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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

Five Ways to Use a Speed Square

If you're doing any kind of DIY or construction work, there are a handful of absolutely essential tools you need in your belt: hammer, tape measure, …

Woodworking

The top 20 coastal glamping sites in the UK

<b>Cotna Eco Retreat, Cornwall</b><p>Streams running through this 10-acre smallholding – home to hens, horses and vegetable-filled poly-tunnels – trickle …

This keyboard shortcut will revolutionize copy and paste on your Mac

Did you ever copy some text from a Word document, or from the web, and paste it into an email, only to have the pasted text keep its stupid 24-point Comic Sans formatting? Maybe you had to select everything, then start futzing with the Mac’s font panel to get the new text to match.<p>The way to fix …

Keyboard Shortcuts

5 Amazon obscure settings you should change now

The items we buy say a lot about our lifestyles, our finances, and our domestic lives. If you have an Amazon account, the amount of data that the retail giant collects is astonishing. Many people don’t know you get much more just free two-day shipping with a Prime account.<p>With these different areas …

Amazon Echo

16 vegetables to grow for autumn harvests

Leafy greens thrive in cooler weather Sow the seeds for these 16 different vegetables in summer for bountiful autumn harvests. Includes pak choi, …

Gardening

The 10 Best and Worst Oils For Your Health

Home cooks have plenty of options when it comes to choosing which type of oil to sauté, bake and drizzle with. Some, like olive oil, are well known, …

Nutrition

How to build a Passive House off-grid, and without foam

1/21<p>MARTaK Passive House Build<p>The Passive House Institute is known to have one of the strictest energy-efficient building standards in the world. …

Off-grid

7 Smokable Plants You Can Grow That Aren’t Marijuana

By Brian Barth<p>Here's a non-trend that you'd think would be more hip: tobacco-free herbal smoking blends.<p>Quite a few plants may be safely, and …

Plants

15 Climate Change Facts That You'll Know Are True If You're Not An Idiot

1. Let's clear this up: the overwhelming majority of climate scientists — aka the experts — believe that climate change is REAL, happening, and is …

Climate Change

Easy Creamy Spinach and Artichoke Dip [Vegan]

<i>If you enjoy recipes like this, we highly recommend downloading the Food Monster App, it's available for both Android and iPhone and has free and</i> …

Gmail messages 'read by human third parties'

<b>Google has confirmed that private emails sent and received by Gmail users can sometimes be read by third-party app developers, not just machines.</b><p>People who have connected third-party apps to their accounts may have unwittingly given human staff permission to read their messages.<p>One company told the …

Apps

Tiny Home Hacks We Learned From 200-Square-Foot Dorms

Is this the coolest student housing in the world?<p>What was your dorm room like? If it’s anything like the majority of American public universities, …

Brave advances browser privacy with Tor-powered tabs

Want more online privacy? Brave, the ad-blocking browser, has a new way to get it on the web.<p>A new version of the browser released Thursday adds technology called onion routing from the Tor Project as an option to its private tabs. Tor helps keep you anonymous by shuttling your internet …

Stop buying potatoes. Use this super easy method to get an endless supply at home!

If you eat a lot of potatoes, you’ll want to read this one. This super easy afternoon project can end up feeding you and your family for weeks and …

Samsung launches LED that 'boosts plant growth'

Samsung Electronics has launched the LH351B Red, an LED that emits red at 660nm wavelength and boosts photosynthesis of plants.<p>Samsung has launched …

Retrobatch for Mac means you can finally ditch Photoshop

Acorn is one of the two best1 Mac image editors for normal humans. Retrobatch, from the same developer, is a batch-processor for images, letting you build simple or fancy workflows that can do pretty much anything to your images, automatically. If you regularly resize photos, remove location data, …

16 Foods That’ll Re-Grow from Kitchen Scraps

Looking for a healthy way to get more from your garden? Like to know your food is free of the pesticides and other nasties that are often sprayed on …

5 Exotic (SuperFood) Root Vegetables and Herbs For Containers

If you’re planning to grow something unusual and exotic, try one of these SUPER HEALTHY root vegetables and herbs for…

Assemble Your Own Modular Li-Ion Batteries

Low-voltage DC power electronics are an exciting field right now. Easy access to 18650 battery cells and an abundance of used Li-Ion cells from …

Batteries

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 …

Wi-Fi

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Announcing Our New Guide to Herbs

With spring under way, we’re excited to announce that our family of Garden Design 101 guides is expanding this week—with our new Herbs 101 …

Gardening 101: Blueberries

Blueberry, <i>Vaccinium spp.:</i> “Ornamental Superfood”<p>Blueberries were the first fruit I grew in my first Brooklyn garden on a tiny 50th-floor terrace in …

Cloudflare launches 1.1.1.1 DNS service that will speed up your internet

Not an April Fools’ prank<p>Cloudflare is launching its own consumer DNS service today, on April Fools’ Day, that promises to speed up your internet connection and help keep it private. The service is using https://1.1.1.1, and it’s not a joke but an actual DNS resolver that anyone can use. Cloudflare …

The best books about science from the last 15 years that everyone should read

From discussions of human-machine hybrids to lost civilizations in the Amazon and octopus brains, scientists and writers have produced some amazing works of nonfiction in the past 15 years.<p>If you're in the mood to learn something new, as well as be entertained by riveting storylines, look no …

Singularity