Just because a product gets the job done doesn't mean it's a one-trick pony.In a recent AskReddit thread, people shared their favorite products that also pull double-duty as solutions to other problems (One caveat: we haven't actually tried these, so experiment at your own risk).How many of these products have you found alternative uses for?Newspapers rival any rag for streak-free cleaning.Nail polish remover on a cotton ball easily removes hair dye from surfaces.Binder clips make better chip clips than the actual chip clips.
Your blacks and your whites clothes can be are tricky items in the washing machine.The good folks at Consumer Reports have some tried-and-tested tips to stop your black clothes from fading and your white clothes from becoming dingy.Pat Slaven, Textile Engineer at Consumer Reports, has some simple recommendations that anyone can follow.For black clothes, turn them inside out before putting them in the machine, always use only cold water, and never put them in the dryer.For white clothes, mark a fill line in the detergent cap to know the right amount each time; and use bleach *only* on 100% cotton clothes, not any other fabric.Check out the full video for other tips, like using the sun to naturally bleach your whites—it s an awesome demonstration.!
The first Chinese citizen to deliver a graduation speech at Harvard University wants to know why his mother only knew to light his hand on fire when a poisonous spider bit him.Why wasn t she able to use less painful, and less risky treatments that already existed?Jiang He, who grew up in a rural village in southern China s Hunan Province, just received his Ph.D in molecular and cellular biology from Harvard.He explained in his Harvard commencement speech this week that his mom put a chopstick in his mouth, wrapped his hand in wine-soaked cotton, and set it on fire after the spider bit him 15 years ago.It was painful, but the flame actually deactivated proteins in the venom, Jiang said.Society must recognize that the equal distribution of knowledge is a pivotal step of human development and we should work to bring this into reality, Jiang said.
Like dirty bowls in your kitchen after baking, they are everywhere, chalking up billions of views each month.A cook on digital food network Tastemade whips up kale chips raw, vegan, not gross .As the tech giant prioritizes video in its News Feed, media companies scramble to produce enough to meet the voracious appetite.At BuzzFeed s studio in LA, for instance, the Tasty team has cameras set up so a lone producer can make a food video.But for others looking to Tasty for a template, they may struggle without one crucial ingredient: food.The content isn t controversial.
Music is the focus Pearl Jam!, but the vehicles are an inescapable sideshow.But the effort to manage traffic and keep people moving started months before the festival kicks off Wednesday.The DOT drags in temporary signs that line the roads leading to Manchester to send updates and helpful messages like RAMP CLOSED to everyone slogging toward town.Even Bonnaroo s main exit off the highway lasts only a little longer than cotton candy.They ll all have radios, with everyone on the same wavelength, literally and figuratively.
The inaugural fest will feature The Lab, an interactive art experience that "invites festivalgoers to challenge all of their senses" with seven interactive installations and a 360 virtual reality theater.And indeed, some of the installations are hard to imagine."Humans that work with and alongside technology will help us to evolve as a species.Visceral Recess is an inflatable adult playground that encourages people "to become more familiar with their intrinsic selves."Hyper Thread allows festivalgoers to "explore, manipulate, and create sounds in real time" via a a series of silk cocoons.It features original music, sound design and audiospecialization by Antfood.
For those who can t watch, the answer s pretty simple—natural fibers like cotton, wool, and silk are, in their natural state, pretty curly and tangled.In order to be made into clothing, those fibers need to be stretched out, but given an opportunity to return to their natural, tangled state, they will.All of the mechanical energy that comes from washing, machining, and drying clothes gives them the energy and the opportunity to slip those bonds and release the potential energy they get when they re drawn out and straightened to make the clothes that we wear.Some natural fibers do this more than others wool being one of the biggest offenders , but they all do—and synthetics, for example, don t.The reason for that is that they don t get the energy required either through heat in the dryer or being bumped around in the washer to deviate from their stretched and stitched forms.The goal is to keep them from shrinking as much as possible when they re washed, and it usually works pretty well.You can see more about this whole process in the video above and the link below , along with the three types of shrinkage involved with clothing relaxing, felting, and consolidation, when they re most likely to occur, and which causes the most headache for clothes buyers like you and I.
I've been driving trucks since I was a teenager, learning the joys of parking a battleship in an urban environment after my transition from country mouse to city mouse for college.This forced it to do battle with a gang of bruisers from Ford, GMC, Chevrolet, and Ram that were engaged in a relentless game of one-upmanship that left the Japanese interloper in the dust.Rather than follow established segment norms, the Titan XD rides on a platform that splits the difference between the half-ton trucks that are so popular as daily drivers and the heavy-duty models that are typically aimed at commercial buyers or individuals who are deeply committed to tow ratings and torque curves that could be expressed on the Richter scale.Currently, the Titan XD is shipping exclusively in four-door crew cab form with a 6.5-foot box, and until more configurations become available, you'll be tasked with parking this automotive Gulliver's nearly 20-foot footprint in a world that suddenly feels Lilliputian.This was surprising to me, given how the most recent Nissan Maxima sedan features a cabin that could shame a Lexus.I can definitely see the appeal to towing enthusiasts looking to hitch up big boats and hefty gooseneck trailers a factory gooseneck hitch is on the options sheet , and the diesel crowd has already cheered the arrival of another stump-puller to the party, but will bread-and-butter truck buyers - or premium pickup shoppers, for that matter - cotton to the Titan XD's unusual mix of attributes?
GIFLas Vegas doesn t exactly need any help when it comes to looking ridiculous, but this footage, which was shot in infrared by Philip Bloom, makes bits of Vegas look like a cotton candy wonderland as opposed to its typical styrofoam opulence .Seeing the world in infrared isn t exactly new, but the odd colors of the palm trees mixed with the stillness of the people and the total randomness of the Strip makes the effect seem especially eerie.
There are many hazards in spaceflight, but one of the greatest is a fire inside a spacecraft filled with oxygen.Therefore the experiments NASA has conducted to date with fire in microgravity have been small and very well-controlled.Scientists at Glenn Research Center and 10 other U.S. and international government agencies and universities built a 1-meter by 1.3-meter long module, and placed a 1-meter long cotton-fiber sample inside to burn.So when the Cygnus cargo spacecraft departed from the station on Tuesday, the experiment was placed inside.Microgravity combustion research leads to the selection of safer materials for use in spacecraft, improved fire detection and suppression equipment for spacecraft, and improved combustion models that are being used for a variety of Earth-based applications including transportation and energy conversion."The spacecraft currently contains trash and other refuse from the station's crew, and after orbiting the planet for several more days it will make a controlled, destructive reentry into the Earth's atmosphere.
A few years ago Mattel had to apologize for a book featuring a patronizing portrayal of someone called Computer Engineer Barbie, a flustered girl who can t fix her cotton-candy pink computer without help from boys.A remarkably chill looking woman who wears jeans, an olive green jacket and a T-shirt, and even sports punk-rock pink/red streaks in her hair retail price: $12.99 , game developer Barbie even has real code on her computer.The computer has Java on it and you can see various instances of game engines on her laptop, she told The Huffington Post, adding that the project was personally important to her.Neon hair is a legit fashion trend in the game industry.Of course, there s a big push right now to get more girls interested in science, tech, engineering and math — fields where they re still in the minority.Damon Beres contributed reporting.
Soon, your health may hang by a thread.Surgeons could one day suture wounds and incisions with thread now in development that integrates wireless diagnostic sensors.In Microsystems & Nanoengineering, researchers at Tufts University today report the first tests of electronics woven into cotton and synthetic thread that can be sewn safely through multiple layers of tissue.In animal experiments, these threads transmit readings of tissue stress, strain, temperature, acidity, and glucose levels, to monitor healing, infection, and body chemistry.They say the thread-based diagnostic sensors could be an effective in bandages, implantable diagnostic devices and smart wearable systems.
The fastest, most ridiculously-luxurious SUV on the market just got an even more exclusive special-edition, with Bentley customizing its beastly Bentayga for one special group of enthusiasts.The Bentayga Fly Fishing by Mulliner is, as the name suggests, targeted squarely at those whose idea of fun is to take their several-hundred-thousand-dollar truck down to the river and catch some trout.It's the handiwork of the British automaker's Mulliner custom division, which steps in when Bentley buyers ask for something more unusual than the regular - and long - list of paint, leather, wood, and other options.In this case, that means everything you might need for fly fishing.In the trunk there are three saddle-leather trimmed boxes, one for your tackle, one for refreshments, and finally a waterproof wader-stowage trunk.Both the master tackle station and the refreshment case slide out on rails, with the former containing a burr walnut veneered drawer within which you'll find a fly-tying vice, tools, and various cotton, hooks, and feathers.
For all those times that you ve lamented your inability to achieve homeostasis under a blanket in bed seriously, it s hard to be not too hot and not too cold , there s now a potential solution.Meet the Chill, a comforter that promises to be both comforting and cool.While we currently only have the Chill team s word for it, those behind this copper blanket promise that it is not, in fact, too good to be true.Hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars have been spent to build a working prototype of a Chill, and the engineers behind it promise that it is a miracle.According to the team s Kickstarter page, the Chill project managers first built dozens of 4-inch prototypes with combinations of different fills and fabrics, and empirically tested their thermal conductivity in laboratory conditions.Ultimately, they found that a linen shell comprised of 1 mm copper beads was capable of dissipating heat over four times as efficiently as the thinnest cotton comforter they could produce.
Soon you may be stitched up after an operation or accident with threads that monitor your health and send the details directly back to your doctor.Tufts University researchers have created thread made from both cotton and synthetics, which is then dipped in chemical and physical sensing compounds to track your health.It can then sense a variety of variables including stress, temperature, strain, pH, glucose levels and pressure to know exactly how your wounds are healing.The information can then be sent wirelessly to a doctor's phone, tablet or computer, allowing them to monitor your condition remotely and reducing the number of visits you need.The threads would be able to be used as stitches or made to specific shapes such as clothing, bandages or other dressings.Don't expect to be sewed up with this technology anytime soon though.
If your faucet is spraying water all over the place when you turn it on, it could be caused by mineral buildup.This vinegar trick will get things running smoothly again.In this video from the HouseholdHacker YouTube channel, you ll learn plenty of uses for everyone s favorite wonder liquid, including a clever way to get your faucet running like new.All you need to do is soak a cotton ball in some distilled white vinegar, then attach it to the end of your faucet with a rubber band.Let it sit for about 15 minutes so the vinegar can work its magic and dissolve the mineral buildup clogging things up.When it s time to take it off, be sure to wiggle it around a little to scrub off any leftovers.
In Mars, the Daedalus crew is heading to the Red Planet.Taken in May 2033, they are Astronauts Hana Seung Jihae , Ben Sawyer Ben Cotton , Marta Kamen Anamaria Marinca .Back Row L to R: Astronauts Robert Foucault Sammi Rotibi , Javier Delgado Alberto Ammann , Amelie Durand Clementine Poidatz .This November, the National Geographic Channel will take audiences into outer space in a way we haven t seen before.From producers Ron Howard and Brian Grazer comes Mars, a six-part TV miniseries that blends documentary and science fiction to dramatize humankind s first trip to Mars in 2033—and io9 is proud to exclusively debut the first trailer.Half of the show is more traditional drama, with sequences directed by Everardo Gout with plenty of input from Nasa, SpaceX, and others.
When summer hits the Pacific Northwest, people go bonkers.A typical sunny Saturday might consist of rock climbing in the morning, longboarding in the afternoon, and grabbing a six-pack before paddling out to a distant beach to watch the sunset.Your cotton thrift store tee isn t going to cut it on days like these.Thankfully, a new breed of synthetic wool shirts offers a lightweight, tough, breathable, and stink-resistant alternative.Combining the durable, sweat-wicking qualities of synthetic nylon with the super-soft, odor-killing abilities of Merino wool, these shirts raise the bar for blended synthetic tees.Spinning yarn made from synthetics and Merino isn t new.
The A6300 is Sony s flagship APS-C-based mirrorless cameras offering DSLR-like autofocus, a small and convenient form factor, and 4K video recording.However, not everything has been bubblegum and cotton candy.Since its launch, reports of overheating issues have plagued the camera – especially among video shooters.A new firmware for the A6300 may possibly hold a solution to those issues, if Sony s description is accurate.In addition to the overall stability and operability of the camera, the firmware description notes improved stability in picture shooting mode achieved by optimizing temperature control.Now, as that clearly states, the firmware appears to only affect the still-image-related overheating issues.
When your work requires you to be in an office and interact with other people, you owe it to your co-workers to keep up your personal hygiene.That includes ensuring you keep the insides of your ears neat and tidy, unless you want your co-workers to do it for you using a tiny Q-Tip crossbow.What the Hog Wild Pocket X-Bow lacks in size, it more than makes up for with stealth, portability, and being able to quickly hide it under a pile of incomplete TPS reports.Instead of a trigger to squeeze, the X-Bow has a launch ring hanging from a string that you simply have to tug to send one of the included 25 cotton swabs hurdling towards a co-worker.For $10 it s an easy impulse purchase, and we re going to assume you can modify your own Q-Tips to use in the crossbow when the included supply runs out—about three minutes after you start playing with it.