Francis Tharakan

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Travelling with a ‘powerless passport’

“I wanted to prove to others and to myself that our life circumstances should never hinder us from going after our dreams.”<p>My “how I quit my job to travel” story is different. I’m from a developing country with a “powerless passport” — as a Philippine citizen I can only visit 60 countries visa-free …

Everything You've Been Too Afraid To Ask About Kombucha

Plus, step-by-step illustrated directions on how to make your own batch.<p>Kombucha, the fermented tea that's taken American supermarkets by storm, is clearly here to stay. If you drink it and love it, then you know that this effervescent drink comes with a steep price tag. Luckily there is a solution …

Listen to YouTube audio on Android with your screen turned off

Even if you can’t find a song you want to hear on a streaming music service, you’ll probably find it on YouTube. The video platform is an excellent resource for finding tunes in a jiffy.<p>Unfortunately, YouTube’s Android app keeps the screen on while it plays videos, and chews through your battery in …

There’s a Mystery Machine That Sculpts the Human Genome

Geneticists can’t see this machine, but they can see its works—and they say it might be the key to reshaping the genome.<p>Genomes are so regularly represented as strings of letters—As, Gs, Cs, and Ts—that it’s easy to forget that they aren’t just abstract collections of data. They exist in three …

How to Never Get Angry: 3 New Secrets From Neuroscience

They’re one inch from your face, boiling with rage, screaming and yelling at you.<p>And all you want to do is scream and yell back. But you know that’s …

Self-help

The Best Cutting Boards & How to Care for Them

By Leslie Stephens<p>Today: Cutting boards are some of the most-used kitchen tools, so it's important to choose the best one for your cooking style. Here's everything you need to know about each material.<p>More: How to care for a wooden cutting board<p>In the realm of kitchen tools, cutting boards get the …

15 Ways to Use Up a Bunch of Cilantro

<i>Lovers of cilantro, take note.</i><p>Once upon a time, in 2012, I returned home from my first year of college and got a summer job working at a fast food burrito chain. So began my education in the enormous passions of teams Pro-Cilantro and Anti-Cilantro. They are equally ardent, and the herb is one of …

How Your USB Cables Are About to Change Forever

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Contact lens with built-in telescope could help people with blinding disease

<b>(CNN) —</b> Lights, mirrors, action! Scientists are developing smart contact lenses embedded with miniscule mirrors that can magnify your vision by almost three times.<p>The 1.55mm-thick lenses incorporate a thin reflective telescope made of mirrors and filters; when light enters the eye it bounces off …

Macular Degeneration