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Engineer Uses Hydraulics to Develop a Safer Weightlifting Bench

Do like this guy: Find your design hole and plug it<p>Here's another "design hole," a problem in need of a solution, this one spotted (pun intended) by …

Engineering

Why mind-reading is a science, not a magic trick

Electrical activity within the brain means that our thoughts can be read and understood<p>You may believe your thoughts are intangible and inscrutable, but all mental activity is communicated via electrical impulses. As our understanding of the brain improves, we’re increasingly able to decode our …

The Brain

Sniff This: These Four Unisex Fragrances Will Make Heads Turn

Some things are worth borrowing from your man’s closet—that perfect white button-down, that perfect pair of oversized sweatpants calling your name on …

Beauty

How to Dress for the Office Every Day for an Entire Month

Twenty outfits selected to boost your career.<p>We're a long way from the Don Draper era, when men were expected to wear the same gray suit everyday to the office, day in, day out. With most offices today having a more relaxed approach to dress codes, the doors have opened on a whole new world of …

Men's Fashion

With Laplock, You Get A Text Message When Somebody Unplugs Your Laptop

Fresh off the hackathon dungeon, Laplock is a nifty little app developed at our TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon in London. Martin Saint-Macary and Ivan Maeder worked tirelessly for the past 24 hours to build an easy-to-use software lock for your Mac. Here’s how it works.<p>At heart, Laplock is a menubar …

A 23-year-old VC on young people being smarter

It’s been seven years since Mark Zuckerberg infamously (and supposedly) said, “Young people are just smarter.”<p>Zuckerberg turned 30 this year so, to me, he’s old. I’m 23 – just about the age Zuckerberg was when he said that.<p>To be fair, I have not reached the prestige, success or fame Zuckerberg had …

The $149 Chane A1rx-c speaker is almost too good to be true

The Audiophiliac discovers a new budget-priced, audiophile-grade speaker: the Chane A1rx-c!<p>Budget speakers are getting really good -- Audioengine, Dayton Audio, Emotiva, Monoprice, and Andrew Jones Pioneer models are all exceptional -- and now I'm adding Chane Music & Cinema's speakers to the list. …

Audiophile

Why Would Walmart Make Continuous 53-Foot-Long Carbon Fiber Panels? For Their Supertruck Prototype

Everyone loves to bash corporations, but few talk about how much good they can do in this world. Their immense fortunes and longevity means they can …

Carbon Fiber

No More Air Conditioners: This “Skin” For Buildings Keeps The Inside Cool With Zero Energy

The facade works with no power at all–not even solar panels–and keeps the temperature comfortable and light bright inside.<p>For most of human history, buildings were essentially net zero energy systems. Thick walls kept out cold and simple windows let in fresh air and daylight. Then came complex, …

Clean Energy

Upcoming smartphones to anticipate this fall

Fall tech preview: Smartphones

Mobile

The Best iPhone & iPad Apps From August 2014

From time-lapse videos to 360º photo spheres, we covered a lot of ground with new iOS apps in August.<p>Here, we filter through the noise to present you with our selection of the best App Store newcomers from the past month.<p>Photo Sphere Camera (Google)<p>Google introduced a dedicated Photo Sphere Camera …

Become an EDM Master with Super Looper

If you want to make sure your productivity comes to a full and complete stop, you should check out Super-Looper, an interactive music site that lets you compose your own loops.<p>The site lets you create loops with four drum tracks and single rhythm, chord, bass and lead tracks. The result is a fun …

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs. Galaxy Note 3

Size<p>Not much of a difference in size – or appearance, for that matter. The new model is just a hair longer and thicker.<p>Weight<p>The Galaxy Note 4 is …

Phones

You can steal data from a computer by touching it

Normally, breaking a PC's security involves either finding security exploits or launching brute force attacks, neither of which is necessarily quick or easy. However, a team at Tel Aviv University has come up with a potentially much simpler way to swipe data from a computer: touch it. If you make …

Pioneer DDJ-SX2 lets you scratch and loop in real-time

There may be nothing quite like an old-school turntable, but it’s 2014 — we’re going digital. Pioneer has announced their new DDJ-SX2 Controller, …

e-Ink Your Smartphone

InkCase+ is a stand-alone 3.5-inch e-ink screen that can either be inserted into a dedicated smartphone case or used as an auxiliary second screen. …

ARC Emergency Raft : A Safe and Dry Emergency Shelter During Marine Disaster

During marine disaster, <b>ARC Emergency Raft</b> can provide safe, dry, and comfortable shelter for survivors. It features solid and large structure as an …

How to Improve the Audio Quality of Vinyl Records with Wood Glue

One of the first things you learn in the ID shop at design school: Wood glue is for joining wood, welding is great for joining metal, acetone is the …

The GoTenna Will Let You Communicate Without Any Connectivity

By this point, most of us are fully addicted to our smartphones. And when we find ourselves without Wifi or data service, our most direct connection to everything becomes almost useless. That’s where GoTenna comes in.<p>The device is launching into pre-order today, and lets users create their own …

Sling Introduces its Cheapest Slingbox Ever

Before set-top boxes and smart TVs made watching streaming media an everyday occurrence, Sling Media had its Slingbox streaming your home TV anywhere in the world. It’s still making cable and DVR content available anywhere with two updated products and a new set of features to make those finding …

10 Free Android Apps Everyone Should Download

Every time I get a new Android smartphone or tablet, I install certain apps right away, before I even really start to play with the device — apps I …

Apps