Japanese Etiquette: 12 Things NOT to do in Japan

Here are 12 things you should not be doing while visiting Japan! Learn the etiquette before you get there thanks to Chris Broad of the “Abroad in Japan” Youtube channel! [Abroad in Japan] Advertisements

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What Causes a Foreign Accent?

The human vocal tract can produce thousands of different sounds but languages use only a tiny subset of them. What happens when you try to speak a language that uses a different subset from your own? Find out in this video from Arika Okrent. [Arika Okrent]

Meet the Voice Behind ‘Mortal Kombat II’

Steve Ritchie is something of a legend in the video game world. For most, he’s the prolific pinball designer responsible for creating more machines than anyone else in pinball history. But, for those in the know, he’s also the godlike voice behind the announcer in the classic game, “Mortal Kombat II.” After voicing a number […]

Harry Potter: The Burrow Gingerbread House [Picture]

A totally awesome gingerbread representation of the Weasley family house. As for the technical stuff, I started out by making a foamcore model of the house, figuring out each piece which I then used for a template. My Gingerbread house is a lot more about gingerbread than icing and candy. There are two different recipes […]

Netflix To Make Choose Your Own Adventure Show For Grown-ups

Netflix is to launch a “choose your own adventure” show for adults. It follows a trial of the system for kids shows. Both Puss In Book: Trapped In an Epic Tale and Buddy Thunderstruck: The Maybe Pile allow kids to make a series of choices in branching storylines, albeit fairly simple ones with only two […]

Bill Gates’ Top 5 Favorite Books to Read This Winter

From tales of the Vietnam War to an ingenious comedian’s life story, here are five great reads recommended by Bill Gates for the holiday season: The Best We Could Do, by Thi Bui. This gorgeous graphic novel is a deeply personal memoir that explores what it means to be a parent and a refugee. The […]

Phoney Phones Battle ‘Smartphone Addiction’

A designer has created a bogus smartphone to help addicted users wean themselves off handling devices. But it appears to be more of a conversation-starter than a serious commercial prospect. The range of five designs take a similar approach to smoking cessation projects of yesteryear which worked on the basis that the physical sensations of […]

Little Miss Inventor Joins Mr Men Line-Up

A female engineer will be the latest star of the Mr Men Books. Little Miss Inventor will debut on 8 March next year, coinciding with both British Science Week and International Women’s Day. The publishers told the BBC that the character is “intelligent, ingenious and inventive.” The story features her coming up with relevant inventions […]