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4 expert-recommended, introvert-approved tips for making friends when you hate meeting new people

They can also be difficult to make, particularly if you’re an introvert (like me!). If the thought of putting yourself out there to find a new friend …

Personality

The Ultimate DIY Bug-Out Bag

From certain angles, it looks like we’re hanging over the precipice. Climate change–fueled disasters like monster hurricanes, megafires, and 100-year droughts are becoming ever more frequent. A solar superstorm could wipe out the grid, the New Madrid fault might go at any moment, and, of course, …

Camping

Thousands of Swedes Are Choosing to Have Microchips Inserted Into Their Bodies. Here's Why

So much faith in technology.<p>Thousands of people in Sweden have inserted microchips, which can function as contactless credit cards, key cards and …

Singularity

The Most Beautiful Spots In The World To See The Fall Foliage

Wanderlust for days.<p>When you think of fall foliage, your mind probably jumps to New England. True, it boasts some of the best in the U.S., but there are several other spots around the world that also provide insanely gorgeous foliage, and some pretty cool adventures while you're at it. If you …

Desert Canyons by Two Wheels and Four: Vanlife and Mountain Biking in Moab

The sheer diversity of outdoor adventure in and around Moab defies easy categorization. From the gloriously iconic Arches and Canyonlands National …

The Lightweight Pop-Top Truck Camper Revolution

The hottest trend in the car camping/overland world right now is the lightweight pop-top truck camper. They combine a truck topper shell and rooftop …

10 Easy Camping Recipes — Recipes from The Kitchn

There's a lot to love about pitching a tent, stoking a campfire, and spending a few days in the great outdoors. While meals are more simplified …

The Dispilio Wood Tablet - One of the Oldest Written Texts in History

According to conventional archaeology, writing wasn’t invented until 3000 to 4000 BC in Sumeria. However, an artefact was found over a decade ago …

Monument Valley: An Icon of American West : Image of the Day

Arguably one of the most photographed places on Earth, Monument Valley is the quintessential picture of the American West. The valley covers about …

Don't Buy This: You Don't Need Drano, Windex or Other Brand Name Cleaning Products

Making your own cleaners is cheap, easy, and better for the environment.<p>Cleaning your place is no fun, but even worse is knowing you're getting ripped off for the products you use to make the bathroom mirror sparkle and the kitchen sink shine. The average person drops around $500 on cleaning …

Cleaning

The Easiest Way to Make a Useful First-Aid Kit

Whether you're going hiking or chopping onions, this kit will help if you do something stupid.<p>Pre-packed medical kits are expensive and heavy and full of crap. For $100, that bulky two-pound nylon bag never has everything you need. You can put together a cheap, waterproof personal med kit that …

The evolutionary paradox of homosexuality

Being gay no longer holds the stigma it once did, but in evolution, why does a non-reproductive trait persist?<p>In 1913 George Levick, an explorer, …

These 6 Must-have Pieces of Hiking Gear Are on Sale at Zappos

With warmer weather on the horizon, it’s the perfect time to plan a hiking trip. Being able to take in the fresh air, becoming one with nature and …

Hike to White Oak Falls in West Virginia

After visiting Bush Creek Falls, keep walking to beautiful cascades and White Oak Falls.<p>This is a wonderfully easy hike to White Oak Falls. After …

Waterfalls around the USA

With more than 27 feet of average snowfall a year, Valdez, Alaska has become known as the “Land of Waterfalls” when all of that snow begins to melt in the spring and into the summer. Sean and Jessica Taylor<p>One of the waterfalls to stop by is Bridal Veil Falls in Keystone Canyon off of the …

A primer on the primal origins of humans on Earth

Our history is complicated. Our pre-history, even more so.<p>How on Earth did we get here? No, not whatever political or environmental or existential crisis just sprung into your mind. How did we, as humans, end up where we are today?<p>Discoveries pushing back milestones in human development happen all …

A Cultural Leap at the Dawn of Humanity

New finds from Kenya suggest that humans used long-distance trade networks, sophisticated tools, and symbolic pigments right from the dawn of our species.<p>When Rick Potts started digging at Olorgesailie, the now-dry basin of an ancient Kenyan lake, he figured that it would take three years to find …

4 Natural Supplements That Are as Powerful as Drugs

Most supplements don't really work, or at least haven't been proven to work.<p>However, there are some exceptions to this.<p>In fact, a few supplements are</i> …

White Settlers Buried the Truth About the Midwest’s Mysterious Mound Cities

Around 1100 or 1200 A.D., the largest city north of Mexico was Cahokia, sitting in what is now southern Illinois, across the Mississippi River from …

9 Mindful Ways to Remain Calm When Others Are Angry

<i>When someone upsets us, this is often because they aren’t behaving according to our fantasy of how they “should” behave. The frustration, then, stems</i> …

Psychology

10 things you never need to refrigerate

Have you ever opened your refrigerator and realized that you couldn't find what you were looking for because it was overflowing with miscellaneous items? If so, you're in good company. The majority of households pack items into the fridge that simply don't need to be there. Here's a list of 10 …

Best Apps for Book enthusiasts

Here are the apps that will change your reading experience:<p>OverDrive (iOS, Android)<p>OverDrive is the perfect companion for anyone who loves going to …

3.5 Billion-Year-Old Fossils Challenge Ideas About Earth’s Start

In the arid, sun-soaked northwest corner of Australia, along the Tropic of Capricorn, the oldest face of Earth is exposed to the sky. Drive through …

The Magnetic Field Is Shifting. The Poles May Flip. This Could Get Bad.

The shield that protects the Earth from solar radiation is under attack from within. We can’t prevent it, but we ought to prepare.<p>One day in 1905, …

Magnetism

$40 device adds gigabit Ethernet to your house without having to install anything or run cables

Everyone knows that wired internet connections are much faster and more reliable than even the best Wi-Fi on the planet. The problem, of course, is …

Prehistoric Marriage: Stone Age Humans Stopped Family Inbreeding To Outlive Neanderthal

Marriage may have saved prehistoric humans and helped us outlive the Neanderthals, as our Stone Age ancestors were smart enough to know not to have …

Human ancestors older and more widespread than previously thought

A new study of human, Neanderthal, and Denisovan genomes pushes back the date our prehistoric cousins split off from early modern humans. What they …

Power Tool-Friendly Workbench

For woodworker’s that have a garage shop, space is a premium, and that’s when storing tools, and having a place to use tools are paramount. With this …

Ancient DNA solves mystery of the Canaanites, reveals the biblical people’s fate

In the Bronze Age, between 4,000 and 3,000 years ago, a diverse group of people called the Canaanites lived in the Middle East. Despite their culture and influence — one of the only golden calf idols discovered was found in the Canaan seaport of Ashqelon — they left behind little information about …