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Say goodbye to slugs, snails, mice and badgers

Plants are amazing things. Tethered to the spot, unable to run or hide from environmental threats, they have instead developed an arsenal of chemical weapons to help shield themselves from the everyday onslaught of the outside world. With a few tips and tricks you can hijack these defence compounds …

Gardening

26 Favorite Kale Recipes

Popular varieties of kale<p><b>Curly.</b> The standard grocery market kale, with springy, ruffled leaves and a robust flavor.<p><b>Red Russian.</b> An heirloom variety …

Healthy Eating

These Are 15 Free Excel Templates You Can Use to Make More Money

Use them...and profit.<p>In these days of cloud-based systems, mobile applications, and web-based services, why use a spreadsheet for any other purpose than analysis?<p>Three reasons: ease, customization, and cost. A spreadsheet can be easily saved, updated, and reused again and again. A good template …

Project Management

How to do pelvic floor exercises

The pelvic floor is a set of muscles that supports pelvic organs, such as the bladder and bowel. These muscles aid urinary control, continence, and …

Muscle

I Turned My Breath Into Medicine — And It Saved My Life

In retrospect, I can say that 10 years in the rat race destroyed my health and crushed my spirit. After graduating from Harvard, the only sensible …

Qigong

What Are Lectins and Are They Bad for Me?

A book, The Plant Paradox, claims that lectins are a molecule hiding in healthy foods making you sick—is it true?<p>Recently, before having a friend over for dinner, I asked him if there were any foods he couldn’t eat.<p>I’m someone with a longer-than-most list of dietary restrictions. I’m vegan with a …

Holistic Medicine

25+ Things to Do with Zucchini & Squash — Tips from The Kitchn

Despite my excitement about zucchini and summer squash hitting the market and showing up in my CSA, it doesn't take long before I am totally …

Zucchini

How ablation destroys cancer to prolong lives

Seven years ago, when Heather Hall was informed by her oncologist that her kidney cancer had spread to the liver, she initially assumed she had just months to live. “I’d been on chemotherapy for a while, but they’d done a CT scan and found three new tumours,” she says. “But they then said that, …

Cancer

The Secret Origins of the Tea Party

How Big Oil and Big Tobacco partnered with the Koch brothers to take over the GOP<p>By Jeff Nesbit<p><b>The spring of 1993 was a lousy time to be associated</b> …

Tea Party

A professor explains why networking is a waste of time and what you should be doing instead

College freshmen are lectured about it on their first day of class. Young professionals race to one more boring party so they can be seen and shake …

Networking

Growing Up Jobs

Steve Jobs and Chrisann Brennan were 23 when their daughter was born. Lisa Brennan-Jobs remembers the pride and pain of a childhood spent navigating the vastness between her struggling single mom and Apple’s mercurial founder.<p>T <b>hree months before he died,</b> I began to steal things from my father’s …

Empathy

While We Sleep, Our Mind Goes on an Amazing Journey

Magazine<p>Our floodlit society has made sleep deprivation a lifestyle. But we know more than ever about how we rest—and how it keeps us healthy.<p><b>Nearly every night</b> of our lives, we undergo a startling metamorphosis.<p>Our brain profoundly alters its behavior and purpose, dimming our consciousness. For a …

Sleep

The tender, terrifying truth about what happened inside the Trader Joe's hostage siege

About halfway through the three-hour siege at Trader Joe’s in Silver Lake, the wounded gunman, Gene Atkins, looked at one of his hostages, MaryLinda Moss, and told her it was all over for him. “I just shot at a cop,” he said.<p>Moss, a 55-year-old artist who exudes calm, feared a suicidal gunman could …

Crime

​Why these 36 questions can make you fall in love with anyone

The path to true love just got a whole lot smoother. No, the key isn't appearing on Love Island, but to ask someone the 36 questions below - and answer them yourself. Doing this, psychologists have claimed, can make absolutely anyone fall in head-over-heels.<p>If it sounds easy; it isn't.<p>The questions …

Love Island

Yuval Noah Harari: ‘The idea of free information is extremely dangerous’

Yuval Noah Harari is an Israeli historian who has written two bestsellers: <i>Sapiens</i>, which examined the course of early human history, and <i>Homo Deus</i>, which speculated on where we might be heading as a post-human species. His new book, <i>21 Lessons for the 21st Century</i>, is an exploration of the …

Fake News

Hetty McKinnon's sushi salad recipe

Brown rice bowls have become a midweek staple in our home. Extremely adaptable, they allow me to use up whatever vegetables are in my fridge and are a great way to enjoy leftover roasted vegetables.<p>I had originally named this dish “miso brown rice salad with avocado, edamame and seaweed”, but my …

Food

Six of the best cooling summer drinks

<b>Strawberry snifter (pictured above)</b><p>Makes 1 litre<p><b>1 good handful strawberries</b> (or other berries such as raspberries)<b><br>Juice of</b> <b>1 orange</b><b><br>Juice of</b> <b>½ lemon</b><b><br>Crushed ice or ice cubes</b><b><br>2 tsp sugar</b> (or more, to taste)<p>Whizz up the berries with the orange and lemon juices and ice, then add the sugar. If you want to …

Recipes

This Creamy Corn-Mushroom Risotto Is Ready to Serve in Just 30 Minutes

Infused with a rich corn broth, this corn- and mushroom-studded risotto is a stellar way to celebrate the last of the season’s harvest. The pureed …

Cooking

Let’s Get Real: What an Average Retirement Costs

The gray-haired couple sipping champagne on a beach at sunset. Grandpa teaching the grandkids how to fish at the family lake house. Are these scenes …

Retirement

Cracks appear in 'invincible' Xi Jinping's authority over China

No. 1 will rest while Ocean takes over the military Cryptic slogan on internet<p>Rumours have swirled in Beijing in recent weeks that China’s seemingly invincible leader, Xi Jinping, is in trouble, dogged by a protracted trade war with the US, a slowing economy and a public health scandal involving …

China

Five Steps to Be Certain You’re Buying the Right Car

Make sure you don’t waste tens of thousands of dollars on the wrong car or truck.<p>Car salespeople tell us that many buyers choose vehicles that are obviously unsuitable for them. “Be very thoughtful about what you want and need, because a good deal on the wrong car is a bad deal,” according to …

Personal Finance

Vegan Carrot Cake Truffles

Everything there is to love about carrot cake made into 2-bite, no-bake truffles. Our plant-powered, vegan treats are brimming with heart-healthy …

Truffles

It’s True: Trump Is Lying More, and He’s Doing It on Purpose

On Thursday, the Washington <i>Post</i> published a remarkable story on its front page revealing a recent spike in the number of “false and misleading claims” made by President Trump. In his first year as President, Trump made 2,140 false claims, according to the <i>Post</i>. In just the last six months, he has …

Donald Trump

How to Stop Fresh Basil From Wilting (& Making You Miserable)

Basil: Can’t live with it, can’t live without it.<p>It may be the herb that turns ordinary salads, sauces, and sandwiches into <i>summer</i> salads, sauces, and sandwiches, but it’s also a ticking time bomb: <b>The very second I buy it from the market, it slouches and slumps.</b> Its arms are touching its toes before …

Spices

Life doesn’t reward you for what you know, but for what you do

Most people have adapted to consuming low-level information on the internet. This is the equivalent of filling your car with water or eating …

Self-improvement

This Is Probably My New Favorite Way to Make Rice

You’re definitely going to want to try this trick while tomatoes are in season.<p>A basic pot of white rice is already satisfying in and of itself. …

Recipes

The Book Everyone in the Netherlands Is Talking About Is Finally Coming to the U.S.

AMSTERDAM — Astrid Holleeder is a household name here in the Netherlands. If you’ve never heard of her, that’s about to change.<p>Ms. Holleeder’s memoir, “Judas: How a Sister’s Testimony Brought Down a Criminal Mastermind,” will be released in the United States and Britain this month. It tells the …

Books

My son, Osama: the al-Qaida leader’s mother speaks for the first time

'He met some people who pretty much brainwashed him in his early 20s. You can call it a cult'<p>Reform is beginning to creep through Saudi society; the ban on women drivers has been lifted, cinemas have opened<p>Osama's son Hamza may well cloud the family’s attempts to shake off their past<p>On the corner …

Osama Bin Laden

Rat lungworm may be more common in U.S. than people think, CDC says

A parasite called rat lungworm, which can get into people’s brains, has infected 12 people including toddlers in the continental U.S. in recent years, federal health officials said Thursday.<p>And more cases may have gone unreported, because the parasite often does not cause severe symptoms, and it’s …

Florida

A Tea Party Movement to Overhaul the Constitution Is Quietly Gaining Steam

Amid historic re-enactors wearing tricorn hats and carrying muskets, more than 120 state legislators from all over the country pretended to overhaul …

Tea Party