Scientists Have Figured Out How to Capture Energy From a Gentle Breeze

The crackling sound you hear as you separate two socks fresh out of the dryer are the result of the triboelectric effect generating static electricity. It can occasionally lead to an unpleasant shock, but researchers from the Beijing Institute of Nanoenergy and Nanosystems are leveraging the effect to create a power-generating wind turbine that works …

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This New Quantum Processor Is Made of Light

The key to Xanadu’s quantum computer is a thumbnail-sized silicon chip, which runs algorithms by manipulating the infrared laser beams contained on it.Photo: Xanadu Experts are still unclear on what material will make the best quantum computer, but one obscure candidate is gaining traction: infrared light. Earlier this month, quantum computing startup Xanadu, based in …

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Grab the Latest iPad for $300 ($30 off)

iPad Eighth Generation (32GB) | $300 | AmazoniPad Eighth Generation (128GB) | $395 | Amazon Advertisement Every time I see an iPad deal, I’m reminded of this tweet from Washington Post reporter Gene Park. Also the NY Times article he’s referencing, but mostly his tweet. The iPad has supplanted our TVs as the main TV- …

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‘Brain-Boosting’ Supplements Are Full of Unapproved, Untested Drugs, Study Finds

Image: Gizmodo/Stem Cell Research via Getty Images (Getty Images) Supplements that supposedly improve brain health and functioning, known as nootropics, often contain unapproved and potentially unsafe drugs, according to new research published Wednesday. The study not only detected drugs unapproved in the U.S. in these nootropic products, but also found that these drugs could be …

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The 10 Best Deals of September 23, 2020

Gif: Juliana Clark Best Deals of the DayBest Deals of the DayThe best deals from around the web, updated daily. Wednesday’s Best Deals | Kinja Deals It’s September 23, and we at Kinja Deals are bringing you the best deals for your home. Upgrade your hand-me-down living room furniture with a virtual shopping trip to …

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California Bans Sale of New Gas-Powered Cars Beginning in 2035

Soon, it’ll be an electric vehicle at least.Photo: Kyle Grillot (Getty Images) California has taken a dramatic step forward in its battle to combat its gradual slide into climate change hell. On Wednesday, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced his signing of an executive order that will prohibit the sale of new cars with an internal combustion …

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Australian Regulators: If You Want to Vape, Get a Prescription

E-juice being sold in San Rafel, California in 2015.Photo: Justin Sullivan (Getty Images) Australia’s muddled laws on vaping are emerging from a dank cloud of confusion: According to a Wednesday report in the Guardian, the country’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has ruled that nicotine will be reclassified as a prescription-only medication in June 2021. Advertisement …

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This $12 Tom Nook Beanie Oozes My 2020 Mood

Animal Crossing Tom Nook Beanie | $12 | Amazon Yep, I’m just over it. I think we all are. Even a Tesla-filled Christmas couldn’t save 2020 for me. I don’t often wear my emotions on my sleeve, but technically, this Animal Crossing Tom Nook beanie goes on my head, and it says oh so much …

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Jon Snow’s Resurrection Is Why Lady Stoneheart Never Came to Game of Thrones

Good thing she didn’t yell “I’ll be back!”Image: HBO Sorry, Thrones fans. Only one Stark-affiliated resurrection per series. No take-backsies. Advertisement Lady Stoneheart—the resurrected, vengeful corpse of Catelyn Stark roaming the Riverlands with the Brotherhood Without Banners, executing anyone she believes to be affiliated with the Red Wedding in the A Song of Ice and …

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Next Year You’ll Be Able to Use Microsoft Office Without a Subscription, Thank Goodness

Image: Microsoft If there’s one thing we could do without next year besides, well (gestures at everything), it’s subscription services. Peacock. Xbox Game Pass. Disney+. Adobe Creative Suite. Apple Arcade. Stadia. HBO Max. CBS All Access. Netflix. Hulu. Spotify. Amazon Prime. Even our shoes aren’t safe from monthly payments. Kind of makes you pine for …

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