Michael Martinez

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427 Genius Ways To Make Everything You Own Look More Expensive

As my mother always said: "Fake it 'til you make it."

Christmas Trees

Let's Talk About Net Present Value and Solar Panels

Without understanding it, you’ll never know if putting solar panels on your roof (or buying a share of stock) is a good deal or not.<p>In 1202, the Pisan customs official’s son who has come to be known as Fibonacci gave the world the mathematical tools to calculate the present value of a future stream …

Solar Power

The Best Wet Weather Gear for Adventures in the Rain

<b>If you love the outdoors you don’t want a short downpour,</b> <b>let alone a week of rain</b> <b>to stop you in your tracks. While rain might be less of an issue</b> …

Backpacking

Get enlightened: Here are the best smart light bulbs of 2018

Remember the days when we thought The Clapper was the most high-tech way to turn on lights? Thankfully, that didn’t last long, and now we have eco- …

Home Automation

Google's deep learning system aims to tame electronic health records

Google is using a deep learning system to navigate electronic health records without the data wrangling.<p>Google is betting that its deep learning …

Machine Learning

The Last Slave Ship Survivor Gave an Interview in the 1930s. It Just Surfaced

Roughly 60 years after the abolition of slavery, anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston made an incredible connection: She located the last surviving …

Black History

The 50 Best Decorating Tips of All Time

Sorting socks, reading <i>Infinite Jest</i>, decorating our homes: Some things, simply put, are never finished. In the hopes of helping you decorate savvily …

Home Decorating

John Muir and the U.S. National Park System

Nature preservationist John Muir (right) and U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt<p>On April 21, 1838, Scottish-American naturalist and author <b>John Muir</b> was …

National Parks

Every Automotive Emblem, Explained

It’s nice to believe that cars are purely about performance — that what matters is track times and vehicle specs, not superfluous details like the …

Here's Why Knowing The Correct Racing Line Makes You Faster

A lot of street driving novices might try to justify swerving like a maniac all over the road in some sort of effort to hit what they call a “racing …

Former Navy SEALs on the mistake too many people make

After their first book, 2015’s “Extreme Ownership,” became a New York Times bestseller, Navy SEAL commanders Jocko Willink and Leif Babin soon found …

Military

This Single Image Profoundly Sums Up Einstein's Landmark Theory

You might think you have gravity pretty well figured out. If you drop a ball out of a window, a short time later it will hit the ground. The higher …

Physics

Opinion: Putin, Kremlin were unprepared for a US-EU assault

The United States and its allies have decided to give Russian President Vladimir Putin a taste of his own medicine. It seems that the Kremlin is …

Russia

In California, national test scores show enduring achievement gaps

Every two years, the nation’s fourth- and eighth-graders are tested in math and reading — and newly released results from last year’s tests give California at least a little reason to be pleased.<p>The 2017 results — out Monday night — were mostly flat nationwide, though the average score in …

6 Insider Secrets That Only Contractors Know (But Won't Tell You)

If you are a homeowner, odds are that you have tried DIY repairs to save money. If you are not aware of the secrets that the pros use, you are more …

Home Improvement

50 Novels All Men Should Read Before They Die

No excuses, now<p>Forget coming-of-age fiction or impenetrable 'classics' – these are the books all grown men should be ticking off. Why? Because they're as entertaining as they are wise<p>On Beauty – Zadie Smith<p>The Circle – Dave Eggers<p>East of Eden – John Steinbeck<p>The Road – Cormac McCarthy<p>The Blind …

Literature

11 Common Steak Mistakes (And How To Fix Them)

Finally get that perfect sear.

BBQ

Inside the Decade-Long Russian Campaign to Infiltrate the NRA and Help Elect Trump

Femme fatales, lavish Moscow parties and dark money – how Russia worked the National Rifle Association<p>In November 2013, the president of the National …

Aiming to fill skill gaps in AI, Microsoft makes training courses available to the public

As a software engineer at Microsoft, Elena Voyloshnikova’s job is to make informed recommendations about how to improve the performance of software …

Artificial Intelligence

This Video About The Scale of Black Holes Will Crush Your Poor, Tiny Brain

We were not prepared for this.<p>Black holes are vast, matter-annihilating objects that seem to defy physics by their very existence. They're so weird, …

17 red flags for IRS auditors

How tax reform will affect you<p>The package could mean changes to your deductions and other things.<p>Ever wonder why some tax returns are eyeballed by …

Three Quick Steps to Making a Photo Pop Using Photoshop

A lot of people are fans of the portrait look in which the subject really seems to "pop" off the image, as it's a striking and attention-grabbing …

How to Photograph the Moon

Click the title of the article to read this post on Improve Photography, which includes all media files mentioned.This article will take you through …

Photography

How My Husband's Trust Fund Affects My Life

<i>In the two years since we began Money Diaries, we've received hundreds of submissions from fascinating women the world over with a variety of jobs,</i> …

14 Trader Joe’s Items That Will Basically Change Your Life

Trader Joe’s Vegetable Masala Burgers<p>“I am recently a vegetarian, and this is the best pre-made veggie burger I’ve found. It has Indian spices (kind …

Healthy Eating

How Cells Pack Tangled DNA Into Neat Chromosomes

A human cell carries in its nucleus two meters of spiraling DNA, split up among the 46 slender, double-helical molecules that are its chromosomes. …

What I Saw Treating the Victims From Parkland Should Change the Debate on Guns

They weren’t the first mass-shooting victims the Florida radiologist saw—but their wounds were radically different.<p>As I opened the CT scan last week to read the next case, I was baffled. The history simply read “gunshot wound.” I have been a radiologist in one of the busiest trauma centers in the …

16 Optical Illusions Your Brain Will Refuse To See Correctly

"Wait, what?!" –Your brain<p><i>This post was translated from Japanese.</i>

Graphics

A Quick Guide to Your W-2 Tax Form

Get the ins and outs of how to use the information on this IRS form.<p>If you're an American who worked as an employee in 2017, then you should have …

How to buy a camera in 2018

Smartphones have replaced dedicated cameras for most folks, but weirdly, that's a good thing for photography lovers. With fewer boring point-and-shoots, manufacturers are focusing on building incredible cameras like Sony's RX100 Mark V compact, the Fujifilm X-T2 mirrorless and Nikon's high-end, …