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Older adults buddy up with Amazon’s Alexa

When Willie Kate Friar wakes in the middle of the night, the octogenarian doesn’t have to turn on the lights or crane her neck to find out the time. …

On Writing The Squickerwonkers

Writing for children is a revolutionary act, or at least, I think it can be. The ideas we put in their minds will shape the human beings they are growing up to be. I take that responsibility, that challenge, very seriously.<p>That is why, in my new children's book series, <i>The Squickerwonkers</i>, I have …

How to Buy Groceries: Supermarket Shopping 101

We take you from the front door to the checkout aisle of the typical supermarket to help you buy (and not buy) food the right way<p><i>This is the second part of a two-part series on how to get the most of your supermarket-shopping experience. Part One discussed how supermarkets try to get you to spend</i> …

Personal Finance

What kind of King will Charles III be?

On 15 September, while President Obama was meeting with his advisers in the White House and deciding how to unleash the world’s most powerful military machine on the Islamic State in Iraq, his ambassador to Britain, Matthew Barzun, was spending the day in a field in Gloucestershire, learning about …

Infographic Reveals What Gear is Stolen Most and Where You’re Most Likely to Get Robbed

Last year, anti-theft service Lenstag pulled all of its stats together to figure out what photography gear is stolen the most and where it’s most …

Homemade Marinara Sauce Is Easy to Make—If You Avoid These Common Mistakes

Jarred marinara sauce can't hold a candle to the homemade version. Avoid these common mistakes and whip up a batch tonight.<p>Is there any dinner that's easier to make and more satisfying than pasta and marinara sauce covered in a flurry of shredded Parmesan? We think not. But before you reach for a …

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Anonymous takes over Ku Klux Klan's Twitter account

The internet activist group Anonymous has responded to Twitter taunts from the Ku Klux Klan by taking over its US Twitter account.<p>The Twitter spat began after the KKK allegedly threatened protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, as the area awaits an imminent court decision over the killing of Michael …

What 200 Calories of Every Food Looks Like

The Calorific app makes you weep salty truth tears.<p>Because I cover health, sometimes people ask me if I'm especially healthy. The answer is no, of course. I'm just better at deluding myself than most people are.<p>For example, I know that Chipotle burritos are extremely caloric, but I've managed to …

The complete guide to networking for introverts

Most people find networking to be a somewhat uncomfortable endeavor. But the task of meeting and greeting strangers en masse—and ultimately asking them for business—can be far more painful for introverts, according to research. Extroverts, who tend to excel at building contacts outside their …

Personality

Brittany Maynard and the Challenge of Dying with Dignity

The terminally ill 29-year-old, who took her own life Saturday, was certain in her wishes. But what about patients who seem motivated by depression or hopelessness?<p>"Goodbye world," wrote Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old woman suffering from an aggressive and lethal form of brain cancer, before she …

Meditation Tips for the Easily Distracted

<i>By Alex Orlov for Life by DailyBurn</i><p>Odds are good that you’re one of the 90.6 percent of Americans that have not meditated in the past 12 months. …

How Dwayne Johnson rocked the film industry

It was 110 degrees in the Sahara Desert, and Dwayne Johnson was freezing.<p>He was in Morocco in 2001 shooting his first film role, as the Scorpion King …

Cool facts about your biological clock

Feeling tired after turning the clock back? That’s because the internal clock that controls your circadian rhythms needs time to adjust.<p>Circadian …

Sleep

5 Ways The Internet Will Revolutionize Work And Play By 2025

Experts imagine how our lives will be different when our connections are 100 times faster than today’s. (Are you listening, Comcast?)<p>For all the ways the Internet has changed how we live and work over the last 20 years, there are still plenty of areas it hasn’t touched, and plenty more where it …

Computer Science

'Am I being catfished?' An author confronts her number one online critic

When a bad review of her first novel appeared online, Kathleen Hale was warned not to respond. But she soon found herself wading in<p>In the months before my first novel came out, I was a charmless lunatic – the type that other lunatics cross the street to avoid. I fidgeted and talked to myself, …

Revamp your yogurt: 13 ways to give your blah breakfast a boost

There’s a reason — or several, actually — why yogurt is such a popular breakfast. Packed with calcium, protein and good-for-you probiotics, yogurt is one of the best foods you can eat to kick off your morning. It’s also quick and easy to prepare, and keeps you full until lunchtime. Plus, yogurt is …

Homer's Last Theorem

Along with high school friends David Schiminovich and David Borden, he formed a teenage gang of computer programmers called the Glitchmasters, and …

Inside Hollywood’s Shocking Blackface Problem

A civil rights fight that was thought to have been eradicated years ago is nevertheless taking place in the entertainment industry. So why is Hollywood still "painting down" stuntpeople?<p>It felt like 1964 all over again.<p>The news spread quickly earlier this month in the small, tight-knit stuntperson …

Black History

The Introverted Face

People put serious weight on judgments of character based on facial structure alone.<p>People whose faces are perceived to look more "competent" are more likely to be CEOs of large, successful companies. Having a face that people deem "dominant" is a predictor of rank advancement in the military. …

Spicy BBQ Chickpea and Crispy Polenta Bowls with Asparagus + Ranch Hummus.

Kind of a weird post today.<p>And not just because this is one giant bowl of health you are looking at, but more because of that giant scar on the guy …

These Lunch Bowl Recipes Just Made Your Work Week Infinitely Better

The lunch slump -- it happens to all of us. Once you've eaten at every lunch spot around your office, and you've made every sandwich, soup and salad you can dream up, you're hit with a total loss of what to eat for your midday meal. Once it sets in, it's hard to shake. Nothing seems appetizing …

33 Fall Weeknight Meals You Can Make in an Hour or Less

From roasted chicken to winter squash pasta, here are 33 quick weeknight meals for fall.<p><b>Pasta, winter squash, roast chicken—fall is the best time for weeknight cooking</b>. Plan your entire week's worth of dinners with these 33 meals, each of which can be made in an hour or less.

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Why The U.S. Chills Its Eggs And Most Of The World Doesn't

Go in search of eggs in most foreign countries and you might encounter a strange scene: eggs on a shelf or out in the open air, nowhere near a refrigerator.<p>Shock and confusion may ensue. What are they doing there? And are they safe to eat?<p>We Americans, along with the Japanese, Australians and …

How An Offbeat Side Job Can Supercharge Your Creative Process

The former art director of McSweeney’s talks about his adventures moonlighting as a Lyft driver, and how it’s inspired his work.<p>For the past seven years, editor and designer Brian McMullen had a dream creative job as the senior art director and one of the senior editors at literary and humor …

Rare Insights from Bill Cunningham, the Man Who Invented Street Style

Photo: Getty<p>New York Fashion Week officially kicks off today, which means the next few days will be all about shows, presentations, and parties—and all the carefully composed outfits captured by street style photographers. But long before fashion bloggers, The Sartorialist, and New York Fashion …

Gut feelings: the future of psychiatry may be inside your stomach

Her parents were running out of hope. Their teenage daughter, Mary, had been diagnosed with a severe case of obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD), as well as ADHD. They had dragged her to clinics around the country in an effort to thwart the scary, intrusive thoughts and the repetitive behaviors …

Everybody Gets an eBook: 46 Photography eBooks You Can Have for Free

To paraphrase the great Oprah Winfrey, “You get a photography eBook, YOU get a photography eBook, EVERYBODY gets photography eBooks!” Except in this …