Crystal Nichols

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10 Things You Didn't Know Your Microwave Could Do

It goes way beyond just heating up your food.<p><b>1. Give your plants a boost</b><p>Sterilize soil for growing seedlings by heating it up in the microwave first. Colorado State University horticulturist Laura Pottorff suggests filling plastic containers with a thin layer of soil and microwaving them for 90 …

Colorado

Meet Daniel Norris, the Major League Baseball Player who lives in his van

Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Daniel "Dino" Norris has the freedom to live almost anywhere, after being called up from the minors to the Toronto Blue Jays roster in September 2014. But the 21-year-old pitcher, who can throw a fastball in the mid-90s, prefers a simpler life, living in his 1978 …

At $40,000 per Teaspoon, Albino Caviar Named “White Gold” Is the World’s Most Expensive Food

A special type of caviar, made from rare albino fish eggs and laced with 22-carat gold, is thought to be the most expensive food on the planet. …

Surprising Science Experiment Backs 5-Second Rule For Dropped Food

If you’ve ever consumed food after dropping it on floor and then wondered what sorts of diseases you might be contracting, here’s a new study that may put your mind at ease (or not). New research out of Aston University in the U.K. finds that there may be some truth to the old wives’ tale, often …

Happy face or angry face? A dog can tell the difference, study finds

Word to the wise: Don't play poker with your dog. He can read your face like a book. A new study shows that man's best friend is remarkably good at discerning happy expressions from angry ones – even when he's only looking at half of a person's face.<p>The authors say the findings, published in the …

Pets

Are There Number 1 Pencils?

Almost every syllabus, teacher and standardized test points to the ubiquitous No. 2 pencil, but are there other choices out there? Of course!<p>Pencil …

Gymnastics

So Cool: A Dress Made From Loom Bands Sold for $291,000 on Ebay

Remember loom bands? Those colorful bands you’d make friendship bracelets with? Yeah, you should buy some.<p>A woman recently sold a dress made out of …

Your TV may be watching you

<b>(CNN) —</b> Earlier this week, we learned that Samsung televisions are eavesdropping on their owners. If you have one of their Internet-connected smart TVs, you can turn on a voice command feature that saves you the trouble of finding the remote, pushing buttons and scrolling through menus. But making …

Privacy

Meet Alicia, a Living, Breathing 19-Year-Old Girl Who Doesn’t Exist

Saying 19-year-old Alecia Pennington is suffering an identity crisis would be an understatement. Having grown up in a homeschooling Christian …

Oral-B Toothbrush App Shows Weather and News While You Clean

Feb.19.2015 / 11:27 PM ET<p>We all know we're supposed to brush our teeth for two minutes or so, but how do you pass that time? Staring yourself in the mirror? Counting the seconds internally? Toothbrush maker Oral-B thinks you can make better use of that two minutes while still getting your teeth …

Dentistry

What Really Happens When You Sleep With Your Makeup On

Prepare for a rude awakening.<p><i>This article was written by Shannon Farrell and repurposed with permission from Daily Makeover.</i><p>There’s no shame in admitting it: We’re all guilty of sleeping in our makeup once or twice (or more). Whether the cause was an exhausting work week or a few too many …

7 Statistics Farmers Need to Know for 2015

USDA’s chief economist presents his forecast at the agency’s annual Agricultural Outlook Forum.<p>In a packed hotel ballroom far from the fields of the …

How games like Trivia Crack and Candy Crush get inside your head

Quick, before you start this article, isn't there time for a quick round of Trivia Crack? Or Candy Crush? Or Cut the Rope? Chances are you have one of those games, or one like it, installed on your phone — and perhaps find yourself unable to stop playing. What is it about these games that makes it …

7 Items Every Woman Should Get Rid of (But Doesn't)

When we head to the trash can or eBay, there are certain things we forget to include. Here are the sneaky extras that clutter up the corners of our …

What Do Farmers Think about Climate Change?

As a sociologist, J. Gordon Arbuckle Jr. spends a lot of time studying what shapes farmers' views and responses to climate change. It's a subject …

Child watch: The apps that let parents 'spy' on their kids

<b>Think your kid's being bullied? Or sending sexts? Or dealing drugs? There's an app for that.</b><p>In the United States, nearly 80% of teenagers own mobile phones. About half of those are smartphones - with access to the internet, games, cameras and social media.<p>That worries many parents. And those fears …

Privacy

Missing Alaska Family: Police Resume Search, Find 'Piece of Clothing'

Five months after the mysterious disappearance of a family in Kenai, Alaska, local police returned to the dense spruce forest near their apartment …

Crime