Why Flight Attendants Ask You to Raise Your Window Shade During Take-Off and Landing

Some airlines have their flight attendants ask you and your fellow passengers to raise your window shades during take-off and landing. This isn’t about waking passengers up at the end of a red-eye or having all the shades up or down for the next flight, it’s about safety.

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Remains of the Day: Second Windows 10 Update Coming Later This Year

Microsoft has been steadily releasing beta previews of their upcoming Creators Update for Windows 10 which is scheduled to arrive this spring, but they’ve just confirmed that there is indeed another significant update planned for later this year. That and more in today’s news.

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No, Poppy Seeds Probably Aren’t Going to Make You Fail a Drug Test

Tales of poppy seed-covered foods being the cause of failed drug tests is a classic urban legend that’s been floating around since a certain episode of Seinfeld. While there may be some truth behind the myth, poppy seeds aren’t likely to ruin your drug test anymore.

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This Tool Shows the Location of Structurally Deficient Bridges In Your Area

Bridges are built to stand the test of time, but some bridges are designed better than others, or were built with longer lasting materials. If you’re wondering how safe the bridges in your area are, this web tool can tell you.

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 Gizmodo Reminder: Amazon Treats Its Employees Like Shit | Jezebel Kate Middleton Engagement Dress D

 Gizmodo Reminder: Amazon Treats Its Employees Like Shit | Jezebel Kate Middleton Engagement Dress Designer Recalls Disastrous ‘Kate Effect’ | Deadspin Runner Gets Caught Cutting Half-Marathon Course, Covering Tracks By Bike | The Root Trump Kept a Copy of Hitler’s Speeches Near His Bed: Report |

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I’m Anant Agarwal, CEO of edX, and This Is How I Work

One of the indisputable virtues of the internet is the availability of free online courses that enable anyone to educate themselves. edX is one such outlet, founded by Harvard and MIT, and offers free, open source courses that are allowing people around the world to get an education that would otherwise be out of…

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How Insurance Works When You Rent Out Your Car On Turo

A casual look through car renting service Turo yields some pretty sweet and unusual stuff. Why rent a Nissan Sentra at the airport when you can rent some local enthusiast’s Porsche instead? It’s easy to get wrapped up in fantasies of having rare and cool cars to drive for a weekend, but how does the reality insurance…

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Tuataras and The Question of Living Fossils

New Zealand's tuataras prove the old adage "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" like few other animals on the planet (coelacanth, I'm looking at you). While paleontologists have long differed over the animal's "living fossil" status, new research suggests the tuatara lineage got its groove some 240 million years ago and never lost it. Sphenodon punctatus, commonly known as the tuatara, has been puzzling science as long as science has been aware of it: Back in 1831, the animal was initial

Make Store-Bought Pasta Sauce Taste Homemade With a Quick Simmer

Marinara and other tomato based pasta sauces aren’t too difficult to make on your own, but sometimes you don’t have the time. This super simple trick can make a jar of the store-bought stuff taste like you’ve been working on it all day.

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Pay What You Want for a Collection of Make’s Raspberry Pi and Arduino Books

The Humble Book Bundle has teamed up with Make to collect together a ton of books for learning how to use an Arduino and Raspberry Pi.

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