Rachel Z. Arndt

Rachel Z. Arndt is the author of the essay collection Beyond Measure. Her writing has appeared in Quartz, The Believer, Fast Company, and elsewhere. She lives in Chicago. 

The Best Gifts for the Tech-Loving Foodies in Your Life

The overlap in the Venn diagram between "kitchen tools" and "gadgets" is a glorious place.

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The Best Cast-Iron Skillets for Any Kind of Cook

It might be heavy and hard to clean, but a cast-iron skillet is a cooking tool every kitchen must have.

The Best Knife Set for Any Kitchen

It's the most indispensable tool in any kitchen, and there are lots to choose from.

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The Best Backpacks for Students

Students are going back to school, and they're going to need to do some hauling.

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The Gift Guide for the Aspiring Bartender

To make the perfect drink, you need the right gear.

A participant stands near a screen during the ethical hacking contest Insomni'hack 2014 on March 21, 2014 in Geneva. Nearly 300 hackers from all Europe gathered to measure and improve their talent at the 7th edition of the Swiss security conference and ethical hacking contest Insomni'hack organized by SCRT a Swiss company specialized in computer security. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI
7 Ways to Improve Your Security Now
There's no foolproof way to thwart every digital attack, but taking a few smart steps will make it much less likely that you'll suffer …
The Quest for the Best Electric Toothbrush

Toothbrushes have come a long way, but which one is the very best?

New Rules of the Road That Work for Cars *and* Cyclists

Sharing the road means much more than just checking your blind spot.

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The Ridiculous History of Wind Chill

Inside our obsession with measuring wintry misery.

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10 Gifts for Photographers & Filmmakers
Everyone shoots pictures and video on their phones these days. But if you're shopping for a true auteur this holiday season, consider t…
The Carry-On Bag That Charges Your Phone

Away's Carry-On is built to keep you charged up on your travels.

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9 Pieces of Obsolete Tech That Just Won't Die

From pagers to fax machines. Why is this stuff still around?

Gadgets Aren't the Reason You Can't Sleep
The new wave of sleep-aiding technology basks you in sleep-inducing red light and wakes you up when your body—not the clock—says it's t…
Why Siri Doesn't Understand You
Apple, Amazon, Google, and others are pushing us to use our voices rather than our fingers to interact with their products. But do we r…
I Let a Bluetooth Smart Pan Teach Me To Cook

Pantelligent wants to make you a better chef—by taking cooking out of your foolish human hands.

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Holiday Must-Haves for Music Lovers
Make this holiday season come alive with the sound of music. The speakers, headphones, and instruments we found will rock any audiophil…
Man Wears an Antenna on His Head to 'Hear' Colors

"I don't feel that I'm wearing technology—I feel that I am technology."