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12 Useful YouTube Tutorials for New ParentsOpen in a New Window


If you're about to become a first-time parent, the thought of diaper duty, burping and other tasks can be intimidating.

But thanks to the Internet, you can put aside your fears. From how to pack the perfect diaper bag to properly swaddling your baby, there are plenty of step-by-step video guides from parenting experts on YouTube

Below, we've rounded up 12 especially useful video tutorials to help you prepare for parenthood.

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11 Ways to Make Science Fun for Your KidsOpen in a New Window


The vinegar and baking soda volcano is a science fair classic, but making science fun for your kids can mean a lot more than making a mess of your kitchen.

If science at school doesn't sit with your children, there are plenty of fun and even delicious ways to get them excited about biology chemistry and physics — without a single worksheet.

Check out these 11 projects that can lead to magical and educational moments with your kids

1Make 'quicksand' with cornstarch

What they'll learn about: Non-Newtonian fluids

While this might seem like a big task, you've likely done this before. When you slowly mix about 10 parts cornstarch to one part water, you create a liquid with the consistency of honey, and the properties of quicksand. Read more...

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What's the Best Music Video of the Year? 5 Critics Pick Their FavoriteOpen in a New Window


LOS ANGELES — The MTV VMAs Video of the Year crown has been placed on some stellar heads over the past three decades. Peter Gabriel's "Sledgehammer," Sinéad O'Connor's "Nothing Compares 2 U," Pearl Jam's "Jeremy," TLC's "Waterfall," Beyoncé's "Single Ladies" and Rihanna's "We Found Love" are among the category's royalty.

This year's Video of the Year nominees, vying to become the next king or queen of the video kingdom, are Beyoncé, Pharrell Williams, Miley Cyrus, Sia and Iggy Azalea

Here five music critics tell Mashable why each video was nominated, which one should win and which videos were snubbed from the Video of the Year category. Read more...

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Electronic Skin Could Help Airplanes 'Feel 'Open in a New Window


Concerns about airplane safety are are at a fever pitch thanks to the very visible nature of plane crashes in the past year. But as the perceived need for better danger detectors rises, so does the level of creativity used in addressing potential issues.

British aerospace company BAE Systems is designing a "skin" for airplanes that can detect damage and other environmental changes to the plane, helping to diagnose potential issues before they spiral out of control

"The idea is to make platforms ‘feel’ using a skin of sensors in the same way humans or animals do," senior research scientist Lydia Hyde, who instigated the project, said in a statement Read more...

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Catch Up On 'Doctor Who' Just in Time for Season 8Open in a New Window


Matt Smith's run as the Doctor in British science fiction show Doctor Who was sensational — but all those details can tie a wibbly-wobbly, timey-whimey knot in your brain.

YouTube users The Fine Brothers revisit the Eleventh Doctor's antics from Seasons 6 and 7 in a nine-minute, single take recap of Doctor Who, just in time for the new season premiere — and Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi's debut — on August 23rd

Careful if you haven't watched any of these episodes — this video contains spoilers, sweetie


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SpaceX Rocket Malfunctions, Then Explodes Over TexasOpen in a New Window


A SpaceX Falcon 9R rocket exploded mid-flight over McGregor, Texas, early evening Friday. The rocket destroyed itself after detecting an internal fault, SpaceX said.

"During the flight, an anomaly was detected in the vehicle and the flight termination system automatically terminated the mission," the private space flight company said in a statement.

The exploded rocket was a Falcon 9R, the model that successfully delivered the Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station in 2012

Space X's rocket falling out of the sky in pieces!!

— Heath Huffman (@huffman_heath) August 22, 2014

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Apple Pulls Secret App in Brazil After Judge's RequestOpen in a New Window


Days after a Brazilian judge requested in a preliminary injunction that the Secret app be removed from the Apple App Store and Google Play store, Apple has removed the virtual confession forum from the App Store in Brazil.

Secret is an app that allows users to anonymously share their most intimate confessions with other people browsing the app. Paulo Cesar de Carvalho, the presiding judge, argued that the app is an agent of online bullying and therefore detrimental to the public. He ordered that the app be removed from both Apple's and Google's app stores within 10 days (starting on Wednesday), with a fine of $9,000 per day tacked on if the order is ignored after that period Read more...

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Ferguson Officer Who Shot Mike Brown to Get $250,000 in DonationsOpen in a New Window


A campaign to support Darren Wilson, the officer who shot six bullets into unarmed Ferguson resident Mike Brown and killed him, has collected nearly a quarter-million dollars in just four days' worth of online donations — and that money will go to Wilson and his family, according to the creators of a controversial fundraising page on the website GoFundMe.

"These funds will be used to cover potential legal fees, relocation and living expenses of both Officer Darren Wilson and his immediate family," say the administrators of the "Support Darren Wilson" Facebook page, which started the GoFundMe campaign on Monday. It received 5,902 donations, the largest in the amount of $5,000 Read more...

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More Than 1,000 Businesses Hit by Same Cyber Attack as TargetOpen in a New Window


Target wasn't the only business that experienced a cyber attack that compromised tens of millions of its customers' credit cards, according to the Secret Service.

More than 1,000 American businesses were hit by the same cyber attack that affected in-store cash registers at Target last year, The New York Times reported Friday.

According to a Department of Homeland Security advisory obtained by the New York Times, the attacks were "much more pervasive" than initially reported as hackers received access to millions of payment card data being sold on the black market. Homeland Security officials encouraged all businesses, "regardless of size," to check for "Point of Sale malware infections," according to the report. Read more...

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Journalist Claims to Find Islamic State Training Camp Using GoogleOpen in a New Window


In the end it was a bridge that gave away the militants.

An investigative journalist says he or she has identified the location used by members of the Islamic State to train a new batch of recruits, all based off clues left in a series of photographs.

The photos, which show about 80 men, dressed head to toe in combat gear in some kind of training camp, were posted by a terrorist-affiliated media Twitter account in July. On Friday, the citizen journalist, who wrote at Bellingcat — a collaborative website founded by the blogger Eliot Higgins earlier this year — published a post that concluded the IS recruits were operating on a stretch of road along the Tigris River in Mosul, Iraq. Read more...

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10 Unforgettable 'MythBusters' Build Team MomentsOpen in a New Window


Kari, Grant and Tory are gone, but their memory is forever blasted into our hearts.

The MythBusters M7 Build Team — Kari Byron, Grant Imahara and Tory Belleci — are officially not returning to the show for next season. According to hosts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman in a farewell video, which was tweeted by MythBusters, the show is going "back to [its] roots" with just Savage and Hyneman at the helm.

We want to thank @KariByron @GrantImahara @ToryBelleci for their tireless work, and wish them all the best.

— MythBusters (@MythBusters) August 22, 2014

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NHTSA Site Will Tell You If Your Car Has Been RecalledOpen in a New Window


There have been 46 million cars recalled in the U.S. this year. Was yours one of them?

A new site from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has the answer. The site,, lets you look up your car or truck's status by entering your vehicle identification number (VIN)

The odds are good that the news will be bad: According to The Los Angeles Times, about 20% of all cars on the road are subject to a recall. This year's figure — inflated by General Motors' seemingly never-ending recall announcements — trumps the old record of 30.8 million vehicle recalls in 2004

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Music Memories: What the VMAs Looked Like in 1984, 1994 and 2004Open in a New Window


LOS ANGELES — Airing for the very first time in 1984, the MTV Video Music Awards redefined how provocative these ceremonies can be when Madonna donned a wedding dress and seduced viewers while singing "Like a Virgin."

Flash forward to 2014, and we have Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj and others, who will attempt to craft a memorable performance on Aug. 24 inside Inglewood's The Forum that can endure as long as Madonna's exploit three decades ago.

"The VMAs is founded on a reinvention every year in that it's going to be something new and different each time," Garrett English, a longtime VMAs production manager, told Mashable. "We start with creating an environment where artists can stretch themselves creatively. We provide an environment where spontaneity and vibe are the center point of the show." Read more...

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Chart Dumps Numbers on the Ice Bucket ChallengeOpen in a New Window


It's the blockbuster Internet hit of the summer — the Ice Bucket Challenge.

The viral act of charity has taken over every single social media feed, and people can't stop watching the videos — no matter how much you complain about it. As of Thursday, more than 28 million people had mentioned it on Facebook, and more than 2.4 million videos have been added to the platform since the trend started in mid-July.

According to digital marketing agency JMG, the top 10 Ice Bucket Challenge videos uploaded to YouTube are all from well-known figures, including Bill Gates and Charlie Sheen. (Since the time the chart has been published, Sheen has taken over the No. 1 spot, with 13.9 million YouTube views and counting.) Read more...

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The Magic Butter-Softening Knife We've All Been Wishing ForOpen in a New Window


A new Kickstarter project is about to make the butter-spreading process run smoother.

A new butter knife called The Stupendous Splendiferous ButterUp has a built-in grater to aerate and soften butter before you spread it. No more unblended clumps of butter stubbornly sitting on your bread. No more bread with giant holes resulting from your failed attempts to spread butter.

The project, from Australia's DM Initiatives, has already surpassed its initial $38,000 funding goal, but you have until Sept. 2 to get in on the rewards

For $12 AUD (about $11 USD), backers can own a butter-softening knife when they ship in March 2015. (Larger donations will get you one even earlier.) Read more...

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Move Aside Twitter Timeline Haters, Business WinsOpen in a New Window


Twitter redefined its timeline Monday, officially acknowledging that the feature is for more than just those you follow and their retweets.

First, a quick recap. Earlier this month, Twitter started experimenting with what users see on their timeline. That included adding tweets from accounts users don't directly follow and has evolved to incorporate tweets users they follow favorite.

The second experiment, which treats favorites more like retweets, offers a significant change to the ways users interact with the service. As I wrote on Sunday, Twitter favorites have an entirely separate social dynamic and their meaning is much more nuanced and personal to the user. Read more...

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The New 'Girls' Season 4 Teaser Will Make Even the Haters ChuckleOpen in a New Window


We won't see a new episode of Girls until 2015, but creator, writer and star Lena Dunham just made the wait for Season 4 of the HBO hit a little easier.

In a newly released teaser trailer, fans and hate-watchers alike get a tiny peek at the show coming together, including some stunt action and a hilarious yelp from Dunham.

What we don't see in the super-short-but-charming video: Any footage of Season 4's guest stars. While the clip contains no appearances from newbies Jason Ritter, Spike Jonze, Natasha Lyonne or Zachary Quinto, here's to hoping good things come to those who wait. Hint, hint, HBO. Read more...

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Nine Months of Pregnancy in a Single VineOpen in a New Window


Now they can relive every magic moment of the last nine months again. And again. And again.

Vine artist Ian Padgham and painter Claire Pasquier documented Claire's entire pregnancy in a single Vine. In a mere six seconds, you can witness life literally growing two frames at a time per month.

Padgham heads San Francisco-based Origiful, a creative production team that creates content for brands. Pasquier is a French-born artist whose work is currently displayed at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Perhaps the world will get to see baby's first Vine a year from now. More of Padgham's creative Vines can be seen on his profile Read more...

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The Week of Mo'ne Davis Is Over, and That's FineOpen in a New Window


Mo'ne Davis mania has departed, as quickly and emphatically as it arrived

Six days after pitching a complete-game shutout on national TV in the Little League World Series, and earning tweets of praise from everyone from Michelle Obama to Chipper Jones to Lil Wayne, Davis and her Taney Dragons squad from Philadelphia was eliminated from the tournament on Thursday

Davis was unable to pitch in that game according to Little League rules, having taken the mound a day prior. Taney's loss barely registered on the Twitter radar, certainly not compared to the joyous hysteria that surrounded the team and its long-braided star during the week prior Read more...

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Southwest Flight Makes Emergency Landing After Blowing a TireOpen in a New Window


A Southwest flight headed to Austin made an emergency landing at Dallas Love Field after blowing a tire on takeoff Friday. There were no injuries among the 125 passengers or crew on Southwest Flight 8.

The plane had to circle the airport as air traffic control surveyed the damage to the landing gear from the ground.

Emergency crews were on standby as the Boeing 737-700 came in to land soon after it had taken off from Dallas Love Field, according to the local NBC station.

Watch video of the landing:

"We do know that they had radioed ahead to tell them about this problem," a local TV reporter said. "This was the second time they tried to land." Read more...

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How Much Does It Cost to See Your NFL Team Win?Open in a New Window


What's more disappointing then watching your favorite NFL team lose? Watching them lose while at the stadium.

Luckily for diehard — but frugal — football fans, the secondary ticketing company TickPick took relevant data and found a way to find (well, pretty roughly) the most cost-effective tickets in the league if you want to watch your team win instead of wallow glumly in your expensive seats.

TickPick calls the breakdown its "Cost Per Win" report. The company determined the relative cost-efficiency of watching your football team win in-person by considering the following factors: average ticket prices, projected win totals for the upcoming season and how teams fare at home. The average ticket prices are based only on TickPick sales. While it's not a perfect science by any means, TickPick lists more than 500,000 NFL tickets per season for all 32 NFL teams, so we do have a solid sample size to mull the results. Read more...

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Florida: Famous for Hurricanes, Gators and Now SinkholesOpen in a New Window


The state that's well known for hurricanes and alligators has another high-profile natural worry on its list: the possibility that the Earth could, at any moment, gobble up a whole neighborhood.

Yes, Florida has more sinkholes than any other state in the nation, according to the local agency that oversees insurance regulations and compliance. Sinkholes have been spotted at least three times in as many months — May in Winter Haven, June in Jonesville, and July in Spring Hill.

One technology that could help: a new remote sensor from NASA to predict sinkhole formations. It's called Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR), and uses satellites and drones to detect changes in ground elevations over time. Such changes may indicate an area's vulnerability for sinkholes. Think of it as an ultrasound for Mother Earth. Read more...

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4 Reasons You Shouldn't Buy an iPhone 5C From Walmart for 97 CentsOpen in a New Window


Okay, I get it. There's a shiny gadget in the display window, and its price tag suddenly falls from $100 to nearly nothing. Your heart skips a beat, your eyes widen and you reach into your pocket for some loose change to snap up the iPhone 5C, which just got slashed to 97 cents at Walmart.

Not so fast, chump

This is just a trick to get you to sign on the dotted line and commit to two years of living in the past. The last thing you want to do in late August is lock yourself into a two-year phone contract with last year's model. But that's exactly what you'll be doing if you give in to Walmart's illusory "deal." Read more...

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Washington Post Editorial Board Won't Use Name of Its Home NFL TeamOpen in a New Window


The controversy over the Washington Redskins' name has made it to the team's backyard.

The Washington Post editorial board announced on Friday that the paper's opinion section will no longer use the name "Redskins" with respect to the Washington NFL team

"That’s the standard we apply to all offensive vocabulary, and the team name unquestionably offends not only many Native Americans but many other Americans, too," the board announced in an editorial.

The other sections of the paper, most importantly its sports coverage, will still use the name, the board noted. It can also appear in letters submitted to the paper and then reprinted. Read more...

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Nicki Minaj's 'Anaconda' Twerks Miley's VEVO Record Into OblivionOpen in a New Window


Congratulations to Nicki Minaj's asstounding "Anaconda" music video, which has claimed the VEVO record for most views in a 24-hour period. (Yeah, we went there.)

Minaj's twerktacular anthem, which calls back to Sir-Mix-a-Lot's "Baby Got Back," hit 19.6 million views in 24 hours after premiering at midnight on Tuesday. To date, the video has almost 37.7 million views.

Nicki's butt claims the throne from Miley Cyrus, whose September 2013 "Wrecking Ball" video held the record for hitting 19.3 million views in a single day Read more...

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Sending Your 13-Year-Old on a Flight Solo? That'll Cost YouOpen in a New Window


Young teenagers trying to claim their independence aren't getting any help from the airline industry.

Beginning Sept. 3, American Airlines will charge $150 extra fee each way, or $300 for a round-trip flight, for unaccompanied minors between the ages of 5 and 14. The airline previously charged for minors between 5 and 11

American, which announced the change Thursday in an employee publication, says extending the fee to a wider age range will ensure the safest possible travel for them and match the policy at US Airways. The two airlines merged in December to form American Airlines Group Inc. Read more...

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Tony Stewart's NASCAR Season Fading Fast: He's Skipping Bristol, TooOpen in a New Window


Tony Stewart hasn't been back on the race track since his Sprint car struck and killed a fellow driver earlier this month, and at this rate it's looking like the three-time NASCAR champion's "comeback" season may be over.

Stewart is skipping the Saturday night race at Bristol Motor Speedway, making the short Tennessee oval the fourth race — and the third Sprint Cup event — he's missed since the death of Kevin Ward Jr

SEE ALSO: Tony Stewart's Car Strikes, Kills Young Driver Walking on Track

The team he co-owns, Stewart-Haas Racing, said he's taking it week-by-week, but with only two races left, it's increasingly likely that the driver they call "Smoke" won't be behind the wheel until at least next year. Read more...

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Vine Challenge: Capture Objects in 360 DegreesOpen in a New Window


The tech of our days is so advanced that it's fair to say we've got everything we need. From smartphones and tablets of all sizes to bendable TVs and Bluetooth padlocks, nearly every gadget has multiple things to show off, appearance- and function-wise

We partnered with Hewlett-Packard once again for this week's Mashable Vine Challenge. We want you to showcase technology operating in a 360 degree capacity

A panoramic image taken on a smartphone may not cover edge to edge of what you see. But on Vine, you have the flexibility of creating stop-motion animations to capture all angles in a single video. Read more...

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Kicked Off Twitter, Islamic State Flocks to DiasporaOpen in a New Window


As Twitter shuts down access to various Islamic State fighters, members of the group are shifting their social media focus to the decentralized social network, Diaspora.

On Wednesday, Twitter started actively suspending accounts from accounts actively sharing video and graphic imagery related to the brutal beheading of American journalist James Foley. Many of those accounts were related to the Islamic State, the radical Islamist group in Iraq claiming responsibility for Foley's murder.

As Mashable's Colin Daileda and Lorenz Franceschi-Bicchierai reported last month, these radical Islamists in Iraq are using social media to spread fear and propaganda in a way no terrorist group has done before Read more...

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Sigh, the #IceBucketChallenge Is Now a Halloween CostumeOpen in a New Window


Good job, Internet. You've made the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge the must-have costume for Halloween this year.

That's right, for only $39.99, you can dress like the biggest social media trend of summer (and history's largest wet T-shirt contest). Online costume retailer Brands on Sale offers the getup that features a bucket with "water" made from tulle, an ice cube tray and fake ice cubes.


The site also includes a link to the ALS Association for timely-costume-loving do-gooders.

Alternate idea: Buy a bucket for $5, use real water and donate the remaining $35 to ALS research. Read more...

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