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The top 10 gadget stories of the year

As with every year, 2015 was full of interesting innovations and smart technologies that help us live a more sustainable life. This year, readers …

Life and Death in a Troubled Teen Boot Camp

A tragic accident exposes the dangers of an out-of-control billion-dollar industry<p>In the darkness of early morning, 16-year-old Bruce Staeger lay …

The startup framework to validate your idea before you spend $1

“If your startup failed, it’s because it didn’t solve a tier 1 problem for a large enough audience — here’s how to never make that mistake …

Product Management

What the ag tech boom means for Big Food

Brad McNamara knows that spicy kale raised in a shipping container rigged with hydroponic growing systems isn't exactly the norm for food giants …

Agriculture

Easy DNA Editing Will Remake the World. Buckle Up. | WIRED

Spiny grass and scraggly pines creep amid the arts-and-crafts buildings of the Asilomar Conference Grounds, 100 acres of dune where California's …

Every Single Time Mark Zuckerberg Addressed Someone As 'Senator' Or 'Congressman' During His Hearings

Lesley and John Brown had been trying to conceive for nine years. The ongoing failures took their toll: Lesley became depressed, and at one point …

University of Cambridge

Troubleshooting CRISPR

The remarkable ease and accuracy with which scientists can alter genomes using the CRISPR-Cas9 system has led to promising advances toward improving …

Greece Crisis 101: No way out

Greeks voted Sunday on a landmark referendum: "Yes" or "No" to another bailout and more austerity? In Greek, that's "Nai" or "Oxi?"<p>Exit polls showed a contest too close to call. But this much is known: The result could cost Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras his job and force an abrupt change in …

Europe

These Are the 5 Reasons Why the U.S. Remains the World's Only Superpower

Lucas Jackson—Reuters<p>Lucas Jackson—Reuters<p>Lucas Jackson—Reuters<p>Lucas Jackson—Reuters<p>Lucas Jackson—Reuters<p>Lucas Jackson—Reuters<p>Lucas …

Afghanistan

Meteor Raises $20M To Build The One JavaScript Stack To Rule Them All

The competitive landscape for app development tool providers keeps getting tighter, with Meteor Development Group raising $20 million for its stack of frameworks and tools for developing web and mobile applications in JavaScript.<p>The round, led by Matrix Partners with investments also coming in from …

JavaScript

Bringing up baby while doing time

Decatur Correctional Center's E-wing is a place of stark juxtapositions, where the crackle of guards' radios mix with the happy cries of a toddler learning to take his first steps. Colorful murals of Bert and Ernie from "Sesame Street" decorate the otherwise drab walls. And outside, swing sets and …

16 Family Portraits That Don't Even Try To Be Picture-Perfect

Picture your family. Mom hasn’t had time to do her hair, and Dad doesn’t really walk around in a suit and tie … or perhaps even pants. The kids run around with the energy of one thousand windmills and have already managed to get breakfast on their brand-new clothes.<p>The modern family embraces the …

Chevrolet

Can you solve the maths question for Singapore schoolkids that went viral?

Albert, Bernard and Cheryl’s threesome sets the web aflutter<p>How to solve Albert, Bernard and Cheryl’s birthday maths problem<p>Why this problem turned into the maths version of #thatdress<p>Cheryl’s birthday puzzle part two, Denise’s revenge - can you solve it?<p>Singapore usually comes top, or nearly top, …

Mathematics

Leatherman Tread bracelet is the first truly useful 'wearable'

You might not understand how truly useful and indispensable a Leatherman, or any multitool for that matter, is unless you've carried one for a while. Obviously, Leatherman President Ben Rivera is quite fond of his, but it caused a bit of a problem when he tried to pass through the gates at …

What Men Really Want When It Comes to Work

Sure, there's salary and vacation time, but there's one more benefit on the minds of many men — even in their 20s and 30s — when it comes to job necessities.<p>Eighty-nine percent of men say paternity leave is hugely important to them, says a new Boston College study to be published in June.<p>That puts …

SketchDeck Turns Terrible Slide Decks Into Beautiful Presentations In Just A Day

A number of startups over the years have tried to reinvent PowerPoint with services that made it easier or quicker to create a slideshow presentation. Newly launched SketchDeck is taking a different approach: Instead of providing an alternative to PowerPoint or similar software applications, it’s …

Lemon Chicken Piccata Recipe

"This delicious chicken dish is exquisite and easy to prepare. The light and luscious lemon sauce really pops without being too acidic; it is simply …

Spices

Humin Offers a More Human Way to Manage your Contacts

The contacts app that ships with iOS is a pretty straightforward affair that doesn’t offer much more than the handwritten address books we used to keep next to our landline phones. Humin is a new app that will be launching in beta this week that aims to be a smarter way for iPhone users to manage …

Nomad ChargeKey review: An iPhone charger you won’t leave home without

Advertisement<p>10 Comments<p>Credit: Alex Colon<p>I usually leave my iPhone(s aapl) plugged in to a power source right up until the moment I leave my …

Hershey and 3D Systems team up to make 3D-printed chocolate candy

The chocolate in the candy aisle could soon begin to look a lot weirder. 3D Systems announced today that it will partner with the Hershey Company to develop "innovative opportunities" in 3D-printed food. The multi-year agreement will have 3D Systems working with Hershey to come up with new ways of …

Homemade Caramel Made Right Every Time

<i>Dawn Perry, photos by Zach DeSart</i><p>A salted caramel always makes for the ideal winter fix. With a few tips from the BA Prep School, you can have homemade caramel candies in your dessert arsenal.<p><b>SEE MORE:</b><b>Ingredients We Can't Cook Without</b><p>Undercook your caramel mixture and you'll end up with a stiff …

Baking