Jen Baker

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The Science Behind 'The Paint That Pees Back'

Another week, another urine-related story from me. You’re welcome, you guys! This one starts in Hamburg – in the St. Pauli red light district, to be exact. Like most areas famed for its nightlife, St. Pauli had a real problem with public urination, which left the streets smelly and the walls …

Evidence Mounts That Germs May Cause Alzheimer's

In the end it will be microbes—bacteria, viruses and fungus—found to be at the root of all disease and aging, and specifically Alzheimer’s, contends geneticist Dr. Rudolph “Rudy” Emile Tanzi.<p>“The two biggest threats to healthy aging have had to do with dealing with infection,” said Tanzi, who …

Alzheimer's Disease

Is America Ready to Love Cottage Cheese Again?

Cottage cheese began life in America as an easy, economical way for colonial cooks to make use of milk left over after they skimmed off the cream. By the 1970s, its amicable presence in recipes and on diet plates had made it a star.<p>Fame is fickle, and so are the nation’s eaters. Cottage cheese fell …

Creamery

Four steps to making a great grain salad, every time

There’s something comforting about having a pantry stocked with whole grains. Just having them on hand, with intentions to put them to good use, feels nourishing.<p>But you can’t eat intention — and because whole grains are not what I intuitively reach for in the kitchen, my answer is grain salads. …

10 Free or Cheap Things to Do in North Carolina This Summer

Go Sightseeing<p>Grandfather Mountain<p>State and National Parks<p>Experience the amazing scenes inside our state and national parks. From Cape Hatteras …

North Carolina

Everything About This Newly-Discovered Octopus Nursery Is Wild

Scientists have made a truly bizarre discovery on an expanse of cooled lava 150 miles west of Costa Rica and nearly two miles underwater. There, they …

What is Firefox Focus?

This page describes some new features in Firefox Focus. If your Firefox Focus looks different, don't fret. You'll be able to get the new version soon.<p>…

Is leaving Facebook the only way to protect your data?

<b>Allegations that research firm Cambridge Analytica misused the data of 50 million Facebook users have reopened the debate about how information on the social network is shared and with whom.</b><p>Data is like oil to Facebook - it is what brings advertisers to the platform, who in turn make it money.<p>And …

How to Stop Feeling Lonely and Escape the Emotional Eating Cycle

<b>“When you no longer believe that eating will save your life when you feel exhausted or overwhelmed or lonely, you will stop. When you believe in</b> …

Loneliness

Today we salute Lincoln, President of sea pups. His cuteness is unimpeachable. #PresidentsDay2018 https://t.co/bxbaKSJdQW

By Doing Something No One Expected, Golden State Warriors Coach Steve Kerr Taught a Brilliant Leadership Lesson

How do you motivate a team that doesn't have anything to prove? Warriors head coach Steve Kerr just showed us.<p>As the leader of a team, what would you do if you felt you were losing control? That your team members were no longer responding to your efforts?<p>That's the situation Golden State Warriors …

9 bright and sunny citrus desserts to break winter’s spell

By Kara Elder<p>Kara Elder<p>Editorial aide and contributor for Food<p>Email Bio Follow<p>We keep citrus on hand to brighten up many a dish, but it deserves star treatment every once in a while. Here are several desserts to try, fresh from the archives.<p>Oranges With Mint-Infused Honey and Pistachios, above. As …

Dessert

These are 8 of our favorite spots for wings in the Triangle

A monthly roundup of ethnic eats, counter service chow and other tasty bargains.<p>Here, we take off in search of wings. Buffalo-style is just a point …

A One-Pan Lemon Chicken With Artichokes and Kale In 30 Minutes

This dish gets a generous sprinkling of grated Parmesan cheese, which becomes satisfyingly rich when stirred into the kale, artichoke hearts, and …

Most unhappy people are unhappy for the exact same reason

We’d all like to be a little happier.<p>The problem is that much of what determines happiness is outside of our control. Some of us are genetically predisposed to see the world through rose-colored glasses, while others have a generally negative outlook. Bad things happen, to us and in the world. …

I-DEAS

Owning An Electric Car Is Twice As Cheap As Owning A Gas Vehicle

Want to save money? Stop paying for gas.<p>Electric cars are generally more expensive to buy than conventional vehicles. The suggested retail price for a 2018 Nissan Leaf, the world’s best selling EV, is about $30,000 in the U.S. You can pick up a new Honda Civic 2018 for less than $19,000 (though …

Ingredients for life found in meteorites that crashed to Earth

<b>(CNN) —</b> Although two 4.5-billion-year-old meteorites crashed to Earth in 1998, it's taken until now to uncover some of their secrets.<p>The two meteorites, called Monahans and Zag, are the first discovered to contain the ingredients for life: liquid water, amino acids, hydrocarbons and other organic …

Astronomy

Have you seen litter or icy spots in downtown Raleigh? There’s a hashtag for that.

There’s a new way to to draw the city’s attention to snow, ice, litter, or other obstructions of downtown sidewalks and thoroughfares – use the …

The Growing Movement To Create City-Run Public Banks

As activists pressure governments to remove their deposits from banks that back bad policies, cities are considering a new option: become their own financial institution that serves the needs of the citizens, not investors.<p>When the movement to push the city of Los Angeles from keeping its money at …

My therapy clients can’t tear themselves away from the news — and it’s messing with their lives

By Elisabeth Joy LaMotte<p>Elisabeth Joy LaMotte is a psychotherapist and founder of the DC Counseling and Psychotherapy Center.<p>Recently, one of the couples I work with as a therapist in Washington came to me with a new concern. The couple (let’s call them Sally and Steve) had been working to …

Social Media

I visited every N.C. state park in 2017. Here’s what I learned.

In 2017, I skipped the typical New Year’s resolutions – save more, eat less, etc. – and opted for something that is perhaps equally as challenging …

Where can you see the best Christmas lights in the Raleigh area? Follow this guide.

This Christmas, the bar for holiday light displays has shot higher than a four-story chimney, introducing a new level of eye-popping, …

Wake Forest University

Mom’s Tough-Love Letter to Son, Creates Internet Firestorm

Heidi Johnson’s son was 13, deeply in adolescence, and in that stage where he lashes out. He told her he shouldn’t have to deal with her rules and …

How Raleigh’s John Pavlovitz Went from Fired Megachurch Pastor to Rising Star of the Religious Left

“One day you’re unemployed; the next day CNN calls” Little by little, John Pavlovitz is becoming a familiar name among progressives, particularly …

It’s 1967 and the world is going to hell

By David Von Drehle<p>David Von Drehle<p>Columnist focusing on national affairs and politics<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Columnist<p>This column comes to you from my local library, where the view through the window is incandescent leaves falling in a playful wind against a sky of cloudless blue. I find myself floating …

Jigsaw Puzzles

Avoiding Emotional Overload When You're Highly Empathetic

<b>“When someone throws you a stone, throw back a flower.” ~Gandhi</b><p>“Ouch,” I cried out instinctively as my husband, Barry, and I walked through the beach …

Brain Activity Buffers Against Worsening Anxiety

<i>Summary: It may be possible to buffer against developing depression and anxiety by boosting brain activity in areas associated with problem solving,</i> …

How Greater Challenges Help You Grow

<b>“Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.” --C.S. Lewis</b><p>My blog on the topic of being different is coming to a close …