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Scientists create mutant enzymes that eat plastic bottles

Mutants exist and they're helping to save the planet.<p>OK, not <i>those</i> kinds of mutants. But these are equally cool.<p>An international team of scientists has created a mutant enzyme that breaks down plastic drink bottles, according to the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (the link …

Less Toys, More Joy: How to Avoid Having Too Many Toys

Toys have a way of taking over.<p>It starts innocently enough. You love your kids. You want to make them happy. But before you know it, you find …

Kids

Why 300,000 Volkswagens Are Being Stored In These Massive Auto Boneyards

As part of the settlement after it got caught cheating on its emissions tests, Volkswagen has bought back about 350,000 of its U.S. diesel vehicles. The automaker so far has spent more than $7.4 billion on the cars, according to court filings seen by Reuters.<p>Where does VW put all those cars? …

Southern California

Every Parent Should Know This Rule About Rear-Facing Car Seats Touching the Front Seat

If you've ever installed a rear-facing car seat, the question of whether the back of the car seat can be touching the back of the front seat has likely crossed your mind, as it's a common one. Although there's no certain answer that applies to all makes and models of car seat, you can ensure your …

Customer Service

11 Things Every Parent Should Know About Kids and Sleep

Sleep is so deceptive. It’s such a simple, basic, human act—yet it’s wildly important to every aspect of our lives. Without it, our thinking gets …

Sleep

Flo Technologies brings water management to the smart home

Flo Technologies has a smart water monitoring kit that watches for leaks and shuts water off if it detects a problem.<p>The Flo water security and management system is a new Wi-Fi connected device professionally installed on your main water supply line, Flo Technologies announced Monday.<p>The system …

This Post Nails Everything Moms Accomplish Before Their Day Even Begins

This mom’s crazy morning routine is all of us<p>Liz Petrone is a working mom of four. She gets four kids up and out the door every morning. She walks …

Parenting

This Guy Flew His Camera Drone Onto, Inside, and Under a Moving Train

Camera drone operator Paul Nurkkala just released a video titled “Flight of the Year” that showcases his world-class drone piloting skills. He …

Startup’s solar roof is cheaper, more efficient, and easier to install than Tesla’s solar tiles

The solar roofing competition is heating up, and one company in particular is looking to challenge Tesla head-on. Californian upstart Forward Labs …

5 Smart Home Tech Products to Make Your Life Easier Photos

This week marks the 16th annual Architectural Digest Design Show (ADDS). The four-day event—which is the ultimate destination for those in the luxury and design market—allows architects, designers, and the general public a first-hand look at the most exciting products of the year. Over 400 brands, …

Six Jobs Automation Will Eliminate

Robots don't take jobs. They do some very specific ones.<p>Automation isn’t an abstraction. Headlines may suggest that robots and artificial …

Insurance Industry

I thought I knew C# : Garbage collection & disposal. Part-I

Yeah, that’s right, time to be a garbage guy. And if this line didn’t make you laugh, you probably know how bad of a stand up comedian I ever would …

Defy The Cable Company With A DIY HDTV Antenna

Stick it to the man<p>Frustrated by years of expensive cable bills, Norm Sutaria ditched his set-top box and used online instructions to build a homemade HDTV antenna. Then the education specialist shared his newfound expertise with a class at Brooklyn Brainery, a crowd-sourced education space in New …

Sharp is bringing a ninja fridge to Europe, and I am so jealous

The asymmetrical Karakuri fridge from Sharp has clever features, hidden compartments and a unique design that's "inspired by ninjas." Why does Europe get all of the fun appliances?<p>People often ask me if it's boring writing about refrigerators. I think it's a silly question. After all, pretty much …

10 Must-have smart home devices you need right now

Share17<p>Tweet<p>Share2<p>+13<p>Shares 22<p>What if all the devices in your life could connect to the Internet? Not just computers and smartphones, but everything: …

Home Automation

Building an Algorithm

Here is the tear-sheet.<p>View Notebook<p>Thomas Wiecki shared this notebook<p>Disclaimer<p>The material on this website is provided for informational purposes …

10 top devices for the modern, connected home

Amazon Dash Buttons<p>Amazon's Dash Buttons are very simple: when you're running low on a household item, just push the button, and a few days later a …

27 Startups To Make Your Home Smarter

The future is here as we all know about IOT (internet of things) is growing for the sake of making our future entertaining, safe, secure and …

Gliding Algorithm Lets Drones Surf The Winds For Hours

No fuel needed<p>Launch an unmanned SBXC sailplane into the air with a catapult and it glides lazily down again in about three minutes. But when the sailplane is equipped with software to find plumes of warm air rising from the ground, known as thermals, it can ride them upward and extend its flight …

Turn any hard drive into networked storage with Raspberry Pi

Networked hard drives are super convenient. You can access files no matter what computer you're on -- and even remotely.<p>But they're expensive. Unless you use the Raspberry Pi.<p>If you happen to have a few of hard drives laying around you can put them to good use with a Raspberry Pi by creating your …

What’s best for campus computing? Comparing laptops, tablets and 2-in-1s

Laptops: the old standby<p>Laptops edge out tablets in some obvious ways: For starters, their often-larger screens and built-in keyboards make long-term …

MacBook Pro

10 Home Automation Gadgets For a Connected Life

There are numerous tasks you juggle with every day. Be it at home or at work, you definitely need some help with those many tasks. Whether it’s about …

Best Thermostat Reviews 2018

Life can be stressful sometimes, and it helps to have a home that has all the essential things that will keep you comfortable. This is the reason …

Vegetarian risotto

No need for constant stirring with our low-fat, low-calorie mushroom risotto made in a slow cooker. Sprinkle with parmesan for a comforting veggie …

Cooking

Beekeeping Server - The MagPi Magazine

Bees are amazing! They build hives, waggle dance for each other, and make tasty honey, which we then steal and turn into Crunchie bars.<p>It’s a good …

Microcontroller

QMotion ZigBee HA1.2 Roller Shades Integrate with Home Automation Systems via Qube

Automated shades are a cost-effective way for homeowners to manage their homes' lighting. One of the most innovative companies in the automated shade …

One School's Checklist Proves Kindergarten Really Is The New First Grade

Intense letter listing school’s pre-kindergarten requirements is stressing parents out<p>School is stressful, for everyone. With schedules and homework …

Time I

The 2017 Top Programming Languages

It’s summertime here at <i>IEEE Spectrum</i>, and that means it’s time for our fourth interactive ranking of the top programming languages. As with all …

Programming Languages

This Man Hacked His Own Solar Panels... And Claims 1,000 More Homes Vulnerable

Fred Bret-Mounet knows how best to secure his home: by hacking it.<p>When he equipped his house with a solar array – “like any good Californian” – his first thought was to test its security. After all, it was connected to the internet. Ergo, it almost certainly had some vulnerabilities. He wasn’t to …