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SXSW 2015: I Reprogrammed A Lifeform In Someone’s Kitchen While Drinking A Beer

Biohacking kits help you modify genes in the comfort of home<p>A group holding red cups full of beer converged around a kitchen table littered with petri dishes, pipettes, and other basic laboratory equipment. Our host/lab director, Justin Pahara, explained how we were all going to take a custom …

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Make a Survival Bracelet to Save You in Any Worst Case Scenario

You might already have a bug out bag or emergency kit, but those aren't any good to you if you're not carrying them when an emergency happens. This …

Surprise! CO2 Directly Linked To Global Warming

For the first time since the climate debate began, a team of researchers led by the U.S. DOE Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory directly measured the contribution of increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) to heating of the Earth (<i>Nature</i>).<p>Of course, this will spark further debate and …

Scientific ‘turf’ could make Earth’s crisis worse

Carving up Earth’s ecological challenges among different scientific disciplines won’t get the job done, say experts.<p>A group of scientists argues in</i> …

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7 Ways to Attract More Butterflies to Your Garden (and Save Them From Extinction)

Monarch butterflies could soon be protected under the Endangered Species Act. Monarch populations have plummeted in the last two decades, dropping an …

Pest Control

Tips to get your vegetable garden started early

Messing around with your garden beds in late winter is a risky business. Saturated soil that is disturbed or compacted has a habit of forming tough …

Garden Tech: 10 Essential Flower Apps to ID Plants and Leaves

Flower apps and plant ID tools keep getting better. Are you an amateur botanist, a hiker confronted by an unfamiliar tree on a trail, or a gardener …

West Coast dockworkers reach deal

<b>(CNN) —</b> Dockworkers at West Coast ports have reached a tentative contract agreement to end their labor dispute, a spokesman for the Pacific Maritime Association said Friday.<p>"A deal has been struck. An official statement is forthcoming," Steve Getzug said.<p>The five-year contract still has to be …

So That Happened: Elizabeth Warren Secretly Met People All Over Washington

So, <i>that</i> happened. This week, the fight over President Barack Obama's immigration policy returns to the halls of Congress, with opponents of the president's executive actions threatening to cease funding for the Department of Homeland Security. Is this a smart idea? Of course not. But we'll talk …

32 Essential And Inexpensive Tools Everyone Should Own

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As Oil Prices Tank, Firms Large And Small Feel The Pain

It's a painful time to be in the oil business. With the price of crude oil about half what it was six months ago, companies large and small are being pressured to cut costs.<p>On the front lines are oil services companies that do everything from drilling to providing electrical power at well sites. …

Oil & Gas Industry

We Hold These Truths to Be Inconvenient

Among the most sacred rights enumerated in the U.S. Constitution is the ownership and control of private property. It's not quite as sacred as our God-given right to cruise Main Street with military-style automatic weapons, of course, but still pretty sacred.<p>The Cato Institute, a libertarian think …

Six Thoughts on Guns and Freedom

Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player<p>That struts and frets his hour upon the stage<p>And then is heard no more: it is a tale<p>Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,<p>Signifying nothing. - Macbeth<p>I first drafted this essay nearly one year ago, following the annual meeting of the National Rifle …

How to attract bats to your garden

It’s not difficult to persuade birds to use nest boxes – heck, even I can do it. When it comes to bats, however, we are in different territory altogether. In his 2007 book Garden Natural History, Stefan Buczacki devotes one short paragraph to bats, observing effectively that no one knows anything …

This is your brain on mindfulness training

Studies have shown that mindfulness training can boost a range of mental and physical health problems, but how it works hasn’t been clear.<p>Now, …

8 Things Really Focused People Do

How they defy distractions and get more done.<p>There is no shortage of distraction in life. If you're trying to focus on work, your family needs your attention. Try to focus on family, and the duties of the job get in the way. People load up with hobbies and trips and learning and aspirations and TV …

Entrepreneurs around the world love this Soviet-era storytelling game

The storytelling parlor game “Mafia” crosses borders, transcends culture and bridges the language divide in ways you’d never expect.<p>There are no game boards or joysticks involved in Mafia — just words — and a setup that’s probably as old as human settlement: An uninformed majority of civilians …

33 Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read

And it doesn't come with a manual.<p>Luckily, there's a multitude of excellent books from founders, VCs, and CEOs who have been through it all.<p>Here's a collection of some of the best books on management, leadership, and entrepreneurship for anyone from seasoned entrepreneurs to those just starting out.<p>…

Entrepreneurship

The Best Ways to Do Market Research for Your Business Plan

<i>In their book</i> Write Your Business Plan<i>, the staff of Entrepreneur Media, Inc. offer an in-depth understanding of what’s essential to any business plan, what’s appropriate for your venture, and what it takes to ensure success. In this edited excerpt, the authors discuss the whys and hows of</i> …

Why the Way You Read Affects How Successful You Are

Do you read every word and pay close attention to the details and nuances, or do you fly through the information in front of you for the main idea?<p>With the advent of text messages, emails, and other technology-based forms of communication, the way in which we--and our employees--read has more to do …

The Inexpensive Gardener

When it comes to gardening, the truth is – it’s only expensive if you choose to make it that way. There are many ways to create, grow and harvest …

The Earth Could Face Another Mass Extinction

Image: Reuters / Thomas Mukoya<p>Animals on Earth continue to disappear at an alarming rate which could result in another mass extinction over the next …

Fighting the plastic plague in our oceans

Pesticides and organic pollutants are consistently found on plastic wastes at harmful concentrations 100 times higher than in sediments, and 1 …

Harm and response: Plants recognize and respond to different insects

In one of the broadest studies of its kind, scientists recently looked at all plant genes and their response to the enemy. Their results showed that …

How to get healthy soil for happy plants

Natural biological controls are a gardener’s new best friend<p>'Well, I think the answer lies in the soil.” This catchphrase from farmer Arthur Fallowfield (played by Kenneth Williams in Round the Horne) was played for laughs, but scientists are beginning to understand the huge significance of soil. …

Gardens: The World’s Oldest Therapists

Changing Planet<p>(C) Chicago Botanic Garden<p><i>Co-authored by:</i> <i><br>Patsy Benveniste, Vice President, Community Education Programs <br>Barb Kreski, Director of Horticultural Therapy Services</i> <i><br>Chicago Botanic Garden</i><p>If you grew up prior to the invention of tablets and smart phones, it’s likely that you have nostalgic …

The abuse of animals won’t stop until we stop eating meat | Peter Singer

Animal welfare,The meat industry,Animals,Farming,Environment,Vegetarianism,Food & drink,Life and style,World news<p>Forty years after I wrote Animal Liberation it’s easy to think little has : but attitudes to the meat-eating industry, and our speciesism, are changing<p>When Animal Liberation was …