Mary Beth Griggs
at 09:37 AM Oct 23 2014
Fitness // 

Of sports played on ice, hockey tends to get the most attention when it comes to injuries. But figure skaters are also pretty injury-prone, and because of the aesthetic nature of their sport, most figure skaters eschew pads and protective gear while on the ice. This means avoiding injuries can be difficult for practitioners of the sport, in which skaters can exert forces of more than six times their body weight during a jump.  

Kevin Ohannessian
at 09:37 AM Oct 23 2014
Gaming // 

In Xbox One’s newest software updates, which roll out in November, the gaming console's television functions will be integrated with Twitter. This means you can watch a show on the top portion of the screen and simultaneously send out tweets in the "Snap" sidebar. An optional bottom pane will show tweets that are tied to whatever TV series is being played.

Dan Moren
at 19:25 PM Oct 16 2014

Minecraft has become home to any number of experiments in the can-do spirit, everything from a huge model of the U.S.S. Enterprise to working hard drives and computers. The latest venture, created by a German man, is a massive working iPhone, which you can interact with by jumping and running on a “touchscreen.”

Rafi Letzter
at 09:51 AM Oct 15 2014
Gadgets // 

E-readers inspire the kind of polarization usually reserved for religion and taxes. Their detractors call them soulless, shoddy excuses for real paper. But to their fans, their months of battery life, huge libraries, and lightweight frames are just short of magic. Of course, the core technology of the Kindles, Kobos, and Nooks that drive these passions is their textured, paper-like displays. All three major e-reader companies buy their displays from one firm: the eponymous E Ink.

Daniel Engber
at 09:35 AM Oct 4 2014
Fitness // 

There’s no direct evidence that TVs, computers, or cell phones cause nearsightedness. Yet worries about the effects of staring at illuminated screens persist. Our eyes adjust their shape to focus on “near work” with printed text or digital displays, so it seems plausible that extended bouts of reading might lead to lasting damage. But Kathryn Rose of the University of Sydney says this hypothesis has not been borne out.

Andrew Rosenblum
at 08:08 AM Oct 2 2014
Gadgets // 

“When I first heard the news, I was doing cartwheels,” says Cindy Southworth, a technology expert at the National Network to End Domestic Violence. “But my official statement is ‘Yippee! One down and 400 to go.’  There’s a long list of really vile products right behind StealthGenie that need to be investigated and taken down too.”  

Francie Diep
at 10:21 AM Sep 30 2014
Gaming // 

Like many people, Val Shute likes playing video games. But while she's gaming, she doesn't exactly think about the same things the average person does.

 
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