination. When they test what they find? Frankly, these eco-friendly plastics suck as packaging materials. Doesn’t matter if the bag is biodegradable, nobody wants a gooey, disintegrated, flavorless jelly bean, or breath mint, or candy bar, or bag of pretzels. And this is the real conflict. As consumers, we demand these products be available in vending machines and candy jars and store shelves in convenient, single serving sizes, tasting great and staying fresh no matter when or where we want them, whether we’re unwrapping them in South Austin or on the South Pole. Companies like Jelly Belly and countless others whose plastics end up clogging our seas and poisoning Earth’s ecosystems are providing what we ask for. Now I don’t want to let those companies completely off the hook. According to Jelly Belly, these single-dose beans amount for less than 1% of their total bean tally, but if that’s the case then why not eliminate them altogether? It won’t have much of an effect on your bottom line. I mean, we all remember what Uncle Ben said, right? Ultimately though, a great deal of that responsibility lies with you and me. It’s up to us to demand that these companies change their ways. Ask yourself if convenience is more important to you than taking care of the environment. If you value the former, then that’s your choice. Enjoy those powdered donuts. But if you value the latter, then buy products that are packaged responsibly, and don’t buy things that aren’t. Tell these companies what you like and don’t like about the containers their products come in. It’s dollars and sense, it’s where economics meets science. I really believe they’ll work harder to change their ways if we make them. I’m very impressed that Jelly Belly was so open in talking to me about this. That tells me that they care. But I will remember it the next time I’m shopping for a treat. One final message to all of you aspiring chemists: Look at this as an opportunity. Companies like Jelly Belly are looking for ways to deliver delicious bean-shaped candies without ruining the environment. Science hasn’t given them what they need to do so… yet. Maybe you’ll be the one to change that. PS - Black jelly beans 4 lyfe.

<b>What A Jelly Bean Can Teach Us About Protecting The Environment</b><p>When I reached for this jelly bean, I was just looking for a sweet treat, not a lesson …

Microsoft shows off the gaming experience in Windows 10 with Goat Simulator

The "Gaming Consumer Experience on Windows 10" panel from GDC 2015 was posted on Microsoft's Channel 9 developer website. The speaker, Bill …

Windows 10

How 34 commandos created Mexico's most brutal drug cartel

The leader of Mexico's most brutal drug cartel was arrested early Wednesday morning, but his capture will most likely have only a minor impact on what the US government has called "the most technologically advanced, sophisticated, and dangerous cartel operating in Mexico."<p>With a strong presence in …

Mexico

Nanobomb Creates Massive Explosion On Tiny Scale

Buckminsterfullerene buckyballs become buckybombs<p>What the world needs most are more things that explode in more ways. A team of researchers from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, as well as one with Brazil’s Federal University of São Paulo, sought the answer to a simple …

Simple Life Hacks For Enjoying Work Every Day

Many people dread going to work — even entrepreneurs. They may dislike their job, the people they work with, the environment they’re in, or are simply bored of their monotonous routines.<p>With a few simple tips and tricks (backed by science), you’ll finally be able to enjoy your job — and more …

Productivity

6 audacious fan films that could teach Hollywood a lesson

Fan films are the ultimate way for devotees to pay tribute to the characters they love. They give fans the chance to show how the beloved heroes (and antiheroes) should be portrayed — without the creativity-sapping “benefit” of focus groups, hack screenwriters and overpaid producers.<p>With a war …

This Nuclear Reactor Eats Nuclear Waste

Nuclear power isn’t going anywhere. But safer designs are sorely needed.<p>Nuclear power provides the promise of carbon-free electricity, but there are just too many “buts” for many people to accept. No one wants another Fukushima and the United States still doesn’t know what to do with more than …

Nuclear Energy

17 Sex Scenes In Graphic Novels

Comic stripped.<p>Soon after comics found mainstream American success during World War II, when the country took solace in starred and striped superheroes and thinly veiled political manifestos, the Comics Code Authority was formed. The organization allowed comic book publishers to regulate their …

Archaeologists Peered Into Ancient Human Skull and Saw Something ‘Unlike Anything I Had Seen Before’

Archaeologists were conducting a dig at the University of York when they spotted a skull at the excavation site. Though that discovery itself was exciting, what they saw inside after cleaning it up was downright surprising.<p>“I peered though the hole at the base of the skull to investigate and to my …

RebelMouse vs. WordPress VIP

After building the product for Huffington Post, and owning the product and engineering groups at AOL after we were acquired, it was clear to me there …

Microsoft's Vision for Games: Unifying Xbox and Windows 10

Microsoft has a vision for the future of gaming: A unified experience across Xbox One and Windows 10.<p>Xbox head Phil Spencer laid out that plan at the …

Gaming

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