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The Grumpy Gardener wants to teach you how to garden with attitude

Southern Living expert delivers wisdom and wit in his new guide.<p>Steve Bender trumpets his "The Grumpy Gardener" as the second-greatest book ever …

Gardening

Elfless Acts make it cool to skip the 'stuff' and give holiday gifts that matter

It's that time of year again where we all spend the better part of December searching for the perfect gift for loved ones. We hit the stores, scour …

Christmas

Ocean-friendly surfboards balance science, art

Former surfing champ makes waves in the world of board shaping.<p>Catching the perfect wave and riding it with precision is every surfer’s dream. To …

Surfing

Your laundry is more toxic than you think

Conservation photographer aims to raise awareness of how microfibers pollute the world's water through striking photos.<p>If you're like most Americans, …

Sustainability

Why college isn't for everyone

Big-time costs, long-term earnings, friends, stress ... it's complicated.<p>Getting a college degree takes a lot of hard work. But is it worth it? As …

Education

I tried Starbucks' Christmas Tree Frappuccino

Starbucks' Peppermint Mocha is the only specialty drink I enjoy at the coffee chain, so when I heard they had turned it into a Christmas Tree …

Christmas

Woman's scorched retina highlights danger of solar eclipse

A 26-year-old who viewed August's total solar eclipse without proper safety glasses stands as a cautionary tale.<p>Should you ever feel tempted to take …

Astronomy

10 naturally pink lakes

Salty and stunning<p>It might be easy to dismiss pictures of pink lakes as Photoshopped. Plenty of them are, we're sure, but a handful of bubble …

Nature

Cats and bags: A marriage made in heaven

Cats love to hide, and bags make great hiding spots. They provide plenty of cover for the hider and a way to make a clever ambush on an unsuspecting …

Cats

The best pet stories of 2017

We've heard it all before. Dads who claim they don't want a dog and want nothing to do with the furry creature. But then, suddenly, the new dog and …

Cats

Judi Dench unveils private forest honoring departed loved ones

For the last seven years, British actress Judi Dench has been nurturing a forest dedicated to those close to her who have passed. The touching living …

Judi Dench

This underground Omaha home looks like a cozy spot to ride out winter

What do you imagine the coziest type of home to ride out a particularly blustery winter to be?<p>A handsome stone cabin with a plus-sized fireplace that …

Brutal

Man's subway knitting session pays off big

Nod from singer Frenchie Davis gives his business a boost.<p>We all find ways to cope with commuting. Reading. Listening to music. Not making eye …

Knitting

Winning photos capture awe-inspiring moments of science

From olive oil raindrops to a contemplative polar bear, the winners in this year's Royal Society Publishing Photography Competition have one thing in …

Nature

Why wind chill matters

The temperature isn't the only thing in play when you feel cold.<p>I've had early-stage hypothermia twice — once when I was in Smoky Mountain National …

Climate Change

Scientists have found the weirdest dinosaur that ever lived

It looks like a mashup of a penguin, a duck and a swan.<p>It's got a duck's bill. A swan's neck. And walks like a penguin.<p>And it's a <i>dinosaur</i>.<p>Sound a …

Dinosaurs

How to help animals affected by the wildfires

More than 100,000 acres have burned in southern California, displacing hundreds of animals.<p>Wildfires are rapidly spreading across southern …

Flee

25 cleaning hacks to make your life easier

Save money, time and effort while you get your house sparkly clean.<p>Sure, you may think you know how to get rid of dust or clean your microwave, but …

Hacking

Watch as man rescues a rabbit from a wildfire (and restores your faith in humanity)

The Thomas Fire in southern California has burned through at least 90,000 acres, but it hasn't set fire to human decency.<p>As the fires raged along …

Ventura County

5 questions you should ask yourself before taking a selfie with an animal

The barrage of Darwin Award-worthy and just plain cruel animal selfie photos in the news is our cue to have a little reality check.<p>Ah, the art of the …

Selfies

10 great cities for vegetarian foodies

Going meatless all over the world<p>“Location, location, location.” The saying is true for real estate, and it could also be true for travelers who eat …

Buenos Aires

What can you learn from listening to your elders this season?

Storycorps wants us to talk — and record — older people's memories this holiday season. These excerpts show why it's worth doing.<p>Sometimes, when I …

naughty

Extinct horseshoe crab named for Darth Vader

If you found the lack of horseshoe crabs named for "Star Wars" characters disturbing, here's some good news. A 245-million-year-old fossil has been …

Darth Vader

Could beer be the next fuel?

Scientists have turned beer into fuel, and it's a mixture that could lead to a more sustainable petrol.<p>In the United States, gasoline is already sold …

Ethanol

How a 3-D printed mask helped save this puppy

A mask made on a 3-D printer proved instrumental in healing a California puppy's face after it was severely injured in an attack by another dog.<p>Loca, …

Magnetism

Amid California wildfires, a horse's life is saved

The animal fell into a crevice while trying to escape.<p>It’s hard to tally the tragic toll of wildfires when many of them still burn out of …

California Wildfires

9,000 strangers unite online to save an abandoned 13th-century French castle

A fairy tale chateau complete with moat, towering stone spires and looming oak doors has been saved thanks to the generosity and appreciation of …

France

Patient husky tolerates frisky fox's playtime

Ninja, a Siberian husky, is tired. All he wants is a little nap, a chance to unwind after a long day of playing in Germany. Unluckily for this …

Siberian Husky

Here's your new favorite Christmas song, according to science

'Love's Not Just For Christmas' has all the elements of a great holiday tune — except for Michael Bublé.<p>What's your favorite Christmas carol? Maybe …

Christmas

Hairy blue-and-black tarantula discovered in Guyana rainforest

Andrew Snyder, a doctoral student in the University of Mississippi's biology department, was walking through the jungles of Potaro Plateau in Guyana …

Nature