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6 Mind Hacks That Keep Stress In Check (Really!)

"Stress is our perception of what's happening outside of us and the power we give it," says Lauren E. Miller, author and stress expert.<p>If you can adopt Miller's definition of the phenomenon as your own, you may find it possible to reframe your perception of stressful situations and, inevitably, …

If You Give a Dad a Daughter

If you give a dad a daughter...<p>he'll probably wonder what to do with her.<p><i>Especially if he's a man's man.</i><p>So he'll play catch with her, teach her to climb trees, and how to ride a bicycle.<p>Which seem like things a girl wouldn't like to do.<p><i>But she will.</i><p>He might wonder if she'll be all emotional and …

Parenting

Watch This Crazy Coating Completely Repel Water

Rust-Oleum's NeverWet Multi-Surface Liquid Repelling Treatment looks like frosted glass, but this amazing coating repels water like nothing we've seen.<p><b>When the PR department of a paint company</b> promises something that's "unlike any product we've manufactured before," it's easy to be skeptical. …

Talkz, Because Messaging With Your Thumbs Is So 2000 And Late

If email is first in line for disruption, messaging has to be second. A new company launching out of TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2013 has a fresh take on our most favoritest form of communication.<p>Talkz asks you to stop typing and start talking. Or type. Or doodle. Or share music. Really, anything you …

Royal Rainbow Superfood Quinoa Salad Recipe

This delicious quinoa recipe bursting with superfoods is perfect to make in large quantities on the weekend and eat throughout the week. You can bulk it up by adding a piece of organic chicken, a piece of salmon, or delicious roasted veggies and enjoy it for lunch or dinner. You can even serve it …

Food

What Could Possibly Go Wrong With This Child-Piloted Robot War Machine?

Answer: nothing. Just take the kids to the toy store and everything will be fine.<p>Sakakibara-Kikai is a Japanese robotics manufacturer that specializes in futuristic, semi-outlandish robotic exoskeletons. One of the company's first exoskeletons, the Landwalker, looked amazing: like a team of ace …

This Amazing Virtual Water Will Make You Want To Go For A Swim [Video]

Virtual water that actually looks close to water<p>Water almost never looks <i>quite</i> like water when it's rendered: there a lot of variables involved with a fluid splashing around, after all. But this virtual water looks pretty great.<p>The team at PhysXInfo made the software, called Position Based Fluids, …

FYI: Why Aren’t Hovercraft More Useful?

Blame the skirts.<p>The inventor of the modern hovercraft, Christopher Cockerell, once imagined that his vehicle would cross the Atlantic at 100 miles per hour, an ocean liner coasting on air. While small hovercraft still serve a role in recreation and military landings, Cockerell's dream of hover …

A Solar Dish That Makes Electricity And Fresh Water

A technological twofer!<p>It's not exactly a solar panel. It's more like a solar dish. And not only does it generate electricity, it makes water, too.<p>Researchers at companies and universities in Switzerland are developing a parabolic solar energy-capturing dish that they hope will be cheaper than …

The Most Immersive Virtual-Reality System Yet

In your face!<p>Palmer Luckey built his first virtual-reality (VR) headset for a simple reason: Every attempt he'd seen, including his own collection of 46 pairs of goggles, failed in one way or another—too heavy, too slow, too limited a field of view. So he set out to invent the perfect pair himself. …

Helix portable battery has 11,000 mAh of power

If you travel with a lot of gadgets, you know that can be a challenge to keep them powered up. If you’re roaming using something like an iPhone and …

Box Adds Edit Feature So Files Can Be Created And Edited In The Cloud

Box released a new feature on Thursday that allows its customers to create and edit files from within the cloud storage service’s application. Dubbed Box Edit, it works with the common file formats such as Microsoft Word docs, Photoshop files, and even AutoCAD files. It has really become the …

Zap Away Would-Be Attackers With This 3800kv Anti-Rape Bra

Feeling unsafe? Switch on your protective lingerie.<p>In the wake of a highly publicized series of brutal rapes in India, a group of engineering students devised a way to help women deter sexual assault: Make their underwear a weapon.<p>Manisha Mohan, a 20-year-old student at SRM University in Chennai, …

How '80s Technology Made the Modern World

Where would we be without the Walkman?<p>A surprising number of the technologies that define life today got their start in the 1980s. Take a trip back to the time of Pac-Man, Walkmans, and Reaganomics to revisit the tech that created the future.

Alipay Launches Sound Wave Mobile Payments System In Beijing Subway

Alipay has launched a new payment system in the Beijing subway that uses sound waves to connect smartphones with vending machines. The sound wave payment system was introduced with the Alipay Wallet mobile app in January and uses white noise (link via Google Translate) generated by a smartphone to …

Windows 8.1 'boot to desktop' rumor: Wishful thinking?

A weekend rumor would lead us to believe that Microsoft is working on an option in Windows 8.1 that allows a direct boot to desktop.<p>A Windows 8.1 option to boot to desktop? That seductive rumor has been making the rounds over the weekend.<p>What could be a reflection of wishful thinking, a post at …

Microsoft Windows

Don't Lose Your Head - The Skull Tidy Organizer

No matter how many apps we have, or how many gadgets are combined into one handheld tool, the "stuff of life" still seems to add up. By the time each …

Invented: A Much Better Way To Predict Airline Delays

Calculating air travel is a surprisingly tough math challenge.<p>If you consider how many things have to go right for it to work, passenger flight is a seamless experience almost all of the time. Except when it isn't, and your flight is delayed and you miss your connection. Why does this happen? It's …

Next-gen Microsoft Office is codenamed “Gemini”

Microsoft’s next generation of Office software looks like it’s going to be a rebel and not follow Microsoft’s new “Blue” codename. The software will …

Software

21 Most Admired Companies Making IT A Competitive Advantage

All enterprises, regardless of what they produce or the services they deliver, are really information businesses.<p>The accuracy, speed and precision of IT systems means the difference between winning or losing customers, keeping supply chains profitable, and solidly translating new concepts into …

iPad mini vs Nexus 7 vs Nexus 10 vs Surface RT: tablet comparison review

(Please note: this is <i>not</i> a comprehensive roundup of every tablet on the market, <i>nor</i> a detailed list of every specification of those tablets. It's my …

Space Pictures This Week: Mars Gullies, Aurora Borealis, and Dragon Detaches

Google Chrome update brings better spell-checking and some bug fixes

The latest Google Chrome update on the stable release channel reached version 26, with the most important change it brings being the improved spell-checker.<p>Namely, the “Ask Google for suggestions” feature has been significantly improved, as it now offers spelling suggestions, whether we’re talking …

Android News

Gallery: April 2013's Hottest Gadgets

Scientists Build Hollow Virus For Cheaper Vaccines

This foot-and-mouth virus has a stable exterior, but no genetic material in its interior.<p>Call it hollow-hearted. Researchers have built a mimic of the outer capsule of the foot-and-mouth disease virus. Inside, where the virus' genetic material normally lives, is empty.<p>Such synthetic virus-like …

Architects are starting to 3D print houses—but without a house-sized printer

A couple of months ago, Dutch architect Janjaap Ruijssenaars announced that he was building a curvy, loopy and for some reason, largely see-through building, to be made with the help of Enrico Dini’s D-Shape 3D printer. The project would cost up to 5 million euros ($6.4 million) and be completed in …

3D Printing