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An Eater's Guide to Philadelphia

This historic city, one of the biggest in the country, isn’t satisfied with a specialty or two. It’s the home of dripping cheesesteaks and meatballs in red gravy — and some of the best vegan options in the country. It’s a city of neighborhoods, each with something different. Use this guide to seek …

Texas

10 Dalai Lama Quotes to Make You Happier, Stronger and More Successful

Some words of wisdom from one of today's most influential spiritual figures.<p>From happiness to personal growth and empowerment, Tenzin Gyatso, better recognized as the 14th Dalai Lama, has much to teach the rest of us. Beyond his presence in Asia, throughout his life the Dalai Lama has spread his …

Hinduism

These 22 sketches make complicated financial concepts simple enough to fit on a napkin

Tina Hay doesn't think in numbers.<p>In 2002, enrolled in a finance class while pursuing her MBA from Harvard Business School, she realized that her classmates who came from the world of banking and consulting were acing the coursework without a problem, while she struggled to master the concepts …

Personal Finance

Watch 10-Year-Old Drummer Cover Metallica’s Entire Discography in 12 Minutes

It’s a good week on the Internet for child drummers. After spotlighting eight-year-old Yoyoka Soma’s jaw-dropping version of Led Zeppelin’s “Good …

Metallica

St. Vincent Talks Signature Guitar, Creative Process, More in New Video: Watch

In a new video, St. Vincent discusses latest editions of the signature guitar she designed with Ernie Ball Music Man. “I made this guitar for players,” she explains. “The design of the guitar, everything was incredibly purposeful, but it was also spontaneous in a certain way.” Elsewhere in the …

Fender's excellent desktop app for learning to play songs is now free

Fender’s $35 Riffstation desktop app, which helps you break down songs to learn its chords and riffs at your own pace, is now available for free on macOS and Windows.<p>Fire it up, open an MP3 or CD track, and Riffstation will break it down to show you the chords for the entire song. You can also slow …

The Pasta Sauce Hailed as the World's Best Is Surprisingly Easy to Make at Home

Just as Julia Child changed the way Americans felt about French cooking, Marcella Hazan changed the way they felt about Italian cooking. And though …

Italian Food

The Perfect Caribbean Island by Bike, Boat, or Scooter

Sure, some Caribbean resorts are made for staying put. But these islands are meant to be explored, be it by boat, motor scooter, or your own two feet.<p>…

Want to Try the Whole30 Diet? Here's Everything You Can and Cannot Eat

With so many diets out there today, it can be overwhelming choosing the right nutrition regimen for yourself. If you're not sure which one to go with, the Whole30 plan might be a good place to start since it's only a 30-day commitment. The goal of the Whole30 diet is to eliminate certain food …

Nutrition

How to speed up your internet and stop your ISP tracking you

Your entire DNS browsing history can be recorded by your ISP, and will soon be sold to anyone who wants it.<p>DNS is what sends you to the correct site when you browse the internet, but it is also non-encrypted, and reveals your entire browsing history. Your browser’s private mode does nothing, and …

Want to Raise Kids Everyone Wants to Hire? Train Them to Master This 1 Skill

Employers say it's the skill that's needed most in today's workplace.<p>With the cost of college tuition at an all-time high in the U.S., the most common question asked on campus tours these days is, "What's the job placement rate of your graduates?" However, having a college degree no longer …

resourceful

2018 Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl Mix

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How to Negotiate Your Next New-Car Lease Like a Pro

Car salespeople will tell you that most people who end up leasing a new vehicle don’t walk through the door thinking of themselves as lease customers. Rather, like proposals on New Year’s Eve, leasing often just kind of happens, and the person has to live with the consequences of a spontaneous …

This new synthesizer is designed to get kids hooked on electronic music

Playtime Engineering has introduced a new toy called the Blipblox Audio Exploration Module, a synthesizer designed to get kids hooked on electronic …

Video: How to Care for Leather Hiking Boots

Ever wondered about the best way to care for your leather hiking boots? If so, the latest video from REI is here to help. It offers some great tips …

Hiking

Philly’s Third Restaurant Renaissance Has Arrived

Food writers in Philadelphia go through what I like to call the “12 Steps of Stephen Starr.” Okay, there are more like four steps, but […]The post …

Apple will give you more cash for your dusty old Mac

Apple has increased its trade-in values for a bunch of old Mac models. Machines released in 2009 and later could now earn you up to $2,500. That’s a generous $1,000 more than the previous limit.<p>If you were thinking about treating yourself to a new Mac this Christmas, Apple just made it a whole lot …

MacBook Pro

Hipster counterparts of America's most popular national parks

Visiting America's most popular national parks, especially in summer, is quickly becoming a gamble. Will it be one of your favorite memories, or will …

National Parks

Rice Calories Can Be Cut in Half With This Trick

A cup of white rice has about 200 calories—not insignificant, considering it’s most often used as a small part of a larger dish. But there’s an easy, …

E30 BMW 325iX -- Perfect Winter Toy?

Say the word “E30” to any BWM enthusiast and you’ll see their eyes light up with the thought of the famous M3. While not the first ever generation of …

My Top 10 Jazz Albums of 2017

It's that time of the year when I shift away from the world's calamities to some of its finest achievements (for a minute anyway), which is to say, …

We're still fighting, more than 150 years after Appomattox | NOLA.com

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- When the Civil War was over, when the dead were buried and the union was reunited, it came time to tell tales and write history. …

War

How to speed up your Wi-Fi

Optimize your internet connection.<p>No one likes slow Wi-Fi—it's right up there with creaking doors and leaking taps as one of the most frustrating household problems. To boost your upload and download speeds back up to where they should be, try making these tweaks to your router and other …

The best beer from every state

In honor of National Beer Day, we've put together a list of the best beer from every state and Washington, DC. The list, which was compiled by craft-beer authority RateBeer.com, was based on lifetime reviews and each beer's overall performance ratings last year. This year, they excluded double IPAs …

Top Five BMW Engines going into 2017

Gone are the days of the screaming, naturally-aspirated BMW I6 engine. That guttural, metallic induction noise we’ve become accustomed to has gone …

Engines

The Best Hiking Boots for Short Hikes or Long Treks

A great hike requires an equally great shoe.<p>No one wants to get halfway through a hike only to start suffering from wet socks and knee scrapes. While there's no substitute for trying on different boots before deciding on a pair, the choices below should help narrow down your search. All are …

The decoupling delusion: rethinking growth and sustainability

Our economy and society ultimately depend on natural resources: land, water, material (such as metals) and energy. But some scientists have …

Sustainability

EPA chief denies carbon dioxide is main cause of global warming and... wait, what!?

Well, that didn't take long.<p>Soon after moving to slash his agency's budget and staff, Scott Pruitt, the new head of the Environmental Protection …

Climate Change

Climate scientists and weather forecasters outraged by proposed cuts to NOAA

The Trump administration has proposed a 17 percent cut to the budget of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, according to a four-page budget document obtained by The Washington Post and reported on Friday. Several leaders in the weather and climate community have expressed …

University of Washington

People Are Flipping Out Over This Magical Secret Grand Canyon Waterfall

As if you needed another reason to add the Grand Canyon to your American travel bucket list, we have just the cause to put your wanderlusting heart into a trip-planning frenzy. The internet is full-on freaking out about Havasupai Falls, and you'll soon see exactly why.<p>Situated in the southwest …