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Plants That Grow in Full Shade

Searching for plants that grow in full shade is an endeavor fraught with challenges. The difficulties begin with the very language we use to discuss …

Plants

This Picture of Earth From Within Saturn's Rings Will Make You Emotional

Sometimes, the majesty of the final frontier—a cold, unfeeling space—has the power to make our eyes misty. The images from NASA’s Cassini mission …

Skip the Isles and Athens: 3 New Ways to Do Greece This Spring

Northern Greece<p>A far cry from the traffic of Athens and the high season island tourism, Northern Greece is noteworthy year-round for its diverse landscapes, ancient history, and innumerable activities both hedonistic and adventurous. The continuous flux of immigrants from Eastern Europe and the …

A former comedy scout explains how to tell a good story at a party

If only they could hear themselves drone on. It's like watching an amateur comedian bomb onstage.<p>When I was a comedy scout in New York, I got to see plenty of this public masochism, and learned more about storytelling from people who bombed than people who killed.<p>The great comics make it look easy, …

Comedy

Grow your own herbs and spices

There’s nothing as fragrant and tasty as freshly cut fennel, coriander and chamomile, and cultivating them couldn’t be easier<p>Of all homegrown crops, to me no others have a more stark “night and day” flavour difference than that of fresh herbs. This is because the aromatic compounds that give these …

Dan Rather to Trump: Dropping bombs does not make you presidential

Former CBS anchor Dan Rather says it's too soon to be praising President Trump for acting "presidential."<p>Rather said Sunday on CNN's "Reliable Sources" that Trump is receiving unwarranted applause for his recent military actions, such as authorizing missile strikes in Syria and dropping a powerful …

Donald Trump

It’s time to stop looking for yourself

We’re taught to seek our individuality, but perhaps we should just try to fit in and resist the craze for self-improvement<p>A vast array of books and courses is offered on self-development and self-improvement. Our lives seem to be in a state of flux and change, but legions of coaches, therapists and …

Watching magnets morph liquid rocket fuel is hypnotically beautiful

This liquid rocket fuel becomes magnetised when near a magnetic field. So it dances and morphs when magnets are moved around it.<p>It is called ferrofluid and it was invented by NASA's Steve Papell to be a rocket fuel that could work in zero gravity due to its magnetic qualities.<p>Magnet Expert Ltd …

Magnetism

50 perfect plants for a family garden

According to conventional wisdom, children and ornamental gardens are mutually incompatible. If you want the former, you should accept your lot and embrace a plot comprising a desultory patch of worn lawn adorned with plastic play kit. And if you want a pristine garden full of horticultural …

Gardening

Landscape on a Budget: 10 Quick Fixes to Add Personality to the Average Garden

Giving the average garden the full treatment is a serious commitment, requiring time, adrenal stress, and a sturdy dip into the finances. Instead, …

Bartenders’ Favorite Irish Pubs for St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day revelry doesn’t exactly have the best reputation: for some, the holiday might bring to mind rowdy parades, unwanted pinching and …

Comma comeuppance: When rogue punctuation proves costly

<b>A US dairy faces an overtime bill of about $10m (£8m), after a group of truck drivers won a pay dispute that hinged on some punctuation.</b><p>An appeal court sided with the drivers, saying the lack of a comma in the state of Maine's overtime laws made the regulations too ambiguous.<p>The ruling has been …

How to Learn New Things as an Adult

A new book explores the psychology of mastering skills and absorbing information.<p>Quick, what’s the capital of Australia? No Googling! (And no points if you’re Australian—that means the information is more meaningful to you, which means you’re more likely to know it.) Did you get it? Or are you sure …

Learning

How One Of The World's Toughest Creatures Can Bring Itself Back To Life

Microscopic, bear-shaped animals called tardigrades are one of the most resilient animals on earth. Known colloquially as water bears, they can survive freezing temperatures, radiation, even a trip to outer space.<p>The creatures are famous for their ability to withstand extremely dry conditions. …

A Stanford psychologist explains why spacing out and goofing off is so good for you

When we fail to come up with the results we were hoping for, we wonder whether we just aren't working or concentrating hard enough. We've come to consider focus and being on as "good," and idleness—especially if it goes on for too long—as "bad" and unproductive. We feel guilty if we spend too much …

Creativity

These Photos Tackle An Uncomfortable Question: What If There Are Just Too Many People On Earth?

By Adele Peters3 minute Read<p>In the world of solutions to environmental problems, one topic rarely gets any discussion: Birth control. By 2050, the …

Family Planning

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Shandy Hall Moths

<i>Ypsolopha sequella</i><p>The heavy rains this weekend were welcome after such a long dry spell, and I swear I could hear the entire garden breathe a deep …

Gardens: think outside the box

A garden set between a ruined medieval abbey and a huge white horse carved into a hillside, which opens to the public at night so people can capture moths: it sounds just like a setting written by Anglo-Irish writer Laurence Sterne. In fact, Shandy Hall, in the village of Coxwold on the edge of the …

As World’s Population Booms, Will Its Resources Be Enough for Us?

New projections of escalating growth increase the tension between humanity’s expanding needs and what the planet can provide.<p><b>There are more than 7 billion people on Earth now, and roughly one in eight of us doesn't have enough to eat. The question of how many people the Earth can support is a</b> …

10 of the world's best learn-to-dive destinations

Dreaming of getting your dive ticket? With a combination of idyllic conditions and reputable dive outfits, we’ve narrowed down the top spots to get certified – from the Caribbean to the Maldives, and everywhere in between.<p>Gili Trawangan, Gili Islands, Indonesia<p><b>The diving:</b> Indonesia boasts an …

Top 10 experiences on Hawaii's Big Island

Island fever may happen elsewhere, but it's almost unheard of on Hawai'i. The aptly named Big Island is fantastically diverse, with miles of highways and - better yet - byways to explore. From age-old fishing villages to modern mega resorts, from snow-capped peaks to sandy beaches, you'll …

A beginner's guide to drills and bits

<b>Steve Hoefer</b> returns with another guide to some of the things that make civilized life possible.<p>There are a dizzying number of ways to put a hole in …

The Power of Sleep

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24 free things to do in San Francisco

Contrary to what you might expect from such a well known, tourist-heavy city, San Francisco quietly delivers a lot for the money. Many of its hotels offer comfort and location for a third of the cost of a comparable New York or London hotel; public transit is part of the fun (cheaper Market Street …

18 free things to do in Barcelona

Barcelona has enough to keep the most voracious of culture vultures and self-indulgent of gourmands happy for weeks, but all those entry fees and tapas bills can mount up. Fortunately, help is at hand with a variety of ways to make your holiday budget stretch a little further.<p>In addition to the …

Mallorca's great escapes: where to go to escape the crowds

Mallorca has grown up. Sure, the island still has a touch of the wild child in coastal resorts like Magaluf, but travellers are finally waking up to the fact that the island is so much more than the sum of its fly-and-flop resorts and boozerias.<p>The real Mallorca, as locals have been at pains to …

The Week in Review: Big Names Say Farewell

A comedic force and a movie star were among those we lost this week.For almost four decades, Robin Williams challenged his audiences and brought them …

Robin Williams

Grand Canyon on the Precipice

Planned developments spark concerns over commercialization of America’s most iconic park.<p>At the eastern edge of the Grand Canyon, well beyond the tourists who crowd along the South Rim, sagebrush desert stretches for miles, almost untouched except by wild horses or the livestock of Navajo herdsmen. …