Sophie Bushwick
at 10:48 AM Feb 7 2017
Hacks // 

This weekend, an anonymous passenger defaced a New York subway car with Nazi symbolism and scrawled hate speech, drawn in permanent marker. When other subway riders saw the marks, they erased the damage with a simple tool: hand sanitizer.

at 11:27 AM Feb 1 2017
Hacks // 

  In music, you have scales. In Jiu Jitsu, it's drilling. Most of us just call it practice. Whatever you label it, many believe that greatness, heck even mere competency, requires training a skill well past proficiency. It's continuing to practice your free throw even after you've nailed every shot. It's playing through that song one more time even though you've made no mistakes. Scientists call this training past the point of improvement 'overlearning.' And a recent study in Nature Neuroscience suggests that it might improve performance by altering chemicals in the brain that “lock” in training.

Eleanor Cummins
at 09:54 AM Jan 25 2017
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Did you plan on getting lost in the middle of the woods, where no one could hear your calls for help? Of course you didn't.

Sara Chodosh
at 11:24 AM Dec 15 2016
Make // 

Your knife is too dull. How do I know this? For one, you clicked on this article. For another, you're supposed to be sharpening (or at least honing) your knife every few weeks—and, well, most of us don't do that.

Sophie Bushwick
at 10:30 AM Dec 8 2016
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Want to spy on your neighbors from outside? In a similar situation, MacGyver rigs up a distant laser microphone. When a conversation goes on inside a room, it creates vibrations in the air—vibrations that carry to the glass of a window. All a would-be eavesdropper need do is point a laser at the window, aiming the beam so that it bounces off the glass and returns to hit a light-sensitive photocell. The photocell can detect fluctuations in the laser beam—and if you wire that photocell to a speaker, it will translate the window's vibrations back into sound waves.

Mary Beth Griggs
at 09:19 AM Dec 7 2016
Kelsey D. Atherton
at 10:26 AM Oct 25 2016
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If you were on the internet this week, as you may have been if you're reading this, then you probably noticed some sites are having trouble loading, and others are not working at all. There's a good reason for that. Well, not a good reason, but a clear, obvious reason: someone is attacking the internet, and they're succeeding.

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