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21 Easy Cleaning Hacks to Add to Your Routine

<b>New Year, No Eww - that's how the saying goes, right?</b><p>2016 is your year for a sparkling clean home! If you like the sound of that, but don't want to make it your year for 'spending countless hours scrubbing,' these easy hacks from Hometalk bloggers will help to speed things up!<p><b>1. Clean stainless</b> …

Hacking

5 vitamins and minerals that are actually worth your money

Science tells us that taking most vitamins is worthless — but here’s a few that buck the trend<p>Recently, a number of studies published in the <i>Annals of Internal Medicine</i> underscored a fact that scientists have become increasingly sure of: The vast majority of vitamins and mineral supplements are …

High Blood Pressure

Global leaders are ignoring one of the greatest causes of climate change

This week, as world leaders meet to hammer out a deal to reduce the greenhouses gases (GHGs) responsible for warming our planet, a major source of those gases is unlikely to make a significant appearance onto the agenda: meat.<p>In 2006, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) …

Agriculture

Strengthening Brain Connections

<b>Newly identified mechanism allows the brain to strengthen links between neurons.</b><p>When the brain forms memories or learns a new task, it encodes the …

Strange but true: the weirdest places and creatures – in pictures

Have you ever seen gymnast goats, a rainbow-­coloured river, or a weasel riding a woodpecker? Prepare to be amazed by your weird and wonderful planet as we dip into DK’s Strange But True

Nature

16 genetically modified foods that are critical to the US food supply

Humans have been genetically modifying plants since we first started domesticating and breeding them to look and taste the way we wanted them to. By combining plants with desirable traits, we have altered their DNA over millennia in a so-called "natural" fashion.<p>But when people refer to genetically …

Agriculture

The world's best train views

7 Budget Family Travel Destinations That Are Surprisingly Awesome

When visiting popular family travel destinations, parents know exactly what they're getting for their vacation dollar. After all, many US beach towns, theme parks, resorts, and city stays have a reputation that warrants a high price tag. But well-known locales are not the only destinations worthy …

The 51 Best Fantasy Series Ever Written

Whether you're a Swords and Sorcery type of fantasy reader, a fan of battles and betrayal, or you just want a few more goddamn elves in your life, there's something for you here. These are the truly great fantasy series written in the last 50 years.

Books

6 Common Misconceptions About Being Pregnant

There is a lot of advice for women about being pregnant, much of it coming from different sources — from family and friends to a longtime …

8 Things We Learned in Couples Therapy That Saved Our Marriage

We needed someone's help to learn how to live together.<p>Marriage is hard, and it requires hard work sometimes. People aren't taught how to be good at marriage or even how to be a good life-long partner, and so we often screw it up. But in failing and learning how to solve problems, you can make a …

Marriage

How to Keep Home Maintenance Costs Under $300 a Year

Cringe at the thought of major repairs to your home? It’s the little preventative maintenance things you do throughout the year that’ll keep big …

Home Improvement

National Geographic Travel

Purina fights lawsuit claiming Beneful makes dogs deathly ill

Virginia Burgardt blames Nestlé Purina PetCare, the second largest selling pet food maker behind Mars Petcare, for nearly killing her Great Dane …

Pets

The scientific breakthrough that could radically transform the way we treat neurological disorders

New research suggests our brains and our bodies are much more closely connected than previously believed<p>When the ancient Egyptians prepared a mummy they would scoop out the brain through the nostrils and throw it away. While other organs were preserved and entombed, the brain was considered …

Immune System

10 Things That Should Be In Your Emergency Kit

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Gear & Gadgets

Insider Tips for Visiting U.S. National Parks

<i>Kyla Duhamel / Flickr</i><p>There are few places in the world that offer the breathtaking landscapes, endless activities and awe-inspiring architecture of the U.S. national parks. From whitewater rafting through the Grand Canyon to exploring the elegant monuments on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., …

National Parks

Scientists rush to freeze plant DNA before 'sixth extinction'

<b>As the world enters into a sixth great extinction, scientists are racing against the clock to save genetic evidence from plants around the world.</b><p>An ambitious project launched Wednesday to collect the genomes of the planet's major plant groups within the next two years and put them into deep …

Natural History Museums

Dave Cousins's top 10 survival tips

How long would you last in a survival situation? Possibly a lot longer if you follow Dave Cousins’s tips! From safe ways to collect water and making a cup out of a sheet of paper to singing (yes, singing), the Charlie Merrick author shares his survival skills<p>I should make one thing clear right from …

Top 10

Thirsty plants? Top tips for watering your garden in hot weather

With the promise of dry weather ahead, Toby Buckland offers his guide to canny watering, whatever your soil or size of plot<p>Here we are again… gardens have a thirsty look in their eye.<p>Many lawns – especially those on sandy soils – have already turned to straw. So, watering is back on the agenda.<p>In …

10 of the Best Farmers Market Tips We Learned from Cookbooks

Now that it’s the end of June, we’re finding ourselves at the sunny pole farthest from the dead-of-winter farmers market. It is prime market season and we’re giddy. Favas! Bristly-fuzzy peaches! Tomatoes! Real tomatoes!<p>With so much produce to choose from, we’re turning to some of the people who …

We're in the middle of the world's sixth mass extinction event — and may not be able to stop it

A new head-spinning research paper published this month in the journal Science Advances finds that a mass extinction is underway — the sixth of its kind in Earth's 4.5 billion year history.<p>Since the year 1900, 69 mammal species are believed to have gone extinct, along with about 400 other types of …

Extinction

8 camping hacks you'll kick yourself for not knowing sooner

The number of overnight stays at U.S. National Parks in 2014 increased by almost one million since 2013, according to the National Park Service.<p>It's …

The Paleo diet is absurd, science says

<i>This post is in partnership with The Conversation. The article below was originally published at theconversation.com.</i><p>By Tim Spector, The …

Paleo Diet

Prefab Passive Solar Green Homes

Green Housing / Modern Home Designs: Modern Home Design brought to you by Green Modern Kits. <br>Modern house kits - Passive Solar Houses - Structural …

OMGFacts

World's First 'Solar Road' Is Generating Even More Power Than Expected

An experimental bike path that also functions as a giant solar cell has far exceeded expectations in the six months it's been in use -- and that has scientists eyeing roadways as possible sources of solar energy to power street lights, traffic systems, and electric cars.<p>SolaRoad, as the …

Roads

Build the Ultimate Backyard Garden with a Hugelkultur Raised Bed

Turn an unused corner of your backyard into an impressive DIY garden with the hugelkultur raised bed garden technique!<p>According to permaculture expert Paul Wheaton:<p>Hugelkultur is nothing more than making raised garden beds filled with rotten wood. This makes for raised garden beds loaded with …