toys
Don’t Fire Nerf Guns into People’s Eyes, Says Doctor

Doctors from a London eye hospital are warning that Nerf bullets - foam-like bullets fired from toy guns - can cause serious damage if they hit you in the eye. Read More >>

safety
Deadly Fidget Spinners Could Pierce a Tomato, Warns the BBC

The BBC's Watchdog investigative-slash-troublemaking programme took an angry look at fidget spinners last night, warning that some versions are sharp enough to slice a tomato or a sausage. They were using tomatoes as pretend child eyes and sausages as substitute child fingers, so please treat this matter seriously. Read More >>

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Cooking an Airbag Turns a Microwave Door Into a Missile

Despite an endless list of fascinating and destructive experiments you can try, microwaves should really only be used to heat food. Not lightbulbs, not highlighters, and definitely not an airbag from a car. Unless you’ve got a high-speed camera to record the microwave’s door turning into a high-speed missile. Read More >>

safety
Several States in the US Allow the Same Cladding That Turned Grenfell Tower Into a Time Bomb

The UK government allowed a 24-story public housing building to be built under such abominable safety standards that 79 people died in a massive fire two weeks ago. But will an anti-regulation US allow the same mistakes to happen in North America. Read More >>

how to
How to Browse the Web and Leave No Trace

On today’s web it’s hard to set a (digital) foot online without it attracting dozens of trackers and log entries, as companies look to learn everything about you and sell that data on to advertisers. To hide you’ve got a few tools at your disposal, many of which we’ve talked about in the past, and all of which add up to a largely anonymous browsing experience. What we can’t do is promise 100 per cent that you won’t be tracked—we’re not privy to the inner workings of the FBI or your employer’s IT system—but this is as much as you can do. Read More >>

automotive
Your Car’s Tires Could Soon Know When Roads Are Wet and Slippery Before You Do

Some road hazards are easy for drivers to spot and avoid, like a cavernous pothole, but others aren’t so easy to see. A wet road, or one covered in ice, can often be invisible to drivers, who don’t realise they need to slow down. But it turns out a car’s rubber tires provide all the clues necessary for a vehicle to automatically know when conditions get slippery. Read More >>

artificial intelligence
Would You Feel Safer If Your Self-Driving Car Could Explain Itself?

With each passing breakthrough in artificial intelligence, we’re asking our machines to make increasingly complex and weighty decisions. Trouble is, AIs are starting to act beyond our levels of comprehension. In high frequency stock trading, for example, this had led to so-called flash crashes, in which algorithms make lightning-quick decisions for reasons we can’t quite grasp. In an effort to bridge the growing gap between man and machine, the Pentagon is launching a new program to create machines that can explain their actions in a way we puny humans can understand. Read More >>

drones
DJI Will Cripple Your Drone if You Don’t Register It on the Company’s Website

DJI just made a weird but ultimately sensible announcement. The next firmware updates for all of its drone models will require users to log into the website for a “new application activation process.” If you don’t, DJI will turn your drone into a lame hunk of plastic that barely flies. Read More >>

android
How to Set Up Auto-Respond Texts When You’re Driving

It’s incredibly tempting to reach out and respond to a text you get while you’re driving, but maybe less so when you realise that distracted driving is causing thousands of deaths and hundreds of thousands of injuries every year. Take away the temptation by having your phone reply to messages for you, so you don’t have to worry about it. Read More >>

cars
Speed Bumps are Bad Now

We might be about to come to the end of the speed bump epoch of British society, as the government is said to be about to encourage councils to remove them in order to speed up traffic flow and reduce local pollution. Read More >>

safety
Whirlpool Finally Tells Everyone to Switch Off Hazardous Dryers

The Whirlpool tumble dryer CRISIS has been rolling on for well over a year, with machines made by the company and its sub-brands of Indesit, Creda and a few others linked with hundreds of cases of fire. Finally, after endless battering to do so, it's told owners of affected machines to turn them off instead of continuing to use them with crossed fingers. Read More >>

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Slo-Mo Video Reveals Batteries Become Tiny Missiles When You Light Them on Fire

By now we’ve all seen how dangerous some batteries can be, but the Slow Mo Guys are back with some more incredible slow-motion footage revealing that even the seemingly innocuous AA batteries stuffed in your TV remote can easily turn into a high-speed, exploding projectile if you’re not careful. Read More >>

dating
Have You Fallen in Love With a Template Letter?

A new campaign is warning people who cruise dating sites to be on the lookout for scams, as the loneliest of heart are apparently being attacked and made to fall in love with criminals via the means of a stock series of romantic messages. Read More >>

satechi
USB-C Power Meter Helps You Spot Counterfeit Accessories Before They Fry Your Gadgets

The promise of USB-C is great: One cable to connect all of your devices, laptops, tablets, smartphone. Unfortunately it comes with the big caveat that you might end up damaging your gear if you cheap out on a USB-C cable. But Satechi’s new Type-C Power Meter makes it easy to tell if your USB-C gadgets are at risk of getting fried, or under-powered, by a sketchy accessory. Read More >>

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This is Why You Shouldn’t Tailgate a Cloud of Smoke

Here’s a useful driving safety tip from our friends in Russia who all seem to have in-vehicle dash cams: if you find yourself on the road behind a mysterious cloud of smoke, it might be a good idea to slow down and drive around the obstacle, instead of speeding up and finding out what’s behind all that smoke the hard way. Judging by a video of the aftermath, the results aren’t pretty. [YouTube via Twitter - Tim Stevens] Read More >>