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13 Easy Halloween Costumes to DIY This Year

Plan to slay the game.<p>Yes, you could slap on a pair of ears and a bodysuit and dub yourself a mouse, but it's always more fun to get creative for Halloween—from your hair down to your carefully curated outfit. This year, draw inspiration for your homemade costume from these 13 pop-culture getups, …

Clothing

The wireless network with a mile-wide range that the “internet of things” could be built on

Robotics engineer Taylor Alexander needed to lift a nuclear cooling tower off its foundation using 19 high-strength steel cables, and the Android app that was supposed to accomplish it, for which he’d just paid a developer $20,000, was essentially worthless. Undaunted and on deadline—the tower …

Internet of Things

Waffle Bars? Grilled Cheese Stations? Check Out These Super-Cool DIY Wedding Food Ideas

When we got married, I think I was a pretty chill planner. Well, except for one thing: I wanted a waffle bar. A <i>big</i> one.<p>See, ours was a brunch wedding, and I was really <i>super-duper</i> craving waffles (OK, I was pregnant, which makes the craving make a bit more sense)—but I also kind of loved the idea of …

This Keyboard Accessory Shocks You Until You Stop Wasting Time On Facebook

Facebook might have started among the college set, but the social network and academics don’t always mix. Since sheer willpower wasn’t working for two MIT doctoral candidates, they decided to build a keyboard accessory that shocked them when they spent too much time on the social …

University of Michigan

Apple's Plan to Change How You Watch TV Forever

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Years of halting negotiations with cable companies haven’t gotten Apple much closer to its grand …

This Startup Wants to Heat Your Home With Computers

Dutch startup Nerdalize is seeking investment for technology that will help heat your home with computer power.<p>This isn’t a new concept of course. Microsoft has previously published a research paper, in which it argues that servers can be sent to homes and office buildings and used as a primary …

The bar that won't let you in unless you're a Facebook friend

A Stockton, Calif., bar owner is fed up with undesirables. So he won't let you in after 9 p.m. unless he's already vetted you on Facebook.<p>There are some sentences you never expect to hear.<p>One of those is: "I'm leaving you for a 4'9" circus performer."<p>Another is: "Facebook is the best bouncer I've …

Burlesque

Ask Engadget: best device locator?

We know you've got questions, and if you're brave enough to ask the world for answers, then here's the outlet to do so. This week's Ask Engadget inquiry is from Eric, who needs help overcoming a memory condition with regards his wallet. If you're looking to ask one of your own, drop us a line at <b>ask</b> …

There's a tiny coach in your basketball

There are tons of gadgets to help golfers develop the perfect swing, but it’s hard to apply the same unobtrusive training tools to other sports. Evo One, though, is the counterpoint — it's a Kickstarter project that puts a tiny coach inside a basketball to help players improve their game. A small …

16 Year-Old Develops Cleaner, More Efficient Method of Creating Biofuel

If ever you feel slightly pessimistic about the future, remember that there are brilliant young people out there who are willing to take charge and …

Smart Windows That Let In Light But Keep Out Heat Are Almost Here

Up to 5% of total U.S. energy consumption goes out the window, literally. Now, nanotechnology could produce a coating for glass that is affordable and effective at saving energy.<p>Windows are good for gazing–but they’re an energy efficiency nightmare. In the winter, they let out warmth that you want …

40 Maps That Show How The World Works

As we’ve mentioned time and time again, there are a lot of creative ways to share information through mapmaking. Recently, a collection of quirky maps made the rounds online. <i>The Washington Post</i>‘s Worldviews section, which had an original map included in this collection, followed suit with its own …

Whole Foods is selling vinyl records now, naturally

There's a stereotype about Whole Foods shoppers, and the grocery store appears happy to play to it: five of its Los Angeles locations are now stocking vinyl records on their shelves beside the organic legumes and GMO-free produce that you'd normally expect to find at the supermarket. Shoppers at …

9 Things About Pants Every Guy Needs To Know

Women get to mix up their pants with skirts, dresses and the occasional skort (hey, we'll admit it). But for guys, it's almost all pants, all the time. So it would behoove men to get the details right, right?<p>Right. Unfortunately, many guys are making serious mistakes when it comes to wearing pants, …

This Roofie-Detecting Glass Could Prevent Date Rape

A new line of plastic cups, straws, and stirrers raises an immediate red flag if a drink is spiked.<p>Memory-melting roofies, aka date rape drugs–which lurk odorless, colorless, and tasteless in drinks–may have met their match. DrinkSavvy, a new line of glassware, plastic cups, straws, and stirrers, …

College & University

Upping the Weird Factor: The World's 10 Wackiest Hostels - Vagabondish

Traveling on a budget doesn’t mean your accommodation options need be stock-standard. If anything, cheap backpacker haunts can oftentimes prove far …

Quentin Tarantino Lists the 12 Greatest Films of All Time: From Taxi Driver to The Bad News Bears

<i>Creative Commons image via Wikimedia Commons</i><p>Any list of the most respected American filmmakers of the past half-century would have to include Stanley …

4 Killer Workouts for While You're on Holiday or Vacation

<b>My wife loves to travel.</b> She spent six months working as a nanny in France. She has visited nearly every continent and speaks English, French, and …

Kuala Lumpur

Compleat FoodSkin Flexible Lunchbox Keeps Your Food As Perfect As You Assemble It In The Morning

<b>Compleat FoodSkin</b>, a flexible lunchbox that expands to hold your meal. Cool heh? You can perfectly assemble a sandwich and keep it inside this unit …

Advent of Google means we must rethink our approach to education

Would a person with good handwriting, spelling and grammar and instant recall of multiplication tables be considered a better candidate for a job …