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12 House Plants That Remove Toxins and Purify Your Air

We all know that plants in our home release oxygen. But they are also able to clean the air from mold and toxins. Several studies have been conducted …

Houseplants

Raise Your Metabolism: Ten Tips That Enhance Insulin Sensitivity

Oregon lawmakers approve landmark minimum wage increase

Oregon lawmakers have approved landmark legislation that propels the state's minimum wage for all workers to the highest rank in the U.S., and does so through an unparalleled tiered system based on geography.<p>The state House of Representatives on Thursday passed Senate Bill 1532, which now heads to …

Black History Month reading list: the best books this February

From rediscovered greats by Octavia Butler to the sixth novel from a prodigious talent, there’s a lot to get excited about this month<p>It’s hard to believe, but What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours is Helen Oyeyemi’s sixth book and she is still only 31. The collection features nine stories linked by the …

Books

Applications for US jobless aid rise, but levels still low

WASHINGTON (AP) — More Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, but applications stayed near historically low levels in a positive sign for …

29 Healthy (Easy!) Slow Cooker Recipes to Help You Stay on Track

<b>Follow us on</b> <b>Pinterest</b> <b>for more healthy eating inspiration.</b><p><i>Additional reporting by</i> <i>Justina Huddleston</i>

'Children Are Eating Leaves Off the Trees': The Nightmare of the Siege of Madaya, Syria | VICE News

<i>Correction: a previous version of this story contained photos purporting to show malnourished children in Madadya. VICE News has since learned that the pictures may not have been taken in Madaya, and has removed them.</i><p>In the early hours of Sunday morning, a pregnant woman and her daughter tried to …

Burma's Ethnic Minorities Seek Equality and Greater Autonomy in Landmark Elections

Rungroj Yongrit—EPA<p>Hkun Lat—AP<p>Lam Yik Fei—Getty Images<p>Amanda Mustard—AP<p>Ye Aung Thu—AFP/Getty Images<p>Amanda Mustard—AP<p>Lam Yik Fei—Getty Images

7 Online Classes That Will Make You Smarter and More Interesting

Massive open online courses have opened up classes from top-tier universities to students around the world. Here are some of the more unique offerings.<p>Since massive open online courses, known as MOOCs, exploded on the higher education scene, they've increased the breadth and access of classes in a …

Nils Frahm "Covers" John Cage's "4'33"" in New Video From Late Night Tales Mix

Nils Frahm has shared a video for his "cover" of John Cage's "4'33"" from his <i>Late Night Tales</i> mix, out September 11. Cage's piece famously calls for its performer to sit silently for four minutes and 33 seconds, but Frahm actually plays something. Ste Hinde directed the video at Frahm's Berlin home …

25 questions only a Portlander can answer

1. “Which is better: Voodoo or Blue Star?”<p>2. “It’s pronounced ‘couch,’ right?”<p>3. “So wait, is there really a Chinatown, or is it just the big gate …

25-minute walk could add seven years to life

New research shows that exercise can delay the ageing process, with experts suggesting one walk a day could halve the risk of heart attack death and add seven years to the lifespan<p>Just 25 minutes of brisk walking a day could add to seven years to your life, heart experts have said.<p>Researchers said …

Biomedicine

Use Google to look up weird coding terms? You could end up working there

Google has many ways of sourcing talent. It has a highly developed in-house recruiting organization, and gets a staggering number of external applications. But if you’re in the habit of looking up obscure coding terms, you might see one of the company’s more obscure recruiting methods, a message …

Connecting Asia's startup ecosystem

Asia

Meet Your New Marketing Team: Data Scientists, Journalists and Software Developers

Over the past 20 years, the field of marketing has evolved and expanded. Once viewed as purely a branding and awareness exercise, marketing in the …

7 Secrets for Success in Your Dream Career

One of IKEA's top leaders shares her "secret sauce" for success.<p>Before business school, Leontyne Green Sykes (above, right) was the proud 24-year-old manager of a Pizza Hut. Some days had great sales figures; others, not so much. The day after a bad day, without fail, her supervisor called her to …

13 ways successful women make the most of their time

Balancing work and family life can seem impossible, particularly for women with children and ambitious career goals.<p>But it is possible to “have it …

Why I Believe We Should All Eat More Plain Yogurt

(Image credit: Leela Cyd)<p>Since I’m not a dietitian or a dentist or an expert on childhood obesity, I look at yogurt as a food to consume first and …

Nutrition

Spotlight: Modev Content Director Elliot Volkman

<b>My name is</b> Elliot Volkman and <b>my love of</b> brewing beer and technology have a huge impact on my life. On one hand, beer is the oldest transcribed recipe known to man, and on the other technology is pushing us through the future. Eventually I want to open a “Librewery” and merge these two worlds …

Social Media

Finally a granola recipe with absolutely no sugar!

<i>If you’ve been looking for a healthy granola recipe with ZERO grams of sugar, this is the one! Instead of sugar, it only has healthy fats, protein,</i> …

Android developers will get to experiment with app prices

When you make a mobile app, you usually have to find out the hard way what will sell. You can't fiddle with pricing for just a few people, for instance. All that could change very shortly in the Android world, however. Sources for <i>The Information</i> claim that Google is introducing a feature that lets …

21 Terms Every Whiskey Lover Should Know

The most important whisky jargon, from cooperage to small-batch, defined.<p><b>1. BEER</b><p>Whiskey is made from beer. Boring, sometimes weird beer, but beer nonetheless.<p><b>2. CASK STRENGTH</b><p>Whiskey bottled at the (high) proof at which it came out of the barrel. More expensive, ounce for ounce, but if you're …

YouTube star Grace Helbig's big move to TV is looking like a total disaster so far

But Helbig, touted as a massive YouTube star, might not be the Chelsea Handler-type E! fans expected.<p>Her millions of loyal YouTube followers don't seem to be following her to the television screen. The show's first episode on had 227,000 viewers tune in and the second episode brought in 262,000. …

TV shows

The 6 Game of Thrones Characters Whose Stories Are Totally Different in the Books

As beloved as some of these book plots may be, they don't make for very good television.<p>We’ve known for a while now that Season 5 of <i>Game of Thrones</i> would go even further off-book than ever before. But some show watchers might be surprised at exactly <i>how</i> far away from the book’s plot many of the main …

Manny Pacquiao fans, here's 9 Filipino recipes for Saturday

As most of you doubtless know, this weekend is the biggest, most hyped and most expensive fight to happen since, well, ever. On Saturday evening at 6 PDT, Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. will enter the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas to trade something more athletic than hyperbole. It's been a …

Food

Jon Stewart: why I quit The Daily Show

Photograph: Empics Entertainment<p>Stewart gave Barack Obama one of his toughest interviews, suggesting his 2008 election slogan should have been ‘Yes we can, …

Barack Obama

Stephen Curry picking up wounds, not getting whistles

Stephen Curry sheepishly showed off the scabs and bruises that run up and down his arms, wounds from Saturday’s Game 1 victory, which included just seven free-throw attempts for him.<p>One free-throw attempt was taken after Quincy Pondexter’s technical foul on Draymond Green, and two more foul shots …