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Spiders fly on the currents of Earth’s electric field

Spiders don’t have wings, but they can fly across entire oceans on long strands of silk. For more than a century, scientists thought it was the wind …

Insects

RVs are back and bigger than ever

In the ultra-modern age of virtual reality, online shopping and hot yoga, the old-school pastime of RV touring just happens to be booming.<p>Sales of recreational vehicles are at genuinely never-before-seen record levels. And buyers are getting younger. The RV category includes both motorhomes and …

RVs

Why exercising on an empty stomach is the secret to weight loss

You may think you need food to fuel your workouts, but you are wrong.<p>Recently, the advice that suggests loading up on carbohydrates before exercise has been called into question. Yes, consuming carbs before exercise can increase performance in certain fields like sprinting and sports that use power …

How to track your sleep using Apple Watch or iPhone with these third-party apps

Sleep tracking has been one the most oft-requested features for Apple Watch, but Apple itself has yet to implement a solution. That hasn’t stopped developers from creating their own watchOS apps for doing it, though.<p>One of the more popular apps for sleep tracking with Apple Watch is called …

Americans are rejecting the 'homeschool myth' — and experts say the misunderstood education might be better than public or charter schools

During Betsy DeVos' recent three-hour confirmation hearing to become President Donald Trump's education secretary, charter schools came up no fewer than 60 times. Homeschooling was mentioned once.<p>Charter schools have become a significant part of the US public-education system and now educate 2.5 …

The 17 Best STEM Toys That Teach Kids to Code (for Toddlers to Teens)

No doubt you've read about the sad state of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields, especially where girls and women are concerned. …

Kids

International Beer Day: the world's best beers to try before you die

Apple Watch Series 2 UK release date, features and live blog: Apple unveils "swimproof" Apple Watch

The Apple Watch Series 2 has in-built GPS and new waterproof technology<p>Apple has announced its new smartwatch iteration – the Apple Watch Series 2. …

New Ship-Killing Missiles Are Making the U.S. Navy More Dangerous

The U.S. Navy has begun testing a new, radar-evading, air-launched anti-ship missile — a big step forward in the sailing branch’s march toward a more …

Military

11 Ways To Dress Casually But Still Look Like The Boss

How to dress down now.<p>Thanks to a new era of refined, but casual clothing, it's now possible to look cool, feel comfy, and still look stylish. 'Bout damn time. Embrace the new 'dressed down' era with any of these eleven spring style go-tos.<p>1. Meet your new summer uniform: the Blazer 'N Tee<p>We have …

The Science of Near-Death Experiences

Empirically investigating brushes with the afterlife<p>Near-death experiences have gotten a lot of attention lately. The 2014 movie <i>Heaven Is for Real</i>, about a young boy who told his parents he had visited heaven while he was having emergency surgery, grossed a respectable $91 million in the United …

Sources offer hands-on Apple Watch details: battery life, unannounced features, and more

Just ahead of the finalized Apple Watch’s presentation at Apple’s March 9th “Spring Forward” event, sources with hands-on Apple Watch experience have revealed a collection of new details about the device’s features to 9to5Mac. Our sources have offered new information on the Watch’s real-world …

How to curb hunger pangs with your mind

There may be a simple way to lose weight using only the power of thought. You just have to know how, says David Robson.<p>Eric Robinson has a surprising tool for weight loss. It’s something we all have, but perhaps don’t use it as much as we’d like: our memory.<p>Dieters often feel that they are waging …

Nutrition

Your Diamond Ring Might Explain the Origin of Life on Earth

A geochemist re-examines the deep carbon cycle<p>In 1958, the Smithsonian Institution received a plain paper package in the mail. The only hint of its contents was the insurance on the brown carton, registered for one million dollars. Nestled inside the box sat the largest known blue diamond in the …

How to fix a broken iPhone display

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How do submarines get online?

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Apple announces iOS 8 at WWDC 2014

Apple on Monday unveiled the next iteration of its mobile operating system, iOS 8, at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco. The software is available in beta for developers starting today, and for the public for free this fall.<p>Last year's bold visual overhaul with iOS 7 was a …

Solar FREAKIN' Roadways!

Watch Lockheed Martin's laser weapon take down boats from a mile away

It's good that Lockheed Martin's ADAM laser can shoot down drones and rockets, but there are threats much closer to Earth -- say, small boat crews bent on destroying large warships. Never fear, though, as we now know that ADAM can take care of those targets as well. Lockheed has successfully …

FDA Approves Segway Inventor's Mind-Controlled Robotic Arm

The era of real cyborgs has begun. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave its first approval for the sale and marketing of a prosthetic arm …

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Product Reviews

100 Books Everyone Should Read Before They Die

Many of the books are 20th century classics or recent bestsellers — the oldest book on the list is Jane Austen's 1813 masterpiece "Pride and Prejudice." It also spans multiple genres, with adult fiction, nonfiction, children's, and young adult novels such as "The Hunger Games" and "Harry Potter" …

Recipe: Spinach Lasagna Roll-Ups — Vegetarian Recipes from The Kitchn

Way back when, in the practically prehistoric days of the internet (I'm talking 2009 here), we ran a reader recipe contest. Quick Weeknight Meals …

PowerUp 3.0 Is A Bluetooth Module That Turns A Paper Plane Into A Lean, Mean App-Controlled Flying Machine

There’s something intrinsically appealing about a choreographed blend of low and high tech. To wit, meet PowerUp 3.0: a Bluetooth 4.0 device that turns a bog-standard paper airplane into, well, a smartphone-controlled lean, mean flying machine. Or so its makers claim. And if those claims stack up …

Apple Buys Primesense For Radical Refresh Of Apple TV As Gaming Console

Why did Apple just buy Israeli 3D sensor market leader Primesense for $360 million? “Seems like too much money for Apple not to have something specific in mind,” opines Daring Fireball’s John Gruber. Indeed, the only reason I can think is that Apple is now planning to make gaming on the big screen …

Straight Talk adds AT&T LTE support for $45 monthly plan

Straight Talk has added support for AT&T’s LTE network and now sells a compatible SIM card for $6.99 on its site. PrePaid Phone News spotted the …

Prepaid carrier Straight Talk now offers LTE service to those with compatible AT&T devices

LTE is starting to become a reality for prepaid customers on inexpensive plans. Straight Talk, a carrier formed from a partnership between Walmart and Tracfone, is now allowing users who bring smartphones capable with AT&T's LTE network to use the 4G data service. You'll need to buy a new SIM card …

DoCoMo ignites free iPhone 5S handset free-for-all in Japan

NTT DoCoMo's entry into the iPhone fray in Japan is sparking fierce competition for customers, with all three carriers offering certain iPhone 5S models for free with a two-year contract.<p>DoCoMo, KDDI (au), and SoftBank will offer the 16GB versions of the iPhone 5S for effectively nothing with a …