Living in the average dorm room costs students around $5,500 a year, but that only buys you drab cinderblock walls and bad furniture. To make your digs stand out, you’ll need some serious gear. We've put together a list of five dorm-room...well, certainly not essentials, but they're definitely gadgets that'll help your room stand out.
Though I've often pined over late-70s audio gear, with its backlit gauges, heavy metal dials and woodgrain solidity, I've never been sad about my own receiver lacking a built-in drum machine. Until now. Our friends over at Sound+Vision have put together an excellent guide to the high-quality, bargain-priced amplifiers and pre-amplifiers you should keep an eye out for at yard sales and on eBay. Including the drum-machine-equipped Kenwood KR-1670 tank you see here. Check it out at soundandvisionmag.com.
We may spend out days basking it its life-enabling glow, but there’s a lot we don’t know about our sun and how it impacts our planet. So NASA’s Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory (STEREO) was launched to shed some light on the sun, and Sunday it beamed back its “first light” images—that is, the STEREO released its first 3-D images of the sun. Sort of.
Our sister site, Sound & Vision, has a great feature up on the various ways your nefarious home theater is trying to kill you--plus all the ways to foil its plans. Find out how to protect yourself from electrical shock, deep vein thrombosis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and explosive and/or concussive TVs over at the S&V site.
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.