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23 STEM toys that will excite and educate kids of every age

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff that we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>UBTECH Not unsurprisingly, many parents want the best for their kids — and since science, technology, engineering, and math don't …

Kids

14 Best Science-Fiction Books to Read

These days, it seems like the headlines being splashed across our TVs, phones, and computer screens seem more like they're from a book or movie than actual real life. It's all enough to make you think to yourself, "Wait, did they just... is this a science-fiction novel?"<p>Not quite — this is all very …

How to remove your name from FamilyTreeNow.com

Here's FamilyTreeNow.com's promise: "100 percent free family tree and geneaology research."<p>Sounds good, right? Well known sites such as Ancestry.com charge you, but FamilyTreeNow is completely free.<p>But it's not a genealogy site. Rather, it's masquerading as one, when it's really a people-search …

This 30-Day Fitness Challenge Will Make You Feel Like A Badass

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What to eat before, during and after a workout

<b>(CNN) —</b> Scientists have long known that what you eat before, during and after you exercise can make or break a workout and possibly affect your fitness results.<p>So what do nutritionists recommend to munch on? It turns out that quality carbohydrates are important pre-workout and lean proteins …

Nutrition

Seagate made an external hard drive that automatically backs up to Amazon’s reliable cloud

$99 for 1TB of hard drive storage and unlimited Amazon Drive backups<p>Seagate and Amazon have partnered up on a $99 1TB external hard drive that automatically backs up everything stored on it to the cloud. The Seagate Duet drive’s contents are cloned to Amazon Drive, so you can be <i>pretty</i> confident …

A spreadsheet that will help you pick the right health insurance plan

Finally, I decided to approach my health insurance plan like an optimization problem. Given my preferences, needs, risk tolerance, and budget, which plan would be most affordable? From this question, the health insurance spreadsheet was born.<p><b>How to build a spreadsheet health insurance …

Add All 19 of These New Science Fiction and Fantasy Books to Your September Reading List

September’s new books feature aliens, superheroes, time travel, and what sounds like a wonderfully genre-busting new novel from Alan Moore. This list …

What Causes a Squealing Shower and How to Fix It

Not looking forward to your shower giving an operatic performance every time you bathe? It’s a pretty common problem—showers that make an annoying …

Home Improvement

This Interactive Game Is The Reason My Daughter (Finally) Likes Science

Maybe video games have a bigger role in STEM education than we thought.<p>When I watched kids play the intergalactic science adventure game Blue Apprentice in a video I could almost see the neural connections forming in their brain.<p>So I put it to the test on my seven-year-old daughter (who would …

60 Essential Science Fiction & Fantasy Reads

Science fiction and fantasy are booming across multiple types of media these days: television, superhero films with strong SFF elements, and gaming …

Books

This Awesome Video Shows The Scale of The Universe in The Best Way Possible

I mean, we knew the Universe was big, but...<p>We get it. The Universe is epic, vast, and unknowable, and Earth is tiny. There are black holes billions …

Top 23 Best Fantasy Books (2015)

With the holidays coming up, maybe you’re looking for the perfect nerdy Christmas gift for that special book-loving nerd in your life. Or maybe you …

NASA put together this awesome movie of Juno approaching Jupiter and its moons

About three weeks before NASA's Juno spacecraft entered its orbit around Jupiter, it began to take images of its approach. NASA compiled these images …

Installing an SSD on your Mac? Don't make this mistake

If you have replaced the hard drive on your Mac with an SSD (which you should do), you already know how much faster your computer is. However, I'm going to show you how to avoid this one simple mistake that so many of us make when installing a new SSD. By default, Mac OS, unlike Windows, doesn't …

5 powerful email apps to use instead of Mailbox, now that it's gone

The day has finally arrived: Mailbox, the once red-hot email startup, is no more. After nearly three years of helping us in our (often futile) quest …

Here are the best replacements for Apple's default apps

These range from messaging to stocks to finding your friends. All are designed to work perfectly with Apple's handset.<p>But many have not changed much over time and, because they cater to <i>everyone</i>, aren't very good in some scenarios.<p>Luckily, Apple also has the App Store: a one million strong selection …

Apps

The Lord of the Rings Mythology Explained in 10 Minutes, in Two Illustrated Videos

As a lover of fantasy and science fiction, but by no means a know-it-all fanboy, I know what it’s like to come to a fictional universe late. It can …

Literature

Star Wars Moleskines unleashed complete with origami X-Wings

Moleskine is a favourite of ours (and much of the design community), with the notebook's mystery paper weight proving ideal for doodling, scribbling, …