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A Look at Betterment: The Easiest Way to Begin Investing

If you're looking for a single investment platform that offers professional investment management at very low cost, and doesn't require a fortune to open, Betterment is the service for you. It combines all of these features and a whole lot more. In fact, Betterment offers an investment package that …

Retirement

10 Travel Sites That’ll Help You Plan an Unforgettable Vacation

Remember back in January when you promised yourself to travel more this year? Well, it’s officially summer, and there’s no better time to head to the beach or take a family road trip. And while you may not have the ideal vacation length (eight days!) lined up, <i>any</i> amount of time you have to explore …

Travel

Introducing A New Pet To A Senior Pet

Introducing a new pet to a home with a senior animal can be hugely successful, or it can be a decision everyone in the family ends up regretting. When an existing pet and a newbie don't get along, it can create lots of behavior problems and stress all around.<p>Before you make up your mind to add a …

Pets

Want to Finally Understand Physics? Read This Book

Physics is hard. It’s one of those subjects you studied for a bit in a required high school class, then left behind in college for something you …

Quantum Mechanics

What Makes Silicon Valley's Hottest Companies Want to Hire You

A new study explains exactly what Dropbox and other Y Combinator companies are looking for in their engineers.<p>Triplebyte, a startup that helps other startups find engineers, went through the elite startup bootcamp Y Combinator in the winter of 2015. To its founder, Harjeet Taggar--who goes by …

Startups

I've worked in the auto industry for 15 years, and there's one email you should send when you buy a new car

Yes, I know most of you disagree.<p>That said, I've seen every type of negotiator walk through my showroom doors over the last 15 years. I know what it takes for someone to walk out with a smoking deal and get the best deal on a new car.<p>And today, I'm going to share with you what really works: from …

Automotive Industry

9 incredibly cool places in L.A. you’ve never heard of

1. The secret world of L.A.’s speakeasies<p>Like all great cities, L.A. has a hidden side, an underbelly that goes largely unnoticed by workday folks …

The 19 restaurants added to the 2016 Top 100 Bay Area Restaurants - Inside Scoop SF

At this time of year — when I’ve made all my revisits and finished the annual Top 100 Bay Area Restaurants guide — I look back and assess the dining scene.<p>Last year I thought it was great, and I replaced 17 restaurants. This year was even better with 19 new places added to the list.<p>Related Links<p>Top …

List-Worthy

17 Simple Swaps for Big Savings in Groceries

You may have never thought about it, but you could go on an extra vacation, get weekly massages, or even donate thousands to charity each year if it …

Personal Finance

Tiny paw-thletes compete in Hallmark's Kitten Summer Games

NEW YORK (AP) — What do the four-legged footballers of the Hallmark Channel's Kitten Bowl do in the offseason? They go for the gold in their own Summer Games, including a de-cat-hlon and freestyle wrestling.<p>And, bonus, the 90 or so furry Olympians were up for adoption by the rescue group North …

Pets

12 Nature Documentaries That Will Blow Your Mind

You can learn so much without ever leaving your couch.<p>Binge-watching comic-book shows and savoring prestige dramas are fine pastimes, but sometimes you need to sit back, relax, and look at animals walking around in scenic vistas. If you pay close attention, you might even learn a weird fact about …

The new, classier Angry Birds? Cat game Neko Atsume takes internet by a storm

An addictive smartphone game has seized the attention of people around the world, and could be the new Angry Birds. It's now come to the attention of a friend of Lena Dunham, so it can't be long until cat-mad Taylor Swift downloads the app.<p>Neko Atsume, which means 'cat collector' in Japanese, has …

Animals

Funny photos of dogs enjoying peanut butter

Is This Transforming Micro-Flat The Future Of Urban Housing?

Michelle and Andy had big plans for their flat in the Central district of Hong Kong. Michelle wanted a full kitchen and a bathtub; Andy wanted a home cinema and a gym. The problem? The space was 309 square feet, total. Which meant that they would need to get creative, or they would need to …

5 Things to Know Before You Renovate Your Kitchen

Relax, you have options.<p>If you sometimes have trouble deciding what to make for dinner, a kitchen renovation can feel paralyzing. But take heart: It …

Home Improvement

Watch coast guard dog Ricky finish helicopter training

The US Coast Guard has released footage of one of its explosives detector dogs completing his training.<p>Belgian malinois Ricky has been with the US Coast Guard since 2008.<p>In the video, he can be seen finishing his helicopter proficiency training with the help of the California Air National Guard 129 …

The Playful Transition from 1 Glass of Wine to Three Glasses Captured in 30 Photographs

Brazilian photographer Marcos Alberti is passionate about wine and as for getting carried away with it one night, he started photographing friends as …

Wine

What's better for fat loss: weight lifting or cardio work?

Once upon a time, if you asked a fitness professional how to lose weight, they'd reply with four simple words: get on a treadmill.<p>Cardiovascular work – long, slow, and (for some) boring – was the go-to option for anyone who needed to lose weight. Whether it was running, cycling, rowing or even …

French Bulldog Puppies: Inside The Business Of Breeding New York's Most Fashionable Dog

With its expressive face and perky ears, it’s easy to see why the French bulldog is a magnet for aspiring dog owners. But most people wouldn’t expect an adorable puppy to come with a $7,000 price tag, let alone anticipate the complex interplay of ethics and economic forces that go into breeding New …

Pets

Delightful photo series will help you appreciate dogs from a different angle

Seeing a dog rolling on its back is the ultimate symbol of affection, happiness and trust.<p>Australia-based photographer Serena Hodson, known for her …

DIY: How to Tile a Bathroom Floor

After buying a fixer-upper 17 months ago, gutting it, building a 2-story addition, taking the old roof off and replacing it with a new one -- as well as raising the chimney -- I can comfortably say that laying new floor tile is within the scope of some DIYers.<p>There are a few prerequisites for a …

Home Improvement

This Is How To Raise A Morning Person

No matter how quickly you get <i>yourself</i> ready each day, kids can still make or break a morning schedule in a busy home. And though research has shown that there may be a genetic component to whether your child grows up to be a morning person or a night owl, the unavoidable fact is that school …

Here’s How A Month Of Exercise Affected My Brain

It’s been long known that physical activity produces mental benefits, but are all exercises equal when it comes to brain boosts?<p>Recently the <i>New York Times</i> reported on a Finnish study published in the <i>Journal of Physiology</i> that found, as long thought, that physical exercise could have a positive …

Exercise

Researchers Warn Of Growing Trend For Flat-Faced Dogs

By looking at the number of dogs spanning 180 breeds registered over the past 28 years in Australia, researchers have been able to build up a picture …

Pets

12 Must-Read Mantras for the Ultimate Workout Motivation

Getting yourself into workout mode is NBD most days, but some days… not so much. So maybe you’ve got motivational posters tacked to your office cubicle, or maybe even framed in your bedroom. Maybe you even have that perfect travel mug to keep your ‘tude as perky as your jolt of java. Some days, you …

Motivation

What customer success managers actually do all day

People with ‘customer success’ in their job title haven’t been around for very long. They’re kind of like sales, but not focused on selling. They’re a bit like support, but don’t deal with just any old tyre-kicker.<p>For products like a t-shirt, there’s no need to make sure customers get success. If …

Sushi Burgers Are The Latest Food Craze For Us To All Get Excited About

Has science gone too far? That’s a question I ask myself on a weekly basis. Sometimes that question comes when reading about head transplants (let the horror of this story never die), sometimes it comes when news of a high-tech pancake printer is released, and sometimes the question comes when …