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Five easy ways to make your home smarter

Turn up the heat, dim the lights and cue the music, all with the touch of a button or a voice command. Here’s the latest kit to connect your world<p>More and more of the devices in our homes come with an internet connection, hooked up to your wifi to do various “smart” things. And while the smart-home …

Homework

We’re About to See a Record-Breaking Supermoon - The Biggest in Nearly 70 Years

The closest full moon in the 21st century.<p>If you only see one astronomical event this year, make it the November supermoon, when the Moon will be the …

Supermoon

22 Must-have apps to be more productive at work

Share25<p>Tweet<p>Share28<p>+16<p>Shares 59<p>A lot has been written about technology. Some call it a time –consuming distraction from life’s important tasks. But …

Your Facebook sharing can reveal hidden signals about you

What we share on social media can display more than we realise about what’s going on inside our heads.<p>“What’s on your mind?” This is how Facebook greets its 1.7 billion active users every day. It’s also a question that countless psychiatrists, psychologists and counsellors have asked their clients …

23 Futuristic Pet Products You Had No Idea You Needed

Astro shouldn't be the only one with cool toys!

Stress Literally Shrinks Your Brain (7 Ways To Reverse This Effect)

We all know that living under stressful conditions has serious emotional, even physical, consequences. So why do we have so much trouble taking action to reduce our stress levels and improve our lives?<p>Researchers at Yale University finally have the answer. They found that stress reduces the volume …

Why Are Razor Blades So Expensive?

<b>by Kirsten Howard</b><p>If you shave, you've probably noticed that the price of razor blades has soared over the last decade. While the razor itself is …

Atoms

5 cool things to do with Facebook Messenger

NEW YORK (AP) — You'd be wrong to think that Facebook's Messenger app is all about messaging.Although people typically install it on their phones to …

Here's How to Get a Blue Tick for Your Twitter Account

Twitter has officially democratized the coveted “blue tick” that previously was only available to prominent figures and organizations, the …

Science Explains How Staying Near Water Can Change Our Brains

Vegetarianism has been around for a long time, finding favor with many people, including Pythagoras clear back around 580 B.C. It’s been presented as …

Nutrition

Facebook launches Snapchat-style disappearing messages, again

Disappearing messages launched alongside new encryption feature, ‘secret conversations’<p>For the fourth time, Facebook is trialling a Snapchat-style ephemeral messaging system.<p>This time, however, the company is introducing the new feature alongside a much wider change: the first chance to use …

Messaging

Volkswagen to Pay Up to $14.7 Billion to Settle Diesel-Emissions Claims

The settlement comprises vehicle buybacks or fixes<p>Federal officials made clear Tuesday that Volkswagen AG’s deal to pay up to $14.7 billion to settle emissions-cheating claims with U.S. consumers and regulators won’t end the auto giant’s woes—nor stop scrutiny of other car makers.<p>The deal puts one …

Volkswagen

This Is the First Mammal to Be Killed Off by Human-Caused Climate Change

Scientists believe the disappearance of a small rodent from the Great Barrier Reef marks the world’s first recorded extinction of a mammal primarily …

Climate Change

May Was Planet's Hottest Month on Record, NASA Says

The streak continues: May was record warm for the globe, according to NASA data released Monday.<p>It's now even more likely that 2016 will be the …

Facebook just made their suicide prevention feature available worldwide

Social media keeps us connected in ways we never thought possible. It’s the perfect platform for expressing ourselves — good and bad. That means that …

Start building your smart home with these gadgets

We’re not living in a Jetsons future quite yet — I’ll keep waiting for a do-it-all robot that can knock out the laundry, scrub the dishes and then rub my feet at the end of the day — but today’s smart home tech revolution is growing faster than you can say “Siri, what’s a ‘tiny home’?”<p>According to …

Home Automation

The science of why stepping on Legos makes you want to die

“I hope you step on a Lego” is such an apt curse that it has become a meme. Pages upon pages of YouTube videos detail the experience’s excruciating agony.<p>The comedian Steve Ranazzissi perhaps described the moment the best: “Last week I stepped on a Lego with my bare foot and I almost murdered my …

Lego

A Cat Bar May Soon Be on the Horizon and It’s Every Bit As Cool As It Sounds

As self-admitted crazy cat ladies, there’s pretty much nothing we love quite as much as our furry feline friends. Except maybe wine — that’s a pretty big toss-up! We’re clearly not alone: With a brush that lets you lick your cat on the market and cat yoga studios in existence, there’s obviously a …

Move to Moments, or Facebook Will Delete Your Synced Mobile Photos

Facebook users are receiving emails and notifications that photos synced from their mobile devices will be deleted from their Facebook accounts …

How did bathrooms get to be separated by gender in the first place?

The ‘natural’ separation of men and women in these spaces arose less than 200 years ago, as part of a pervasive ideology of separation and dominance<p>For years, transgender rights activists have argued for their right to use the public restroom that aligns with their gender identity. In recent weeks, …

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7 Ways to Keep Your Information Safe on the Internet

It’s almost unavoidable to buy products online or give our personal information to trusted websites. Unfortunately, that information isn’t always …

The 11 things you should delete from your Facebook page now

With over 1.49bn users, Facebook is one of the most powerful influencers in the world.<p>But with anything that powerful, you have to be careful how you …

What Your Profile Picture Says About Your Personality

Are you open, extroverted, or neurotic?<p>Admit it: The first thing you do after finding someone on social media is take a long, good look at their profile picture. After all, it can say a lot about a person. To prove it, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania analyzed 60,000 Twitter users' …

Social Media

Unbreak my heart: Twitter is experimenting with multiple emoji reactions

Twitter replaced "Favorites" (stars) with "Likes" (hearts) nearly two weeks ago, and the Internet wasn't too pleased. "Likes" and hearts were more in …

Twitter may introduce more emoji

SAN FRANCISCO — If Twitter broke your heart by replacing its ubiquitous "favorite" button with a heart-shaped "like" button, more emotive buttons may be coming to your rescue.<p>A Twitter user _Ninji noticed he could select a range of emoji including a frown and party noisemaker by hovering over the …

Social Media

Conspiracy theorists are freaking out because a Twitter spambot predicted Paris attacks

<b>The entire world has been reeling since the awful attacks on Paris on Friday night.</b><p>But one particular Twitter spambot account appeared to predict the …

What happens to your Facebook profile after you die

<b>"I wanted to remember Hollie in her happy times without being able to see the face of her killer every time."</b><p>Chloe Gazzard's talking about her sister Hollie who was stabbed to death in Gloucester earlier this year.<p>Hollie's ex-boyfriend Asher Maslin was jailed for life for killing her. But after her …

Facebook’s Changing How You Share Music

I’m a music sharing fiend. Yet, if I want my Facebook friends to listen to a track, I always share Youtube videos, even if I’m listening to the song on Spotify or Apple Music. This is because you can listen to a Youtube video from your News Feed but Spotify and Apply Music links take you to the …