A treetop house with a rooftop design

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Designed to tickle your childlike fancy, the Treetop Cabin models itself on the concept of a treehouse, and the stylings of a triangular prefab. Designed with an A-shaped roof that travels downwards to become the wall, the house would, at first appearance, look small, but climb up the spiral staircase and into it, and you realize exactly how cozy and comfortable it is.

With two floors, the PAN Treetop Cabin gives you a living room, kitchen, and a bathroom on the lower level, and a comfy bedroom on the top. With glass facades on two sides, you get an aerial view of the forest and if strategically placed, a view of both the sunrise and sunset. The elevated design allows the cabin to be non-intrusive, giving freedom to the animals below to move around freely, while the four stilts below the cabin come with braided steel cable reinforcements, to keep the treehouse secure and upright, giving you an elevated, and magnificent view of the Norwegian forests of Finnskogen.

Designer: Espen Surnevik, Finn-Erik Nilsen.

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Jimmy Kimmel challenges millennials to open a can of tuna

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When everything’s going wrong and your industry’s sinking, who you gonna blame? Uhh, uhhhhh, millennials? Sure.

According to a controversial report in the Wall Street Journal, the canned tuna industry is in trouble, with a giant finger pointed at millennials who apparently "can’t be bothered to open and drain the cans, or fetch utensils and dishes to eat the tuna."

Riiiight. 

Andy Mecs, vice president of marketing and innovation for StarKist Tuna, went event further, telling the Journal, "A lot of millennials don’t even own can openers." 

So, can they even open a can of tuna? Jimmy Kimmel wanted to make sure, so he asked passing millennials in the street to demonstrate their skills. While it’s pretty hammed up, those can openers still can be tricky for any generation. Read more…

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The Bucket Just Got Better

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Ever tried to fill a big bucket in a tiny sink? If so, you know that it’s impossible to use the bucket’s full capacity because of the tilt. Even worse, if the sink is too small, you might not be able to fill it at all. Designed with these issues in mind, the WATHIELD bucket aims to make this everyday task much easier.

Shaped like a traditional bucket, it sports an additional feature in the form of an extended lip that funnels water into the bucket with ease. Better yet, it can be tucked away when it’s not being used. Simply unfold the lip and run it under the sink to capture water even if the space is compact.

Designer: Ming-sheng Shih & I-Nung Huang

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Instead of Telling Your Kid There’s No Santa, Let Them Become One 

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I don’t remember the moment I stopped believing in Santa, but I remember the utterly perfect way my mom handled it when I finally asked.

I say “finally” because I was pretty young when I noticed that Santa and my mom had the same handwriting and used the same wrapping paper, but there was no “a-ha!” moment, no “How could you lie to me???” devastation. It started with, “Well, isn’t that odd?” for a few years until I mustered the courage to ask Mom, “Is Santa real?”

“What do you think?” she asked, thoughtfully.

“Hmm,” I said. I didn’t want to lie and say I believed, but I also didn’t want to say I didn’t believe and risk no more presents.

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“You know what I think?” she said. “I think Santa is real. I think Santa is everywhere. Santa is the spirit of Christmas, the spirit of giving. How do you think that sounds?”

“That sounds good,” I said, and it worked: I continued to get my presents from the big guy. Even better, though, was I got my answer without any version of “We’ve been lying to you your whole life.” Mom didn’t admit a falsehood to me—she just let me in on a little secret.

One suggestion that has made the holiday internet rounds in recent years takes it a step further: Get your kids in on the action, too. That’s what one person suggested in this viral Facebook post, which appears to have been originally written by Leslie Rush: Now that you’re old enough, you can become a Santa.

First, go for coffee

The post suggests starting this at age 6 or 7, but psychologists agree that parents should take cues from their children. When your child is ready, take them out “for coffee,” a solidly grown-up activity.

Next, talk ‘em up

Say, “You sure have grown an awful lot this year. Not only are you taller, but I can see that your heart has grown, too.” Then, the post suggests you list a few examples of how empathetic and considerate your child is.

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“In fact, your heart has grown so much that I think you are ready to become a Santa Claus. You probably have noticed that most of the Santas you see are people dressed up like him. Some of your friends might have even told you that there is no Santa. A lot of children think that because they aren’t ready to BE a Santa yet, but YOU ARE.”

Ask, “What are the best things about Santa?” and “What does he get for all his trouble?” Guide them into a conversation about how it’s more than milk and cookies; it’s the feeling of joy we get when we do good things for others.

Finally, hand over the reins

Say, “Now you’re ready to do your first job as a Santa!” and ask them to choose someone they know and figure out something that person wants or needs. Then, the newest Santa can get that item, wrap it and deliver it—all in secret. Because being a Santa isn’t about getting credit but about unselfish giving. Choose a new target each year.

But when is the right time?

The question remains, though: How will you know when your kid is “ready”? Instead of waiting for them to ask outright, follow their cues. When they start asking about the logistics of Santa—What about houses without chimneys? But there’s a different Santa at each mall and store. Caroline at school told me there’s no Santa; why would she say that?—they’re ready.

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The internet war on sex is here

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During the Great Internet Sex War, that began in the United States during its Facebook Era, people were forced to stockpile their porn. Lube was bought by the drum and hidden in bunkers, alongside vibrators and air-gapped computers holding valuable troves of accurate, non judgemental sex information. Gimp suits were stored upright, oiled, and ready for doomsday’s call. Explicit gifs became a black market commodity, and there were rumors of a Thunderdome ruled by cam girls. Every sexual identity, except the singular one deemed safe by the corporations, went into hiding. Fear prevented even the mere mention of sexual pleasure on the networks and in communications.

Don’t laugh: your phone may transcribe it incorrectly and include “sexual slang” which this week was made “illegal” on Facebook — along with all forms of sexual speech and expression. (“Free speech, my ass.” – Everyone.)

While we were all distracted by the moist dumpster fire of Tumblr announcing its porn ban, Facebook updated its startling, wide-ranging anti-sex policy that is surely making evangelicals and incels cream their jeans (let’s just hope they don’t post about that). Facebook’s astonishing ban on language pertaining to sexuality, among many other things sex-related, is so sweeping and egregiously censorious that it’s impossible to list all its insanity concisely.

It’s called the “Sexual Solicitation” policy. Along with “sexual slang,” the world’s standard-bearing social media company is policing and banning “sex chat or conversations,” “mentioning sexual roles, sexual preference, commonly sexualized areas of the body” and more.

When reached for comment, a Facebook spokesperson told Engadget via email that “most of the sexual solicitation policies that you have called out aren’t new.” Facebook explained:

On October 15, we added a section entitled, “Sexual Solicitation” to our Community Standards. Previously, our sexual solicitation policies were included within Section 8: Sexual Exploitation of Adults and Section 14: Adult Nudity and Sexual Activity (happy to share the relevant parts of those sections pre-October 15, if helpful).

This change was prompted, in large part, by conversations with our content reviewers, who told us that the sexual exploitation policy did not adequately distinguish between exploitation (e.g. “My ex was a slut. Look at the photos she sent me.”) and solicitation (e.g. “Looking for swingers. Friday at 8 PM, [name of bar]. Wear pink.”), leading to confusion among reviewers, as well as the perception that we treat sexual exploitation and solicitation the same.

We recognize that not all solicitation leads to exploitation.

Facebook also referred us to Mark Zuckerberg’s published remarks on policy development.

According to the policy, public discussion of “sexual violence and exploitation” is okay, but anything encouraging sex for pleasure between adults is now a bannable offense in public posts. They don’t say anything about private messages, but we know they comb DM’s and have a less than transparent approach about it, so maybe watch what you say there, too.

If only Facebook policed hate speech with the same terrifying and brutal efficiency — though I think we all know by now what gods Facebook sacrifices to, and who Facebook serves when they claim an action is taken for “community safety.” In other words, Holocaust deniers and inbred racial purists of every social strata still have their safe space.

Yet, like I said, the shiny happy darknet that has made a science of sexual censorship was just one of two internet giants to take extreme measures to eliminate sane human sexual expression from the public internet this week.

Tumblr’s announcement to remove and forbid sexual content revved the dark promise of FOSTA’s legalization of sex censorship and drove it off a cliff. Tumblr announced Monday that on December 17, all adult content will be banned and excised from the service.

When I reported on Tumblr’s last attempt to disappear sexual expression in 2013, back when it was Yahoo’s fixer-upper, that affected an estimated 12.5 million blogs. Considering that Tumblr use peaked in 2014, that number is certainly higher.

So we’re talking about a kind of cultural genocide on the open internet, one comprised of women, LGBTQI people, artists, educators, bloggers, filmmakers, sex workers, abuse survivors, untold communities, and tons and tons of photographers and models. For me, Tumblr was the only place to find the blogs of Black erotic photographers, whose empowering work is arguably more needed in the world than ever. This rich collection of humanity and community living authentically and unashamedly in the quest for life-affirming sex-positivity will be snuffed out, at infancy, in ten days. (“They’re ignoring my safeword!” -George Orwell, probably.)

Hey — don’t knock my Orwell joke. In 1984, the junior Anti-Sex League was a pro-celibacy group that acknowledged the necessity of standard sexual procreation. It pushed the agenda of the Party, which was to “make sure people are in marriages that are planned to be unsatisfying and that sex is vilified.” Et tu, Silicon Valley?

Anyway. Like it did the last time Tumblr went all Republic of Gilead on sex, the internet lost its mind upon hearing Monday’s announcement. Tumblr handled the news abysmally, and immediately implemented its automated censorship flagging system so badly, that many of us rushed to double-check that Marissa Mayer wasn’t still in charge. (Tumblr is now part of Verizon, which also owns Oath/Engadget, and may still control shares in Ajit Pai).

Tumblr told Engadget via email that “machine classifiers, in general, take time” and that “time improves their performance,” and reminded us that “flagged content is not being deleted, rather set to private such that it’s viewable only to the owner of that content.”

When reached for comment as to why, Tumblr referred us to its blog post’s generic statement about making a “safe place for creative expression” and “impact across different age groups, demographics, cultures, and mindsets.” Further, the company stressed that the policy has not yet been enforced, as per its statement.

So, since that’s what they all say, it’s probable no one really knows why Tumblr is doing this; FOSTA has been blamed, and so has Apple’s app store gatekeeping practices. Rightly so, because Apple’s role in censoring and suppressing sexual speech is longstanding, and so vile and insidious that it’ll make you rage-smash an iPhone if you take it all in at once.

But the arc of internet sex censorship is long, and it bends as far away from justice (and reason) as possible. Corporations controlling the internet had been steadily (and sneakily, hypocritically) moving this direction all along, at great expense to women, LGBT people, artists, educators, writers, and marginalized communities — and to the delight of bigots and conservatives everywhere.

The Facebook and Tumblr news came after Starbucks announced it will start filtering its WiFi with one of those secret porn blacklists that always screw productivity for anyone researching grown-up topics, and invariably filter out crucial health and culture websites.

The list goes on. Instagram goose-steps for Facebook’s censors; Amazon buries sex books; Patreon, Cloudflare, PayPal, and Square are among many which are tacitly unsafe for anyone whose business comes near sexuality. Google’s sex censorship timeline is bad, YouTube is worse. Twitter teeters on the edge of sex censorship amidst its many uncertainties of trust for its users.

So, if you like big brands, advertisers, and white supremacists, it appears the corporate internet has you covered.

One thing is true: people loved the open internet when it was a) not under corporate stewardship hearkening back to 1950s values, and b) you could find people doing all kinds of sex in its different corners. Erasing millions of sex blogs and repressing sexual speech like Goebbels is the sign of a sick ecosystem, the opposite of a future-facing business plan and ignorant of millions of people who disagree wholeheartedly.

Tumblr says they’re erasing a million-plus blogs and decimating communities to create a “better, more positive” experience; Facebook, as usual, claims to be “encouraging expression and creating a safe environment.”

I don’t think any company that actively erases positive sexual expression is going to wake up to the fact that what they’re doing is regressive at best and harmful at worst. When given the opportunity to revert these policies, like if FOSTA was dumped, it’s clear none of them would. After all, FOSTA with all it’s ignoring of women and conflating of sex work with rape, was a bipartisan bill — and its most pivotal supporter was Facebook.

But please don’t fret. Stay sexy and sharp, because is anything is certain it’s this: They will all become MySpace eventually.

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Listen to the soothing sounds of Martian wind collected by NASA’s InSight lander

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The InSight Mars lander accomplished a perfect landing last week on the Elysium Planitia region of the planet, where it is hard at work preparing to drill into the surface (and taking selfies, of course). But one “unplanned treat” is a recording of the wind rolling across the Martian plains — which you can listen to right here.

Technically the lander isn’t rigged to detect sound, at least in the way you’d do it if you were deliberately trying to record it. But the robotic platform’s air pressure sensor and seismometer are both capable of detecting the minute variations as the wind rolls over it. The air pressure sensor, inside that silver dome you see above, produced the most normal-sounding signal, though it still had to be adjusted considerably to be like what you’d hear if you were there (and somehow surviving the Martian atmosphere).

“The InSight lander acts like a giant ear,” explained InSight science team member Tom Pike in a NASA news release. “The solar panels on the lander’s sides respond to pressure fluctuations of the wind. It’s like InSight is cupping its ears and hearing the Mars wind beating on it.”

Curious what it sounds like? The resulting recording can be listened to on SoundCloud or below:

Sounds a lot like regular wind, right? Well, what were you expecting? Like so many aspects of space exploration, the prosaic nature of the thing itself — a rock, a landscape feature, a breath of wind — is offset by the fact that it’s occurring millions of miles away on an alien world and relayed here by a high-tech robot. Wind on Mars might not sound much different than wind on Earth — but surely that’s not the point!

If you’re curious, the air movement in the recording is a northwesterly one, “consistent with the direction of dust devil streaks” in the area. Good to know we can rely on InSight’s “ears” for that purpose, though its science target is below the surface, not skimming above it.

We’ll have more recordings soon, I’m sure, so you can use it as noise to fall asleep to. But even better sounds are forthcoming: the Mars 2020 rover will have actual high-quality microphones on board, and will record the sounds of its landing as well as the Martian ambience.

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NASA can hear the ‘haunting’ sound of dust devils tearing across Mars with its new $830 million lander

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  • NASA’s InSight lander touched down on Mars on November 26.
  • Two instruments on the robot recently recorded the sounds of blowing winds and vibrations of tornado-like dust devils tearing across the Martian surface.
  • Scientists and engineers are scouting for a site to drop a device that will start listening for "Mars quakes."
  • Mars-quake recordings should reveal new information about the internal structure and ancient history of Mars.

Mars has air about 1% as thick as Earth’s. That’s so feeble, you might not hear someone talking to you from a few feet away.

Nevertheless, wind and tornado-like dust devils do blow across the Martian surface, and recording the sounds of these phenomena is essential to the success of NASA’s newest mission at the red planet.

NASA landed its InSight spacecraft on a flat Martian plain on November 26. The probe is surveying its landing site with a robotic arm and a suite of instruments to help managers of the $830 million robot plan their next moves.

insight mars lander photo surface photo image 1_pia22736One of the lander’s biggest goals is to listen for seismic rumbles called "Mars quakes." But NASA researchers said Friday during a press briefing that InSight’s vibration-sensing seismometer tool is so sensitive that winds can affect its readings. That can happen if wind blows against the instrument itself or if it causes the lander’s solar panels to move ever-so-slightly.

InSight’s robotic arm will eventually place the seismometer — a dome-shaped instrument called SEIS — onto the Martian surface. But right now, it’s still on top of the car-sized spacecraft’s upper deck.

"It’s a little like a flag waving in the wind," Thomas Pike, the lead scientist behind the SEIS instrument and an engineer at Imperial College London, said during the briefing.

NASA converted the SEIS readings into audio, which a press release described as "a haunting low rumble" caused by 10-15 mph Martian breezes. An air pressure sensor on the spacecraft’s deck also recorded the sounds of blowing winds on Mars.

Though the air pressure sensor’s raw data is inaudible, it can be heard because NASA sped up about 100 times.

"Listening to the sound from the pressure sensor reminds me of sitting outside on a windy summer afternoon," Don Banfield, a planetary scientist and InSight team member at Cornell University, said during the briefing. "In some sense, this is what it’d sound like if you were sitting on the InSight lander on Mars."

You can hear the original rumbling sounds in the video below. If you don’t have a subwoofer or high-fidelity headphones, NASA also created a higher-pitch version that’s more easily heard.

Pike said images of Mars remind him of deserts on Earth, but hearing the sounds of the red planet is wholly different.

"Our ear is just not attuned to recognizing what we are listening to," Pike said during the briefing. "It really sounds otherworldly."

More importantly, though, Pike said InSight scientists need to record as many of these sounds as possible, so they can cancel them out and ensure the future success of the mission.

"At the moment, there could be a Mars quake happening on the other side of the planet, and we would not hear it above the chatter of the wind," he said. "So we really want to be able to hear the inside of Mars above that chatter."

Collecting good data about Mars’ ground vibrations could allow scientists to figure out the internal structure of Mars. That information, by extension, would give them clues about how the world turned into a desert planet instead of a fecund blue-green marble like Earth.

Read more: We may be overlooking a critical factor in our quest to find alien life

Hearing dust devils from miles away?

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Another apparent discovery scientists have already made by listening to Mars via InSight’s instruments — all of which have not yet been fully deployed — is the nearby passing of dust devils.

Dust devils are tornado-like whirlwinds that blow roughly 60 mph winds and tear across Mars. They’re not very powerful, given the low air density, but they’re strong enough to clean dust off the solar panels of plucky human spacecraft.

Read more: These pictures show the exact hill NASA’s longest-lived Mars robot may die upon

Such dust devils leave zigzags across the red planet’s surface, which spacecraft can see from Mars’ orbit.

Pike, Banfield, and other InSight team members think some of the very low-frequency vibrations picked up by SEIS revealed where dust devils recently blew through the area.

NASA was even able to pinpoint the paths the dust devils took across the surface, as shown below by thin lines of dots stretching from northwest to southeast.

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"I think this is going to end up being the most-studied point on Mars," Bruce Banerdt, a planetary geologist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory who’s leading the InSight mission, said during Friday’s briefing. He added that the spacecraft is effectively "the best weather station ever placed on the Martian surface."

NASA will spend a few more weeks recording blowing winds (to learn how to best cancel out those sounds) and surveying InSight’s landing area. Then it will decide where to drop the seismometer and a hammer-like "mole" heat probe, and begin the two-Earth-year-long mission in earnest.

SEE ALSO: 2019 will be an extraordinary year in space — here’s what NASA, SpaceX, and the night sky have in store for Earth

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The most mind-blowing, life-altering scientific discoveries of 2018

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  • Scientists managed to make some pretty awesome breakthroughs and discoveries in 2018, from space travel, to medicine, nutrition, and Earth sciences.
  • These are 30 of the most impressive and stunning scientific accomplishments of the year. 

In 2018, scientists succeeded in some impressive feats: engineers at SpaceX sent a sports car flying past Mars, Chinese researchers cloned a pair of monkeys, and in Egypt, people found some cheese manufactured over 3,000 years ago. (Pro tip: don’t eat it.)

Over the last year, scientists also figured out how to "touch" the sun, use tiny robots to kill cancer, and stop some painful migraines.

These and other accomplishments were an encouraging reminder that every day, scientists across the globe are learning more about how life and the universe work.

As the new year approaches, take a look back at some of the most marvelous, life-altering, and astonishing scientific discoveries and feats from 2018.

SEE ALSO: The wildest scientific discoveries of 2017

In February, SpaceX nailed an impressive feat: the company launched its re-usable, 27-engine Falcon Heavy rocket for the first time. It’s the company’s most powerful yet.

After Falcon Heavy launched on February 6, 2018, two of the rocket’s three reusable boosters landed safely on the ground in Florida. 

The core booster, however, missed its landing pad on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean. 

"Apparently it hit the water at 300 miles an hour and took out two of the engines on the drone ship," SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said. That loss was relatively minor in the context of the launch’s overall success, though.

The payload on that Falcon Heavy rocket was Musk’s red Tesla Roadster, complete with a dummy driver and a note on the dash: "DON’T PANIC!"

The car is still cruising the solar system today. In November, SpaceX announced it had sailed past Mars.

In March, scientists at NASA revealed new findings about how living in space can mess with your eyes and immune system.

When NASA astronaut Scott Kelly left his identical twin brother Mark on Earth and spent a year in space, scientists seized on the opportunity to learn more about out how life away from our home planet can change a person. 

Researchers found that up to 7% of Scott’s gene expression hasn’t returned to its Earthly "normal" state since he came back. Those changes may be part of the body’s response to the stress of living in space, and they could lead to lasting consequences for Kelly’s immune system and retinas. 

 

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NASA’s Voyager 2 probe has entered interstellar space

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NASA’s Voyager 2 spacecraft has exited the heliosphere — the plasma bubble created by the sun that encompasses most of our solar system — and entered interstellar space, making it the second human-made object to do so. Voyager 1 hit this milestone in 2012. NASA said Voyager 2 crossed over the heliopause, the boundary between the heliosphere and interstellar space, on November 5th and the probe is now more than 11 billion miles from Earth.

“I think we’re all happy and relieved that the Voyager probes have both operated long enough to make it past this milestone,” Voyager Project Manager Suzanne Dodd said in a statement. “This is what we’ve all been waiting for. Now we’re looking forward to what we’ll be able to learn from having both probes outside the heliopause.”

NASA announced back in October that it suspected this moment might happen soon. The spacecraft had been detecting increasing amounts of cosmic rays, something Voyager 1 experienced in 2012. But Voyager 2 has something its partner didn’t when it left the heliosphere — a functional Plasma Science Experiment. Voyager 1’s stopped working in 1980, but Voyager 2’s is still in working order, and it’s able to take measurements of the solar wind. On November 5th, Voyager 2 detected a sharp drop in the speed of solar wind particles and since then, it hasn’t measured any solar wind flow at all — strong evidence that it has exited the sun’s protective bubble.

Three other onboard instruments — the cosmic ray subsystem, the low energy charged particle probe and the magnetometer — also recorded data that fit with what would be expected when exiting the heliosphere.