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Vanishing point: five ways to become invisible

From HG Wells to JK Rowling, invisibility has long been the stuff of fiction. Not any more. Here Philip Ball explains five methods that scientists are researching to make things 'disappear'<p>Here's how you could become invisible in the middle ages: grind up an owl's eye with a ball of beetle dung and …

Why We Smile And How To Spot A Fake One

Flickr/Nana B Agyei<p><b>BI Answers: Why do we smile?</b><p>Studies have shown that smiling can help us cope, make us feel good, and even increase our longevity.<p>Some say we even smile in the womb and can understand the social significance of those toothy grins very early on. "At just 10 months, for instance, an …

Psychology

How to use Google Maps offline mode on iOS, Android

Save Google Maps for offline access, so you can navigate the roads even when you're off the grid.<p>The moment your phone reads "No service," Google Maps suddenly drops out. That is, unless you've saved your maps for offline access. With this feature, you can store large map areas for guidance, even …

Apps

How to grow your own broccoli

If you don't like broccoli… well, firstly, why are you reading this? Secondly, you may have problems with your so-called "brussels sprout gene"; thirdly, you may simply be a big baby who needs to snap out of it; and fourthly, you should take it up with the Flemish sculptor Peter Scheemakers. Except …

Tiny Wireless Earbuds Could Be Damn Near Invisible When In Use

Two tiny, cylindrical earbuds that could be great–if you don’t lose them.<p>Earin, currently attracting tons of money on Kickstarter, is a tiny wireless earbud product that’s a bit different from anything currently on the market–and by doing things so differently, it might be the first pair of …

The 2-Minute Workout That Works Your Abs From Every Angle

How strong is your core? Find out with this ultimate ab challenge<p>Ripped abs are reason enough to add some core moves to your routine. But a strong torso can also give you the foundation you need to lift more weight with less risk of injury. "Crunches alone won't get the job done, though," says Todd …

27 Creative Salad Dressing Recipes That Go Beyond Balsamic

From creamy ranch to bracing vinaigrettes, here are the salad dressing recipes we love best.<p><b>Say goodbye to that basic balsamic vinaigrette</b>—your salad dressing is about to get serious. Here are our favorite ways to dress our salads, from an updated goddess to a lighter, brighter Caesar.

Seafood

10 Simple Hacks For Packing A Suitcase

Packing for a long trip can be problematic: you don't want to bring along too much and have to lug around a heavy bag, but you also don't want to pack too little and end up forgetting a crucial item.<p>Here are 10 tips to make packing easy.<p>1. Roll clothing up and then use air-compression plastic bags …

Everything We Know About Amazon’s Radical New Smartphone

All signs point to Amazon announcing a smartphone with novel features tomorrow. TechCrunch has revealed much about the phone over the last nine months but a few questions remain. At this point, all of the phone’s features are known and about the only thing left to know is the name, price and …

The 13 Greatest Iced Coffee Recipes for Summer

Cool down and caffeine up with these delicious iced coffee drinks that you can make at home!<p>Cool down and caffeine up with these delicious iced coffee drinks that you can make at home! Via Redbook.com

Parallels Access 2.0: Windows and Mac Apps Land on Android, iPhone

Parallels has made a name for itself by running apps in unexpected places. Its virtualization software first brought Windows apps to the Mac, then it …

How to Get Single-Digit Body Fat

If you want to get leaner than lean, every bite counts<p>At a fitness conference last Spring, I joined some friends for breakfast. It was a normal breakfast up until the moment Spencer Nadolsky, D.O., pulled a scale out of his gym bag to weigh a banana.<p>I knew Dr. Nadolsky was preparing for a …

The 5 Best Ways To Learn How To Code

Photo: Courtesy of Skillcrush.<p>It’s no secret that the world of tech has a serious diversity problem. From bro-y CEOs and founders behaving badly on …

15 Cooking Tips from Alice Waters, Mark Bittman, Jamie Oliver, and Other Famous Foodies

Who couldn't use more culinary know-how? These tricks of the foodie trade will make you a pro.<p>Cooking your own food is one of the most essential skills you can know to live a healthier life (and, not to mention, a more frugal one). Whether you can barely boil water or you've got true mastery over …

10 Books That Could Change the Way You Understand Modern Cities

We have just entered the Urban Age, when the majority of the world's population lives in cities. Most of us may live in the metropolis, but these …

Urbanism