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Meet the Man Who Predicted the Chinese Economic Collapse

Back in 2012, when oil prices were above $100 per barrel and the Chinese economy was growing at over 10% per year you’d be hard pressed to convince …

8 Companies That Help You Beautifully Hack IKEA Furniture

Change up a basic looks with these clever, ready-to-use embellishments.<p>Even though we're all about personalizing IKEA furniture with a little DIY savviness, we get that it can be a huge time suck. And some very smart companies understand that too — which is why they went into business to sell …

9 Cleaners You Should Really Buy Instead of DIY

Don't let Pinterest fool you into thinking these homemade alternatives are just as effective.<p>While whipping up your own cleaning cocktails might sound clever and budget-friendly, it could actually cost you more in the long run (thanks for nothing, Pinterest advice). That's because homemade …

16 of the coolest apps for Cardboard, Google's DIY virtual reality headset

Google Cardboard is one of the search giant's coolest projects in a long time.<p>Sure, it's not as immediately useful as Google Maps, and you won't find yourself checking it as often as Search — but it's virtual reality! Using your smartphone!<p>With just a piece of cardboard and a compatible smartphone, …

Virtual Reality

Why String Theory Is Not A Scientific Theory

There are a lot of different ways to define science, but perhaps one that everyone can agree on is that it’s a process by which:<p>knowledge about the natural world or a particular phenomenon is gathered,<br>• a testable hypothesis is put forth concerning a natural, physical explanation for that …

The Azores: An untamed island paradise only a few hours by air from North America

<b>Correction:</b> An earlier version of this story stated the Azores are owned by Portugal. The islands are an autonomous region of that nation. The story has been updated.<p>These nine islands — an autonomous region of Portugal set in the middle of the Atlantic, almost 1,000 miles from any shore — retain a …

It’s Time to Worry About Donald Trump

For months now, there has been a disjuncture at the heart of the Republican Presidential race. The opinion polls have had Donald Trump leading handily, but the pundits and prediction (or betting) markets have been saying that it is unlikely he will win the nomination. Even today, this is true.<p>A new …

Republicans

I tried a startup that claims to make 86% of users happier — here's the science behind it

My initial happiness level.Happify.com Happify , a startup "experience" that claims to help people improve their emotional well-being through research-backed activities and games, has created a lot of buzz since its launch two years ago.<p>In 2014, the New York Times called it "perhaps the most …

Happiness

12 great wines under $20 a bottle

They are wines that have a place in every home, though there’s no formal name for their kind: They’re sip-with-pizza-on-a-Tuesday-night quaffs, yet …

Can't afford a brand-new Veyron? Now you can get one 'Bugatti certified'

'Certified pre-owned' (CPO) and 'Bugatti Veyron' are two titles no one ever imagined would be pushed together. And, yet, here we are.<p>That's right; …

Diply

Diply is a leading social entertainment publisher that creates captivating content for millennials. We are a ComScore Top 10 Lifestyle property with …

Painting Kitchen Cabinets: 5 Tips from a Master Painter

Lately we’ve been admiring DIY kitchen makeovers involving little more than paint applied to dreary wooden cabinets. How to best tackle such a …

50 apps to improve your smartphone

Photograph: Yui Mok/PA<p>The Rightmove app takes the stress out of house-hunting.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/9/16/1442402799090/a29fb90d-ae79-44f6-9f7b-2bcb648e7925-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Yui Mok/PA<p>The Rightmove app takes the stress out of …

Apps

4 Rituals That Will Make You Happy, According to Neuroscience

You get all kinds of happiness advice on the Internet from people who don’t know what they’re talking about. Don’t trust them.<p>Actually, don’t trust …

Best Ways to Wrap an Extension Cord for Storage

There are things contractors do that we all should take note of, and electrical cord storage is one of those things. It's important to properly store …

DIY

8 Ways to Get Great Abs—Without Crunches

Not only can you do crunches everyday for years without seeing any dramatic results, but you can also cause neck and back strain, fitness experts …

Modern Murals: Wallpaper Alternatives

Maps make great murals, as shown in this bright, casual dining space.<p>Perhaps it's a continuation of the oversized art trend and a backlash against …

Murals

How to Use Time Travel to Increase Happiness

Anytime you need to be happier, just do some time travel. It’s that simple.<p>I know what you’re thinking: <i>He’s finally gone insane.</i><p>No, I’m not crazy. …

How to take tilt-shift photos with a smartphone

Tilt-shift photos make the world look miniature, almost as if you are looking at a diorama.<p>Traditionally, to achieve these photos you need to manipulate perspective and depth of field with a dedicated tilt-shift lens and dSLR.<p>However, the miniature effect can be mimicked using tools like Photoshop, …

That Polished Appearance – the Shoe Maintenance Guide

Modern Coat Rack<p>Soap Vomiting Unicorn<p>How to Remove Blood From Clothing<p>Starting a Handmade Business<p>When I was a child I used to actually enjoy shining …

9 Reasons To Head To Belize For Your Next Vacation Getaway

For non-stateside beach getaways, most Americans typically go with the usual options -- Mexico, the Caribbean or one of the Hawaiian islands. But what if you wanted all the trappings of a faraway beach vacation, just with less tourists? Then you've got to head to Belize.<p>Belize is way less crowded …

Belize

A dating site moderator offers tips for finding love online

<b>When I moved to Washington to start my career,</b> I was, like many people here, so focused on my work that I had no time to go out and meet people. Reluctantly, I turned to online dating to make friends and perhaps find someone who could handle my egregious use of puns.<p>I’m not sure if it was my level …

12 Common Home Repairs That YOU Can Do

Sometimes you don't need to hire a pro.<p>Sometimes you don't need to hire a pro. In her new book, <i>DIY Home Repairs: 100 Fix-It-Yourself Projects</i>, Sarah Berry provides a step-by-step home improvement guide so you can do it on your own. We've rounded up 12 solutions to your most common household …

Home Improvement

7 Science-Based Tips To Make You Sexier On Valentine’s Day

<b>1) Definitely stare deep in their eyes</b><p>Oliver Burkeman’s Help! How to be slightly happier and get a bit more done pointed me to evidence that staring …

How to Make the UltraSabre Paper Airplane

Introduction: How to Make the UltraSabre Paper Airplane<p>About: I am someone who mass produces paper airplanes and am always developing new designs. I …

Crafting

Neil deGrasse Tyson Selects the Eight Books Every Intelligent Person on the Planet Should Read

In December of 2011, <b>Neil deGrasse Tyson</b> — champion of science, celebrator of the cosmic perspective, master of the soundbite — participated in Reddit’s Ask Me Anything series of public questions and answers. One reader posed the following question: <i>“Which books should be read by every single</i> …

Does the human eye prove that God exists?

Darwin was baffled by it; Christians see it as evidence of the divine. Will science ever unlock the secrets of the human eye?<p><b>When the body of Dr Yoshiki Sasai,</b> an eminent Japanese biologist, was discovered in August this year, his death was widely mourned across the world of <b>science</b>. Not just for …

One Minute Tip: How To Make a Mini Terrarium

In today's video, Carly Cylinder shares the simplest method for making a mini-terrarium (but you can get as creative as you want - share your ideas …

Entrepreneurship