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7 Best Raised Garden Bed Kits You Can Buy Online

These easy-assemble raised bed kits are perfect for gardeners of all experience levels.<p>Raised beds are the garden style of choice for many home …

Expert Advice: 10 Tips To Get Your Garden Ready for Spring

Waiting for spring can make you as antsy as waiting for Christmas when you were a kid. Will it ever get here? And then it arrives suddenly…and …

Gardening 101: Raspberry

Raspberry, <i>Rubus strigosus:</i> “The Welcome Rambler”<p>Raspberries should be re-classified as one of the seven wonders of the world. Native species of the …

Gardening

Scientists have officially named the four newest elements of the periodic table

With only 118 elements in the periodic table, it’s a rare day in science when four new elements get bestowed their names. Yet that’s exactly what happened yesterday (Nov. 30) when the official chemistry body announced that it had approved the proposed names for four elements discovered and …

Chemistry

Gardening 101: Wisteria

<i>Wisteria:</i> “The Houseguest That Never Leaves”<p>You invited them to stay for a few days, and now it has been weeks. Although you asked them to stow their …

The Difference Between Tylenol, Aspirin, Advil, and Aleve

It’s the morning after a wild night out. You stumble to the medicine cabinet and stare blearily at the array of over-the-counter painkillers, …

Simple Italian Bread Recipe

<b>Author Notes:</b> My late grandfather in Bologna would wake up every morning at 6 A.M. to make this bread. It tastes like olive oil and yeast, but covered in thin layers of mortadella, toasted with honey, or used to sop up leftover ragu, it sings. —Francesca Andreani<p><b>Makes: 2 loaves</b><p>12 1/2 grams active …

Baking

How Dirt Keeps Your Kids Happy & Healthy: A Pediatrician Explains

Most non-farmers — which is to say, almost all of us — think of soil as being utterly irrelevant. But we couldn’t be more wrong.<p>Soil plays a profound …

Wellness

How To Grow Amazing Sweet Peas

<b>A Guide To Prize Winning Sweet Peas</b><p>If you want to grow amazing sweet peas you should start now. Traditionally gardeners sowed sweet peas in the …

Gardening

Top 10 beach hotels and B&Bs on New Zealand’s South Island

Beach resorts and retreats on New Zealand’s South Island make the most of dramatic views, as well as offering a tranquil getaway. Here are 10 to suit the calm, collected – and the adventurous<p>Those who visit New Zealand’s South Island in search of a traditional beachside holiday are likely to be …

New Zealand

13 of the best best science books of 2015

To help sort through 2015's books, the <i>Science News</i> staff offers its must-read picks, many of which have been previously reviewed in the magazine.<p>Read those reviews at the links below or in our Editor's Pick: Favorite books of 2015.

Books

DIY: Paper Wall Art

Once upon a time in May (don’t you love when anti-climactic stories start off this way?), I was at a Smilebooth event and met a lovely lady, Corey, …

The 21 greatest travel books of all time

From the classics to more modern stories, there are plenty of travel books out there to feed your wanderlust.<p>We've rounded up some of the best stories out there, written by authors who have traveled across America, Africa, Asia and more.

The Rise and Fall of Ellen Pao: Timeline of a Reddit Tantrum

Yesterday, Ellen Pao stepped down as CEO of Reddit. Co-founder Steve Huffman will take her place. Pao’s resignation came after a week of heightened …

The Best and Worst of 3 Prenatal Workouts

Are you large and pregnant and avoiding public places at all costs? Do you get anxiety just thinking about not only finding time to use your gym membership but conducting a successful workout without accidentally revealing your belly or muffin top or ginormous pregnancy boobs and scaring people …

Prenatal Development

Gardening calendar: plant kale and alstroemerias

This week's gardening tasks include deadheading daffodils and investing in irrigation<p><b>Plant alstroemerias:</b> <b>I’m a massive alstroemeria fan</b>. <b>These tuberous perennials</b> will give you two or even three crops of cut flowers and put on a good show every year, yet few of us grow them. Why not plant some? …

Five Book Series You Can Delve Into Without Fear

Genre fiction loves its series books, as do genre readers. There's something comforting in slipping back into a world you already know, sometimes with characters you're already familiar with, and plunging into a new adventure.<p>There are dangers that come with reading series books: long waits in …

Books

9 Ways to Create Curb Appeal with Flowering Vines and Climbers

Short of standing in front of the house with a plate of chocolate chip cookies fresh from the oven, there is no more welcoming way to greet visitors …

Drip Irrigation: Watering Your Garden While Saving Your Resources

<i>This post is in partnership with DripWorks. All thoughts and words are my own.</i><p>In summer, keeping a vegetable garden well watered means keeping an …

Gardening

Growing Guide: 135 Rare Heirlooms from Jardin Seed Co.

I would like more Self-Blanching Snowball Cauliflower in my diet. And fewer bland, mass-produced vegetables. This is why I grow my own. For 135 …

Garden Visit: The Glow of Anglesey Abbey

For impact, a few winter trees and shrubs are the equivalent of a double border in summer. Off-season gardens require more imagination than effort. A …

Top 10 Adventure Trips

Travel Photography

The Best Science Books of 2014

On the heels of the year’s most intelligent and imaginative children’s books come the most stimulating science books published this annum. (Step into the nonfictional time machine by revisiting the selections for 2013, 2012, and 2011.)<p>1. THE ACCIDENTAL UNIVERSE<p><i>“If we ever reach the point where we</i> …

Trek-worthy gifts for outdoor adventurers

Going gear-shopping for your favorite outdoors-loving friend or family member can be harder than trekking up Mount St. Helens as she’s about to blow. There are so many options, but so much crap.<p>To help you out with your holiday shopping, Cult of Mac waded through the endless lists of camping and …

Backpacking

My 5 Favorite Maps: Bill Rankin

The first installment of a new series in conversation with mapmakers on the works that most inspire them.<p>In the great data deluge that has sent publications from the old vanguard to the digital fringe, scrambling to bolster their mapmaking capabilities and beef up their data-visualization …

How I Made My Home Lighting Smart and Sustainable for Less Than $500 - Green Homes

My Wink hub now controls all my lighting, as well as other smart devices in my home.<p>Since I started making strides toward a sustainable lifestyle way …

Guy draws fantasy maps of American cities as if they were in Middle Earth

11 Funny GIFs That Will Literally Have You Laughing Out Loud

Let's face it, we're all prone to have an off day every now and then. Fortunately, these 10 GIFs will reverse that trend and have you laughing out …