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Blue Microphones Stares Down Apple's Beats, Enters Audiophile Headphone Space With Mo-Fi

I first became acquainted with the name Blue Microphones in 2005 during the podcasting renaissance. Their Blue Snowball USB mic offered uncommonly great recording quality, especially considering its budget price. The company has continued to make a name for itself among musicians, podcasters, and …

You're Not Highly Evolved

Here's where our bodies still mess up<p>As humans, it’s tempting to think of ourselves as the pinnacle of evolutionary progress. But evolution can only work with what’s available, resulting in a body that’s a bundle of compromises.<p>FEET<p>Our ankles and feet started out as flexible tree-climbing tools …

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Guy Tries To Recap A Song of Ice and Fire In Two Minutes, Fails Horribly

(Video Link)<p>Attempting to recap George R.R. Martin's entire epic series <i>A Song of Ice and Fire</i> in two minutes is an extremely tall order, but …

How To Cure Garlic Breath

Thank you, science.<p>Counter to most vampire lore, there is no magic to the pungent odor of garlic. The stench is the result of four major sulfur-containing compounds, which, when ingested, move into the bloodstream and then out through the lungs and sweat glands. But that doesn’t make it any less …

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Video: Palcohol Inventor Demonstrates His Powdered Booze

Reconstituting a cocktail before your eyes<p>Since we heard about Palcohol, the infamous powdered alcohol -- and published our technique for making your own at home -- the product has come under fire. The label approval necessary for Palcohol to be sold has been suspended by the Alcohol and Tobacco …

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How To Make Powdered Booze At Home

Fluffy like confetti and just as liquorous as the bottled stuff<p>Some truths we rarely question. The sky is blue. The sun rises in the east. Cocktails are wet. But a new product, called Palcohol, aims to crumble our everyday expectations. It's an alcoholic beverage -- in powder form. Carry a …

Beard Fashions Are Governed By Darwinian Selection

Why did the hipster get a sweaty chin? Because he grew a beard before it was cool.<p>By the beard of Darwin! Some studies have shown that women generally like beards, while others show that whiskers make men appear older and more aggressive. New research suggests that it's all relative, though, and …

The Original ‘Breaking Bad’ Ending Was More Of A Bloodbath Than The Actual Finale

With no due respect to <i>House</i>, the final season of <i>Breaking Bad</i> can be summed up in two words: everybody dies. That’s not technically true — Pinkman need for speeded away, there’s still a Walt (Jr.) in Skyler’s life, Huell hasn’t left his hotel room in nine years — but it might as well be, considering …

Investigate your own murder in 'Last Life'

An upcoming detective story with a dash of transhumanism<p>In most games, when you die the experience is over. In <i>Last Life,</i> death is just the beginning.<p>The upcoming adventure game is a detective story with a twist, where you're investigating your own murder from beyond the grave thanks to a 3D-printed …

At Long Last, Video Game Aggression Linked To Losing, Not Violence

Video games cause aggression. Lots of it.<p>Many times I’ve played a game and felt like I wanted to kill someone afterward, a statement that should delight many in the media.<p>But it wasn’t after gunning down 300 virtual souls in a Call of Duty campaign. Or chainsawing a humanoid alien in half in Gears …

Impossible Road arrives on Android after long iOS exclusivity

The intense and addictive, iOS-exclusive action game Impossible Road has finally arrived on Android. The game hit the Google Play Store last Monday and can be bought for $1.99.<p>Impossible Road involves guiding a white ball, also known as “the Vessel,” along a blue, descending, infinite, and winding …

V-Moda wants you to ditch earbuds for these extra-portable XS headphones

I've long been a fan of V-Moda's headphones. They're well made, customizable with engraved plates and, most importantly, they sound great. If anything has stopped me from wearing the company's over-ears consistently, though, it's that they're a tad too bulky for on-the-go use. That's where V-Moda's …

How To Trick Others Into Doing Your Bidding

Soon, they'll be eating out of the palm of your hand.<p>We like to think of ourselves as rational beings, but there are many ways we can be subconsciously influenced. At least, that’s the premise of ABC’s new series <i>Mind Games</i>. Christian Slater and Steve Zahn star as consultants who use psychological …

Consumer Behavior

NASA Predicts End of World As We Know It

As you burn fossil fuels on your morning commute and forget to toss your empty bottles in the proper bins, consider this: These days of relative luxury might be numbered. Rapid population growth, depletion of natural resources, and growing economic inequality could spell the end of civilization as …

8 Must-Read Young Adult/Middle Grade Authors, Part 2

Doesn't this title look familiar? A few months ago, I wrote the same article as you are (hopefully) about to read. After reviewing the list I made numerous times, I immediately regretted not adding other authors. Thus, Part 2.<p><b>1. Robyn Schneider</b><p><i>The Beginning of Everything</i> is definitely on my top 10 …

Speaking proper: does it matter if we can't pronounce mispronunciation?

For years, I used to think the film reviewer's genre term "biopic" was stressed on the second syllable. You know, like bionic? Only when I at last heard it spoken on the radio as "bio-pic" did I make the connection: oh right, it's a portmanteau of "biographical picture"! Everyone's word-wrangling …

Technology Unlocks “Economies Of Unscale” For Small Businesses

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Hemant Taneja is a partner at General Catalyst and an investor in Stripe, Snapchat and Tunein. Follow him on Twitter @htaneja.</i><p>It’s been an exhilarating time for small business owners. Twenty years ago, they lacked the tools to expand outside of their niche markets. Today, the Internet …

Ask Anything: What Happens In Your Computer When You Turn It On?

No, the little mouse inside it does not start scrambling around.<p>Before a computer can load its operating system and locate drivers for its components, it must recognize that it has been turned on at all. This task falls to a relatively simple device known as the power-on reset circuit. “In its very …

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The Most Fun TV GIFs To Make In 2013: A GIF Maker's Guide

Webster’s defines an animated GIF as “a graphics image that moves” (seriously). Earlier this year, the good folks at UPROXX decided to give me blogging powers as an outlet to post GIFs to my heart’s content. So I thought, instead of the typical “best of” list to close out the year, why not give you …

How to Build a Homemade Clapper to Adjust the Lights and Set the Mood

A sound-activated device that gives you more freedom than any store-bought clapper could wish for<p>One night, I was trying to draw a circuit on a chalkboard, but it became too dark to see. The next day I bought a new lamp, only to find that the board gave off too much glare. I needed a light I could …

Man invents child-friendly gatling gun – and wants your help to fund it

It might have missed this year’s festive shopping rush – but we think this home-made device could make it onto many a Christmas list in the future.<p>A …

What The Hell Is In Eggnog, Anyway?

We tried to create eggnog from scratch. It went...OK.<p>Eggnog is the candy corn of the holiday season. You either love it or you hate it — and chances are you have NO CLUE what it's made with. We can safely assume that there's most likely some sort of eggs in eggnog, right? But what about the second …

Surgical Needle That Sucks Wine From Bottle Without Removing Cork

A tasty white or red, any time.<p>Wanting only a glass or two of wine puts drinkers in a tough spot. Once the bottle’s opened, the wine starts to oxidize and lose its flavor. No rubber stopper will halt the process, leaving partial bottles to go to waste. Greg Lambrecht, a medical-device entrepreneur, …

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SOL Republic outs Master Tracks XC over-ear headphones for $250

SOL Republic's just taken the wraps off of what it's calling the first "professional-caliber" headphones it's made: the Master Tracks XC. When it comes to audio chops, the company says it created a new XC Sound Engine design for the cans that grant them acoustic accuracy, reproducing deep bass and …

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6 of the most important drug milestones of all time

From arsenic to Prozac to the passage of the Pure Food and Drug Act.<p>In <i>The Drug Book</i>, author Michael C. Gerald details 250 milestones in the history of drugs, from the introduction of arsenic and Xanax to the passage of the 1906 Pure Food and Drug Act, the first major legislation aimed at protecting …

New Themer App Makes Your Android User Interface Awesome (video)

The beauty of the Android operating system is that it can be tweaked and customised by manufacturers and user alike. But sometimes the tweaks made by …

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The Boy Who Played With Fusion

Taylor Wilson always dreamed of creating a star. Now he’s become one<p>"Propulsion," the nine-year-old says as he leads his dad through the gates of the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. "I just want to see the propulsion stuff."<p>A young woman guides their group toward a full-scale …

Eels to be helped back into Windermere

<b>Critically endangered eels are to be helped back into Windermere, Cumbria, where they have not been seen in significant numbers for 30 years.</b><p>The European eel has seen a huge decline, partly because of barriers to migration including dams and weirs on rivers and flood defences.<p>Two chutes - or "eel …

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