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Physicist shows why your WiFi sucks in that one room

If WiFi can track a heartbeat through walls, why can't I get internet in my corner bathroom? Jason Cole was trying to figure that out too, but unlike me, he's a PhD student in physics. So he mapped his own apartment and assigned refraction values to the walls (shown above), then applied so-called …

Darwin's Library From the HMS Beagle—The Digital Edition

More than 400 books that helped create evolutionary biology have been re-assembled into an online library

19th Century

National Geographic Travel

The Best Ultimate Classic Perfect Recipes (We're Not Joking)

These 36 dishes—from sticky buns to steamed lobster—have earned the adjectives "perfect," "ultimate," "best-ever," and "classic"<p><b>Here at BA, we like to think that every recipe is perfect</b> in its own way. ____ But only those recipes that really, truly encapsulate perfection—like this perfectly steamed …

Cooking

The Most Ambitious Artificial Intelligence Project In The World Has Been Operating In Near Secrecy For 30 Years

IBM's Watson and Apple's Siri stirred up a hunger and awareness throughout the U.S. for something like a Star Trek computer that really worked — an artificially intelligent system that could receive instructions in plain, spoken language, make the appropriate inferences, and carry out its …

Artificial Intelligence

Crave giveaway: Grovemade wooden MacBook or iPad sleeve

Dress your iGadget in a sleek handcrafted sleeve from Oregon-based Grovemade. A free one.<p><b>Editor's note: this contest ended at noon ET on Monday, July 7.</b><p>Congrats to Rob H. of Jupiter, Fla., for winning a multiroom audio wireless setup from Pure last week. Gadget garments abound, but sometimes one …

IPad Air

17 Websites That Will Make You Smarter

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>Tired of wasting your time watching cat videos or scrolling through your Facebook newsfeed? Want to be more productive next time you go online?<p>Here's a list of websites that will actually make you smarter:<p><b>1. Digital Photography School —</b> Read through …

Stack Overflow

This Site Shows Who Is Hacking Whom Right Now — And The US Is Getting Hammered

U.S.-based computer security firm Norse has released a real-time animated map that illustrates ongoing cyberattacks around the world. Without a doubt, the U.S. is getting constantly hammered by hackers.<p>In just 45 minutes, the U.S. was the victim of 5,840 cyberattacks.<p>The Norse map does not …

Cybersecurity

Ten of the world's best destinations for drinkers

Instead of cracking a can at home, why not search out one of these boozy hotspots? Whether you fancy guzzling a pint, sipping a cocktail or knocking back a dram or two, we can help you quench your thirst in style.<p>Pivni Lazne Bernard, Prague, Czech Republic<p>Sure, a pint of pilsner wouldn’t go amiss - …

Wine

Gluten-Free Chick-Fil-A Nuggets You Can Make at Home!

I will admit I am a Chick-fil-a nugget junky. Of course, worse than the nuggets, I am addicted to those amazing waffle fries. Seriously, I go there too often and lately I have been trying to just stick with a side salad or fruit instead of the fries but they call to me in my sleep. I know that is …

Gluten-Free

What Is a Man Bun? First a Hairdo, Now a Meaty Snack

Inspired by one of the latest men's hair trends, the BA Man Bun is a salty pretzel bun stuffed with beer-braised pork shoulder.<p>From <b>Jared Leto</b> at the Golden Globes to our very own <b>Brad Leone</b> in the test kitchen, we're seeing fashion-forward, top-knot-inspired Man Buns <i>everywhere</i>. Which got us …

Cooking

15 Scandinavian Recipes to Celebrate Midsummer

Have your own Scandinavian summer solstice celebration with these 15 recipes that go heavy on the smoked fish, rye, and aquavit<p><b>June 21 is the summer solstice, the longest day of the year</b>. It's actually a proper holiday in Scandinavia, where, in some place, the sun doesn't even set. It's called …

Seafood

Adventure-Proof Your iPhone with Catalyst's New Touch ID Compatible, Waterproof Case

I've consistently been impressed with Catalyst iPhone cases, ever since their first iteration of waterproof protective cases for the iPhone 4. Each version of the Catalyst protective case has gotten better, with marked improvements over the previous model. The Catalyst + Survivor case saw the …

iPhone 5

StormTag Is A Waterproof Weather Sensor That Wants To Help Crowdsource Hyperlocal Forecasts

StormTag is a key-fob sized sensor for measuring weather data that’s designed to contribute to a crowdsourced network of other sensors to map aggregated weather data and offer localized predictions. It works with Bluetooth LE smartphones and tablets to sync its data back to the cloud where users …

When your Mac runs slow, give it a tuneup

Macs are solid machines, but just like their owners they have a tendency to get lethargic as they age. Launching and switching programs takes longer, simple tasks become arduous, and the dreaded beach ball of doom appears more often than it did when your machine was new. The operating system just …

Capturing Boston's Subway System in Stunning Detail

What a month's worth of train data can reveal about delays and commute times.<p>Two students at Worcester Polytechnic Institute have raised the bar high for train data visualizations.<p>Courtesy of the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority and its Developer Relations program, Michael Barry and Brian Card …

Travel From Spain To Portugal In Less Than A Minute With This Zany Zip-Line

What if you could get on a zip line and then wind up in another country? What if we told you it would take less than a minute?<p>Interested? Hop on the next flight to Spain and head to Andalucia, where Limitezero, the company behind these international shenanigans, is headquartered.<p>It's a rare (and …

This Cave Of Crystals Is Not The Fairytale You're Expecting

It gets pretty steamy in the Cave of Crystals.<p>If you're looking for a way to escape the Mexican heat, don't journey down to the Cave of the Crystals. The cave, which is a surreal mix of otherworldly and creepy, has nearly 100 percent humidity with temps typically hovering around 112 degrees …

These Harvard And MIT Kids Say They've Made NSA-Proof Email

Those who worry that Gmail or the National Security Agency may be rifling through their emails now have a new alternative: ProtonMail, a super-secure email service created by students from Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.<p>"It was the Snowden leaks that got us started," …

This map shows you how far you can go in 10 minutes

Commuting is often, no, regularly, hell. And now there's a map to prove it. Enter a city into the Isoscope map, and it will show how far a two, four, six, eight and ten-minute drive will take you, specific to the day of the week -- and to a prescribed hour of awful, awful rush-hour traffic. You can …

Hands-on with the Muse brain sensing headband — the most important wearable of 2014 (exclusive)

I got my hands on an early version of Interaxon’s brainwave reading headband, the Muse, and I think this could be the most important wearable of the year.<p>And that’s saying a lot, considering I’ve seen 2014’s entire lineup for health tech at the Consumer Electronic Show as well as a few undisclosed …

World's cheapest 3D printer moves forward

Over 1,400 backers committed over $400,000 to the crowdfunding campaign that had an original goal of just $9,000. The Little Rock, Arkansas-based …

3D Printing

The Drinkable Book provides safe drinking water

The Drinkable Book is a guide to safe drinking water -- and the pages can be torn out and used as water filters.<p>One of the biggest problems in the developing world is access to safe, reliable drinking water. The charity organisation Water is Life dedicates its energies to providing this most basic …

Water

Consumer Physics’ $150 smartphone spectrometer can tell the number of calories in your food

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>Would you like to be able to look up the calorie content of the specific apple you’re eating? You could take it to a lab and …

Fossils Put Dent in Geoengineering Claims

During Earth's last ice age, iron dust dumped into the ocean fertilized the garden of the sea, feeding a plankton bloom that soaked up carbon dioxide …

Our Best Homemade Candy Recipes for a Do-It-Yourself Sugar Fix

At SAVEUR, we encourage thinking outside the wrapper. When you make candy from scratch, the possibilities are endless. From chocolatey bites to …

Parker House Rolls

Makes 36 Servings<p>A top coat of melted butter and salt makes this Parker House rolls recipe irresistible. This is part of BA's Best, a collection of our essential recipes.<p>November 2012Print<p>Ingredients<p>1 envelope active dry yeast<p>1 cup whole milk<p>¼ cup vegetable shortening<p>3 tablespoons sugar<p>1½ teaspoons …

Baking

Experience an aurora borealis in your browser with this stunning panorama

On March 17th a beautiful light show appeared in the skies above Östersund, Sweden — and now you can experience it for yourself. Photographer Göran Strand captured more than 2,400 images of the aurora borealis that night with a Nikon D3s to create a time lapse that covers around four hours of the …

IronX by DXG 5G9V HD action cam review: Good bang-for-your-buck action cam - CNET

MSRP: $249.99<p><b>The Good</b> The <b>IronX by DXG 5G9V HD</b> action cam is value-packed, with a good assortment of accessories, built-in Wi-Fi, and accompanying iOS and Android apps, and a bright OLED display. Several mounting options are available as well as adapters for tripod and GoPro mounts.<p><b>The Bad</b> Its 1080p …

Gear & Gadgets