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15 things that may be hard to do, but could change your life forever

As Quora user Joos Meyer explains in response to the question, "What uncomfortable things such as cold showers can improve your life?" pushing your comfort zone is the key to self-improvement.<p>"I think the best methodology is to every day or week set a task or find a situation that makes you …

Self-help

Researchers genetically engineer Salmonella to eat brain tumors

Salmonella has earned its bad reputation. It is responsible for more than a million cases of food poisoning every year, of which nearly 400 people die. But a team of researchers from Duke University have recently engineered the bacteria to not attack the human gastrointestinal tract, but rather the …

Google turns Toontastic into a 3D storytelling app

Google Education has launched a 3D version of Toontastic, almost two years after Mountain View bought the company that created it. The new Toontastic stays true to the original version: it's still a storybook app, except now kids can work with 3D characters and environments. They can animate short …

The best home 3D printer for beginners (so far)

<i>By Signe Brewster</i><p><i>This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a buyer's guide to the best technology. When readers choose to buy The Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. Read the full article here.</i><p>Though 3D printers …

Use a Mind Map To Figure Out What You Want to Do With Your Life

GIF<p>We’ve talked before about using mind maps as a means to kickstart creativity, but former Google career coach Jenny Blake suggests using one to …

12 Great Places to Go in 2017—and How to Do Them on a Budget

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A rare sighting of the Milky Way

Due to increased amounts of light pollution, Iceland is one of the few countries left in Europe where it can still easily be seen.<p>In the late 1800s, an Icelandic poet and entrepreneur is fabled to have tried to sell the Northern Lights to a group of businessmen from Switzerland.<p>Although Einar …

Astronomy

The Virgin Islands Will Help Pay for Your Tropical Vacation in 2017

If one of your New Year's resolutions was to take more vacations in 2017, the U.S. Virgin Islands are offering potential travelers some extra …

Google Trends

10 Amazing LEGO Artists

LEGO bricks and minifigs are more than just toys—they're also an art medium that can be used to illustrate the real world when a photograph isn't …

Digital Storm's compact gaming PC is fast and upgrade-friendly

It's tricky to find a small-form-factor PC that hits all the right notes. You can get easily expandable systems, but are they good-looking and as fast as a regular desktop? Digital Storm, at least, thinks it has everything nailed down. Its latest Bolt model, the Bolt X, promises to pair brisk …

The da Vinci Nano is a plug-and-play 3D printer that costs only $230

XYZprinting is known for offering a variety of 3D printers, some of which rival the likes of Makerbot's Replicator line and other high-end hardware. But the company has also been making some that are both portable and affordable, as was the case with its sub-$300 da Vinci Mini. At CES 2017, it is …

Learn Expert Strategies for Counting on Your Fingers (Video)

I do a lot of counting on my fingers. The only problem with this is that I only get up to 10. After that I use a (very faulty) mental counter to …

8 Natural Remedies to Prevent Kidney Stones

By Hrefna Palsdottir<p>Kidney stones are a common health problem for many people.<p>Passing these stones can be incredibly painful. And, unfortunately, …

Eat Better When Camping

When you’re out camping in the wilderness, you’ve got a few options for food.<p>You could subsist on granola bars.<p>Try your luck cooking over an open …

Fixtureless smart panels illuminate with Lego-like construction

Multi-color LED smartbulbs are fairly common these days, thanks to products like the Philips Hue or LIFX bulb paving the way years ago. Versus …

Home Automation

The 350+ islands set to disappear

Panama’s indigenous Guna tribe have called San Blas home for hundreds of years. But the entire idyllic archipelago is at risk of being underwater within a matter of decades.<p>Ever since I’d arrived in Panama, I’d been hearing about San Blas, an archipelago of more than 350 islands in the Caribbean …

South America

Experiment proves Reality does not exist until it is Measured

The bizarre nature of reality as laid out by quantum theory has survived another test, with scientists performing a famous experiment and proving …

Otherworldly Images of Andromeda Galaxy Over a Tiny Swiss Village

Photographer Sandro Casutt lives in a remote Swiss village with unbelievable views of the Andromeda Galaxy. The village of Vals, population 990, is a prime location for viewing the closest major galaxy to the Milky Way. Thus, Casutt, together with his brother Markus, started Cosmic Art Photography …

Andromeda Galaxy

You can build this DIY steadicam using little more than spare Lego pieces

Throughout my childhood, I spent hundreds upon hundreds of hours constructing various buildings, vehicles and designs out of Lego. I would’ve never …

Videography

How to Transform Your Stress Into Insane Productivity, According to Harvard Psychologists

Stress is sometimes unavoidable — here’s how to turn it into your best friend.<p>We know that stress is bad for us, and that it causes everything from …

Raspberry Pi releases an OS to breathe new life into old PCs

Built on top of Debian, the OS is light enough to run most old machines, provided you have at least 512MB of RAM. "Because we're using the venerable …

21 Awesome Products From Amazon To Put On Your Wish List

A book of poetry, Unicorn Gold toilet spray, Bigfoot socks, and 18 other things you’ll want to add to your wish list ASAP.<p>To see what people were wishing for last week, click here.<p><i>The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.</i>

Wes Anderson Teases His Stop-Motion Dog Movie with a Little Help From Edward Norton

Courtney B. Vance, Frances McDormand, and Yoko Ono have been added to Wes Anderson’s dog house. In a promo for a contest benefiting The Film …

11 Skills You'll Need Before You Head Into the Wild

You don’t need to get a group together to enjoy the great outdoors—sometimes the peace and quiet is best enjoyed solo. But heading into remote …

11 Brilliant Gifts for the Explorer in Your Life

Got a friend or family member on your list who’s always traveling to adventurous locales or going off the grid in the great outdoors? Whether they’re …

15 Facts About Your Favorite Stanley Kubrick Movies

It’s hard to believe that Stanley Kubrick, the personification of the auteur theory, left us almost 18 years ago at the ripe, young (by today’s …

Jamming with the Boston Typewriter Orchestra

Talking typewriters with the members of the Boston Typewriter Orchestra is like asking for a recommendation on a good Gibson guitar from Eric Clapton.<p>…

Mary Magdalene

This Company Uses Trash From Haiti to Create Ethical Fabrics

The global fashion industry has a major pollution problem, thanks to the rise of fast-fashion apparel. Cheap, low quality items can be bought, …

Sustainability

The Netflix Travel Documentaries You Need to Watch Now

Sometimes a spot of television is all that's needed to help stoke even the most dormant of wanderlust.<p>While Netflix, the popular video-streaming …

Climbing

This Genius Map Explains How Everything in Physics Is Connected

From space time to chaos theory.<p>Physics is a huge, complex field. It also happens to be one of the most fascinating, dealing with everything from …