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EpiPen Expiration Dates Extended as Schools Face Shortage of Allergy Medicine EpiPen Expiration Dates Extended as Schools Face Shortage of Allergy Medicine

The EpiPen, a life-saving medical product for treating severe allergies, is in short supply as American kids head back to school. But Mylan, the pharmaceutical company that owns the EpiPen, has come up with a solution to the shortage: Expand the expiration date on some of its products. The U.S. Food and Drug…

The Shittiest Back-to-School Gadgets of 2015 The Shittiest Back-to-School Gadgets of 2015

It’s back-to-school season, that special time of year when a cloud of malaise descends on America’s youth and beleaguered parents find themselves bombarded with ads for all manner of awful gimmicky schlock in the name of education.

HP Fixed Everything Wrong With Its Budget-Friendly Detachable Notebook HP Fixed Everything Wrong With Its Budget-Friendly Detachable Notebook

It’s hard to build a cheap two-in-one PC that doesn’t have something fundamentally wrong with it. Believe us, we’ve looked—lower end convertibles usually have bad screens, flimsy hinges or sell essential accessories separately. Then something like the new 10-inch HP Pavilion x2 comes along. It’s small, costs only $300…

io9's Official Back To School List of Must Read Books io9's Official Back To School List of Must Read Books

School is starting again, and whether you're a student in college or a student of life, you need to boot up your brain with some good inspiration. Here is a book list to get you thinking about the world in a new way — and help you make the transition back into study mode.

The Secret Origins of Higher Education in America The Secret Origins of Higher Education in America

For many people, Labor Day marks the beginning of the college year, and a return to academic pomp and dignity. But did you know Columbia was only founded because New Yorkers couldn't stand that New Jersey had a college? And UPenn fudged its founding date to beat Princeton? Learn all the dirty secrets of American…

I Spent My Summer Vacation in Outer Space I Spent My Summer Vacation in Outer Space

When you camp in the Sierra mountains of California, the night skies are incredible. Our Milky Way galaxy is splashed across the dark dome, and you can see every constellation that's normally blotted out by city lights. Now, imagine you're out there with astrophysicists, explaining it all to you. That's how I spent…

The Gear and Apps You Need to Survive the Next Semester The Gear and Apps You Need to Survive the Next Semester

Okay, this is it. Back to school, again. Whether it's your first college semester or you can see graduation on the horizon, these tools will make the next few months infinitely more bearable.

The Amazon Back to School Deals That Are Actually Worth Buying The Amazon Back to School Deals That Are Actually Worth Buying

Amazon's Gold Box deal today is a back-to-school blowout, full of robust discounts on everything from backpacks to... portable scanners. Okay, so maybe it's not quite the cornucopia of delights you might have hoped for. But for every iPad speaker dock in the bunch, there are a few gems you genuinely need.

Apple's Back to School Offer Nets You up to $100 of App Store Credit Apple's Back to School Offer Nets You up to $100 of App Store Credit

Apple's just launched its Back to School promotion, which will get people in education a $100 App Store gift card when they purchase a Mac or $50 with an iPad or iPhone.

Watch Bon Iver Play Radio City Watch Bon Iver Play Radio City

Bon Iver played three nights NYC's Radio City Music Hall last week. The folky band played a beautiful 97-minute set on Friday, the final evening, and it's streaming on YouTube for the next two days.

Jimi Hendrix: Purple Haze Jimi Hendrix: Purple Haze

Jimi Hendrix was one of the greatest guitar players of all time—something that still rings true today. Forty-two years ago, he was tragically found dead at the age of 27. In honor of the late rock star, here's a video of him tearing up the classic "Purple Haze" at Woodstock. His unforgettable performance happened a…

Pusha T: The Morning, Featuring Raekwon, Common, 2 Chainz, CyHi Da Prynce, Kid Cudi, D'Banj Pusha T: The Morning, Featuring Raekwon, Common, 2 Chainz, CyHi Da Prynce, Kid Cudi, D'Banj

Yesterday Kanye West's "Cruel Summer" Mixtape leaked. In the typical grandiose style of 'ye, it's packed with just about every artist who's big in hip hop right now. The morning is one of the songs off the G.O.O.D. Music compilation, and it might be one of the first hip hop bangers to make a Mark Zuckerberg…

Bill Withers: Use Me Bill Withers: Use Me

Sometimes you find yourself in an awful relationship with no way out. Your friends tell you need to quit the situation, but you just can't. Something about it still feels good. In those times, Bill Withers' words just sound so right. I wanna spread the news/if it feels this good getting used/just keep on using me…

Do You Google The Person You're Dating? Do You Google The Person You're Dating?

Facebook-stalking your ex is one thing. But what about the person you're currently dating? Do you google them, too? On the one hand, how could you not? But on the other hand, you run the risk of learning something about them that you'd rather not know.

Deftones: Back to School Deftones: Back to School

School is back in session, for most of you. And if it's not yet, it soon will be. Might as well make the most of the "back to school" spirit by listening to the Deftones song "Back to School." Which, unlike tests and homework and gym class, is actually pretty great.

200 Cigarettes: Socializing Before Smartphones Sure Was Hard 200 Cigarettes: Socializing Before Smartphones Sure Was Hard

It's New Year's Eve 1981, and no one seems to know where the party's at. Literally. A bunch of chain-smoking, sex-addled twentysomethings almost miss their New Year's bash because they are having too hard a time finding their way to the house party they'd planned to attend.

The-Dream: Dope Bitch (NSFW) The-Dream: Dope Bitch (NSFW)

This song is about girls. Girls and cocaine. Lots and lots of cocaine. Actual rivers of white running out of the noses of beautiful, scantily-clad women. But it's so almost the weekend and we don't judge your after hours activity. And this track is just so wonderful and so catchy, illicit activities aside.

Future Islands: Grease Future Islands: Grease

Last year, Future Islands released the album On the Water, and they've been touring ever since. The record was—and is—odd and lovely and wildly underrated. And the beautiful, slightly sad, new video for "Grease" embodies all those sentiments.

Beyonce: Upgrade U Beyonce: Upgrade U

Beyonce is a goddess and today is her birthday, thus "Upgrade U," a song off her 2006 album B'Day is perfectly fitting.

A Cooler Bag for All Seasons A Cooler Bag for All Seasons

With Labor Day behind us, summer is officially over. But people still drink beer and other cold things, which means this cooler bag still works even as we enter the chillier fall months.

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