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This is a no-fuss way to add USB ports to your wall outlets

It's super convenient to have USB ports integrated into your wall outlets — it makes charging your smartphone, tablet, fitness tracker, smartwatch, or whatever as easy as plugging it into the wall. Unfortunately, getting a USB port in your wall outlet usually involves some sort of wiring and …

Gear & Gadgets

19 books that librarians say changed their lives

Who better to take book advice from than a librarian?<p>In a recent blog post, the librarians of the New York Public Library revealed the books they're most thankful for.<p>The NYPL team rounded up the 19 books that made them laugh, cry, and everything in between. The list includes something for …

Books

6 Things The Downton Abbey Finale Got Right, & 5 Things It Got Wrong

After six seasons, a timeframe of roughly 13-and-a-half years, one war, countless marriages, untimely deaths, and cups of tea, <i>Downton Abbey</i> came to a …

10 Books to Counteract Your Downton Abbey Withdrawal

The Decline and Fall of the British Aristocracy<p>All looked rosy for England’s landed gentry in 1880. By a century later, everything had changed. …

Public Health

Scientists extend the lifespan of mice by up to 35 percent

Would you like to live 35 percent longer? Apparently the trick is removing worn-out "senescent' cells that have a degenerative affect on your body. "Cellular senescence is a biological mechanism that functions as an 'emergency brake' used by damaged cells to stop dividing," says Jan van Deursen, …

Why do people go bald? Science finally has an answer

If you were wondering why your hair was looking somewhat less lustrous than in previous years, we finally have an answer for you: it's because your …

Cold Sore Fix? Inside Billionaire John Paul DeJoria's Next Bet

Billionaire John Paul DeJoria, the once-homeless entrepreneur who built a fortune from hair care products and still more money from booze thinks he’s hit another goldmine. But instead of plying clubs with his pricey Patron tequila or supplying hair salons with his Paul Mitchell plant-based shampoos …

Startups

E-coli bacteria, found in some China farms and patients, cannot be killed with antiobiotic drug of last resort

Colistin antibiotic overused in farm animals in China apparently caused E-coli bacteria to become completely resistant to treatment; E-coli strain …

E.coli

E. Coli Bacteria Can Transfer Antibiotic Resistance To Other Bacteria

Colistin is the antibiotic that doctors use as a last resort to wipe out dangerous bacteria.<p>"It's really been kept as the last drug in the locker when all else has failed," says Dr. Jim Spencer, a senior lecturer in microbiology at the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom.<p>But now Spencer …

Public Health

Photo of twin tornadoes was storm chaser's 'unicorn' shot

Hail as big as golf balls slammed into him as drenching rain fell, but none of that mattered. Weather photographer Kelly DeLay sensed this was his moment to capture the kind of rare natural phenomenon that fuels the adrenaline of a storm chaser.<p>And at 7:04 p.m. on June 4, DeLay snapped the …

Weather

F.C.C. Fines AT&T $25 Million for Privacy Breach

Cook Rice Differently To Reduce Its Calories

Researchers say it can curb obesity in countries where rice is a staple<p>Rice, the base for cuisines all over the world, contains a lot of starch. That makes it delicious but also high in calories. While that may a boon for people who struggle to ingest enough calories each day, it’s becoming a …

Soft Bionic Power Trousers Could Help Us Walk Up Stairs

Exoskeletons that are actually comfortable<p>The word “bionic” conjures up images of science fiction fantasies. But in fact bionic systems – the joining of engineering and robotics with biology (the human body) – are becoming a reality here and now.<p>Getting older and less steady on your feet? You need …

Broken bones and torn cartilage could be regrown in simple operation

The new discovery offers hope of a new treatment for skeletal disorders such as bone fractures, brittle bones, osteosarcoma or damaged cartilage<p>Broken bones and torn cartilage could be fixed in a simple operation which injects skeleton stem cells into damaged areas, scientists believe.<p>Researchers …

New arthritis implant hailed as ‘magic’

Trial of electronic device leads to improvement in more than half of patients, raising hopes for an alternative to medicines<p>A new treatment for arthritis sufferers has been hailed as “magic” by a woman who had a pioneering electronic implant fitted.<p>Monique Robroek, who took part in a study at the …

The publisher’s year: hits and misses of 2014

Which books took off and which failed to sell? Publishers choose their books of the year, and the ones that slipped through the net<p><b>Paul Baggaley Publisher, Picador</b><p><b>The book that made my year:</b> The commercial publication of Picador’s year was <i>The Miniaturist</i> by Jessie Burton, which has just been …

Tip of the Day: Unlock Your iPhone by Writing Your Passcode With Your Finger

Apple’s VoiceOver feature is designed for those who are visually impaired. When the feature is turned on, a voice will let users know what is on the screen and allow them to navigate their iDevice. However, VoiceOver can also be used by anyone to unlock their iPhones by drawing their passcodes with …

iOS

12 podcasts that will tell you a fantastic story

It's official — the popular podcast <i>Serial</i> has surpassed 5 million downloads, making it the fastest podcast of all time to reach this milestone.<p>This …

Use This Clever Trick To See Your iPhone's True Signal Strength

Ever find yourself questioning how accurate those little signal strength dots are on your iPhone?<p>Luckily, there's a trick to reveal your iPhone's true signal strength, and it takes less than a minute to enable.<p>First, you'll need to access a hidden app on your phone called Field Test Mode. To do …

OS X

Costa 2014 book awards shortlist includes first novel by ex-Mormon

Carys Bray’s book A Song for Issy Bradley joins three others for first book award, as Ali Smith and Colm Tóibín top novel shortlist<p>A once devout Mormon who replaced the rules and rigours of her religion for the freedoms and joys of writing has been shortlisted for one of the UK’s most prestigious …

Books

5 steps to keep your accounts safe from hackers and scammers

Throughout the flood of hacks and data breaches at retailers, restaurants, health care providers and online companies this year — Home Depot, Target, Subway, Adobe and eBay were just a handful — the one safe haven was the banks. Unlike other companies, banks had a long history of keeping bad guys …

New stem cell operation could revolutionise treatment of knee injuries

Operation being trialled at Southampton hospital involves coating damaged cartilage with stem cells from patient's hip<p>Surgeons have pioneered a new knee operation that could prevent the development of arthritis and extend sporting careers.<p>The procedure, which is being trialled at Southampton …

Gorgeous Vintage Posters from the Golden Age of Skiing

As a devotee of winter sports, both as a lifelong practitioner and an Olympic spectator, and lover of vintage graphic design, especially mid-century travel posters, I was delighted to chance upon <b>The Art of Skiing: Vintage Posters from the Golden Age of Winter Sport</b> (<i>public library</i>) — a remarkable …

Noah's Ark: the facts behind the Flood

A recently discovered Babylonian tablet is a blueprint for a round-shaped ark that animals could board two by two<p>In the year 1872 one <b>George Smith</b>, a bank­note engraver turned assistant in the British Museum, astounded the world by discovering the story of the Flood – much the same as that in the …

The 10 best movies of 2013

The year’s top 10, from Sarah Polley’s family chronicle to “12 Years a Slave” to Scorsese’s audacious comeback<p>Everybody who writes about movies dreads making these lists, yet all of us want to read <i>each other’s</i> lists. Partly we’re looking for affirmation, partly we’re looking for ideas, and partly …

Salon’s ultimate book guide for 2013

Got gift certificates to spend? James McBride, Elizabeth Gilbert, Junot Diaz and many more have suggestions<p>Salon reached out to a bunch of writers who had new books out this year to find out what their favorite book of the year was. We saw a lot of books by big-name writers: Donna Tartt, Jonathan …

The Letter for the King by Tonke Dragt – review

Philip Womack on a captivating fantasy world of faith and chivalry<p>Tonke Dragt's <i>The Letter for the King</i> has sold more than a million copies throughout the world. First published in 1962 in the Netherlands, this tale of a teenager's knightly quest has now been translated into English by Laura …

Emil and the Detectives, by Erich Kästner: an adventure for the child in us all

The story of Kästner's schoolboy sleuth throws a lasting light on Germany in the 1920s, before the darkness fell<p>My comfort reads are mostly children's books. The point, surely, is that to soothe a book should be welcoming, simple, not requiring great effort. Also, I expect a comfort read to …

We struck a blow for international harmony with this year's trans-Atlantic book cover battle. http://www.themillions.com/2013/02/judging-books-by-their-covers-2013-u-s-vs-u-k.html