Stop Obsessing Over Sleep—Your Brain Will Thank You

Stop Obsessing Over Sleep—Your Brain Will Thank You

Fitbit kicked off this trend when it released the first tracker in 2009.Little more than a glorified pedometer at the time, the Fitbit couldn’t monitor your heart rate, pay for anything, or even tell you the time.Fears over bad sleep are getting the TED treatment and topping best-seller lists.

Scientists study eels by moonlight

Scientists study eels by moonlight

Eel larvae face a long journey from their spawning grounds in unknown parts of the Western Pacific Ocean to the freshwater rivers and streams of New Zealand where they spend most of their lives.

Best Toothbrush Subscription Services (2019): Quip, Shyn, Goby, Burst

Best Toothbrush Subscription Services (2019): Quip, Shyn, Goby, Burst

$60 gets you a brush with a single head, carrying case, and charger—plus a subscription that sends a new head every two or three months for $5 a pop.

Microsoft’s First Windows XP Patch in Years Is a Very Bad Sign

Microsoft’s First Windows XP Patch in Years Is a Very Bad Sign

There’s maybe no better sign of a vulnerability’s severity; the last time Microsoft bothered to make a Windows XP fix publicly available was a little over two years ago, in the months before the WannaCry ransomware attack swept the globe .

Easter forecast

Easter forecast

Increasing chances for showers or rain in the North Island, except the east, showery and cooler in the South Island. Rain or showers likely continuing in the North Island, improving conditions in the South Island.

Why a (Very Bad and Unsafe!) Playground Stunt Sends Folks Flying

Why a (Very Bad and Unsafe!) Playground Stunt Sends Folks Flying

This says that the farther you are from the center of the rotating merry-go-round, the greater the acceleration.

Uber’s Losing Less Money—but Growing Less, Too

Uber’s Losing Less Money—but Growing Less, Too

The year of the gig economy IPO continues, when Uber Thursday made public its first bit of official paperwork with the Securities and Exchange Commission—a sign that the tech company is preparing to list its shares on the New York Stock Exchange.

5 Best Rain Jackets for 2019: Lightweight, Hiking, and More

5 Best Rain Jackets for 2019: Lightweight, Hiking, and More

The Keb is a technical shell, with features like a helmet-compatible hood, plasticized water-resistant zippers, and pockets on the chest so that you can access them while wearing a climbing harness or a hip belt.

The Punishing Ecstasy of Being a Reddit Moderator

The Punishing Ecstasy of Being a Reddit Moderator

Elliot checked the user histories of the people sharing the suspicious links. Because it didn’t seem like the company was doing anything, he wrote up a public post with links to all of the accounts he’d found.

So You Want to Harness Evaporation From a Manmade Lake

So You Want to Harness Evaporation From a Manmade Lake

Just check out the Qattara Depression Project ; the basic idea is to create a channel to let water from the Mediterranean Sea flow into the Qattara Depression, a giant low-lying area in Egypt.

Bell Reveals a Surprisingly Down-to-Earth Air Taxi

Bell Reveals a Surprisingly Down-to-Earth Air Taxi

That industry is based on the idea that quiet, efficient, and safe air taxis (aka flying cars) with electric power and high-tech control systems will allow safe operation by either computers or human pilots with minimal specialized training.

Toyota Hits the Water With an Investment in Robo-Ships

Toyota Hits the Water With an Investment in Robo-Ships

It is working on systems that will automate smaller vessels, where human labor can account for more than half of operating costs: workboats (the marine industry’s equivalent of construction vehicles), ships that do offshore surveys, firefighting, security, and responding to oil spills.

Was a Star Wars Escape Pod Really Just a KFC Bucket?

Was a Star Wars Escape Pod Really Just a KFC Bucket?

If I had a view of the "falling" model from the side, I could easily get position-time data using video analysis by looking at each frame in the scene.Alas, I don't have that view.

Plastic Makers' Credit Ratings May Be Hit by Pollution Rules

Plastic Makers' Credit Ratings May Be Hit by Pollution Rules

Makers of packaging for the food and beverage industry may also have similar issues, Wagner said. Moody’s analysts plan to scrutinize how the trend impacts companies, though plastic risk hasn’t prompted any change in credit ratings yet, Wagner said.