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30 Easy Ways To Eat Healthier On A Budget

Because it really shouldn't cost you an arm and a leg.<p><i>Some responses have been edited for length and/or clarity.</i>

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Creativity

Financial planner: I spend more time talking young people out of buying houses than anything else

Among them: Don't buy a home.<p>"I spend more time talking young people out of buying houses than pretty much anything else with clients," the cofounder of XY Planning Network wrote. "Now, I know it's the American Dream and I know that we've been told that buying a home is cheaper in the long run than …

Personal Finance

What the experts would never have in their homes

Want to know what the experts would never have in their homes? We asked architects, builders, designers and stylists to talk about the design …

Home Improvement

China to explore outer space with its huge new radio telescope

What's the size of 30 football fields, hunts for aliens and lurks in the forests of southwest China?<p>The world's largest single-aperture radio telescope, of course.<p>China completed construction on the telescope — the $180-million Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope, or FAST — this week by …

China

How Was Your Smartphone Made? Nobody Really Knows

A startup called Fairphone pulls back the curtain on an electronics supply chain plagued by forced labor and armed militias. Is a truly ethical smartphone possible?<p>Most of us don’t know how to open up our smartphones, much less what’s inside. Believe it or not, even phone makers can’t account for …

Mobile

The 12 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Making a Big Decision

Moving to a new city. Asking for a promotion. Starting a side hustle. Hunting for a different job. Trying online dating. Breaking up with your …

Positive Thinking

Photographer Bill Cunningham left the fashion world some brilliant advice on how to dress millennials

The term “fashion photographer” does not do justice to the work that Bill Cunningham did over four decades photographing New York City street style for the New York Times, before he died at the age of 87 last week (paywall). Inside the fashion industry, luminaries ranging from designer Isabel …

Bill Cunningham

A Small, Solar-Powered House in the Blue Ridge Mountains

<b>Name:</b> Jody <b><br>Location:</b> Round Hill, Virginia<p>We lived in a 3,500 square-foot house, and owned five other traditional American homes. One day, when looking …

How To Raise Your Data-Viz Game Without A Design Degree

Good Charts may look like “Edward Tufte for Dummies,” but it might also be the design manual of the year.<p>The best design books, like the best designers, value pragmatism over purity. My Edward Tufte books look great on the coffee table, but <i>Good Charts</i> will be joining <i>Design Is a Job</i> on the bookshelf …

Christo’s ‘Floating Piers’ Installation in Italy: Pictures

Italy

This Is When You’re Most Creative, According to Science

One of the most common misconceptions about creativity is that it’s a gift. But, to an extent, it’s a skill just like anything else. It needs practice, repetition and the right timing and setting.<p>Part of the reason the dreaded words “I’m not creative” are muttered so often is likely because it’s …

Creativity

SkyTran launches pod transportation system in Nigeria and Abu Dhabi

SkyTran's CEO Jerry Sanders and a pod.SkyTran<p>Imagine if instead of wasting hours in traffic, you could one day fly above it for a price only slightly higher than a subway ride.<p>That's the idea behind SkyTran, a self-driving monorail designed to hover 20 feet above roads and travel up to 155 mph. The …

Transportation

This Magical App Lets You Skip Through Airport Customs For Free

No Global Entry needed. How did we never know about this?!<p>We all know the line at airport customs can be painfully long. And most travelers know they can skip the line by enrolling in the Global Entry program for a $100 application fee.<p>But most of us <i>weren't</i> told that there's an app that lets …

Want Your Kids to Be Successful and Happy? Research Recommends This Parenting Style

A new study asks adults about how they were parented to uncover the best way to raise successful kids.<p>When it comes to folk wisdom on how to raise happy and successful kids, we all do the same thing. We look at the families around us and try to identify what's working, and what's not. Then we …

Product Design: The Lifesaver Backpack

Following up on previous product design feature, we would like to share another product that genuinely combines safety and playfulness for children. …

Why Airport Security Checkpoint Lines Should Be Short and Quick For Everybody

“I t’s by sheer dumb luck that someone didn’t pull this off in the USA, especially when the ineptitude of the TSA forces 1,000+ people to stand for …

15+ Legitimately Finger-Licking Rib Recipes to Barbecue This Summer

What is it about ribs that make them so downright craveable? Few dining experiences feel as satisfying to our caveman senses as gnawing on a bone full of saucy, fall-off-the-bone tender meat. If you've made them at home before, you can attest, it's worth it. If you haven't, don't be afraid! These …

No Biggie, Neil deGrasse Tyson Proposed a New Kind of Government

After the tumultuous election year America had, the debate over what kind of leaders we want to represent us did not end. Helpful to the discussion …

Neil deGrasse Tyson

9 fried chicken recipes from the L.A. Times Test Kitchen

When it comes to comfort food, sometimes nothing beats fried chicken. There are few things more beautiful than a delicately seasoned piece of poultry, delicately seasoned and lightly dredged with a dusting of flour, baptized in a pool of sizzling fat to crisp, golden perfection.<p>Fried chicken isn't …

Cooking

Scientists discovered two feather-covered dinosaur wings preserved in amber

Scientists just published their findings from two 99 million-year-old baby dinosaur wings — with feathers still attached — found encased in amber. I'm going to repeat that: We've got two dinosaur wings so well-preserved in amber that scientists can study their feathers.<p>No, you aren't living in the …

Paleontology

Making designer furniture with scrap wood was "totally new", says Piet Hein Eek

<b>Most Loved:</b> in this exclusive movie, Eindhoven designer Piet Hein Eek says the furniture he started making from recycled timber in 1989 took off …

Humans are driving the evolution of new species — and that could be just as bad as causing extinctions

The London Underground mosquitoes were first noticed during World War II, when tens of thousands of people took shelter in the subway system's tunnels while their city was bombed. The sunless, concrete passageways were different from the mosquitoes' natural habitat — and their normal food source, …

London Underground

3 Nutritionist-Approved Meatless Meals With 7 Ingredients Or Less

<i>To promote eating more plants (and a little less meat), we’ve asked the dietitians from Tovita Nutrition to devise three simple and delicious healthy</i> …

Recipes

Should Pacific Bluefin Tuna Be Listed As An Endangered Species?

Environmentalists are demanding that one of the most prized fishes on the planet be listed as an endangered species.<p>Last week, about a dozen environmental groups — including Greenpeace, the Center for Biological Diversity, Defenders of Wildlife and Earthjustice — formally petitioned the U.S. …

Endangered Species

Come November: 5 Books to Understand the Modern World

It’s summer, which means beach books, blockbuster movies, and putting our brains in airplane mode for three months, right? Maybe so, but remember, fall will be here sooner than we’d like, and with it an election that promises to be historic regardless who is victorious at the ballot box. Now that …

Religion

Five Ways You’re Ruining Your Coffee Plus One Surprising Confession from a Master Barista

We recently sat down with master barista Giorgio Milos (yes, he is just as charismatic as his photo) at the opening of the new illy Caffe in San Francisco to pick his brain on all things coffee. We talked about the best things happening in coffee today (hint: It has to do with more cafés listening …

Coffee

LuxLeaks whistleblower avoids jail after guilty verdict

Corruption

The Developer's UX Checklist

June 13, 2016There seems to exist a stark distinction between developers and UXers nowadays: you are either a developer or a UX practitioner, right? …

UX Design