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NHS preparing to offer ‘game-changing’ cancer treatment

Health service chief calls for affordable access to CAR-T, which modifies immune system to destroy cancer cells<p>The NHS is preparing to fast-track a “game-changing” cancer treatment into hospitals, its chief executive has said, calling for the manufacturers to help by setting an affordable …

Cancer

You Should Get an Electronic Leak Sensor

Leave them by your water heater, your kitchen sink, or anywhere else you’d prefer to keep dry.<p>What's worse than a water leak? A water leak you don't know about that keeps getting worse, unbeknownst to you. Affordable, Wi-Fi equipped leak monitors allow you to plug in a sensor around your washing …

Home Automation

Apple still makes it too hard to get kids to put down their iPhone

“Get off the darn phone and do your homework!”<p>You may have — and perhaps more often than you’d like — found yourself yelling something similar to your kids.<p>You’re not trying to be a nag. Your only concern is the child’s well-being, especially with mounting evidence that suggests screen addiction is …

Apple Store

Plot Points: A Storytelling Exercise

Posted by Melissa Donovan on April 26, 2018 ·<p>How to use plot points for creating stories.<p>Today’s fiction writing exercise is an excerpt from <i>Story</i> …

Creative Writing

Plotting Your Novel’s Climax

I spent the early months of this year outlining my latest novel, and as I neared the end, I obviously had to start giving serious thought to the …

Creative Writing

20 genius 100-year-old life hacks that still work today

There's a reason your grandma always had baking soda to hand<p>New isn't always better. Case in point: All of these tricks that have lasted the test of …

Lifehacks

19 Brain Teasers That Will Leave You Stumped

Solving logic problems boosts brain power, keeps your memory strong, and entertains everyone to no end. See how many you can figure out—without …

Mathematics

Are your phone camera and microphone spying on you?

Taping over the lens is just the first step in keeping online snoopers out of your business<p>Here is what the former FBI director James Comey said when he was asked back in September 2016 if he covered his laptop’s webcam with tape.<p>“Heck yeah, heck yeah. Also, I get mocked for a lot of things, and I …

James Comey

A few more words on Alzheimer's prevention: Tap water? Caviar? Twinkies?

Lisa Mosconi, an Italian-born neuroscientist and nutritionist, had no idea how important the taste of water was to her until she moved to New York City and took a long sip from the tap.<p>"This is supposed to be the best water in America," she said, "but it tasted awful. It was disgusting."<p>She set off …

Nutrition

Moment lenses — the DSLR killer?

I travel with a Canon DSLR and two primes, a 35mm f1.4 and an 85mm f1.2 (endearingly nicknamed, “the fat kid”). Switching lenses is cumbersome and not ideal in certain environments, like a Saigon street market, densely crowded with vendors, tourists and thieves.<p>After lugging this camera kit through …

Mobile Photography

Deleting Facebook Won’t Protect Your Information, But Doing This Will

This week, news broke that the data analytics company Cambridge Analytica (which worked with the Trump campaign) had illegally mined data from 50 million Facebook users to spread disinformation. As a result, many internet users are decrying the platform, and the hashtag #DeleteFacebook is trending …

Scrivener Corkboard Templates for Organisation | creative writing blog

Do you love seeing the big picture?<p>Do you love working in Scrivener?<p>Then I think you’ll love these Corkboard templates I’ve created for …

The rise and rise (and rise) of ’Fortnite'

When a video game that counts Drake among its fans has breakfast TV shows around the world discussing its effect on younger players, it has truly made it. No, we're not talking about <i>Grand Theft Auto</i>, but <i>Fortnite</i>, Epic Games' mass-multiplayer shooter that has more than 40 million players across …

Coffee Fights Disease and Extends Your Life, Especially If You Drink It This Way

Coffee is the ultimate super-food, especially if you know the right way to drink it.<p>As I explained last month, a meta-analysis of 127 studies revealed that drinking two to four 8 ounce cups of coffee each day results in enormous health benefits. The consensus of these studies is that coffee:<p>Reduces …

Coffee

How to Make an Authentic Irish Coffee

During a trip to Dublin a few years ago I befriended a group of older Irish women at a bar one afternoon, as one does. At some point during the …

Federal Agency Courted Alcohol Industry to Fund Study on Benefits of Moderate Drinking

<i>[Update: The National Institutes of Health will examine whether health officials violated government policy by reaching out to alcohol companies for funding to support a study of moderate drinking.]</i><p>It was going to be a study that could change the American diet, a huge clinical trial that might well …

Alcohol

A book series bible using Scrivener

Introduction<p>[UPDATED 9/19/2014 to reflect comments & suggestions from Scrivener support.]<p>A recent discussion on a Scrivener Facebook group put me …

Revision Tips: Revealing Key Information

As I write this, I'm knee-deep in a first revision of my current middle-grade novel—and it's wiping the floor with me like a dirty Swiffer sheet. So …

Favorite Writing Tips: #3 - How I Use Scrivener

In the first episode of our podcast, A Writer’s Journey: From Blank Page to Published, author Terrance Zepke and I discussed a number of ways to …

Scrivener Saturday: Keywords

This week’s Scrivener Saturday: <b>Keywords</b>.<p>Scrivener <b>Keywords</b> will help you organize and sort your writing projects in very specific ways. It’s coming to …

Scrivener Saturday: Meta-Data

This week’s Scrivener Saturday: <b>Meta-Data</b>.<p>Last week, we covered <b>Keywords</b>, which can be used to help track POV, setting, characters, etc. Scrivener</b> …

23 Shoe Hacks You'll Wish You'd Known About Sooner

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How to Pick a Lock With a Paper Clip | The Art of Manliness

So you know how to pick a lock with a tension wrench and rake. This is an incredibly useful skill, which will allow you to get in your house if you …

Crafting

The Most Popular Recipes on Pinterest That People Actually Use

Pinterest isn’t just for pretty pictures. As many a home cook knows, the platform has a vast collection of delicious-looking recipes too tempting <i>not</i> …

Country Lifestyle

Multiple sclerosis: Have researchers found a key to prevention?

A potential new therapeutic target for multiple sclerosis has now been identified in a new study conducted by researchers at the University of …

Why Our Ancestors Were Protected From Alzheimer’s

A pair of Harvard researchers is challenging what we think we understood about Alzheimer’s—and might have stumbled on a big clue for a …

I earn $950 an hour writing from my couch — here are my best tips for people who want to work for themselves

People are intrigued when I say I'm a writer: "Ooooh, novels? TV shows? Anything I know?"<p>When I explain that I have a blog and a copywriting business, they say, "Cool!" but sometimes, their eyes mist with pity. They offer to help me find work. They picture me living in a water-stained basement …

Time I

Hearts Get 'Younger,' Even At Middle Age, With Exercise

Eventually it happens to everyone. As we age, even if we're healthy, the heart becomes less flexible, more stiff and just isn't as efficient in processing oxygen as it used to be. In most people the first signs show up in the 50s or early 60s. And among people who don't exercise, the underlying …

High Blood Pressure

13 grammar myths you should stop believing

Myth 1 — Never start a sentence with 'and,' 'but' or 'so'<p>According to the grammar experts at the 'Chicago Manual of Style,' you don't have to do mental gymnastics to avoid starting a sentence with a conjunction. "There is a widespread belief — one with no historical or grammatical foundation — that …

Linguistics

New research shows unexpected side effects of popular painkillers

You pop three pills for intense post-workout soreness, two for a pre-coffee headache, a small handful for period cramps, and suddenly you’re swinging …