Thursday, September 16, 2021

The Best Bluetooth Speakers of All Shapes and Sizes

The best Bluetooth speakers still have a place near and dear to our hearts, even as we've seen better (and more portable) smart speakers...

When You’re Living in an Immaterial World, What’s for Sale?

I like a get-rich-quick scheme—what American doesn’t?—and not too long ago I alighted on drop-shipping. The idea came up like this: Plastic straws were...

‘Neurograins’ Could be the Next Brain-Computer Interfaces

For people with brain and spinal injuries, these systems could eventually restore communication and movement, allowing them to live more independently. But currently, they’re...

Why It’s So Hard to Predict Where the Pandemic Is Headed Next

But it is also a landscape of shifting frustrations and fatigue, wild alternations between pessimism and optimism, such as last fall, when Americans returned...

How to Make Podcasts Better for People With Hearing Loss

The average American listens to over 16 hours of online audio content—like podcasts—each week. That’s 17 percent more than last year.But not everyone finds...

7 Great Couches You Can Order Online (and 1 Armchair)

Maybe you have a hand-me-down or a thrifted floral confection that isn't cutting it. Or maybe being stuck at home during quarantine left your...

A Stroke Study Reveals the Future of Human Augmentation

It began in early October 2017, when 108 stroke patients with significant arm and hand disabilities turned up for a peculiar clinical trial. The...

How a Duck Learned to Say ‘You Bloody Fool’

In 1987, a researcher in Australia recorded a male musk duck named Ripper producing a vocalization that sounded very much like “You bloody fool,”...

How Computationally Complex Is a Single Neuron?

Our mushy brains seem a far cry from the solid silicon chips in computer processors, but scientists have a long history of comparing the...

How Do Retroreflectors Give You Super Vision at Night?

A couple of notes: In the diagram, I just drew a human with a flashlight instead of a car with headlights. (I'm sure we...
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