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Phone-addicted teens aren’t as happy as those who play sports and hang out IRL, new study suggests

To no parent’s surprise, too much smartphone use makes teens unhappy.<p>So says a new study from San Diego State University, which pulled data from over one million 8th-, 10th-, and 12th-graders in the U.S. showing teens who spent more time on social media, gaming, texting and video-chatting on their …

Social Media

8 Houseplants That Could Kill You and Your Pets

Houseplants are a decorator's best friend, adding pops of color and a vibrant touch to even the blandest home interiors. And studies show that they also improve air quality, lower your stress level, generally make you happier, and just might even make you smarter.<p>But what if those seemingly …

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4 Detox Water Recipes to Help You De-Bloat

When used in the context of your diet, the words <i>cleanse</i> and <i>detox</i> are quite controversial. This is mostly because some commercial cleanses and "detox" …

One year on Earth seen from a million miles away

In July last year, NASA relayed the very first image taken by its Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (ironically, EPIC for short).<p>The image marked …

There’s a way to train our brains to cope with stress that changes chemistry “as much as any antidepressant”

Stress is often perceived as the villain of contemporary culture: the nagging tension that keeps us chained to our desks during the day, awake all night, and makes us dangerously unhealthy.<p>But Ian Robertson, a cognitive neuroscientist at Trinity College Dublin and author of the upcoming book ‘<i>The</i> …

Immune System

8 Underrated National Parks That Will Leave You Speechless

National Parks such as Yellowstone, Yosemite, or the Grand Canyon are rightfully some of the most famous destinations in the U.S. They're iconic and …

14 Things You Should Never Say to Girls With Anxiety

No. 7 is so annoying<p><b>1. "Have you tried meditation?"</b> Have you tried minding your own business?<p><b>2. "Calm down!"</b> I would if I could. I can't. I really can't calm down. Oh god, I'm freaking out again.<p><b>3. "Just think about something else."</b> Do you really believe that that's how thinking works?<p><b>4. "You</b> …

The Best Places to Travel in December

Embrace the magic this holiday season in destinations both warm and cold.<p>As a whole, the month of December is a whirlwind. Even as the chaos of …

Siem Reap

Johnny Depp's wife files for divorce in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Johnny Depp's wife has filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences after 15 months of marriage.<p>Amber Depp, an actress known as Amber Heard, filed for divorce in Los Angeles Superior Court and is seeking spousal support from the Oscar-nominated actor.<p>Heard listed their …

Los Angeles

Tonight's SpaceX rocket launch: start time, live stream, and what to expect

Yesterday's aborted liftoff and sea landing attempt gets another shot<p>SpaceX will once again attempt its fifth rocket launch of the year this evening, after scrubbing yesterday's attempt. CEO Elon Musk tweeted that a "glitch in the motion of an upper stage engine actuator" was the reason for the …

Space Travel

Five of the best meditation apps

The first rule of mindfulness might be to switch your smartphone off. From checking emails at bedtime to constant, needy push notifications from mobile games, our phones can often feel like they amplify our daily stress.<p>Turning to your smartphone for respite from the digital clutter may feel as …

Apps

Why Some Couples Have So Much More Sex Than Others

By Drake Baer<p>If researchers seem a bit, well, voyeuristic with regard to people's sex lives, there's good reason for it: In heterosexual marriages, the happier people are with their sexual lives, the happier they are with their relationships. And if you want to know how much a newlywed couple is …

Build a Water Table for Kids - Do It Yourself

If you've visited a kindergarten recently, you may have seen children playing in an indoor water table: a sturdy work table with a low rim around the …

Kids

Watch a Table Saw Blade Transformed From Old and Busted to Good as New

A knowledgeable technician and precise machinery can bring a dull table saw blade back from the brink.<p>Dull table saw blades are ineffective and dangerous, but instead of throwing away your used blades, give them a makeover. Find a quality saw shop that can sharpen and recondition your blade for a …

6 Disney Movies That Definitely Won’t Get Live-Action Remakes

Like the one where Donald Duck is a Nazi.<p>At this point, is there even anything left in the Disney vault?<p>Wednesday morning came with the news that the House of Mouse is apparently mulling a live-action remake of <i>The Little Mermaid</i>. This is absolutely the opposite of shocking; ever since its <b>Johnny …

Walt Disney Company

Airlines Now Charge You to Sit Next to Family Members

Air travel is an unmitigated nightmare. But as <i>The Wall Street Journal</i> reports, the airline industry itself has found new ways to make passengers …

This is How Many College Students Drink Alcohol and Smoke Pot

On an average day, 1.2 million college students drink alcohol, according to a new report.<p>The study, which surveyed about 25,400 full and part-time …

College & University

Short Film Shows What It's Like to Grow Up Being Player Two in Video Games

If you grew up with an older brother or sister and an old school video game console, Zachary Antell’s short animation <i>Player Two</i> should hit you right …

Landscape Edging Materials - Quiet Corner

While not the most obvious or exciting feature in your outdoor space, landscape edging is still important. Whatever type of patio or path you …

Fit for 40: Can a week of meditation mend my middle-aged mind?

What did you do last Monday night? Eat dinner? Watch Eastenders? Stare longingly at the phone praying for it to ring? I went to a small attic room in Brixton to meditate for two hours with eight strangers.<p>It’s all part of my ongoing project to arrive at my 40s with my mind and body primed to …

NFL

Simple but powerful fixes to enhance your home

If you want to spruce up your home but don’t feel like taking on a big project, designer Victoria Hagan has several ideas.<p>Hagan, who decorated the 2016 Kips Bay Decorator Show House living room, took questions on design and style on Jura Koncius’s Home Front chat and suggested some small fixes with …

Home Decorating

Problem Solving Home Improvement Products

We asked our experts for their top DIY problem-solving tools and materials for every type of project. Here's their list of the Top 10 most helpful …

Woodworking

The Education System Is Rigged Against Low-Income Students, Even In Kindergarten

Students born into poverty enter kindergarten at a disadvantage to more affluent peers. As they advance through the grades, they receive lower test scores. They're more likely to drop out and less likely to enter higher education.<p>The all-too-familiar cycle, in some ways, is getting worse, according …

Education

9 signs you're successful, even if it doesn't feel like it

If you're ambitious, you're bound to feel like a failure from time to time. Lofty goals lead to inevitable moments when you aren't yet living up to your expectations.<p>We live in a world that reinforces this feeling. Though most people won't admit it — other than the guy with the '<i>He who dies with</i> …

Self-improvement

The Great Make: Rocketry Round-Up

Many a <i>Make:</i> reader, especially those of us of a certain age, cut our teeth on building and flying model rockets. This one hobby required you to gain at least a basic aptitude in model construction (and all of the skill sets involved there), basic design and engineering skills, understanding the …

Fabrication

10 Ways to Make (and Keep) Friendships as an Adult

When it comes to relationships, romance often grabs the spotlight. A simple glance in the self-help aisle of any bookstore reveals a thousand ways to …

Mental Health