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I Actually Have a Chance of Solving This Motion-Sensing Rubik's Cube Handheld That Gives You Hints

Did the Rubik’s Cube, one of the world’s most deceptively simple puzzle games, need to be turned into a handheld gaming device? I initially thought Super Impulse’s new Rubik’s Tilt game was a gadget the world didn’t need, but it turns out there’s one feature a cube-solving amateur like myself is happy to finally have:…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Toys, Games, Science, Tech, Puzzles, Consumer Tech, Rubiks Cube, Toy Fair, Super Impulse, Toy Fair 2019, Rubiks Tilt


That Toilet Paper Spitball Blaster Gets a Much-Needed Rapid-Fire Upgrade

Despite being one of the many poop-themed, gross-out toy reveals at last year’s New York Toy Fair, Jakks Pacific’s toilet-paper shooting Skid Shot turned out to be a fun alternative to traditional toy blasters that just shoot foam ammo. For 2019, Jakks is releasing an improved version called the Sheet Storm that fixes…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Toys, Science, Toilet Paper, Toy Fair, Blasters, JAKKS Pacific, Skid Shot, Toy Fair 2019, Spitballs, Sheet Storm, New York Toy Fair Jakks Pacific


The Coolest Images in the Beautiful New Han Solo Book

If you’re looking for 241-page, beautifully illustrated, expertly researched book chronicling the history of Han Solo, Star Wars Icons: Han Solo by Gina McIntyre is it. But that’s not all that makes the book so great.Read more...
Tags: Star Wars, Books, Science, Disney, Han Solo, Harrison Ford, Lucasfilm, George Lucas, Alden Ehrenreich, Insight Editions, Gina McIntyre


Christopher Robin's Pooh & Friends Looked So Real Because Puppeteers Played With Real Stuffed Animals on Set

When you’re bringing an imaginary creature to life through CG, you can make it move however you want. But when you’re bringing a toy millions of kids spent their childhoods with to the big screen, you need to use every trick to make them move as believably as possible—including something as simple as just playing with…Read more...
Tags: Toys, Science, Disney, Puppets, Winnie The Pooh, Vfx, Stuffed Animals, Christopher Robin, Plush Toys, Framestore, Chris Lawrence


This D&D/Stranger Things Crossover is What Barb Would've Wanted

Hasbro is releasing a Stranger Things-themed Dungeons & Dragons starter set to help you kill time before the Netflix drops the third season. Read more...
Tags: Toys, Science, Netflix, Hasbro, Board Games, Dungeons And Dragons, Stranger Things


An Exclusive Look at the Amazing New Zord Toys Coming With Power Rangers: Beast Morphers

You know the drill, ranger fans: a new show, a new team of rangers, and a new bunch of zords to combine and transform into the Megazord. With Beast Morphers on the way, that’s happening all over again—but there’s a bit of a twist on the toy front this time, thanks to the arrival of Hasbro’s era of Power Rangers.Read more...
Tags: Toys, Science, Hasbro, Exclusive, Power Rangers, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Giant Robots, Power Rangers Beast Morphers


This Tiny Pac-Man Game Is the Size of a Credit Card

Super Impulse’s Tiny Arcade line—a series of four-inch-tall fully playable arcade cabinets—is a fun way for ‘80s kids to relive their childhoods spent stuffing quarters into arcade machines. But for those times when you’re away from your desk and get the itch for Pac-Man or Missile Command, Super Impulse has created a…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Toys, Science, Video Games, Tech, Credit Card, Retro, Consumer Tech, Super Impulse, Microarcade, Missile Command Super Impulse


Some Facts On Caffeine Levels in Tea – Part 2

Continued from yesterday’s post Some Facts On Caffeine Levels in Tea – Part 1 Teabag Tea Facts Ground tea (in a teabag) has more caffeine in the first steeping than loose tea because of the greater surface area. Loose tea has more caffeine in the second and third steepings than ground tea. Teabag agitation in water (such as repeated dunking) does increase the infusion speed. Teabag size and shape can have an effect on how much caffeine is in the infusion. From “Tea preparation and its infl...
Tags: Tea, Science, China, Studies, Caffeine, Green Tea, Oolong Tea, Black Tea, Chiang Rai, Assam, Tea Education, Ayman Itani


This Animated Lego Fan Film Is as Good as the Official Movies

Has wild winter weather made it difficult for you to pop out to the theater to catch The Lego Movie 2? Eventually the flakes will stop falling, but until they do, Nukazooka’s excellent fan film Lego: The Great Escape will tide you over with characters, animation, and a story that’s just as entertaining as the official…Read more...
Tags: Toys, Science, Lego, Hot Wheels, Short Films, Nukazooka, Lego The Great Escape


Hasbro Updated Battleship for the Beer Pong Generation

Following up on a bouncing ping-pong ball version of Connect 4 released last year, Hasbro is updating another one of its classic board games to appeal to a generation that spent most of its college years bouncing plastic balls into beer-filled Solo cups. Alcohol isn’t required to play Hasbro’s new Battleship Shots,…Read more...
Tags: Toys, Games, Science, Drinking, Hasbro, Board Games, Toy Fair, Battleship, Toy Fair 2019, Battleship Shots, Hasbro Updated Battleship


Some Facts On Caffeine Levels in Tea – Part 1

The other night, a friend of my husband’s was visiting. I remembered that on a previous visit, this friend had recognized my husband’s gaiwan for what it was and asked why he was using it as an ashtray. I explained that we found it at a thrift store and it didn’t have a lid, making it useless for tea; a point he conceded. So I mentioned to him that if he wanted I could make a pot of tea for him. He demurred, stating that he can’t have tea past noon because of the caffeine. I nodded knowingly, ...
Tags: Tea, Science, Studies, Caffeine, Green Tea, Oolong Tea, Black Tea, Chiang Rai, Michelle, Tea Education, Mark Atwood, Decaf Tea Au Naturel, Caffeine and Polyphenol Contents of Black


Forget Strong Female Characters! We Need Complicated Female Characters Who Screw Up (A Lot)

Every few months like clockwork, it happens again: the never-ending debate over Strong Female Characters.Read more...
Tags: Books, Science, The Magicians, Characters, Supergirl, Charlie Jane Anders, Killing Eve, She Ra And The Princesses Of Power


This Ridiculous Slow-Motion Racing Game Penalizes the Speedy

Even awkwardly tripping and stumbling on a throw rug would look super cool when played back in slow motion, as YouTube channels like The Slow Mo Guys have shown us time and time again. But with Hasbro’s new The Slow-Motion Race Game players don’t need a $100,000 high-speed camera to create a slow-motion effect; just…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Toys, Games, Science, Tech, Hasbro, Slow Motion, Board Games, Consumer Tech, Toy Fair, Slo Mo, Toy Fair 2019, The Slow Motion Race Game


New Details From Game of Thrones' Infamous Scrapped Pilot Have Emerged

As we wait for Game of Thrones to come to its final end this year, we’re still fascinated about the beginning that never was—one that would’ve given us a radically altered version of the series as we know it.Read more...
Tags: Books, Hbo, Science, Game Of Thrones, George Rr Martin


Historic Manuscript Filled with Beautiful Illustrations of Cuban Flowers & Plants Is Now Online (1826 )

The internet has become an essential back up system for thousands of pieces of historical art, science, and literature, and also for a specialized kind of text incorporating them all in degrees: the illustrated natural science book, from the golden ages of book illustration and philosophical naturalism in Europe and the Americas. We’ve seen some fine digital reproductions of the illustrated Nomenclature of Colors by Abraham Gottlob Werner, for example—a book that accompanied Darwin on his Beagl...
Tags: Google, Art, Europe, Books, Science, College, Cuba, Cornell, Darwin, Mary, Facebook Twitter, Josef Albers, Josh Jones, Euclid, Mary Shelley, Goethe


The Army Thinks Their New Rifle Will Be Like an iPhone

There are not many ways in which an iPhone resembles a battle rifle, but military officials searching for a contractor to build the gun of the future seem to think there is.Read more...
Tags: Iphone, Science, Technology, Guns, War, Military, US military, Army, Rifles, Sure Whatever, Next Generation Squad Weapon


The TSA Found an Average of 11 Guns a Day in Carry-On Bags Last Year

Americans broke a new record last year, but it’s nothing to write home about. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) found 4,239 firearms in carry-on luggage in 2018, breaking the previous record that was set in 2017. That’s an average of more than 11 guns per day.Read more...
Tags: Science, Guns, Gun Control, Tsa, Transportation Security Administration, Firearms, Transportation Security Administration TSA


My Favorite Childhood Gadget of the '80s, the Speak & Spell, Is Back

I can’t remember when exactly the Speak & Spell first entered my life—it was sometime in the very early ‘80s when I was four or five years old—but I do remember being amazed that my parents allowed me to touch and play with this marvel of technology, when other devices, like the VCR and the stereo, were strictly…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Toys, Science, Tech, Retro, Texas Instruments, Consumer Tech, Toy Fair, Basic Fun, Speak Spell, Toy Fair 2019


150 Years of the Periodic Table

2019 marks the 150th anniversary of the creation of the periodic table, and it has been declared the International Year of the Periodic Table by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). In anticipation of the anniversary, and the official opening day ceremony that will take place in France on February 7, Oxford University Press is celebrating the centuries of discover that created the modern Periodic Table.Here, we take a look at the fascinating history of ...
Tags: Infographics, Books, Science, Featured, France, History, Chemistry, Mathematics, Multimedia, Periodic Table, Elements, Oxford University Press, BCE, Science & Medicine, Physics & Chemistry, This Day in History


A New Pet Sematary Trailer Reveals the Remake Will Scare You in a Slightly Different Way

The strongest argument against letting a young person ever have a pet is that, eventually, they’re likely to become emotionally attached to it, which’ll almost invariably become a problem once the pet in question decides to die.Read more...
Tags: Books, Death, Science, Kids, Horror, Animals, Pets, Stephen King, Paramount, Dennis Widmyer, Kevin Kolsch, Pet Sematary


Prosecutors: Border Protection Agent Illegally Sold Dozens of Guns In Private Deals

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent in California is accused of illegally selling guns since at least 2014, according to recently unsealed federal court records. Read more...
Tags: Science, Guns, California, Immigration, Customs, Gun Sales, Border Patrol, Firearms, Customs And Border Protection, Border Protection, AR 15, Off Roster Guns


Prosecutors: Border Patrol Agent Illegally Sold Dozens of Guns In Private Deals

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent in California is accused of illegally selling guns since at least 2014, according to recently unsealed federal court records. Read more...
Tags: Science, Guns, California, Immigration, Customs, Gun Sales, Border Patrol, Firearms, Customs And Border Protection, Border Protection, AR 15, Off Roster Guns


HOW TO: Randall "XKCD" Munroe's forthcoming book of "absurd scientific advice"

Randall "XKCD" Munroe's next book has been announced: How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems, a sequel of sorts to his 2014 book What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions, spun out of his wonderful XKCD spinout site. It's out on Sept 3, and the publisher's description makes it (as Kottke says) an instant pre-order: "For any task you might want to do, there's a right way, a wrong way, and a way so monumentally bad that no one would ever try ...
Tags: Post, Books, Happy Mutants, Gift Guide, Science, News, Webcomics, Humor, Xkcd, Kottke, Explainers For Mad Scientists, Randall XKCD Munroe


WHAT IF: Randall "XKCD" Munroe's forthcoming book of "absurd scientific advice"

Randall "XKCD" Munroe's next book has been announced: How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems, a sequel of sorts to his 2014 book What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions, spun out of his wonderful XKCD spinout site. It's out on Sept 3, and the publisher's description makes it (as Kottke says) an instant pre-order: "For any task you might want to do, there's a right way, a wrong way, and a way so monumentally bad that no one would ever try ...
Tags: Post, Books, Happy Mutants, Gift Guide, Science, News, Webcomics, Humor, Xkcd, Kottke, Explainers For Mad Scientists, Randall XKCD Munroe


Marlon James Talks Superheroes, the Joy of Fantasy, and His Stunning New Book Black Leopard, Red Wolf

Marlon James is already a big deal; he won the prestigious Man Booker Prize in 2015 for his crime novel A Brief History of Seven Killings. But Black Leopard, Red Wolf—the first entry in his Dark Star fantasy trilogy, which the Jamaican-born author himself dubbed “the African Game of Thrones”—levels up in a huge way.Read more...
Tags: Books, Comics, Science, Interview, Marlon James, Black Panther, Wolf, Captain Marvel, X Men, Spider Man Into The Spider Verse, Black Leopard Red Wolf, Dark Star Trilogy, Seven Killings But Black Leopard Red Wolf


Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Farewell to Florence Knoll Bassett, Sweden's affinity for erotica, how germs communicate and more Pioneer of Office Design, Florence Knoll Bassett Dies at 101 Anyone familiar with open floor plans, straight lines and simplicity within their office knows the work of Florence Knoll Bassett. The acclaimed architect and designer reimagined corporate workspaces through her system of “total design,” which removed heavier drapes and desks and …
Tags: Google Chrome, Books, Space, Science, Design, Technology, Sweden, Medicine, Nasa, Artists, Linkaboutit, Link About It, Audio Books, Human body, Florence Knoll Bassett, Germ Communities


Touchy, Feely Robots Have Learned to Play Jenga As Well As Humans Can

A steady hand is needed to play a game like Jenga without toppling the tower, but being a successful block-stacker also requires a fine-tuned sense of touch as you try to find the perfect piece to remove. Until recently it meant robots relying solely on visual data weren’t actually great at playing Jenga (yay,…Read more...
Tags: Toys, Science, Learning, Research, Mit, Robots, Board Games, Jenga, Massachusetts Institute Of Technology, Nima Fazeli


5 favorite books of Albert Einstein

Einstein had a large library and was a voracious reader.The famous physicist admitted that some books influenced his thinking.The books he preferred were mostly philosophical and scientific in nature. None Undoubtedly considered one of the brightest individuals who ever lived, Albert Einstein did not become so accomplished in a vacuum. The physicist learned from the best minds of the time, as is evidenced by his voracious appetite for reading and his extensive personal book collection.In "Einste...
Tags: Art, Books, Astronomy, Isis, Science, Education, Intelligence, History, Physics, Innovation, Philosophy, Albert Einstein, Einstein, Newton, Mach, Cervantes


This Was Inevitable

“If you try hard enough, any popular line of toys can be turned into a successful cinematic franchise.” - Old Hollywood proverb.Read more...
Tags: Toys, Hollywood, Science, Cars, Barbie, Warner Bros, Margot Robbie, Hot Wheels, Nostalgia, Mattel


Ancient civilizations' fascination with AI, robots, and synthetic life

Stanford folklorist and science historian Adrienne Mayor has a fascinating-sounding new book out, titled "Gods and Robots: Myths, Machines, and Ancient Dreams of Technology." It's a survey of how ancient Greeks, Romans, Indian, and Chinese myths imagined and grappled with visions of synthetic life, artificial intelligence, and autonomous robots. From Mayor's interview at Princeton University Press: Who first imagined the concept of robots? Most historians of science trace the first automa...
Tags: Post, Books, Science, News, Stanford, History, Artificial Intelligence, Pandora, Mythology, Robots, Classics, Ai, Princeton University Press, Jason, Folklore, Buddha



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