Michael Barr

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Jamie Oliver Has a Smart Tip for Perfect Roast Potatoes

Roasting potatoes doesn't seem like something that would require a degree from culinary school. Usually it's a simple process of cleaning the spuds, …

Nest Thermostat E review: It's kind of silly not to buy one

Article Contents<p>Before Nest made cameras, home security systems, or smoke detectors, there was the Nest Thermostat. There wasn't anything like the OG …

Home Automation

How to Wake Up in Your Dreams

Now that you know what lucid dreaming is, and you know the benefits and risks, it’s time to give it a solid try. Get ready, oneironauts—we’re about …

New Asteroid Study Suggests Hollywood Is Wrong About Ocean Impacts

When an asteroid hits the middle of the ocean in Hollywood movies, it creates devastating waves that wipe out coastal cities. But new simulations reveal that real asteroids don't make such a splash. That's because the crash releases most of its energy hurling water up into the atmosphere, and very …

Asteroids

Wrights Notes Custom Notebook Review

Katz’s Corner Episode 14: Guest Listeners Shoot out Audeze LCD-4 vs. Focal Utopia

<i>[Editor's Note: Through a long and tedious process it was found that the Focal Utopia and Audeze LCD-4 reviewed here at InnerFidelity in numerous</i> …

A Giant Neuron Has Been Found Wrapped Around The Entire Circumference of The Brain

This could be where consciousness forms.<p>For the first time, scientists have detected a giant neuron wrapped around the entire circumference of a …

George Washington

One Year of Fountain Pens Australia!

Lately, I’ve been hearing from readers who have been concerned about whether I’ve burned out or lost interest in writing this blog. I’m as interested …

100 Parenting Memes That Will Keep You Laughing For Hours

ME: "Here's 100 memes!" YOU: *White guy blinking meme*

How an Interstellar Starship Could Actually Explore Alpha Centauri

Last year, Stephen Hawking and Russian billionaire Yuri Milner hatched an ambitious plan to send a tiny probe to the Alpha Centauri star system. …

PETA Wants Fictional Space Vikings From the Year 40,000 to Stop Wearing Fur

Or, to be more specific, that small, sculpted models of said Space Vikings stop being <i>depicted</i> as wearing fur. Or, to be even more specific, PETA UK …

PETA

These smart glasses automatically focus on what you’re looking at

They could become available in two to three years<p>When Carlos Mastrangelo hit his early 50s, he started suffering from a vision problem many people have as they age: he couldn’t focus up close anymore and so, his eye doctor told him, he needed to wear glasses whenever he wanted to read a book.<p>“I …

Scientists found a way to bring back lost tomato flavor

Tomatoes don't taste like they used to, because breeders have been prioritizing other traits like pest and disease resistance. To bring that lost flavor back, a team of researchers from the University of Florida went on a quest to find the chemical combinations that make tomatoes tasty. First, they …

University of Florida

A Familiar Villain Is Returning for Black Panther

A major character will return for <i>The Vampire Diaries</i>’ series finale. <i>Arrow</i> teases its potential new Black Canary, while <i>Legends of Tomorrow</i> lays out …

TV

Status Updates on All the Major Movies and TV Shows Stuck in Hollywood Limbo

Here at io9, we report on a lot of projects when they’re first announced. Oftem, however, there’s a long stretch between the initial news and the …

'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Is The New Title For The Sequel To 'The Force Awakens'

Well, at least now I can stop referring to the next <i>Star Wars</i> movie as “Episode VIII.” As of moments ago, Walt Disney and Lucasfilm made it official. The next <i>Star Wars</i> episode will be titled <i>The Last Jedi</i>. It’s a nice and succinct title, one that rolls off the tongue as much as <i>The Force Awakens</i>. And …

Watch Sculptures Appear to Undulate Under Strobe Lighting

Artist John Edmark makes 3D-printed sculptures that are designed to "animate" when they're rotating on a turntable and lit in just the right …

Mega Notebook Comparison

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Ah, So That's Why Leia Was at the Battle of Scarif in Rogue One

A big question Star Wars fans have been asking, even weeks after <i>Rogue One</i>’s release, has been: Why the heck was Princess Leia at the Battle of …

Star Wars

White House press secretary attacks media for accurately reporting inauguration crowds

"That's what you guys should be writing and covering," new White House press secretary Sean Spicer angrily lectured reporters on Saturday during his first remarks from the podium of the press briefing room.<p>He was referring to the delay in Senate confirmation for President Donald Trump's pick to …

Donald Trump

Um, Ryan Reynolds just assembled the coolest superhero team ever so please get on this, Hollywood

The role of superhero is not new to Ryan Reynolds. From Green Lantern to Deadpool, Ryan has had a lot of different super powers throughout his acting …

Comics

Pitch Perfect 3: Everything we know so far

In these dark times, the world could really use a big a cappella fandango featuring ladies in matching sparkly outfits. Thankfully, this year will …

Movies

Learn the Basics of Sheet Music with This 5-Minute Video

For non-musicians, sheet music can look incomprehensible. Dots, wavy things, and doodles somehow equate to the written version of music. So how do we …

Bachelorette Party

Scientists Turn Salmonella Into 'Cancer-Seeking Missile' To Destroy Brain Tumours

It significantly extended the lifespans of rats with an aggressive cancer.<p>Salmonella is one of the most common forms of food poisoning, leaving …

Tumors

MIT's 3D graphene is ten times stronger than steel

An awful lot of ink has been spilled about how graphene is going to basically save the world with its myriad applications and powers. But chances to actually see evidence of how and why the hexagonal lattices are so strong in a life-size way have been few and far between. The Massachusetts …

Engineering

DoD Wants to Save the Environment With Bullets That Plant Seeds

It already looks like the Trump administration will be very bad for the environment. He’s basically picking the worst person possible to run every …

Astronomers think a rare and explosive 'red nova' will light up the night sky in a few years

Every once in awhile, the stars actually do align — then merge, catastrophically explode, and spray their guts all over space.<p>Or at least that's the suspected trigger of rare "red novas," so-named for their characteristic red color.<p>One of the best-studied red novas happened in 2008. The object, …

The futility of gender-neutral parenting

In steadfast pursuit of gender equality and to promote nonconformity, it's become popular in some social circles to start early, very early, by raising young children in a gender-neutral way: not revealing the baby's sex at birth, dressing them and their bedroom in various shades of oatmeal, …

8 Old-Timey Ways to Say ‘No Way’

Feeling over committed? Need a better way to say "no"? Aside from using “don’t" instead of “can’t,” here are eight fun and old-timey ways you can …