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This Play Dough Will Teach Your Kids All About Electricity
Gear

Ask a four-year-old how an electrical circuit works, and you’ll get a blank stare in return. Ask a four-year-old how to make the eyes on her monsters light up, and they’ll happily plug an LED into a block of conductive dough while explaining that...

Monday, 05 June 2017
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It’s Time For Silicon Valley to Disrupt Its Toxic Asian Stereotypes
Culture

The show constantly questions what keeps innovation from happening in the tech world—but it should ask the same of itself. The post It’s Time For Silicon Valley to Disrupt Its Toxic Asian Stereotypes appeared first on...

Tuesday, 30 May 2017
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12 Monkeys Is Back, and It’s Abandoned the Movie for Good
Culture

If you tune into the third season of Syfy’s 12 Monkeys this weekend, and you’re only familiar with Terry Gilliam’s 1995 movie of the same name, you may be a little lost. You remember James Cole, the time traveler who’s ventured back from a...

Friday, 19 May 2017
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Rebuilding—and Recording With—the 1920s Technology That Changed American Music Forever
Culture

A new PBS documentary chronicles the impact of the lathe—and next month will release the music contemporary artists recorded on one. The post Rebuilding—and Recording With—the 1920s Technology That Changed American Music Forever appeared first on...

Wednesday, 17 May 2017
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Your Fidget Spinner Is (Maybe) Making You Smarter
Brains and Behavior

Skip Suva is a fidgeter. When he worked at paper-intensive administrative jobs, he’d doodle incessantly; when he started a coding career last year, he took up fiddling with an SD-card reader that made pleasant snick noises. “Popping the SD card out and...

Monday, 15 May 2017
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Google’s AI Invents Sounds Humans Have Never Heard Before
Artificial Intelligence

Using math to create 1000s of new musical instruments. The post Google’s AI Invents Sounds Humans Have Never Heard Before appeared first on...

Monday, 15 May 2017
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How Artists Engineer Their Work to Mess With Our Minds
Design

engineered to deceive by julia halperin Many of today’s visual artists are technological innovators, using advanced materials, industrial design, and sophisticated light manipulation to build experiences that trick your brain. Look inside their...

Thursday, 04 May 2017
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Inside Artsy’s Quest to Make You Love Art as Much as Music
Art

With help from machine learning algorithms, Artsy wants to create an art brain that understands the whims and nuances of the art market the way an insider would. The post Inside Artsy’s Quest to Make You Love Art as Much as Music appeared first on...

Wednesday, 03 May 2017
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Jonathan Demme’s Stop Making Sense Is Still the Concert Film All Others Try to Be
Culture

Few films start so inauspiciously as Stop Making Sense. Talking Heads frontman David Byrne walks onto a bare stage at the Pantages Theater in Los Angeles wearing a grey suit and white sneakers and carrying a boombox. “Hi,” he tells the crowd. “I...

Wednesday, 26 April 2017
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Take a Trip Inside Coachella’s Psychedelic 120-Foot VR Dome
Coachella

This year at Coachella the biggest spectacle wasn’t Radiohead, Kendrick Lamar, or even Lady Gaga. It wasn’t Selena Gomez and the Weeknd’s PDA, either. Instead, it was a massive dome where attendees could see giant neon caterpillars, alien landings,...

Tuesday, 25 April 2017
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As Streaming Services Boom, SoundCloud Strives for Relevancy
Apple Music

The music platform incubates talent wonderfully, but can’t hold onto it. What’s next? The post As Streaming Services Boom, SoundCloud Strives for Relevancy appeared first on...

Tuesday, 25 April 2017
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Want to Fix Science’s Replication Crisis? Then Replicate
Opinion

Every month or so, the media reports on the latest so-called superfood that will either cure or cause cancer. As a scientist and lover of social media, I can recognize a whiplash phenomenon when I see one. The spotlight often shines brightest on the latest single...

Wednesday, 19 April 2017
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Here’s Everything Facebook Announced at F8, From VR to Bots
F8

On Tuesday, Facebook kicked off its annual F8 developer conference with a keynote address. CEO Mark Zuckerberg and others on his executive team made a bunch of announcements aimed at developers, but the implications for Facebook’s users was pretty clear. The apps...

Tuesday, 18 April 2017
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Shucks.
Gadget Lab Podcasts

This week, David spends time with 18-year-old hip-hop producer Steve Lacy, and new co-host Arielle talks about iMessage behavior. The post Shucks. appeared first on...

Friday, 14 April 2017
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How Steve Lacy and His iPhone Are Taking Over the Music Business
Gear

Lacy’s smartphone has been his personal studio since he first started making music. The post How Steve Lacy and His iPhone Are Taking Over the Music Business appeared first on...

Friday, 14 April 2017
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United and Other Airlines Overbook Flights Because It (Usually) Pays Off
Airlines

Everyone has an air travel horror story, usually one including some combination of delays, lost bags, smelly seat-mates, and cranky personnel. Yet most everyone’s tale of woe would pale in comparison to that of the man who was dragged off a plane at...

Tuesday, 11 April 2017
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Review: Sonos Playbase
Gadget Lab

Before I get into this, I should admit something: my home audio setup is pathetic. I listen to shows and movies out of the speakers built into my TV. When I have friends over, a UE Megaboom Bluetooth speaker supplies the background music. Sometimes I catch myself...

Monday, 10 April 2017
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How Reggaetón Exploded All Over Cuba Without the Internet
Photo

Three million people download music from hard drives delivered by hand. The post How Reggaetón Exploded All Over Cuba Without the Internet appeared first on...

Thursday, 30 March 2017
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Questlove and the Art of the Subversive Musical Dig
Comedy

The Roots—the house band of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon—are known for sneaking flyby jabs into 10-­second snippets of walk­-on music. We compiled the best of band­leader Questlove’s cleverly subversive ditties for recent...

Thursday, 30 March 2017
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Inside Cheddar, the Would-Be CNBC of the Internet
cheddar

As a dozen members of the production team at Cheddar, a startup internet TV company, settle into their cramped control room at a co-working space in downtown Manhattan, Donald J. Trump looms large. Literally: One of the room’s largest screens, named RS2-DON, is...

Thursday, 30 March 2017
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