Can’t Set Off Fireworks? Try These Science-Backed Alternatives

The Fourth of July, Independence Day, America’s birthday—whatever you want to call it, this holiday is a time for celebration. As it evokes the rich history of a proud, tumultuous country, the Fourth of July reminds us of all that we have in common, of the single, shared yearning that resides deep in the heart of every human being: the desire to blow things up. July Fourth is a holiday designed to terrify dogs and assert America’s dominance through firepower. Fireworks are visceral and exciting. But for some people, launching or even watching fireworks is not an option. Maybe you’re shackled by local noise ordinances, or are a conscientious resident of wildfire country. Maybe you just live in a state …

The Best Kids Podcasts for Long Summer Drives

Nothing says summer vacation quite like that small voice coming from the backseat: "Are we there yet?" As every parent knows, it starts out as a question, but quickly turns into a demand. While there are limits to how long any child can stand riding in car seat, those limits can be extended with some good entertainment. My family spent two years living in an RV and traveling the country, so my children have put in some serious miles, most of them with surprisingly few complaints. And no, we didn't just turn on the movies and drive. My wife and I wanted the kids to see the land we were driving through, so we skipped the screen and instead turned …

Netflix Amps Up Its Sound, an Asteroid Task Force, and More News

Netflix releases some subtle but significant sound improvements, a science squad gets ready to take on aggro-asteroids, and there's a big sale to nerd out over. Here's the news you need to know in two minutes or less. Your Netflix binges are about to sound better Netflix already employs machine learning to recognize the strength of your internet connection and adjust the video quality accordingly. But now the streaming giant says they will apply that to audio too, starting today. Get ready for your binges to sound a whole lot better. The plan to save us from killer asteroids So we all know the dinosaurs were wiped out by a devastating meteor that rudely hurled onto the planet, but does …