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10 hiking apps and gadgets for hitting the trail this spring

Prepare to face the great outdoors.<p>A spring hike is a great way to take advantage of the newly-warm weather. But it also comes with hazards like lingering snow, unpredictable downpours, and winter-damaged roads and trails. To prepare, you need to bring basic essentials like extra clothing, snacks …

Camping

$49 Google Home Mini announced to compete with Amazon’s Echo Dot

It’s a small, stone-shaped smart speaker<p>Google announced a smaller companion to its Google Home smart speaker today, called the Home Mini. The device, which will cost $49, is very much like Amazon’s Echo Dot: it takes Google’s voice-controlled Alexa competitor, Google Assistant, and packs it into a …

How Amsterdam became the bicycle capital of the world

Anyone who has ever tried to make their way through the centre of Amsterdam in a car knows it: the city is owned by cyclists. They hurry in swarms through the streets, unbothered by traffic rules, taking precedence whenever they want, rendering motorists powerless by their sheer numbers.<p>Cyclists …

Cycling

Motion Design Inspiration: Hypnotic Animations

You thought we had forgotten about our Monday motion design inspiration right, but we did not forget it. We might have delayed for a bit but here it …

Animation

15 things successful people do on Sunday nights

The Sunday night blues are a real thing.<p>A 2015 Monster survey found that 76% of people get bummed out on Sunday night.<p>However, Sunday can still be a fun day (not to mention a productive one). You've just got to have the right mindset and commit to something, whether it be getting tasks done, …

5 Habits of Successful People Before 8 a.m.

Setting a positive, productive tone for the day is all about giving yourself time to get your wits together. Prepare for your entry into the work arena, if you want to win there.<p>CEO of Fifth Avenue Brands<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The difference between successful …

25 of the Most Inspiring Books Everyone Should Read

Whether you turn pages, tap a tablet, or listen to audio, a good book can be a perfect relaxation aid, tutor, or source of inspiration. Here are quotes from more than two dozen executives who name their favorite book and explain why it's worth your attention.<p>1. <i>The Checklist Manifesto</i> by Atul Gawande<p>…

Mission Impossible

Ikea and Space10 are making urban gardening easier

They teamed on these spherical "Growrooms," which you can build yourself<p>Ikea’s innovation and design lab Space10 in Copenhagen is a hub for new ideas for sustainable “future living” in an urban environment. It is also an exhibition space, showcasing products that tackle challenges facing people …

What Happened When I Started Meditating Before Every Run

In an effort to begin my runs feeling relaxed and not just end them that way, I started doing just three minutes of guided mediation before every run …

The “designers should code” bullshit and a not so new idea

As usual, <i>it’s more complicated than that</i>.<p>Debunking the bullshit<p>Do you remember in high school that poor kid that constantly had low grades in math …

12 Backpacking Hacks for Your Next Trip! [Infographic]

Whether you’re backpacking down the Grand Canyon or braving the cold in Yosemite, some of these backpacking hacks can help make your trip easier – or …

Camping

Digital Art and Advertising: Internet.org by Facebook

Internet.org by Facebook is a art direction and digital art project shared by our favorite studio, ARS Thanea. We posted about them and featured …

On Friday, a full moon, a lunar eclipse, and a green comet will light up the sky

Here’s how to watch.<p>Yes, it’s the dead of winter. And yes, temperatures will be around freezing in much of the United States. But there are reasons — three, to be exact — to be brave and venture outside.<p>That’s because Friday night there will be a trio of celestial treats: a full moon, a penumbral …

Astronomy

How We Can Teach Our Children Mindfulness

<i>This is the final post of Stress-Less Parenting Club's workshop on mindful parenting. This week, our leader Carla Naumburg explains how we can teach our kids mindfulness.</i><p>“Mindfulness is not hitting someone in the mouth.”<p>Those were the words of an 11-year-old boy who had just completed a five-week …

10 Tips to Help Your Houseplants Survive Fall & Winter

With end of Daylight Savings near, you're not the only one anticipating (or rather dreading) the harshest months of the year. Pretty soon, your …

China's first vertical forest is rising in Nanjing

Stefano Boeri Architetti is bringing the vertical forest concept popularized in Milan to Nanjing, China with the Nanjing Towers. The two green towers …

Olive Trees Indoors: Our Best Tips for Care & Growing

Given the current craze for houseplants, it's hard to imagine there's any un-trod territory there, and yet — I was totally surprised to realize that …

How to Get 100,000 Facebook Fans in 30 Days | Inc.com

I'm often asked how I grow my social media followings so quickly. Thanks to some lesser known strategies, and one particular feature hidden in plain site, I'm able to rapidly execute my ideas and build a big following.<p>I utilized this strategy earlier this year to help build this Facebook page.<p>This …

Marketing

The power of worms

A Zimbabwe organization is at the forefront of earthworm technology. It’s producing nourishing organic compost that ensures great farm produce - and …

Earthworm numbers dwindle, threatening soil health | Environment| All topics from climate change to conservation | DW | 30.01.2017

Earthworms help recuperate soil and enrich it with much needed minerals. But environmentalists are concerned as earthworms have come under threat …

7 Design Trends for Your Business 2017

New year, new inspiration. Design is always evolving and in order to create the best experiences for your customers it’s important to stay on top of …

Graphic Design

10 Mysterious Facts About the Pineal Gland

René Descartes once described the pineal gland as “the principal seat of the soul.” Though medical knowledge has vastly progressed since then, here …

Insects

30 Books You Need to Read to Earn 'Well-Read' Status | Inc.com

<i>What books should one read to feel well-read? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.</i><p><b>Answer by Cristina Hartmann, writer who abandoned a career in law, on Quora:</b><p>For anyone who wants to attain the vaunted …

Literature

7 Things You Can Fix or Clean with Toothpaste

You use toothpaste several times a day to clean your teeth, but did you know it can be used for so many other household chores? It doesn't matter …

The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Photography

Dear friend,<p>I wanted to write you this book on how to take better photos. I know you started off with your iPhone, and started to show keen interest …

Cameras

9 things you can do today to get up earlier tomorrow

Rising early, as you may have heard, can set you up for success.<p>You have time to work with fewer distractions from family and coworkers and to exercise before appointments get in the way. Still, many people struggle to find effective tricks for getting out of bed in the morning.<p>The good news is …

En Veracruz, el primer museo del bonsái en AL

El arte milenario del bonsái, que consiste en cultivar una planta y controlar su crecimiento natural para mantenerla pequeña, llegó a México durante el Porfiriato. Fue Tatsugoro Matsumoto, un maestro jardinero imperial tokiota, quien lo trajo: se instaló en la capital, puso una florería y …

Amazon is building indoor tree houses for its employees in downtown Seattle

Amazon is building a greenhouse in downtown Seattle that's meant to be a refuge for office employees. The greenhouse, constructed as a trio of spheres, will house more than 3,000 species of plants, many of which are endangered, <i>The New York Times</i> reports.<p>In addition to the plants, the spheres will …

Beauty of space: spectacular Australian photographs of the universe

From the hidden colours of the moon to Bonnie Doon, and Tarantula Nebula to Saturn, these spectacular images of the universe are the finalists in the 2016 CWAS ‘David Malin’ awards. The annual competition, which celebrates the best astronomy images taken by Australian photographers, is part of …

Astronomy

This Is What Food Does To Your Brain

Mind your food, friends!<p>Dr. Seuss once said, "You've got a brain in your head and feet in your shoes, you can eat any food you choose!"<p>Well, he actually said "steer yourself in any direction you choose," not "eat any food," but that's how we like to interpret it.<p>In all seriousness, thought, what …

Nutrition