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8 tried-and-tested ways to unlock your creativity

Ever had one of those days when, no matter how hard you try, every idea you think of is rubbish, and every visual you design is bland and uninspiring?<p>…

13 habits science shows will help you fall asleep faster and sleep better

1. Dim the lights in your room<p>This might seem obvious, but it bears repeating: One of the worst things you can do for yourself at night is keep the …

After 50 Years, Head Start Struggles With Uneven Quality

For more than 50 years, Head Start has provided free early childhood education and other services to low-income families. But new national research, out Wednesday, shows great variation from state to state in how well the program works.<p>The study comes from the National Institute for Early Education …

This app can spot signs of autism in children as young as 18 months old

Toddlers who see something amusing usually smile and look at their parents to share the experience. If a child takes too long to react, that could be …

Never Misplace Your Glasses Again With These Nose-Shaped Stands

The human nose is nature's perfect eyeglass holder, but these funky stands from Los Angeles-based OSSO Design make a pretty good …

How Different Cultures Understand Time

In the Western Hemisphere, the United States and Mexico employ time in such diametrically opposing manners that it causes intense friction between the two peoples.<p>In Western Europe, the Swiss attitude to time bears little relation to that of neighboring Italy.<p>Thais do not evaluate the passing of …

9 Ways to Become More Creative in the Next 10 Minutes | Inc.com

Modern culture often labels creativity as natural gift. Artists get showered with praise and proclamations of "you're so <i>talented</i>," but truthfully, talent has little to do with it.<p>Creativity is a skill to be learned, practiced, and developed, just like any other. Juggling takes practice, as does …

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How to Brew Coffee: 8 Step-by-Step Videos from Stumptown Coffee & Bon Appétit

We got a major lesson on how to brew coffee—eight different ways—with these videos from java experts Stumptown Coffee Roasters<p>Coffee. Any way you look at it, it's become way easier to get a decent cup in the past decade or so. The rise of good coffee (and the attendant coffee nerdery) has made us …

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Excessive Drinking Causes 10 Percent Of Deaths In Working-Age Adults

Think about people dying from drinking too much, and you probably think of the classic disease of alcoholics, cirrhosis of the liver. Or perhaps an alcohol-fueled car crash. But there are many more ways to kill yourself with alcohol, unfortunately, and they account for 1 in 10 deaths in working-age …

Vermeer's paintings might be 350 year-old color photographs

<b>Tim Jenison</b>, a Texas-based inventor, attempts to solve one of the greatest mysteries in the art world: 
How did Dutch master Johannes Vermeer manage …

John Steinbeck On Why 'Camping Is For The Birds'

In the May 1967 issue of Popular Science, John Steinbeck argued that "the American passion for moving about in motorized caravans... results in little permanent damage beyond divorce and bankruptcy."<p><i>Earlier this month, we published John Steinbeck's 1966 letter to the editor of</i> Popular Science_, in …

The Medical and Microbiological Consequences of Alcohol Abuse

Alcohol consumption has been a part of human activity for millennia though not everyone does so responsibly. Back in the 1800s, public health officials first took note of the issue of alcohol abuse, which was known then as intemperance. They were keenly aware there was a link between the amount of …

This Charming Cabin On Wheels Travels With You

With a design inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright, visitors to Wisconsin's Canoe Bay asked for their own versions. The result is the Escape Cabin, 400 …

Shed of the Year: boat-roofed creation sails to victory

It was a fierce competition with almost 2,000 entrants, but a clear winner has finally sailed to victory in the 2013 Shed of the Year competition.<p>The Boat Roofed shed beat entrants such as the Tardis, The Teppanyaki Disco Shed, the Formaldershed, and the Doghouse to be crowned the overall winner of …