• COMPUTERS
    Your next computer will be nearly twice as fast as existing PCs

    Computers may no longer be tech darlings now that everyone uses their smartphones to do basically everything, but they’re about to get really exciting again. About every two years, Intel introduces new processors that shape the computing industry and this year’s no different. Whereas the last two generations of chips were kinda like half steps in performance, […]

  • NEWS
    Can the Headspace App Teach You How to Meditate and Be Less Stressed Out?

    HIGHLIGHTS Headspace is a mindfulness app that teaches meditation The app is free but most lessons require a subscription It has a great design, and is very encouraging to newcomers Our world is increasingly becoming digital. We spend most of our time staring at screens, knowing full well that this affects sleep. Stress and insomnia are […]

  • Go up a size? Or wear clothes that are too tight? (Be honest.)

    The other day I asked my Facebook friends if (clothing) size matters. I asked them because I had just had an awful incident involving a skirt. It was full and floral. A little bit retro, too. And just the thing I needed in my wardrobe. And while the store didn’t carry the skirt in my regular missy […]

  • COUPONS
    Like using that drug coupon? Its days may be numbered

    Co-pay coupons offered by drug makers are controversial. Where patients see a way to reduce or eliminate the out-of-pocket cost of their medications, health plans see a menace that pushes patients to take more expensive drugs. The issue has prompted U.S. government scrutiny, led federal health programs to bar those they insure from using the […]

  • HOME & GARDEN
    Be tactful with garden art

    Saint Francis is actually the patron saint of animals. Saint Fiacre is the real patron saint of gardening. However, statues of Saint Francis, usually accompanied by birds and sometimes by a deer, are popular in home gardens. Has anyone ever seen even a single statue of Saint Fiacre? Statues of Snow White are more common, […]

  • NEWS
    To connect biology with electronics, be rigid, yet flexible

    A schematic of the P3HT film, showing regions that are able to subtly swell to let in ion molecules. Credit: Rajiv Giridharagopal That conclusion might crop up during divorce proceedings, or describe a diplomatic row. But scientists designing polymers that can bridge the biological and electronic divide must also deal with incompatible messaging styles. Electronics […]

  • CLOTHING
    Fig Leaves Are Out. What to Wear to Be Kind to the Planet?

    Americans spent around $350 billion on clothing and footwear in 2016. CreditLauren Fleishman for The New York Times In the Garden of Eden, figuring out what to wear was easy and the fig leaves were environmentally friendly. Today, it’s much harder to find clothes that don’t have some kind of negative impact on the planet. […]

  • COMPUTERS
    When Video Game Consoles Wanted (and Failed) to Be Computers

    Image: Scan of Intelivision owner manual. A lot of early video game consoles secretly wanted to be home computers, too. Their makers either sold keyboard add-ons or failed miserably in the process. A version of this post originally appeared on Tedium, a twice-weekly newsletter that hunts for the end of the long tail. Of all […]