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7 Types of Bill Errors and How to Deal With Them

You're reviewing your bills and do a double take. There's a charge on your credit card bill for a store you've never heard of. Your phone bill shows …

Parasitic wasps suck calcium out of flies - Futurity

EMORY (US) — By draining calcium from the blood cells of fruit flies, parasitic wasps …

Calcium

Research Reveals Yeasty Beasts Living On Our Skin

Scientists have completed an unusual survey: a census of the fungi that inhabit different places on our skin. It's part of a big scientific push to better understand the microbes that live in and on our bodies.<p>"This is the first study of our fungi, which are yeast and other molds that live on the …

Feet home to more than 100 fungi

<b>We all have nearly 200 different types of fungi colonising our feet, scientists have discovered.</b><p>Fungi live all over the human body, but their favourite spots are the heel, under toenails and between the toes, according to a US study.<p>A new map of the body's fungal diversity could help combat skin …

Microbiology

How (and When) to Revive a Dying Lawn

If drought, bad soil, or other ailments have left your lawn in a sad state, you can revive it. But when is the best time? Our home experts weigh in.<p>My lawn was wrecked by last summer's drought. I was going to renew it last fall, but then I got busy at work. Can I do it this spring, or should I wait …

Everything You Need to Know About the Cicada Swarm

Brood II cicadas are coming to the East Coast (and in many places, they're already out in force).<p><b>Having spent most of their 17-year-old lives</b> underground, billions of Brood II <i>Magicicada</i> cicadas are emerging throughout the mid-Atlantic states for a few weeks of noise-making, mating, and egg-laying. …

Insects

DIY Hacks & How To’s: Get Emergency Power from a Phone Line

What do you do if the power is out, but you need to charge your cell phone to make an emergency phone call? In this episode of DIY Hacks & How To’s, I show you how to tap the power flowing from your phone line.<p>There is a small amount of electricity that is constantly available in a phone line. This …

Unconventional Energy: The Good, the Bad, and the Unknown

A panel of experts discusses the facts on fracking and other new forms of energy recovery.<p><b>As the world's easy-access oil supplies dry up</b>, North America is increasingly turning to unconventional sources—such as drilling in the deep sea, mining oil sands, and using hydraulic fracturing (fracking) to …

DIY Chemistry: Teach Yourself Electroplating

This simple experiment, in which you can coat graphite with copper, will show you the secrets of laying down a thin layer of metal.<p><b>When you see a thin layer of metal</b>—on anything from chrome car parts to drill bits to jewelry—electroplating probably has been at work. The process is simple: Send …