Craig MacKinnon

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3 mistakes that explain why you can’t ever save enough money

Chronic undersaving is a common ailment in Canada and many other rich countries — and the condition can be hard to treat.<p>Even drawing up a budget …

Personal Finance

What makes us sleepy? A new UT Southwestern study points to the answer

Anyone who has pulled an all-nighter knows the feeling: drooping eyelids, fuzzy thinking and an overwhelming inability to ignore the siren call of …

Neuroscience

Stop Throwing Out Your Used Tea Bags

It feels so good to be able to do something with the things we'd normally discard. Coffee grounds as rose fertilizer and clementine peels saved for …

Tea

Udacity and Google launch free career courses for interview prep, resume writing and more

Udacity today announced a new partnership with Google that will make a number of career courses freely available to recent graduates and mid-career professionals. The free career courses, which mark a first for Udacity, will focus on helping employees improve their chances of getting a job, no …

Employment

5 baking soda hacks to keep your laundry smelling super fresh

As the buzz around multi-tasking ingredients and pantry-staples hacks reaches an audible roar, happy news: Another ingredient is about to join the …

Cleaning

What makes a man attractive? Hint: Look at his limbs

A man may be attractive because of his curly, blond hair or slick pin-striped suit, but strip everything away and one luring—maybe evolutionary—piece …

Blond Hair

Occasional fasting may be a fast fix for our health

Many people routinely fast, going hungry for a day or a couple of days either for spiritual or health reasons. Some say fasting cleanses toxins from …

Diabetes

Scientists Discover Biophotons In The Brain That Could Hint Our Consciousness is Directly Linked to Light!

Scientists found that neurons in mammalian brains were capable of producing photons of light, or “Biophotons”!<p>The photons, strangely enough, appear …

2 forms of exercise are the best way to stave off the effects of aging — here's how to incorporate them into your life

One of the most powerful means of reaping these benefits is exercise — and in many cases, you already have everything you need to get it: a body.<p>As we age, two forms of exercise are the most important to focus on: aerobic exercise, or cardio, which gets your heart pumping and sweat flowing, and …

This Is The Right Way to Load Your Dishwasher

Modern dishwashers are marvels of appliance engineering. They use scalding water to kill bacteria, potent jets to scour food remnants, and enough …

'Nano-drops' are eye drops that could correct your vision from home

A team of ophthalmologists from the Bar-Ilan University's Institute of Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials are developing eye drops to correct your …

New research links human consciousness to a law that governs the universe

Human Entropy<p>Our species has long agonized over the concept of human consciousness. What exactly causes it, and why did we evolve to experience …

Passive income: 15 ways to let the money flow in

It's hard to beat passive income. Instead of toiling for it, you can sit back and let the money flow in. Here are 15 examples of how you might collect passive income streams.<p>For many people, toiling for a living isn't fun.<p>There can be lengthy commutes, dress codes, annoying coworkers, unreasonable …

Personal Finance

Groundbreaking new studies suggest the presence of a fourth dimension

We live in a three-dimensional reality. Because of that, it’s pretty hard to imagine what a four-dimensional reality might be like, but that isn’t …

Wireless recharging for devices gets FCC approval

Your smartphone and other portable devices may soon be truly wireless.<p>Some of the latest smartphones from Apple, LG, Samsung and others already let you recharge without wires by placing them on a pad. But new technology in the works lets you charge your devices from a distance of three feet or more …

The startup behind chewable coffee is launching a performance-enhancing 'superhuman fuel' — we gave it a try

About 13 years ago, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) asked the scientific community to create a food that soldiers could take onto the battlefield. The agency, which has been tasked with building breakthrough technologies for the US military, wanted to improve troops' physical …

Time Travel Isn't Possible ... or Is It?

Special relativity teaches us that the three dimensions of space and the solitary dimension of time are woven together like a fabric. It's impossible to think of them as separate entities, only a singular unified entity — space-time. We can't think of motion through space without being mindful of …

Physics

Researchers block ISPs from spying through your smart devices

A university team has demonstrated a way to stop your ISP tracking your home life through your IoT gadgets.<p>Researchers have found a simple way to …

Privacy

Bake Scrambled Eggs in Mason Jars for a Portable Breakfast All Week

Welcome back to Sunday Sustenance, the weekly column of simple, delicious meals for the laziest of weekdays. Sunday seems to be the day most of us …

Sunglasses won't cut it: How to keep your eyes safe during the solar eclipse

The total solar eclipse is coming, and as the excitement builds, so does the worry that it will leave behind a nation of eye problems.<p>On Aug. 21, the spectacular sight of the moon covering the sun will be visible across North America for the first time in almost a century.<p>We’ll all be tempted to …

This Is Your Brain on Exercise

Human beings evolved to move. Our bodies, including our brains, were fine-tuned for endurance activities over millennia of stalking and chasing down prey. “We’ve engineered that out of our lives now,” says Charles Hillman, a psychology professor at Northeastern University who has spent decades …

The Brain

Science has found the perfect way to take a selfie

Want to take your best selfie? Tilt the camera.<p>A new multipart study published in Frontiers in Psychology found that the best ways to take pictures …

Are you forgetful? That's just your brain erasing useless memories

The purpose of memory might not be to record everything<p>Most of us think “perfect” memory means never forgetting, but maybe forgetting actually helps us navigate a world that is random and ever-changing.<p>So say two neuroscientists in a review published today in the journal <i>Neuron</i>. The argument is that …

The Brain

How to Wake Up in Your Dreams

Now that you know what lucid dreaming is, and you know the benefits and risks, it’s time to give it a solid try. Get ready, oneironauts—we’re about …

Learn a new language on your phone

Use your commute to pick up a foreign lingo.<p>We think of our phones as time wasters. But you might be surprised at how much you can gain from the apps on this pocket computer. With five minutes here and five minutes there, you can even pick up a new language, or polish up your existing knowledge. …

Top Android apps of 2016: Prisma, Google Allo, Signal, Reddit and more

Check out which apps are a must-have on your Android smartphone or tablet.<p>It is time for our verdict on the best Android apps for 2016. This year saw …

Learn Anything In Four Steps With The Feynman Technique

With the Feynman Technique, you learn by teaching someone else a topic in simple terms so you can quickly pinpoint the holes in your knowledge. After …

Learning

10 small things you do that people use to judge your personality

Psychologists call it the "spotlight effect": People generally don't pay nearly as much attention to you as you think they do.<p>Phew.<p>But when they are motivated to pay attention, they <i>really</i> pay attention. Not just to your outfit and your haircut, but to seemingly trivial things, like your handwriting …

A psychologist has honed a subliminal tactic to get what you want before you’ve asked for it

Robert Cialdini made his name on counseling everyday people about how to avoid being manipulated by advertisers, politicians, and lobbyists. Now, the Arizona State University psychology professor is advising people on how to become the manipulator.<p>Cialdini’s new book, <i>Pre-Suasion: A Revolutionary</i> …