Ruth A. Smith

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One of The Biggest Myths About Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Has Been Debunked

Chronic fatigue still is a real disease.<p>Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) or Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) is one of the most perplexing conditions out …

The real reason why psychopaths are so good at lying

While that's typically not the <i>only</i> characteristic of someone with antisocial personality disorder — the umbrella term the National Institutes for Health uses to define psychopathy — it is recognized globally as a major red flag.<p>It was previously assumed that people with antisocial personality …

How to Paint a Laminate Dresser Project - Sherwin-Williams

1<p>Start by examining your piece of furniture to check for any old residue from its past life. Any leftover substances (like stickiness from tape, …

Evaluating Trump's Psyche in Public

Inside the ongoing ethics debate over what professionals can say about the president's mental health<p>It’s not hard to find somebody who’s willing to call the president of the United States crazy. “Madman” was, after all, one of the words that cropped up most frequently in coverage about him during …

10 things I learned about DIY plumbing

<b>When I first sat down in the basic plumbing workshop at The Goodlife Centre, I didn't have the foggiest idea about anything to do with pipes, water</b> …

Want a Brain That's 10 Years Younger? Here's What Science Has to Say

Just like the rest of the body, staying young mentally is all about getting the right kind of exercise.<p>Voracious readers, grammarians, wordsmiths, and trivia masters may have an advantage when it comes to staying mentally young, at least if they do something with their skill every day. Researchers …

The Brain

Be More Successful: New Harvard Research Reveals A Fun Way To Do It

<b>We all want to be more successful.</b><p>But everything you read probably sounds like a lot of work. Isn’t there a scientifically proven method that’s a …

DIY Arm Knitting Yarn Cushion Cover

It is really simple to make your very own arm knit cushion cover. You just need some yarn, a pair of willing arms and about 45minutes! Arm knitting, …

DIY Bedroom Décor and Furniture Ideas Anyone Can Try

The bedroom is one area of the house where you have to be creative and find design and décor solutions that apply to your own style and preferences. …

How to Fix a Running Toilet in 8 Painless Steps

If there's one skill that should be in everyone's home improvement arsenal, it's knowing how to fix a running toilet. Not only is it virtually …

Want to Be a Lot Happier? Never Do Any of These 9 Things

Happiness isn't always about what you do. Happiness is often about what you don't do -- especially if it involves these nine things.<p>If you're less than happy with your life -- either personally or professionally -- the problem isn't education, upbringing , a lack of opportunities, being held back …

Self-improvement

The First Time Oliver Sacks Saw Heaven (1964)

My friend Oliver Sacks was at home, hoping to glimpse the color of heaven. It was 1964. He was in his kitchen in Topanga Canyon, preparing a cocktail. It wasn’t an ordinary cocktail, being part amphetamine (“for general arousal,” he told me), part marijuana (“for added delirium”), and part LSD …

The Week in Review: Turbulent Stock Market

The Dow rebounded at the end of this week after a historically turbulent period for the U.S. and global markets.<p>Concerns over China’s ability to manage its economic slowdown caused the markets to tumble and a “Black Monday” that consisted of China’s stock market crashing in the biggest sell-off …

The Secret to the Creamiest, Dreamiest Hummus

You could be making better hummus.<p>If it strikes you as a little weird that hummus received top billing as our 2015 Dish of the Year, then, well, you haven’t had chef Michael Solomonov’s. The incredibly rich, ineffably smooth version that he dishes up at Dizengoff, his bustling Philadelphia …

The 20 Best TV And Film 'Sidekicks' Of The Last Seven Decades

When you're driving down the highway, set one of your presets to SiriusXM, #6 on your radio dial (60s on 6), where you'll find the incomparable and always entertaining DJ Phlash Phelps.<p>Recently Phlash invited his audience to tell him who their favorite all-time TV or movie sidekicks were either by …

8 Things to Know Before You Hire a Contractor

He'll practically be a member of the family, so choose wisely.<p>Contractor Stephen Fanuka shares what he wishes his clients knew before hiring him — and after he's taken on the job.<p><b>1. Don't expect perfection — expect quality.</b> <br>The most unrealistic expectation a client can have is that the job will be …

21 Vegan Barbecue Staples That'll Make Any Cookout An Herbivore's Delight

Just because you don't eat meat products doesn't mean you have to suffer through a vacuous frozen veggie burger while everyone else at the summer barbecue chows down on hot, delicious grill food.<p>You, dear vegan, deserve the very best. And, as it happens, the very best cookout foods are often vegan. …

20 best Android apps and games this week

Meerkat, Seabeard, Microsoft Hyperlapse, Knights of Pen & Paper 2, Wear Personal Fitness Trainer, Lego Star Wars and more<p>Welcome to this week’s roundup of the latest, greatest Android apps and games, covering smartphones and tablets.<p>All these apps have been released for the first time – i.e. not …

Apps

The year’s most breathtaking travel destinations, from National Geographic’s 2015 Traveler Photo Contest

With over 23 million Instagram posts already hashtagged #vacation, competition is increasingly fierce for most photogenic holiday background. Those looking for a little inspiration might consider checking out the latest batch of travel photo submissions from National Geographic’s 2015 Traveler …

Travel Photography

American mothers die in childbirth at twice the rate they did in 2000

Here’s something for the 80-some countries celebrating Mother’s Day today to cheer: compared to a few decades ago, many more mothers are around to be celebrated. In the last quarter century, the rate at which women die of pregnancy-related causes has dropped 45%, according to a World Health …

Pregnancy

21 Ooey Gooey Ways to Devour Chocolate

The only thing better than dessert is chocolate dessert. Here are our all time favorite chocolate recipes to satisfy your sweet tooth.<p><b>Chocolate Dump Cake</b><p>This simple confection doesn't require frosting, but a drizzle of chocolate sauce is highly encouraged. <b>Get the recipe</b>.<p><b>Cheesecake Bars with Melted</b> …

How to Fix Holes or Cracks in Plaster

Follow these step-by-step instructions to solve these plaster issues.<p>Fill Holes in Plaster<p>If your existing plaster has some areas that are loose or need fixing, you can fill the problem areas without touching the "good" surface.<p><b>You'll Need:</b>ChiselSmall PaintbrushDamp ClothWater-based Adhesive, Such …

WhatsApp touts 800M monthly active users

WhatsApp is one of the world's most popular messaging platforms, and it's showing no signs of slowing. In a Facebook post Friday, WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum announced that the Facebook-owned service now has 800 million active users every month. That's a lot of chatter.<p>WhatsApp Messenger lets you send …

5 Android apps you shouldn't miss this week! - Android Apps Weekly

[Price: Free with in app purchases] <br>TickTick is a task list application that allows you to organize your day. It features cross platform support on Android, iOS, and the web via extensions so you can check your tasks anywhere. It features real-time syncing across devices, the ability to do things …

The Fastest Way to Clean Your Bathroom

Follow this routine to make your fixtures sparkle in minutes.<p>One of the busiest spots in your house, the bathroom is also the place almost every guest visits. So if you start sweating whenever someone asks, "Do you mind if I freshen up/use the toilet/secretly judge your cleaning skills?" just …

Cleaning

How can I protect my passwords and personal data without TrueCrypt?

Chris uses TrueCrypt to encrypt sensitive information, but needs an alternative now that program has been abandoned by its developers<p><i>What can you recommend instead of TrueCrypt, which I use for encrypting passwords and personal data. I use the File Container approach, which is all I need and is</i> …

Personal Data

How to Fix Scratched and Creaky Floorboards

Follow these step-by-step instructions to fix your floor problems.<p>Repair Scratches in Floorboards<p>The best way to get an even wood floor is by sanding, but if you just have a few scratches, small holes, or gaps, they can be repaired without embarking on such a big job.<p><b>You'll Need:</b>Floor or …

If Only Your Commute Looked Like THIS

"Dancers are storytellers. They're trained to capture passion with their bodies," New York City-based photographer Jordan Matter writes in the …

12 Common Home Repairs That YOU Can Do

Sometimes you don't need to hire a pro.<p>Sometimes you don't need to hire a pro. In her new book, <i>DIY Home Repairs: 100 Fix-It-Yourself Projects</i>, Sarah Berry provides a step-by-step home improvement guide so you can do it on your own. We've rounded up 12 solutions to your most common household …