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In today's world, where 12-year-olds are engrossed in their iPhones, and substituting a phone call in place of a text message is nearly inconceivable, technology like Nokia’s indestructible brick of a cell phone and the VCR that’s currently collecting dust in your basement (if not already inhabiting a dumpster) seems prehistoric. But thanks to nostalgic noise enthusiast Brendan Chilcutt—the face behind The Museum of Endangered Sounds, highlighted in a WeTheUrban post earlier this month—the unmistakable sounds of old technology are alive and kicking.

Whether you define the start of summer as the moment it’s finally warm enough to break out your favorite short-shorts (sans tights, of course), the void between the beautiful ending of one school year and the dreaded beginning of another, or the first weekend you and your girls can head to your favorite beach, it’s finally here for many of us, in all of its mercurially sunny splendor (And if you’re one of those sticklers who believes that summer starts the day of the summer solstice, face it – you’re an anomaly).

By Desiree Stewart Photographed by Sarah Anne Ward Styled by Maya Rossi Geometric jewelry is all the rage right now, but the designer stuff will put a massive dent in your wallet. Luckily, crafting your own pieces out of Shrinky Dink plastic means you’re limited by your imagination, not your budget. The jewelry possibilities are endless—you can whip up some earrings, a brooch, or even rings out of this easy-to-use material. For this tutorial, we’ll create an ultra-hip necklace that’ll look like a million bucks, but cost less than 10.

By Isa Chandra Moskowitz Styled and Photographed by Vanessa Rees Summer is the season for crispy salads, and while the bottled dressings at the supermarket are inviting, they never taste all that fresh. Luckily, whipping up your own dressing is a cinch with these recipes. Plus, they only require a handful of ingredients, many of which you probably already have in your kitchen cabinets. So give from-scratch dressings a shot; they’re way more satisfying and economical, meaning that this summer, you can spend your cash on organic veggies and Mai Tais.

The birds-and-the-bees conversation between parents and teens isn’t exactly the easiest topic to discuss at the dinner table, though we all know it's a vital rite of passage to growing up. But what about the teens with special needs? A new study reveals that not only do they have a limited knowledge of sex, but many have some alarming misconceptions regarding human sexuality. The study's lead researcher Ruth Garbutt found that several students believed gay sex was illegal or weren’t aware that sexual abuse is an offense that’s investigated by police.

I know young people are supposed to be hip and tech-savvy (and by using the terms "hip" and "tech-savvy" I do, in fact, realize I've outed myself as neither), but sometimes I find myself genuinely overwhelmed with how quickly technology is advancing and all the crazy cool possibilities that come with it. Here I am, still flabbergasted that you can pay for your Starbucks coffee using a QR code, while artist Yiying Lu is already using them to create stunning and interactive works of art in her new series "Beautiful Traps.

Have you ever taken a risk with your own personal style, like donning a fashion-forward denim jumpsuit, and your female friends exclaimed compliments in unison while your guy friends silently pondered whether or not you got dressed in the dark that day? There’s a name for that trendy garb you’re wearing—Man repellent. Runway-savvy fashionista Leandra Medin is the face behind ManRepeller.com, a bible for all things fashionably trendy that Cosmopolitan might describe as “Girl Sexy but not Guy Sexy.

Miss Congeniality was a fantastic movie, but I'm already thinking that the drama unfolding in the real world would make for a great screenplay. Picture it: an overbearing millionaire goes after a beauty queen scorned by the media for her supposedly close-minded views as she tries to smear the entire pageant itself. Drama! Blame!  Spray tans! The Miss America pageant has gone ugly with the recent developments involving its co-owner Donald Trump and the former Miss Pennsylvania, who renounced her crown on the grounds that, in her opinion, the pageant is rigged.

Prepare for takeoff, earthlings. Dream-pop duo Beach House has teamed up again with director Allen Cordell on their latest music video for the meditative “Lazuli” off of their incredible recent album, Bloom. The video follows three lonely-types whose lives conjoin in another dimension by way of unusual circumstances. Via exploding eggs, interactive invisible walls, and dark smoke clouds, we’re transported into a cosmic dreamland that perfectly matches the band’s atmospheric sound.

If you've ever caught the tiny voice in the back of your head thinking to yourself that the 33 cent pay gap between women and men really isn’t all that big, first of all: you are the worst, and second of all: let’s see if you’re singing a different tune when you see all the cool things you could afford when those cents add up. The Center for American Progress plugged in the numbers and found some interesting results. In 2010 the median full-time working man took home $47,715 in earnings, while the median full-time working woman made only $36,931—77.
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