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Fetishizing Floriculture: It's Boomtime For Botanicals, Retail's Lucrative New Trend

A new era of flower power is blossoming, thanks to a growing culture of city-dwellers seeking to re-wild their patch of urbane jungle, the rise of avant-garde floral designers, a canny class of social media-bred botanical entrepreneurs and retail architects seducing audiences with subtle forms of …

One photographer’s amazing firsthand look at the 1980s Jamaican dancehall scene

Riddim on the rise<p>If your only frame of reference for reggae and Jamaican culture is Bob Marley or Snoop Lion rolling papers, prepare to learn …

Improve Mobility for Overhead Squats With These 2 Drills

<b>Thoracic spine function is critical for successful execution of all overhead squatting movements.</b> But the commonly used mobility techniques are often …

Hips

5 secrets to finding deals on Amazon

It might be easier to ask, “Who among us does <i>not</i> use Amazon.com?” Let me tell you, shopping on Amazon the right way is more than clicking items and loading up your cart. Once you learn a few tricks, you’ll find sales and price cuts that you never imagined possible. Here are five insider secrets to …

Listen Up! These 6 Podcasts Will Make You Smarter About Money, Business, Politics, and Tech

Turn endless commutes and long waits in line into some of your most productive--and enjoyable--time by listening to these finely tuned podcasts on six need-to-know subjects.<p>Credit the mass proliferation of smartphones, the breakaway success of shows like Serial and NPR's Fresh Air, or the retro …

Podcasting

How to Save on Your Kitchen Remodel

Pitching in on key tasks is just one way to be thrifty<p>Renovating a kitchen is at the top of many homeowners’ wish lists, but the project can seem so pricey that it never becomes a reality. If you don’t have the budget for a decorator or a down-to-the-studs remodel, don’t give up just yet—there are …

Renovations

'Ayahuasca is changing global environmental consciousness'

Interview with US scientist Dennis McKenna on powerful Amazon hallucinogen, plant intelligence and environmental crises<p>Ayahuasca, as it has come to be known internationally, is a plant medicine that has been used in the Amazon for centuries for healing and spiritual purposes. Renowned for the often …

Consciousness

Plastic now pollutes every corner of Earth

From supermarket bags to CDs, man-made waste has contaminated the entire globe, and become a marker of a new geological epoch<p>Humans have made enough plastic since the second world war to coat the Earth entirely in clingfilm, an international study has revealed. This ability to plaster the planet in …

Anthropocene

The New Science of Empathic Accuracy Could Transform Society

Do you believe that the ability to put yourself in someone else’s shoes and feel empathetic is more the result of gut intuition or systematic …

Here’s the Only Thing You Need to Know Before Making a Life-Changing Decision

We live in strange times. Everyone seems hell-bent on becoming an entrepreneur, but that just seems to raise more questions than answers: What’s it …

Grow a 100-year old forest in your backyard - in just 10 years

<b>Obviously, you can't literally grow a century-old forest in just a decade, but by mimicking nature's forest-building process, it's possible to</b> …

Forests

Pair of engineers design pet-friendly off-grid tiny house

Despite having no prior experience, engineers Tina and Luke Orlando decided to jump right in and design their own tiny house from scratch. Their …

Brine, Smoke, Cure: Why You Should Be Cooking Your Veg Like Meat

Forget roasting—these techniques for brining, curing, smoking, and more will change everything you know about cooking veg.<p>Want to know the secret to complex-tasting, perfectly cooked vegetables on the grill? Use the same techniques you would for say, a steak. Sad pepper-and-onions kebabs—your days …

BBQ

Farming for Self-Sufficiency

Ah, the vicissitudes of time. Two years ago, when there were <i>no</i> currently-relevant small-scale farming introductory handbooks available, many of us …

7 Tools to Bring With You Before Getting Stuck in Sand, Snow, or Mud

Whether you're an avid off-roader or slightly adventurous road tripper, everyone is bound to get stuck in sand or mud at some point. These tools can help extricate you from the mire—as long as you remember to bring them.<p>Getting your vehicle stuck can happen to everyone, no matter how cautious you …

Great monarch butterfly migration mystery solved

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/science_environment/1238000/1238644_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1534410831_e0f7ff5f41a3fa4eb8c71aadc08b57e5<p><b>Scientists have built a model circuit that solves the mystery of one of nature's most famous journeys - the great migration of monarch</b> …

How to extend your Mac's desktop to a TV or iPad

Your Mac provides various ways to help you work well within the constraints of a single display, but sometimes extending your workspace onto a second …

Aquaponics Academy #19: Nutrients and Microbes

How to Install an Electrical Outlet from a Sub Panel

Setting up a new electrical outlet from a sub panel is a handy DIY job that can bring power to a garage workshop or basement.<p>Electrical work can be intimidating, but if you do your research and follow some basic safety measures, you can learn to wire for lighting, outlets, and more. Wiring an …

“You can’t be racist and be a Christian! You all have gotta choose”: Ben Harper opens up about activism, racism and how police brutality “threatens democracy in a very specific way”

<b>Ben Harper (Danny Clinch)</b><p>The blues and folk singer talks to Salon about his roots, protest music and his new album “Call It What It Is”<p>Scott Timberg<p>April 6, 2016 9:51pm (UTC)<p>Ben Harper was at a park in West Los Angeles talking to some young skaters there when it finally hit him: For all the talk …

Viva vagus: Wandering nerve could lead to range of therapies

With outposts in nearly every organ and a direct line into the brain stem, the vagus nerve is the nervous system’s superhighway. About 80 percent of …

Neurology

Simple DIY Graywater Systems for the House and Garden

Just to make sure everyone is up to speed, graywater is waste water from household uses, such as washing the dishes, doing laundry or taking a bath, …

Wastewater

How to Build a Bow and Arrow from Materials Found in the Woods

What would it look like to create a bow and arrow from scratch? Not from seasoned, dried wood from the lumberyard and woven string and a shop full of …

How Two People Can Build A Fully Functional Bug Out Cabin For About $10,000 In Just Two Days, by S.T.

There are many builders of sheds that are available all over the U.S. I picked this builder as an example because their products are available in my …

Pack Like A Pro: Adventure Photographer Chris Brinlee

Pack Like A Pro: Adventure Photographer Chris Brinlee Adventure photographer Chris Brinlee Jr. tells us about the gear that is crucial to getting his …

Buyer’s Guide: Soft-Shell Roof Top Tents

Although the roof-top tent (RTT) has been around since the thirties in Europe, a rising interest in four-wheel drive touring has only recently …