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Essay generator can spew out BS, still get you an 'A'

While automated essay-grading machines can tackle 16,000 essays in 20 seconds, are they any good compared to a human? Online course administrators in the machine camp think so, but retired MIT prof Les Perelman has shown that such bots aren't about to pass a Turing test anytime soon. His proof is …

Meet the One, OnePlus' $299 Nexus killer

Rarely do we see a tech startup spending five months actively hyping up an unborn product; and when we do, most of them end up being vaporware. Luckily, that's not the case with OnePlus. Today, the Shenzhen-based company has finally unveiled its first smartphone, the One (not to be confused with …

How To Build A Liquid-Cooled Mini Gaming PC For Under $1,000

If you go into your local technology store and look at the PC section, most if not all will be standard black towers. However, on the enthusiast scene, there’s a seismic shift going on with many people ditching their large tower cases and opting for shoebox-size ones.<p>The latest motherboards aimed …

A Nearly-Flourless Chocolate Cake for Valentine's Day (or Any Day, TBH)

<i>If you're like us, you look to the seasons for what to cook. Get to the market, and we'll show you what to do with your haul.</i><p><i>Today: Orangette's Winning Hearts and Minds Cake, for anytime you'd like to win hearts and minds -- or for anytime you're tired of wintertime vegetables.</i><p>By our calculations, …

The Napwell Knows When You Are Sleeping, Then Coaxes You Awake

Is this the year of the sleep mask? Napwell thinks so. The Boston-based company is creating a napping mask that allows you to grab some shut-eye and wake up gently as lights inside the mask slowly rouse you from your slumber.<p>The device lets you set a nap duration and then nod off. Once you reach …

Top Bitcoin exchange explains virtual currency in simple web tutorial

Leading Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox has released a new website that provides a simple explanation of what Bitcoin actually is. The site, Bitcoins.com, is essentially a tutorial on the virtual currency, a single unit of which last week reached the price of $1,000 for the first time ever last week. Mt. …

The Parasite A Cricket’s Nightmares Are Made Of

The hairworm is a long, thread-like parasite that sits bundled up inside the body of its host. It grows so large that it takes up most of the room inside the host’s body, waiting for the right moment to come bursting out. But that is not the scariest thing about the parasite, because it can also …

Found in Our Comments, an Ode to SpaghettiOs Cupcakes

One reader left us a link to his song about SpaghettiOs cupcakes. We listened, because how could we not?<p>A few weeks ago, we stumbled upon a recipe for SpaghettiOs Cupcakes with Velveeta Frosting, an, uh, adventurous experiment in repurposing processed food, developed by Becky McKay at Foodbeast. …

One-Pot Wonders: Easy Skillet Cassoulet

Don't scoff at the idea of a skillet cassoulet that's done in 30 minutes. We've managed it before, and we'll surely do it again—after all, this column is dedicated to reinventing classics to cut down on time without detracting from flavor.<p>While the precise composition of this slow-cooked …

Peanut Butter Bacon Pancakes

I can smell my neighbor’s bacon.<p>That’s not a euphemism. If it were, you’d have permission to kick me in the shin and be officially grossed out.<p>I can …

Want to make easy soda at home? You need to try this spicy, not-too-sweet ginger ale that you can make right quick. It's truly fizzy, too! This recipe is from Emma's new book, True Brews, and it's all we want to drink this summer. GET THE RECIPE: Ginger Ale - http://www.thekitchn.com/soda-recipe-homemade-ginger-ale-cookbook-recipe-from-true-brews-189873

Umami Burger Comes to New York, Armed With One Addictive Ingredient

<b>When he’s asked</b>, as he often is these days, about the much-anticipated smackdown between Danny Meyer’s East Coast Shake Shack franchise and his West …

The top 6 MMOs you should be playing this year

Massively multiplayer online games have long suffered from a nauseating lack of originality, smothered in an endless monotony of grinding away on dire rabbits for experience points and completing a never-ending strings of cookie-cutter, carrot-on-a-stick fetch quests. That trend continues even to …