How to Use Smart Lighting to Transform Your Kid’s Bedroom

How to Use Smart Lighting to Transform Your Kid’s Bedroom

Internet-connected smart lights are more affordable than ever and easy to use via remote controls or smartphone apps.Options range from simple bulbs that slot into regular fixtures to smart light strips that can be installed in unlikely spots.

Scary Video Games Help Me Cope With My Fears About Reality

Scary Video Games Help Me Cope With My Fears About Reality

“What you’re often doing in exposure therapy is watching yourself watch the world, because most of us, when we’re feeling anxious, only attend to threatening cues in our environment,” Isabel Granic, director of Games for Emotional & Mental Health Lab at Radboud University, tells me.

The Healing Power of JavaScript

The Healing Power of JavaScript

Ellen Ullman writes in her book Life in Code: A Personal History of Technology, “Until I became a programmer, I didn’t thoroughly understand the usefulness of such isolation: the silence, the reduction of life to thought and form; for example, going off to a dark room to work on a program when relations with people get difficult.”.

Period Underwear Changed My Life—and I'm Never Going Back

Period Underwear Changed My Life—and I'm Never Going Back

Photograph: Knix I got my period for the first time when I was young and for many years it was horrendous, for lack of a better word.I can’t help but think how much different those years would have been if I had period underwear all along.

Help! Everyone Is Judging My Messy Bedroom

Help! Everyone Is Judging My Messy Bedroom

I used to talk to so many people on the phone; these days, I’m constantly moving my laptop from the surface of my desk to the stack of books that props it up for video calls.

The Mars Landing Was the Best Thing on TV This Week

The Mars Landing Was the Best Thing on TV This Week

NASA Lands the Perseverance Rover on Mars.The Atlas V rocket transporting NASA’s latest Mars rover launched from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center in July and has spent the past six months en route to the Red Planet.

Cyberpunk 2077 and the Meaning of Its Deadly Dildos

Cyberpunk 2077 and the Meaning of Its Deadly Dildos

“We're going to adjust them so that the dildos don't appear too out of place/context and distracting.” Meanwhile, a designer at the company who told me that he wished to remain anonymous an account of the “tumultuous PR” around the game said they’d put in all the dildos for two reasons: to be controversial, and also “to represent the cyberpunk future as sex-positive.”.

Something Was Wrong. My Nightgown Was in Flames

Something Was Wrong. My Nightgown Was in Flames

The cold water hit like a narcotic; my terror tilted into galactic well-being.After some number of cold-warm, bliss-agony cycles, I uncertainly called for Richard.Richard carried me to the bed where he put a cold cloth on the burns.

AI Can Run Your Work Meetings Now

AI Can Run Your Work Meetings Now

Green and I had been chatting on Headroom, a new video conferencing platform he and cofounder Andrew Rabinovich launched this fall.

How to Make Multiple Smart Speakers Work Together

How to Make Multiple Smart Speakers Work Together

To put two Nest speakers together as a stereo pair, they need to be in the same room: Tap any speaker, then the cog icon, then Room to set this.David Nield via GoogleWith that done, tap on the first speaker, then the cog icon, then Speaker pair .

The CMAs Were a Good Reminder to Stick to Zoom Award Shows

The CMAs Were a Good Reminder to Stick to Zoom Award Shows

Watching Reba McEntire's and Darius Rucker’s opening remarks at the Country Music Association Awards on Wednesday night, it was hard not to be reminded of a different performance entirely: Ariana Grande and Lady Gaga at the MTV VMAs this summer.

Dunking on Nevada Got the Internet Through Election Week

Dunking on Nevada Got the Internet Through Election Week

Florida’s tiny-paper-fragment mess was part of a massive recount that eventually landed in the Supreme Court; Nevada is just taking a while to count votes.Left with little else to do but wait, the internet did what it always does: started a meme.

Anatomy Opens the Creaking Door to Haunted House Tales

Anatomy Opens the Creaking Door to Haunted House Tales

Or it could be Netflix 's fault—its release of The Haunting of Bly Manor has reinvigorated the discourse about what makes a good haunted house story and whether or not Mike Flanagan, the horror director who, between Bly Manor and Hill House and Doctor Sleep seems to be veritably obsessed with them, really has what it takes to make one that feels both scary and fascinating.

Scientists Discover the First Room-Temperature Superconductor

Scientists Discover the First Room-Temperature Superconductor

But researchers discovered in 1911 that at low temperatures, electrons can induce vibrations in a metal’s atomic lattice, and those vibrations in turn draw electrons together into couples known as Cooper pairs.

How 30 Lines of Code Blew Up a 27-Ton Generator

How 30 Lines of Code Blew Up a 27-Ton Generator

And when one cybersecurity researcher named Mike Assante dug into the details of that attack, he recognized a grid-hacking idea invented not by Russian hackers, but by the United State government, and tested a decade earlier.

My Country's Leader Got Covid, Too. It Sucked

My Country's Leader Got Covid, Too. It Sucked

Two days after morbid Sunday, Johnson was transferred to intensive care.His former communications director Will Walden assured the British public that Johnson was “far fitter than he looks.” Try not to become too much of a BMI know-it-all.

Amazon’s Bizarre Home Drone Flies Around Inside Your House

Amazon’s Bizarre Home Drone Flies Around Inside Your House

The drone was announced today at Amazon’s annual hardware event, typically a rapid-fire release of new Echo products, Alexa updates, and the occasional gadget oddity, like a talking microwave.

The Cheating Scandal That Ripped the Poker World Apart

The Cheating Scandal That Ripped the Poker World Apart

The September 21, 2019, game, which Stones was broadcasting to audiences via YouTube and Twitch , had attracted several top players to the casino's card room, a gaudily lit space done up like an Old West saloon.

Peloton Is Betting You’ll Never Go Back to the Gym

Peloton Is Betting You’ll Never Go Back to the Gym

At one point John Mills and his wife, Erica, were members at three different gyms, where John could lift weights and Erica could take indoor cycling classes.Mills quickly figured out how to cast Peloton classes from the bike’s tablet to the playroom’s giant projector screen, using a native Android streaming option.

Could a Janky, Jury-Rigged Air Purifier Help Fight Covid-19?

Could a Janky, Jury-Rigged Air Purifier Help Fight Covid-19?

One study, from Singapore and looking not at aerosolized virus but the soot and smoke of Indonesian wildfires, found that a simple filter and fan mounted in a window to pull air inside reduced particulate matter between 1 to 10 microns by around 75 percent.

How to Create an Inviting Yoga Space at Home

How to Create an Inviting Yoga Space at Home

Adding indoor greenery with houseplants is one of Stanley's favorite ways to decorate a yoga space.Even silence can be deafening sometimes, so it could come in handy if you need some background noise to focus on your yoga.

What to Know Before Sending Your Kids Back to School Online

What to Know Before Sending Your Kids Back to School Online

That pandemic has already forced some school districts to close or hurriedly switch their classroom models to incorporate online classes or shorter school days.In a normal school year, Breanne Wiggins would have been prepared to welcome her new students by now.

There's No Such Thing as Family Secrets in the Age of 23andMe

There's No Such Thing as Family Secrets in the Age of 23andMe

The clinic, Idant, had opened three years earlier, one of the country’s first commercial sperm banks.

How Will Covid Be Remembered?

How Will Covid Be Remembered?

Ruminating on why the 1918 flu pandemic wasn’t better remembered, the African historian Terence Ranger concluded in the early 2000s that the story wasn’t being told right.

Lenovo's Nightstand-Friendly Smart Clock Is Now Only $50

Lenovo's Nightstand-Friendly Smart Clock Is Now Only $50

Lenovo's Smart Clock can do almost anything that other Google Assistant devices can do, but it has a smaller 4-inch display (nightstand-sized) and has a nice fabric cover to blend in with your aesthetic.

Inside the Milan Hotel That Housed Covid-19 Patients

Inside the Milan Hotel That Housed Covid-19 Patients

When “guests” arrived, they were sent up to their rooms via a specially-designated Covid-19 positive elevator, not to emerge for weeks.Everyone just wants to leave—and even more, to return to life as it was before the pandemic, back when Hotel Michelangelo was just a place people crashed after a fun day of seeing the sights.

The 18 Best Weekend Deals: Videogames, Sex Tech, Home Goods, and More

The 18 Best Weekend Deals: Videogames, Sex Tech, Home Goods, and More

The bundle includes one of our favorite remote prostate vibrators, as well as the Loki Wave rabbit vibe, a free Remoji toy of your choosing (with code STAYSAFE ), a 36-pack of condoms, and a bottle of lube.

The Future of Commerce Belongs to the Frictionless

The Future of Commerce Belongs to the Frictionless

At the beginning of 2020, a business that offered you a real person in real time to help you with your needs would be considered a luxury and somewhat exempt from the forces of frictionlessness.

Spies Can Eavesdrop by Watching a Light Bulb's Vibrations

Spies Can Eavesdrop by Watching a Light Bulb's Vibrations

They say it allows anyone with a laptop and less than a thousand dollars of equipment—just a telescope and a $400 electro-optical sensor—to listen in on any sounds in a room that's hundreds of feet away in real-time, simply by observing the minuscule vibrations those sounds create on the glass surface of a light bulb inside.

How to Create a Home Meditation Space

How to Create a Home Meditation Space

We're all collectively going kooky as the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus traps us in our homes, but one of the best ways to clear your mind and haul yourself out of a rut is to practice meditation.