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WATCH: How to Solve The Famous 'Grandfather Paradox' of Time Travel

If you went back in time and killed your grandfather, would you still be born? Or did you just kill yourself?<p>The concept of time travel is …

Quantum Mechanics

Devialet Phantom review: this is my end-game speaker

The best speaker you've never heard of.<p>Bulging eyes, gaping mouths, peers turning for double-takes, and sometimes even looks of confusion: That was …

Why My Elementary School Kids Won’t Be Doing Their Homework

Dear Kindergarten/Second-Grade Teacher:<p>You may have noticed that we haven’t been handing in our “homework packets” for the last couple of weeks. I’d …

Kids

Lawsuit demands the right to resell Steam games

One of the biggest gripes about downloadable games (unless you're a developer) is that you can't typically resell them -- that title is yours forever, even if you'll never play it again. French consumer group UFC-Que Choisir is doing something about it, though. It's suing Valve to demand resales …

iCamPRO Smart Security Camera Robot With Night Vision (video)

Amaryllo has unveiled a new smart security camera they have created called the iCamPRO which has been designed to provide the world’s first 100 …

Home Security

Hospital makerspace lets nurses build their own tools

Makerspaces are great for bringing your gadget ideas to life, but they're not usually much help to nurses who may want to invent (or improvise) tools needed to take care of their patients. That's where the University of Texas' new, permanent MakerHealth Space might just save the day. Nurses and …

The CEO of a $30 billion company explains why tech companies overwork their employees

But long before he came to EMC and then to VMware, he was a rising star at Intel, with Andy Grove as his mentor.<p>He came to media attention in those Intel days for preaching to other techies about the importance of work-life balance.<p>Literally preaching. He's a dedicated Christian that goes to church …

Salmon

Army scientists build smaller, tougher, cheaper solar cells

Army researchers at the Redstone Arsenal have announced a significant breakthrough in solar energy production. They've created a photovoltaic solar panel that is smaller, more robust and less expensive to build and operate than any other panel currently available. Virtually every solar panel …

Joy Baby Urinals Make Potty Training Less Ugly

Every stage and phase of parenting has its fair share of good, bad, and ugly moments. Our kids go through a lot of transitions and milestones from …

Parenting

Wedding Photographer Delivers Album on the Day Of as a Crazy Surprise

Wedding photographer James Day tells us that he recently pulled off the “craziest stunt” of his career thus far: delivering the final wedding album …

Wedding Photography

Microsoft is making HoloLens games — and attacking virtual reality’s momentum

Microsoft has made some moves to ensure the future of games on its Xbox and HoloLens platforms.<p>John Needham has left his position as the head of Fable developer Lionhead Studios to oversee the development of Microsoft’s games for Xbox and HoloLens (as Engadget first spotted), the head-mounted …

An Oral History Of How “Game Of Thrones” Went From Crazy Idea To HBO’s Biggest Hit

Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.W. Weiss, and HBO brass recall how the show (barely) got off the ground.<p>On Sunday night the fifth season of HBO’s epic fantasy series <i>Game of Thrones</i> premieres, and at this point, there is no questioning its epicness. With nearly 20 million viewers per …

TV Series

How do you catch the sun to make electricity at night? This German inventor has an answer.

Wolfram Walter is a man obsessed with things electric.<p>He’s electrified his bicycle. He’s electrified his Porsche. When he introduces his dog, Paula, you almost expect him to tell you that he’s electrified her, too.<p>Not yet, but you never know. The engineer from a small town in southwestern Germany …

Clean Energy

Why Are So Many People Nearsighted?

Researchers may have found the answer that could keep glasses off one-third of the world’s population<p>Myopia, or nearsightedness, is reaching epidemic proportions. In the US, over 40 percent of the population needs glasses; estimates suggest that one-third of the world’s population will be …

Why You Need To Unplug Every 90 Minutes

You’re an organism. And organisms run in cycles. Here’s how to work with yours.<p>Since sprints get us to focus in and finish our tasks with crisp consciousness, we know they’re the most effective way of working. But what’s fascinating is <i>why</i> they make us work so well.<p>For Leo Widrich at Buffer, it’s in …

Time Management

3 Tech Skills That Help Kids Hack Real Life

The other day my niece and nephew came to visit. They walked into the house and were drawn, almost magnetically, to the table where all of my gadgets were laid out. They caressed my phone. Fondled my digital camera. Gazed curiously at my noise-cancelling headphones. Petted my back-up battery. …

Kids

Build A Compact 1080p Gaming PC For $400 (Benchmarks Included)

<b>[UPDATE: This has proven to be a popular build, but what if you want to stretch your budget to $800? Check out this newer mini-ITX, 1440p gaming build!]</b><p>There’s a widespread misconception floating around that says building a decent gaming PC is an expensive endeavor. But what if you could assemble …

Computer Hardware

Devialet’s Hi-Tech “Phantom” Implosion Stereo Sounds Better Than Speakers 20X Its Size

You need a big sub-woofer for big bass, right? Wrong. After 10 years of research, French acoustic engineers as Devialet just unveiled a giant step forward in audio that’s just one foot long. The Phantom is a petite, spherical, all-in-one amplifier and speaker that delivers what audiophiles think …

Tesla's first Model S battery swap station opens next week

Tesla's automated battery swap stations that boost cars with a fully charged power pack instead of a slow charge are finally becoming a reality. First shown off over a year ago, the company announced today that it's ready to start a pilot program for invited Model S owners along the San Francisco …

Learn from my mistakes: What I wish I had done to get more out of parent-teacher conferences

I have been to 36 parent-teacher conferences over three different decades and two countries. I have had walked out of my children’s classrooms with high hopes and dashed hopes for the school year. Before one set of conferences my children’s principal warned me of my impending trial by saying, …

How to Broil Steaks

What is Broiling?<p>Broiling is cooking directly under red-hot heat, which means a shorter cooking time and no marinating needed.<p>Certain cuts broil …

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SAM Is A Wireless Electronics Kit That Wants To Make Coding Connected Objects Super Simple

Meet SAM, a wireless electronics kit that’s aiming to make it easier for kids or indeed anyone with an idea for a connected project to get building — using a series of Bluetooth connected pieces and a drag and drop software interface for linking the hardware together.<p>And also easier to integrate …

How to Use up Leftover Beer

<i>Inspired by conversations on the Food52 Hotline, we're sharing tips and tricks that make navigating all of our kitchens easier and more fun.</i><p>You just woke up, opening one eye slightly to assess the damage. The party’s long over, and everyone’s gone home. The only company you’re surrounded by is an …

A beginner's guide to drills and bits

<b>Steve Hoefer</b> returns with another guide to some of the things that make civilized life possible.<p>There are a dizzying number of ways to put a hole in …

This butterfly keyboard can replace your mouse, sort of

Have you ever thought about how you might improve the standard QWERTY keyboard? Jesse Vincent has. He's a keyboard enthusiast, a rare breed of geek inexplicably obsessed with text entry devices. We found him showing of Keyboardio at TechCrunch Disrupt -- a butterfly-shaped keyboard designed to put …

Philippe Starck's Electric Mountain Bikes Boost You Up Hills in Style

Philippe Starck has designed everything from buildings and wind turbines to furniture and food. Now he's turned his attention to battery-powered …

4 Strategies For Remembering Everything You Learn

• knowledge about the subject at hand, like math, history, or programming<p>• knowledge about how learning actually works<p>The bad news: Our education system kinda skips one of them, which is terrifying, given that your ability to learn is such a huge predictor of success in life, from achieving in …

Self-improvement