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Protein Powder 101: A Beginner's Guide

If protein powder is completely foreign territory to you, you may be wondering about the very basics like when to use it and for what. Can it only be taken after workouts? Are smoothies the only way to go? To answer all your questions, we spoke with Jim White, RD, ACSM health fitness specialist, …

Nutrition

Chive plants in your garden herbs

On April 24, 2018 by admin<p>Chives are so easy to grow. Plant a clump in a sunny spot, water, and forget about it. It’s pest free and mostly. It …

Gardening

Why eco-gardening is one of this year's most significant trends

There's been a rise of eco-conscious gardeners who are seeking a more sustainable, environmentally friendly way to garden.<p><b>As a nation we're becoming more environmentally aware, so much so that 67 per cent of people consider themselves to be eco-conscious when it comes to gardening.</b><p>In fact, the …

Gardening

What Is Ultra-Processed Food?

Photo by Paul Townsend.<p>We eat a lot of ultra-processed food, and these foods tend to be sugary and not so great for us. But the problem isn't …

Profit

Expert advice to ace container gardening this summer

I need some advice on the best practices to use for gardening with containers. I want to add some color to my patio this summer.<p><i>— Debbie Johnson, Woodstock</i><p>Start by purchasing a high-quality growing medium for your containers. It is best to use a commercial, lightweight, soil-less growing medium …

Gardening

Why you should plant flowers alongside vegetables

<b>Flowers have a remarkable ability to keep your veggie crop strong and healthy. Here's what you need to do.</b><p>When planning a vegetable garden for this …

Gardening

New bird-of-paradise has killer dance moves - Futurity

Long confused with another, almost identical bird-of-paradise, the new species sets itself apart with its unique dance routine. Watch the bird get …

Birds

The best method for cooking asparagus is 2,000 years old

I used to think I didn’t like asparagus, but it turned out to be—as these aversions often are—a textural problem. Their stalks would remain fibrous …

Asparagus

Samsung Patent Reveals Blueprints for a Virtual Dog Leash

Wireless dog walking is almost here.<p>Samsung has patented some game-changing concepts in the smartphone industry. But while Apple has been working on …

Wireless Charging

16 Prebiotic Foods to Eat Now

Feed your gut flora with these prebiotic-rich foods.<p>Try to eat more of these prebiotic-rich foods — and for extra credit, pair them with the …

Healthy Eating

8 Best Places to See Wildlife in the U.S.

There won't be any lions, but the U.S. has some pretty mighty wildlife of its own.<p>In Swahili, the word <i>safari</i> means “journey” or “trip.” Yet in English, the term implies an African tour with the express purpose of observing native fauna—lions, elephant, antelopes, oh my! But if you wanted to see the …

National Parks

The foods that might help with dementia

<b>A man has told of how he "got his mum back" from the ravages of Alzheimer's disease, in part, by getting her to follow a diet high in berries and leafy green vegetables.</b><p>But how realistic is it that dementia can be tackled through diet?<p>Mark Hatzer's mum Sylvia was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in …

Dementia

Worst mass extinctions may have been caused by rising mountains

The birth of a mountain range in what is now South Africa may have helped to drive one of the most severe mass extinctions in Earth’s history.<p>The …

Extinction

How vitamin D protects against type 2 diabetes

Vitamin D deficiency may put people at higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to a new study now published in the journal <i>PLOS ONE</i>.<p>The …

Diabetes

Archaea vs bacteria

The tree of life, which depicts how life has evolved and diversified on the planet, is getting a lot more complicated.<p>Researchers at UC Berkeley, who …

Biology

A lake full of algae will wreck more than your summer swimming plans

Algae blooms in lakes and oceans generate pollution that harms people, pets, and the planet.<p>Aquatic ecologist John A. Downing happily remembers childhood holidays at his family’s vacation home at Wabana Lake, near Grand Rapids, Minnesota. The lake was upstream “from almost everything,” making it …

Rare American Bittern sparks 'mega-twitch' in Suffolk

The arrival of a rare American Bittern to Britain has sparked a ‘mega-twitch’ with thousands of birdwatchers descending on the Suffolk broads to catch a glimpse of the elusive visitor.<p>It is the first time in eight years that the bird has been sighted in the UK, with ornithologists speculating it …

Birds

Corals Are in Serious Trouble. This Lab Could Help Save Them

Nestled among giant fish tanks at the California Academy of Sciences, there's a black box—just big enough to hold six aquariums and maybe five …

Biology

This Twisted Squid Is Unlike Any We've Seen Before, And Scientists Are Excited

"What in the hell was that?"<p>Squids are some of the most uncanny ocean animals we see. They're twisty, and strange, and have cephalopod cunning. And …

Zoology

Must See: A Gorgeous North Carolina Garden Transformation

Every garden has a story to tell, says landscape designer Jay Sifford. Opening his ears and heart, he cultivated beauty from desolation.<p>Jay Sifford …

Landscaping

How an Obsession With Rare Bird Feathers Turned Criminal

In a bizarre heist, a young musician broke into the British Natural History Museum at Tring to steal exotic birds.<p>“This is a very unusual crime,” Detective Inspector Fraser Wylie of the Hertfordshire Constabulary, in southern England, said at the time.<p>It happened one night in November 2009, when …

Birds

10 Ideas to Steal from Desert Gardens

Desert landscapes look like the backdrops in old cartoons, endless loops showing a lone cactus silhouetted against the sky while Road Runner and Wile …

Landscaping

Spectacular waterfalls within the USA

While spring temperatures continue to play cat and mouse with much of the country, the weather is indeed warming, and with the warmer weather comes snow melt. This spring, the melt from above average snow falls is rewarding us with spectacular sights at waterfalls around the USA.<p><b>Alaska</b><p>With more …

National Parks

Top 10 DIY Infused Detox Water Recipes

1<p>These DIY Infused Waters Are Refreshing and Taste Great<p>Despite the trendy name, detox water (also called spa water or infused water) is simply water …

Alternative Medicine

The raw fruits and vegetables that improve mental health, according to study

Eating raw fruits and vegetables could boost mental health and assuage depressive symptoms, a new study suggests.<p>Researchers at the University of …

Mental Health

Everything You Need to Know About the Mediterranean Diet to Lose Weight, Gain Energy, and Live Longer

It seems that every other week, the Mediterranean diet is making headlines. And there’s a reason why this eating plan is touted as one of the world’s …

Nutrition

These seeds will captivate you whether you’re a gardener or not

Chances are, you’ve never given seeds much thought.<p>Maybe you strew them around your garden each spring. Maybe you pour them into your salad.<p>But seeds are more than snacks — they’re little repositories of the genetic information that makes the plant world tick. And they’re on display in all their …

Spices

Saving pollinators is about more than just honeybees

Wild insects are the most important and vulnerable pollinators.<p>Pollinating insects like bees, butterflies and flies have had a rough time of late. A broad library of evidence suggests there has been a widespread decline in their abundance and diversity since the 1950s. This matters because such …

Ecology

Stop Buying Tangerines. Plant Them In A Flowerpot And You Will Always Have Hundreds Of Organic Tangerines!

Citrus reticulat is the Latin name for tangerines, or Mandarin oranges. This fruit is rich in nutrients, including vitamin C, B12, A, potassium, and …

Gardening