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AliveCor ECG comes to Android, transmits your palpitations to Instagram

If you've been gazing longingly at the AliveCor Heart Monitor but an Android affinity has kept you out in the cold, its developer has good news. Starting today, AliveCor's clinical-quality (and now FDA-approved) ECG is compatible with the Samsung Galaxy S III, S4 and the HTC One. The device itself …

TellSpec identifies food ingredients and calories using science, magic

Some of us can't eat gluten, while others need to stay away from certain fats. Mealtime can be incredibly stressful for people with dietary restrictions -- especially when dining out -- since manufacturers aren't always required to report all ingredients, specifically when dealing with trace …

The new baker: ginger crunch bars

These moreish mouthfuls have a ginger and syrup icing and a crumbly, crunchy, gingery base – perfect with a cup of tea.<p>When I was a child my mother made a variation on these bar cookies from a Betty Crocker cookbook. Over time I've made the biscuits shorter and more crumbly, but they should still …

The science and magic of jam-making | Andy Connelly

Commercial jams are the sickly sweet sisters of homemade jam, but a grasp of the science will help you get yours just right<p>The rule is, jam tomorrow and jam yesterday – but never jam today. <i>Lewis Carroll</i><p>Jam-making conjures up images of domestic idylls, an escape to the mountains to live on your …

Telegraph Great British Bake Off: episode seven, pastry

For this week's Bake Off challenge, pastry people Juliet Eysenck and Anna Lisinski take on religieuse and figgy pudding.<p><b>Juliet Eysenck: fig roly poly pudding</b><p>In terms of stressful life events, making your own pastry must surely be up there at the top, along with getting married, moving house and …

12 Worst Vegetable Garden Pests

There's nothing more discouraging to a gardener than having a whole crop of your favorite vegetable wiped out by pests. Once those hungry insects …

Ask Alys: your gardening questions answered

<b>I grow a lot of fruit and vegetables in my south-west-facing garden on the west coast of Wales. The soil is good loam but quite acidic. But I have problems with potatoes. They grow OK and look fine with a good crop, but break up and dissolve when I boil them. I've tried sharpe's express, pentland</b> …