Roxie Desort

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F*ck the Swear Jar

or, <i>Five Reasons I Don't Give an Eff About Swearing in Front of My Kids</i><p><i>Artwork by Wylder Levkoff, Age 8</i><p>Three years ago, my husband made a unilateral promise to our kids: each time he or I swore, we would put a quarter in the Swear Jar. If and when the jar filled up, the money would be theirs. First …

Can Music Be Used as Medicine?

Biometric trackers are helping scientists tap into the body's response to songs and sound.<p>“Because you listened to Drake, how about Future next?”<p>Pandora, Spotify, and other music-streaming services try to predict what users might like to listen to, based on their tastes and what’s popular with …

The Brain

Why do we get sleep in our eyes?

Our eyes fill up with gunk as we sleep, but what is it? As Jason G Goldman discovers, the stuff has a more important job than it seems.<p>The first thing I do when I wake up each morning is look at the long list of notifications that have silently accumulated on my phone as I slept. The second thing I …

Marcus Mariota will be the 2nd pick of the NFL Draft — but nobody knows which team will take him

Just three weeks ago, the experts were singing a different tune, with eight of 13 surveyed draft experts saying the Tennessee Titans would select USC defensive lineman Leonard Williams with the second pick.<p>A survey of those same experts now shows that 11 of the 12 who have updated their mock drafts …

Dirty Secrets: 10 Ways to Improve Garden Soil

I’m a soil scientist and a former faculty instructor for Oregon State University’s Extension program, where I’ve taught and consulted with farmers …

Gardening

Zoella and the YouTuber books you need to buy

As internet sensation Zoe Sugg reveals that she'll be writing her second novel without a ghost writer, we round up some of the other books published by YouTube stars<p>Fans of Zoella – aka Zoe Sugg – are in for a treat.<p>The 25-year-old YouTube superstar, who has amassed a whopping eight million …

The echoes of Walt Whitman’s ‘Drum-Taps’

In October 1865, a 22-year-old wordsmith living on Ashburton Place, behind the Massachusetts State House, filed what has to be one of the nastiest …

David Biespiel’s Poetry Wire: The Poem as Whistling Father

When I was a boy in east Texas my father used to take me to the beach on Galveston Island. With my older brothers and our dog, Velvet, a brown boxer …

ITG's Best Beauty Tips

Fun fact: ITG turned 5 (!!) this year. A little hard to believe, no? It's exciting though, because in that time, hundreds of women (and men) have …

Beauty

Hair Plopping Is the Easiest Way to Dry Your Curly Hair

Curly folks, listen up: The search is over. The secret to obtaining the frizz-free curls of your dreams is to, simply put, lose the hot tools. Forget blow-drying. Don't even think about pulling out the diffuser. The easiest (and fuss-free) way to dry your coils — without attracting added static — …

Ava Is Golden

About a block away from ITG HQ, there's Animal Haven, and every so often, someone will stop by during lunch and email a photo around of a supremely …

Pets

Libby Sellers, London

“Design is a conduit for storytelling,” says Libby Sellers, who for the past 14 years has been capitalizing on its narrative possibilities—first as a senior curator at London’s Design Museum, where she organized significant shows on such diverse subjects as the graphic designer Peter Saville and …

Islam isn't black and white: Check out Iran's kaleidoscope mosque!

Get Ready For The Internet For Things

Rough commute? What if someone offered you a private highway to take to work? There’d be no crush of cars, box trucks, taxis or minivans. Just you and the open road. Would you take it? Of course you would.<p>But what if there were a slight wrinkle to that deal? What if the only way you’d be allowed …

Internet of Things

Diet Pepsi dropping aspartame on customer concern

PepsiCo says it's dropping aspartame from Diet Pepsi in response to customer feedback and replacing it with sucralose, another artificial sweetener commonly known as Splenda.<p>The decision to swap sweeteners comes as Americans keep turning away from popular diet sodas. Rival Coca-Cola said this week …

The LinkedIn hack that turned a penny into $100,000

But back in 2011, he was the cofounder of Vungle, a new London-based video advertising startup looking for seed funding. And when they heard about a new startup accelerator program called Angelpad that was offering $100,000 to young startups, they knew they wanted in.<p>The problem was that Angelpad …

New Plus-Size Models Taking the Industry by Storm

Plus-size models have been making major headlines lately: Ashley Graham in <i>Sports Illustrated</i>, Myla Dalbesio for Calvin Klein, and, most recently, Denise Bidot for Target's Lilly Pulitzer collection, to name a few. As these plus-size campaigns become more mainstream in fashion and garner more media …