Kathleen Chapman

Kathleen has always enjoyed technology and the sciences (biology and entomology). She's worked as a research technician and an end user services tech before becoming a stay-at-home mom and home educator. Her continued interest in technology led her to join the Gadgeteer team in 2014.

Use ModernStates.org to test out of a year of college for free!

ARTICLE – Perhaps you’ve heard by now about the student loan debt crisis. According to a Forbes article written in February 2019, about 45 million people owe a total of over $1.5 trillion in student loans here in the United States. That just blows my mind. If you happen to have high school-aged kids or …

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The Tombot Puppy is a super-cute, easy-to-care-for realistic robot companion for your loved ones

NEWS – Many people own pets because they provide them with precious companionship. But what happens if it’s no longer practical to care for a pet? The Tombot Puppy, “Jennie”, was created to fill this need and thus was not intended to be a toy. She is a realistic robot puppy created by Tom Stevens, …

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The Samsung AirDresser refreshes and “irons” your clothes for you

NEWS – The Samsung AirDresser is a magical closet that refreshes and “irons” your delicates and business attire for you. You can hang your clothes in this closet, close it up, select a cycle, and Voila! Refreshed, wrinkle-free clothes! This is a case where the creators were thinking INSIDE THE BOX! According to a Samsung …

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CountyComm’s Stainless Steel Split Pea lighter is perfect for your EDC

NEWS – The CountyComm Stainless Steel Split Pea lighter by Maratac is a teeny tiny lighter that fits nicely on your keychain or in your pocket and is there for you in a pinch whenever you need a flame. It is made out of 300 series stainless steel and measures 1.3″ tall (with the cap …

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HyperJuice 130 W USB-C Battery + 112 W Charger Bundle review

REVIEW – I’ve been searching for a portable battery that will charge my Lenovo Yoga laptop for a while now. My laptop requires that the power source provide at least 45 W and there are only a handful of batteries out there that will do so. Recently, I stumbled on a battery from Hyper that …

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Are you looking for a unique Advent calendar? Use the Force or even an Accio charm!

GIFT IDEA NEWS – Do you need a unique Advent calendar for your young adventurers? LEGO has you covered. The 280 piece LEGO Star Wars 2019 Advent Calendar 75245 Holiday Building Kit has buildable characters, vehicle and starship models, blaster weapons, plus two Christmas themed action figures behind each of the doors that counts down …

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thetruesize.com website shows you just how distorted the Mercator projection map is

ARTICLE – A while ago I was watching an episode of “The West Wing” (season 2 episode 16, “Somebody’s Going to Emergency, Somebody’s Going to Jail”). In the “Cartographers for Social Equality” portion of the show, it really hit me (just like CJ) that the Mercator projection map that I have been using since I …

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HyperJuice has created my dream portable battery with a total output of 130 W

NEWS – I have been looking for a portable battery that would charge my Lenovo Yoga laptop for a while now. This USB-C laptop requires a battery output of at least 45 W in order to charge it. There are only a handful of portable batteries out there that will provide that much output, but …

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Brightech LightView Flex LED Magnifier Lamp with Clamp and Base for Desk (5 Diopter) review

REVIEW – I’ve been needing a desk lamp for my work area for a while now but never saw anything that I really liked until I saw the Brightech LightView Flex LED Magnifier Lamp with Clamp and Base for Desk (5 diopter). After getting the chance to check it out first hand, I discovered that …

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Colonel Littleton Zip It leather zipper pouches review

REVIEW – I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I love leather. I’m always on the lookout for useful leather products to carry my gear around in. Colonel Littleton recently came out with three new leather pouches: No. 1 Zip It – Small Leather Zipper Pouch, No. 2 Zip It – Medium …

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Hooke Audio Hooke Verse review

REVIEW – Recording my kids’ performances has always been important to me. However, those recordings were always lackluster because the sound captured by my phone was always a fraction of what my real-life experience had been. Hooke Verse by Hooke Audio aims to rectify the issue. The Hooke Verse headset records binaural (2-channel) audio giving …

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Try pink noise for better sleep and memory

ARTICLE – I recently read an article in Curiosity about how pink noise can help you fall asleep just like white noise. I knew about white noise being used for sleep but had never heard of pink noise (those of you steeped in the world of acoustics or engineering will have to forgive this biologist/entomologist …

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Check out GE’s oversized vintage LED bulbs

NEWS – Last year GE came out with some vintage-style LED light bulbs and this year GE has come out with some oversized ones which look pretty cool. These large LED bulbs are available in different shapes and have different styles of filaments (spiral and weave) like those shown in the photo above. They also …

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