Michael J. DeSandre

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How Tree Trunks Are Cut to Produce Wood With Different Appearances and Uses

As wood is one of the most widely-used materials in the world, architects are accustomed to being able to easily obtain sawn wood at a nearby store. …

Woodworking

5 Houseplants You Can’t Kill

Bring the outdoors indoors to reduce stress, boost your mood, and improve productivity.<p><i>"My fake plants died because I did not pretend to water them." —Mitch Hedberg</i><p>Let’s face it: keeping houseplants alive (real or, in Mitch Hedberg's case, fake) isn’t always easy. After your second or third plant …

Plants

The Cauliflower Dish 100+ People Order Every Night (& How to Make It at Home!)

I’m just going to put this one out there: I have a feeling we could all stand to shake up our roasted vegetable game this time of year, am I right? We’ve only <i>just</i> crossed the threshold into spring, but a quick look outside will tell you <i>real</i> spring is still a ways off. Farmers markets are still …

GDPR: Two thirds of organisations aren't prepared for the 'right to be forgotten'

With new EU data protection legislation just weeks away, a large number of organisations risk fines by being non-compliant.<p>People across Europe are …

GDPR: Regulatory compliance is just the beginning

Joel Benavides, managing director of global legal services at Box, explains the policies enterprise companies can anticipate with cloud data …

GDPR

In Europe They’re Giving Users Control of Their Online Data

The European Union is introducing tougher rules for how data collectors gather and use its citizens’ information and let consumers control their own …

Europe's New Privacy Law Will Change the Web, and More

Consumers have long wondered just what Google and Facebook know about them, and who else can access their personal data. But internet giants have …

Privacy

The 25 Best Productivity Apps For 2018

From wrangling words to shooting photos, these productivity powerhouses will help you get more done in less time.<p>Sometimes the best way to escape from a productive rut is to switch up your tools. Whether it’s a simple word processor, a smarter to-do list, or a more efficient way to transcribe …

Apps

27 Healthy Dinners You Can Make on 1 Sheet Pan

Cooking is fun; cleaning is not. And while all cooking will inevitably require a little bit of cleaning up, there are certainly ways to keep the …

Cooking

Ravens Are Evolving, and Not in the Way You'd Expect

Instead of branching into new species, raven groups experienced something called "speciation reversal."<p>A new study shows that the common raven is anything but commonplace in its evolution.<p>Using DNA samples taken from ravens for nearly twenty years, the study provides evidence that common ravens on …

Birds

Burning Out: What Really Happens Inside a Crematorium

Four decades ago, less than 5 percent of Americans were cremated. Now that figure stands at nearly 50 percent. This is how cremation actually works, and the story of what happens to a culture when its attitudes about memorializing the dead undergo a revolution.<p>Rosehill Cemetery in Linden, New …

Siblings

Blockchain explained: It builds trust when you need it most

<i>This is part of "Blockchain Decoded," a series looking at the impact of blockchain, bitcoin and cryptocurrency on our lives.</i><p>These days, we're having a harder and harder time trusting each other.<p>Trust is an essential part of ordinary living, whether it's picking mechanics based on Yelp reviews, …

Blockchain

The House That Spied on Me

<b>Kashmir</b><p>In December, I converted my one-bedroom apartment in San Francisco into a “smart home.” I connected as many of my appliances and belongings as …

Living Rooms

Discovery of Unknown Ancient Population Changes Our Understanding of How North America Was Settled

She died 11,500 years ago at the tender age of six weeks in what is now the interior of Alaska. Dubbed “Sunrise Girl-child” by the local indigenous …

Anthropology

You've been charging your smartphone wrong

Do you know how to keep your smartphone's battery healthy?<p>Probably not. In fact, you may have been hastening the death of your phone's battery with your charging habits.<p>Charging to 100%, or overnight? Fully discharging before plugging in? These common practices can shorten the usable life of your …

Tech Trends

Samsung Galaxy Book review: Is the Surface Pro rival worth it?

Does Samsung’s latest 2-in-1 have what it takes to compete with Microsoft’s almighty Surface family?<p>Despite 2-in-1s losing their lustre of late, …

Gear & Gadgets

OnePlus 5T Review: The Absolute Best Value In The Entire Smartphone Industry

When I reviewed the OnePlus 5 this past June, I kicked off the article with a rather blunt statement: “Let’s just get this out of the way: The OnePlus 5 is an excellent phone that ticks every box except for cutting-edge looks.”<p>Well, OnePlus has went ahead and mostly fixed that last problem too with …

Phones

Don't Buy Anyone an Echo

Three years ago, we said the Echo was “the most innovative device Amazon’s made in years.” That’s still true. But you shouldn’t buy one. You …

Smart Homes

What Amazon Echo and Google Home Do With Your Voice Data

Amazon Echo and Google Home—and other devices that have Alexa and Google Assistant built in—are some of the most promising new technologies to come …

Best Smart Home Products of 2017 Photos

With the trifecta of Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and the winter holidays around the corner, it is the perfect time to give back to the one place that has always taken care of you and your family. That's right, we're talking about your home. And what better way to turn the leaf to a new year than by …

How Facebook Figures Out Everyone You've Ever Met

In real life, in the natural course of conversation, it is not uncommon to talk about a person you may know. You meet someone and say, “I’m from …

Social Media

‘Pay with Google’ goes live, allowing mobile users to pay with any card on file, not just those in Android Pay

Google announced today it’s launching a new way to pay on mobile devices, using any card you have on file – including those saved to your Google Account via products like Google Play, YouTube, Chrome, or Android Pay. This “pay with Google” option ties all these saved payment options together in a …

FinTech

Silicon Valley Now Has Its Own Populist Pundit

MENLO PARK, Calif. — It’s not easy being the first and only Fox News host in Silicon Valley.<p>But Steve Hilton, a tech entrepreneur who was once chief adviser to former Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain, added that role to his résumé in June.<p>Now every week, Mr. Hilton flies from the home he …

Americans Are Drinking More Than Ever and It's Costing the U.S. Billions

Americans are drinking more than they used to, a troubling trend with potentially dire implications for the country’s future health-care costs.<p>The …

Pitch Perfect: A History Of Vocal Groups

Long before there were musical instruments, the human voice was used to make beautiful music, whether on its own or as part of the countless vocal …

Universal Music

History’s Most Misleading Maps

Last spring, a 23-year-old woman was driving her car through the Ontario town of Tobermory. It was unfamiliar territory for her, so she was dutifully …

Big History

Simple things you can do to protect against ransomware attacks

In the wake of a worldwide cyber attack that has debilitated more than 200,000 organizations in over 150 countries, experts shared tips with ABC News …

Why the heavyweight punch is the most brutal weapon in sport

If ever proof were needed of the devastating power of a heavyweight punch, Matt Legg's memory of his 90 seconds in the ring with Anthony Joshua provides it.<p>“I got a broken eye socket. When I tried to get up I couldn't even see,” Legg recalled. “I had three months of nerve damage in the side of my …

Into the woods: how one man survived alone in the wilderness for 27 years | Michael Finkel

At the age of 20, Christopher Knight parked his car on a remote trail in Maine and walked away with only the most basic supplies. He had no plan. His chief motivation was to avoid contact with people. This is his story<p>Christopher Knight was only 20 years old when he walked away from society, not to …

Florida