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A fridge repair can be pricey. Here’s how to keep your machine running efficiently.

The other day — amid record heat — my refrigerator stopped working. An expensive visit from a technician revealed that the appliance’s compressor had conked out and that it was more ­cost-efficient to buy a new model than replace the failed part — a huge inconvenience and an added cost I had not …

Kitchens

How to make béarnaise, the king of steak sauces

Food

How to Grow Pineapples From Cut Pineapple

Turn the pineapple into a houseplant before planting in the garden.<p>Step 1<p>Cut the leafy top off the pineapple, cutting about 1/2 inch below the leafy …

Plants

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

How to fry foods without using oil

Can you make deep fried foods that are less greasy and actually healthier? What about frying foods without using a vat of hot oil? That's the promise of air fryers, the latest in trendy appliances.<p>Black & Decker, Simple Chef and T-Fal claim their trusty countertop appliances can give you the taste …

Kitchens

Thomasina Miers’ recipe for peach and raspberry trifle

Trifle is a divisive dish. Some people don’t like it at all(or at least the versions of it they have tried in the past); others are devotees. Some must have jelly in theirs; others swear by candied peel and angelica on top. I know a handful of folk who insist on making the sponge themselves. For …

Baking

15 Pickling Recipes for Everything from Eggplant to Mango to Okra

Mason jars are for more than storing your weed.<p>What is a pickle? Does it have to be a cucumber? The state of Texas believes so. Should it be fermented, like kimchi or sauerkraut? Does it have to be infinitely shelf-stable? Pickle can be both a noun and a verb, and it doesn’t even have to be a verb …

Food Preservation

Using Aspirin to Prevent Heart Attacks And Strokes

Aspirin, a commonly used pain reliever and anti-inflammatory drug, can be useful in reducing the risk of cardiovascular events, such as heart attack …

Medical Research

Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 review: valiant effort

A new weight class of tablet<p>What is an Android tablet with a keyboard, mouse, and pen? Well, it’s still an Android tablet. The Galaxy Tab S4 is the new flagship 10.5-inch tablet that Samsung is aiming toward people who want a device that’s lighter than an ultrabook but still has a keyboard and …

Gear & Gadgets

Serotonin depletion causes valproate-responsive manic-like condition and increased hippocampal neuroplasticity that are reversed by stress

1.<p>Kim, J. J. & Diamond, D. M. The stressed hippocampus, synaptic plasticity and lost memories. <i>Nat Rev Neurosci</i> <b>3</b>, 453–462 (2002).<p>2.<p>Pittenger, C. & …

Neuroscience

Scientists Have Found an Important Reason You Might Want to Reconsider Taking Probiotics

They can mess with your brain.<p>Bacteria used to have a bad rap. Then along came probiotics.<p>Suddenly it became impossible to avoid food products …

Wellness

Probiotics not always beneficial and may cause brain fogginess and severe bloating

While current research is finding that modulating our gut microbiome through probiotics can have a number of positive health outcomes, a new study is …

Wellness

Turn your old iPad into a photo frame for $2

Got an old tablet lying around? I'm a huge fan of repurposing it into a full-time digital photo frame. (Indeed, it's at the top of my list of new uses for old tablets.)<p>I say this as someone who's owned an actual, dedicated photo frame for years -- one that cost around $150 when I bought it. I love …

Gear & Gadgets

Rheumatoid arthritis: How chronic inflammation affects the brain

A recent study demonstrates how the chronic inflammation that characterizes rheumatoid arthritis affects the brain. The results may explain the …

How a Luxury Resort Is Hoping to Save Australia's Wombats From a Deadly Epidemic

Australia’s population of wombats is facing a mange crisis that threatens their very survival. Mange is a mite infestation that causes itching and …

Blue Mountains

Teetotalism in midlife makes you more likely to develop dementia? What the research actually says

Imagine if someone told you that not drinking alcohol makes you more likely to develop dementia. That’s certainly a bold statement to make, but it is …

Dementia

2-Ingredient Sweet Potato Pancakes Are a Breakfast Miracle

You're probably in disbelief at this recipe title, but yes, you can make tasty pancakes with just two ingredients: baked sweet potato and eggs. (And, …

Recipes

10 useful Gmail settings you’ll wish you knew sooner

More than a billion people use Gmail. That’s about 1 in 7 people on Earth actively using this free email platform in 74 different languages.<p>Recently, …

Google

Your 7 chakras, explained—plus how to tell if they’re blocked

Odds are, if you’ve attended a yoga class, group meditation, or indulged in an hourlong reiki session, your instructor or practitioner most likely …

Spirituality

Stop apps from accessing your Mac's camera and microphone

With MacOS Mojave, Apple introduces new security features to Safari that make it harder for shady web trackers to follow you and new privacy controls that let you restrict apps from accessing your Mac's webcam and microphone. Previous iterations of MacOS let you set permissions for apps accessing …

Apps

2 Days In Venice Italy Itinerary 23 Ideas

Here is our proposal for a 2 days in Venice itinerary. Venice, Italy, stands apart from just about every other city on earth.<p>Unlike all other modern …

Italy

Huawei MediaPad M5 8.4" and M5 Pro 10.8" review: The best all-around Android tablets you can buy

Article Contents<p>There's no denying that the Android tablet market is dwindling as years pass by. What was once a flourishing segment filled with …

Gear & Gadgets

The Unseen Venice - 10 Overlooked Places

On my seventh visit to Venice, I was wanted to focus on its overlooked parts. Here are my top 10 spots that most tourists miss but are worth visiting:<p><b>10. Gelateria Il Sole</b><p>Alicia Pignoli, the Lady in Red in the Kempinski San Clemente, said that the Gelateria Il Sole may be the best gelato in Venice. …

Italy

How are thyroid and cholesterol related?

High cholesterol is a risk factor for heart disease and stroke. Diet and other lifestyle choices are often to blame for high cholesterol. But …

Wellness

Rick Steves: The magic and mystery of Venice after dark

I love Venice at night, and recently, I was reminded why. The evening started at one of my favorite Venice restaurants. The chef served up a seafood bounty from the lagoon, accompanied by deliciously grilled local vegetables and polenta. After dinner, twinkling from my sprightly Venetian white …

Italy

Does your vacation rental have hidden cameras? Here's how to find out

It's firmly against Airbnb's and other rental companies' policies, but that doesn't stop some hosts from putting hidden, undisclosed cameras in their rentals.<p>Hosts have the right to use surveillance devices to protect their property, provided they are used in common areas and are clearly disclosed …

Smart Homes

HOW THIS IS MONEY CAN HELP

Britons could be in for higher borrowing costs as economists expect interest rates to go up next week.<p>Confidence the economy has rebounded after a …

Interest Rates

How To Make the Best Garlic Butter Salmon in Foil — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

Tender, flaky salmon drenched in garlic butter is, hands-down, the best thing to cook on your grill this summer. It's exactly what you need to break …

Recipes

Can too much vitamin D hurt you?

Few foods contain vitamin D, so many people take supplements. Long-term use of these supplements can cause some adverse side effects, though this is …

Wellness

10 train routes in Europe that are faster than flying

While Europe doesn’t have the caliber of high-speed trains that Asia is known for, the continent certainly has better train travel than the U.S. Train routes in Europe are often affordable and easy, especially when traveling within the Schengen zone. Train travel has plenty of advantages over …

Media Management