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A Look Back at the Gear We Discovered This Week

<i>We publish our weekly roundup of gear news for you to enjoy over the weekend. Savor it with your Saturday morning coffee, or use it to fend off the</i> …

Review: The Winkler Knives Medic Axe is as beautiful as it is expensive

For years, I’ve kept a tomahawk on hand. It accompanies me into the bush, lives next to my side of the bed when we’re staying in sketchy areas for …

Review: Upstaa’s instant standing desk is a neat affordable option for MacBook users

Early standing desks didn’t really get much traction. Few people wanted to be standing all day, so it was only when adjustable sit-stand desks came along that they increased in popularity.<p>Apple is so committed to them that it is ensuring that every employee at its new Apple Park campus has one, a …

MacBook Pro

Here are the 16 best computer bags TechCrunch reviewed in Bag Week 2018

<i>Welcome to Bag Week 2018. Every year your faithful friends at TechCrunch spend an entire week looking at bags. Why? Because bags — often ignored but full of our important electronics — are the outward representations of our techie styles, and we put far too little thought into where we keep our</i> …

27 Products That'll Save You So Much Counter Space

Things you can truly count(er) on when it comes to saving space.<p><b>We hope you love the products we recommend! Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.</b>

Some of Our Favorite Lululemon Gear is On Sale Now

While I’d argue you can never have too much of a great thing, it seems like Lululemon might disagree. The brand made too many sweat-wicking workout …

These 32 Handy Products Are Trending On Amazon Because They're Effing Brilliant

When was the last time you organized your cabinets or found a way to scrub your counter so well that it gleamed? Annoying chores like this can be a …

20+ Weird Things That Book Addicts Do

Sometimes we all do weird things that make us unique and fun. Some of these unusual habits relate to our hobbies.<p>Reading Quirks is a webcomic series, …

Roman Roads

The long straight roads built by the Romans wherever they conquered have, in many cases, become just as famous names in history as their greatest …

Roads

The Most Successful Brands Focus on Users — Not Buyers

What makes a brand successful in the digital age? A joint study by SAP, Siegel+Gale, and Shift Thinking suggests that digital brands don’t just do things differently; they also think differently. Where traditional brands focus on positioning their brands in the <i>minds</i> of their customers, digital …

Customer Experience

AI Just Learned How to Boost the Brain's Memory

When it comes to black boxes, there is none more black than the human brain. Our gray matter is so complex, scientists lament, that it can’t quite …

How ‘vomiting’ can help make you a better writer

Author Chloe Higgins finds vomiting really helps the writing process.<p>Fully sick: Author Chloe Higgins prepares for her writing workshop where she …

Your orange juice exists because of climate change in the Himalayas millions of years ago

According to a genetic analysis of almost 60 varieties of citrus fruits<p>Citrus trees migrated from the Himalayas to the rest of the world after sudden changes in the climate 6 to 8 million years ago, according to new research. As citrus spread, it changed, eventually bringing sweet orange juice to …

Habitats

The special data device SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy sent to orbit is just the start

On board the Tesla Roadster that Elon Musk sent hurtling towards the sun, aiming for a long, leisurely Earth-Mars orbit, there were a few pieces of miscellaneous cargo.<p>A so-called ‘Starman,’ which is a life-size mannequin wearing a production version of the SpaceX crew spacesuit; a miniature car …

Yes, A Donut-Shaped Planet Is Technically Possible

<i>Our editors delve into Curiosity's top stories every day on a podcast that's shorter than your commute. Click here to listen and learn — in just a</i> …

Mind-Bending New Paper Could Explain The Strange 'Patterns' Within Our Solar System

Meet pilot wave gravity.<p>There's a strange pattern in our Solar System – if you look at the orbits of the first seven planets, each one gets …

Quantum Mechanics

The Oxford comma debate gets Maine drivers $5 million

The Oxford comma is probably the most divisive punctuation mark in the English language: academics root for it, journalists are torn over it, and the …

Oxford

14 Changes to Make in Your 30s to Ensure Lifelong Success

These are the top behaviors to start (and stop) once you hit the big 3-0.<p><i>by</i><p><i>By Shana Lebowitz</i><p>Sam Walton founded Walmart at age 44; Julia Child …

How Tom Tryniski digitized nearly 50 million pages of newspapers in his living room

<b>Tom Tryniski does not lock his doors.</b> He spends most days sitting in his living room in Fulton, New York, 30 miles northwest of Syracuse, in front of …

People are flying around in these jumbo personal drones in China [VIDEO]

Between this and Starman's Tesla in space, it's a weird week.<p>CNN:<p>Chinese company Ehang offered a glimpse this week of what could lie ahead, releasing …

The Short Story Collections Everyone Should Read

Great literature in small portions<p>Last December, a short story by Kristen Roupenian called 'Cat Person' went viral. It was a reminder of the power the form can wield, and a great advert for literature in an era dominated by other mediums.<p>Short stories, of course, have the added advantage of being …

12 Words to Know for the Winter Olympics : Axel

The French word for <i>sled</i> gives us the riding implement and event called <i>luge</i>. Among the three track sledding sports—luge, skeleton, and bobsled—luge is …

Skiing

Iconic Marketing Campaigns Rewritten By Famous Authors

H.P. Lovecraft on behalf of UnileverIt is a realism so hideous that I sometimes find hope impossible. If such an accursed blasphemy can indeed be, …

The 8 Best (and 4 Worst) Twist Endings in Scifi and Fantasy Movies

Scifi and fantasy films are famously fond of twist endings. Certainly, authors like Richard Matheson and TV shows like <i>The Twilight Zone</i> are a big …

Did Ancient Greeks Sail to Canada?

Plutarch is a well-respected biographer and writer. Archaeologist Ioannis Liritzis and his colleagues dug into records of past astronomical events to …

Comparing the Sizes of Robots in Movies

Sign up and you'll receive a daily email each featuring all of the blog posts we publish each day.<p>Follow Laughing Squid on Facebook, Twitter and …

Cosmology

Download 150 Free Coloring Books from Great Libraries, Museums & Cultural Institutions: The British Library, Smithsonian, Carnegie Hall & More

A news alert for fans of coloring books.<p>You can now take part in the 2018 edition of #ColorOurCollections–a campaign where museums, libraries and …

Libraries

Tardigrades — the microscopic, oddly cute toughest animals on Earth — explained

Six facts about the toughest animal on Earth.<p>Paul Bartels gets a rush every time he discovers a new species of tardigrade, the <b>phylum</b> of microscopic animals best known for being both strangely cute and able to survive the <b>vacuum of space</b>.<p>”The first paper I wrote describing a new species, there was a …

13 Mnemonic Sentences To Boost Your General Knowledge

It’s fair to say that Richard—an ennobled great-grandson of King Edward III—dying at the Battle of Wakefield in 1460 probably isn’t the most well …

Wonderful 3D Geometric Masks That Can Be Made Out of Cardboard

UK-based designer Steve Wintercroft has made the designs for his wonderful 3D polygonal masks available for purchase through his website and his Etsy …

Cardboard