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8 Home Improvement Projects for Fall That Will Increase Your House’s Value

Here's the ROI for each one.<p>Fall is the season for posting apple-picking photos on Instagram, enjoying pumpkin spice–flavored everything, and …

Top 7 Tools for Budget Travelers

The days of relying on travel agents and hunting down elusive deals are over. Check out these seven budget travel tools to city-hop and save, just …

Apps

Roots dig deep in fall, which is why it's the perfect season to plant

Listen up, SoCal gardeners: Fall — not spring — is the perfect time to be planting.<p>Perennials, the flowering plants that come back year after year, need cooler, wetter conditions to get established in their new homes. Planting in the fall lets them stretch their roots and settle in before facing …

Plants

This Short Film Made By Pixar Animators in Their Spare Time Is Damn Good

Pixar animators Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj made this short film <i>Borrowed Time</i> over the past 5 years, and it’s fantastic. The story is set up as …

No shirt, no shoes? No problem for cruise companies using sex to lure travelers

Clothes? Who needs clothes?<p>Not you, if you sign up for Desire Cruises’ eight-day, clothing-optional Venice Foreplay cruise.<p>The Original Group, a Mexican adult hospitality firm that owns three adults-only resorts in Mexico, has chartered the Azamara Quest for a sex-themed cruise that will depart …

How Can We Help Teachers Adapt to Both Tech & Common Core?

Theresa asks: What is the best way to scaffold lessons for teachers adapting to technology and common core changes?

Teaching

New analysis may explain why the Earth and the moon are so chemically similar

It's a lunar mystery that has lingered for decades: If the moon is made of material from another planetary body that crashed into Earth, why is its chemical fingerprint so similar to that of our planet?<p>Nobody is 100% sure how the moon was created, but the giant-impact model is the most widely …

Astronomy

Sleep a lot? You might have a heightened risk of stroke, study says

There's no way to diagnose a stroke before it happens, but researchers say they've identified a clue to help doctors predict who's at risk – the amount of sleep they get at night.<p>Older adults who said they slept more than eight hours were 46% more likely to suffer strokes in the next decade than …

Medicine

Papayas and 9 Ways to Use Them

<i>Every week we get Down & Dirty, in which we break down our favorite unique seasonal fruits, vegetables, and more.</i><p><i>Today: Should a waiter offer us a choice of fruit, we always decide to eat more payaya. Get to know this versatile tropical fruit, and we bet you will too.</i><p>Fun game for your next picnic: …

Ice Cream