Chime Chai Maker Review: A Pricey, Speedy Way to Make Chai

Chime Chai Maker Review: A Pricey, Speedy Way to Make Chai

Growing up, anytime I brought home something to my Indian parents—whether it was new clothes, a gadget, or even food—they usually told me off. They’d tell me it was flimsily made, too expensive, or lacking proper flavor. Recently, I brought them the Chime chai machine I was testing. I expected them to tell me just…

Athletic Authorities Must Reckon With Racing Tech Again

Athletic Authorities Must Reckon With Racing Tech Again

On October 12, 2019, Eliud Kipchoge crossed under a pink finishing arch emblazoned with the time 1:59:40. He had just become the first person to run a marathon in under two hours.For a few hours, this achievement, long unthinkable, was celebrated across the world. Then came the question: What was the deal with his fancy…

Sure, ‘The Goop Lab’ Is Absurd—but It Also Offers Hope

Sure, ‘The Goop Lab’ Is Absurd—but It Also Offers Hope

The first episode of The Goop Lab, Gwyneth Paltrow’s new Netflix show, opens in Jamaica. The sun beams, the crystalline water sparkles, and a group of Goop staffers sit cross-legged in a circle, like schoolchildren poised for a read-aloud. Then, under the supervision of three “psychedelic elders,” they each drink a mug of psilocybin tea.It’s…

Gadget Lab Podcast: Oral Hygiene Tech and Espresso Science

Gadget Lab Podcast: Oral Hygiene Tech and Espresso Science

A growing number of startups and full-fledged companies are looking to bring their smart technology into your mouth. A toothbrush that uses AI to monitor your brushing, dental floss as a subscription service, wearables for teeth—oral hygiene is a booming business for tech companies, who see dollar signs every time you flash your pearly whites.…

The Future of Death-Tech Has No Rules—Yet

The Future of Death-Tech Has No Rules—Yet

When a company asks permission to pulverize a corpse—to freeze a body solid, then shake it till it shatters—how, exactly, should the government respond? Last September, Derek Schmidt, the attorney general for Kansas, sat down to ponder the specifics. Interest in a new process for disposing of the dead had trickled across the state; it…

The Strange, Subtle Matter of ASMR Erotica

The Strange, Subtle Matter of ASMR Erotica

Not long ago, I opened my laptop, dimmed the lights in my room, and clicked play on the YouTube video “ASMR Ear Eating Twins”. To let my imagination drift, I lowered the sound levels and closed my eyes. Doing so, I was told, would help unlock the euphoria I was in search of. For various…

The Bird ‘Snarge’ Menacing Air Travel

The Bird ‘Snarge’ Menacing Air Travel

Richard Dolbeer was once the man to call if millions of blackbirds or fruit bats were ravaging your fields. When he joined the US Department of Agriculture in 1972, Dolbeer chose to specialize in handling what he and his fellow biologists term “human-wildlife conflicts”—situations in which animals wreak havoc in places that Homo sapiens have…

Open Wide for Mouth Tech

A growing number of startups and full-fledged companies are looking to bring their smart technology into your mouth. A toothbrush that uses AI to monitor your brushing, dental floss as a subscription service, wearables for teeth—oral hygiene is a booming business for tech companies, who see dollar signs every time you flash your pearly whites.…

No, the Wuhan Virus Is Not a ‘Snake Flu’

No, the Wuhan Virus Is Not a ‘Snake Flu’

Sharing data during an outbreak is vital for public health. But it can also lead to sensational, and even spurious, research, like a controversial new paper claiming that people probably picked up a novel coronavirus from snakes.One of the many mysteries behind the outbreak of a new respiratory-tract-attacking virus that’s now infected nearly 650 people…