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How to use weeds to read soil

The weeds in your yard are trying to tell you something.<p>There's no such thing as a good weed. That’s something you learn pretty quickly in a …

Gardening

Where to find the best free stuff online

Why pay?<p>The internet is brimming with freebies—you just need to know where to look for them. There are a lot of sites that offer free items—but there are also a lot of scams. We've handpicked the most trustworthy sites and apps for you to turn to, whether you're hunting for a sofa or a smartphone …

Freebies

These Tests Will Tell You Just How Good Your Eyes Are at Seeing Color

Let’s talk about how you’re perceiving color. The idea came to me when a coworker asked if they should get the computer with 100-percent sRGB or …

OLEDs

How to create a perfectly imperfect lawn

Make your yard beautiful—and environmentally-friendly, too.<p>Have you ever walked past one of those lawns that looks like a movie set? At your feet lies a Stepford-esque sea of emerald, not a bug or weed in sight, and a friendly neighbor is always standing on guard, hose in hand. (Pro tip: That …

Gardening

Are Space And Time Quantized? Maybe Not, Says Science

Throughout the history of science, one of the prime goals of making sense of the Universe has been to discover what’s fundamental. Many of the things we observe and interact with in the modern, macroscopic world are composed of, and can be derived from, smaller particles and the underlying laws …

Quantum Mechanics

New Study On Gravitational Waves Reveals They Could Be Produced By Wormholes, Not Black Holes

The research argues that gravitational waves give off echoes which, if confirmed, would prove that black holes don't exist and are, in fact, …

Wormholes

Best Sci Fi Movies on Netflix Right Now (June 2018)

It's hard to imagine it now, but there was a time when a service like Netflix Streaming was the stuff of science fiction. It's a repository of motion …

Entertainment

5 baking soda hacks to keep your laundry smelling super fresh

As the buzz around multi-tasking ingredients and pantry-staples hacks reaches an audible roar, happy news: Another ingredient is about to join the …

Cleaning

Running Drills to Cure Heel Striking and Shin Splints

<b>Having poor running technique can be painful and costly</b>. The gadgets and gear to help correct you can be overwhelming, the costs of therapy for …

Workouts

10 Ground Beef Skillet Recipes — Recipes from the Kitchn

Arm yourself with a pound of ground beef and a skillet, and your dinner possibilities become quite extraordinary. Using ground beef is a smart way to …

Cooking

Windows users attacked via critical Flash zero-day: Patch now, urges Adobe

Adobe issues security update for critical zero-day Flash Player flaw that attackers are exploiting via Excel docs.<p><i>Video: A brief history of Adobe</i> …

Information Security

Sorry, keto fans, you're probably not in ketosis

Then again, you shouldn’t be anyway.<p>Keto is hard. If it’s not hard, you’re probably not doing it right.<p>The diet gets billed as a miraculously enjoyable diet—eat all the fat you want, just cut out the carbs. But the ketogenic diet (also called keto) was never supposed to be fun. It was supposed to …

Nutrition

Cause of polycystic ovary syndrome discovered at last

The most common cause of female infertility – polycystic ovary syndrome – may be caused by a hormonal imbalance before birth. The finding has led to …

The Endocannabinoid System - How Cannabis Affects The Human Body

How Cannabis Affects The Human Body<p><b>The legal cannabis</b> movement started in San Francisco in the early 1990’s when it was discovered that cannabis …

Cannabis

9 Expert Tips for Attracting Hummingbirds to Your Backyard

Attracting hummingbirds is easy when you start thinking like a hummingbird! Experts Kenn and Kimberly Kaufman explain what these birds really want …

Birds

The scariest horror films ever – ranked!

25 Don’t Torture a Duckling (Lucio Fulci, 1972)<p>Now that Lars von Trier has offered what may be a backhanded homage to it in his serial-killer nightmare The House That Jack Built, attention may well refocus on this cult giallo classic from Italy. A journalist investigates a series of murders in a …

Horror

Cost plunges for capturing carbon dioxide from the air

Pulling carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air and using it to make synthetic fuel seems like the ultimate solution to climate change: Instead of adding …

Carbon Dioxide

How to Make the Korean Pomegranate Drink That's Helping Women Lose a Pound a Day

You know how much Americans love the refreshing tang of lemonade? That’s how folks in Asia feel about a sweet-and-sour drink made with pomegranate …

Nutrition

There's a HIIT for weight lifting, too. And it works really well.

You may already know it by another name.<p>Everyone wants to work out less and see more gains, right?. Sweat for 20 minutes instead of an hour <i>and</i> get in shape faster? Come on. What could be better than that?<p>That’s the appeal of high-intensity interval training, or HIIT. Keep your heart rate way up for …

Exercise

90s Bands: 10 Forgotten Greats Worth Rediscovering

Ah, <b>the 90s</b>, a decade when the most improbable bands were topping the charts and the most left-field indie acts were courted by the majors. In some …

Universal Music

"Mind-boggling" Stanford research turns human blood cells into functional neurons

In breakthrough new research described as "somewhat mind-boggling," a team at Stanford University has developed a technique than can transform human …

Neuroscience

Russian Router Malware Just Got Much Worse: What to Do

Remember that Russian router malware warning from last week? The situation is even worse than we originally thought, and a whole lot more router …

Wi-Fi

32 Genius Gadgets Under $40 On Amazon That Are Basically Out Of A Black Mirror Episode

<i>Black Mirror</i> is science fiction, but sometimes it hits pretty close to home — and today’s modern world is actually filled with high-tech devices that …

Black Mirror

The Higgs Boson Has a New Friend

The Higgs boson appeared again at the world's largest atom smasher — this time, alongside a top quark and an antitop quark, the heaviest known …

Physics

Switching Antidepressants: Strategies, Side Effects, and More

If you’ve been diagnosed with depression, your doctor will likely start you on a treatment plan of antidepressants like a selective serotonin …

Depression

Space Carrier Avalon

• <b>Author:</b> Glynn Stewart<p><b>The Fleet’s Old Lady – out for one last dance</b><p><i>Avalon</i> was the flagship of the Castle Federation in the last war, now twenty years past. The first of the deep space carriers, no other warship in the fleet holds as many honors or has recorded as many kills.<p>No other warship in the …

10 great sci-fi books to read before they become TV shows

Science-fiction literature has always been fertile ground for movies and television, with generations of screenwriters and directors finding …

Science Fiction

A radical US startup has successfully fired up its zero-emissions fossil-fuel power plant

The US energy startup, Net Power, has announced that it has successfully fired up its natural-gas plant in La Porte, Texas. In the age of climate change, when reducing emissions should be our primary goal, it may sound odd to celebrate the launch of a fossil fuel-burning plant. But Net Power is …

Fossil Fuels

Staring Into Someone's Eyes For 10 Minutes Induces an Altered State of Consciousness

Volunteers even ended up hallucinating.<p>In 2015, a psychologist in Italy figured out how to induce a drug-free altered state of consciousness by …

Neurology

This Method of Intermittent Fasting Is Perfect For Beginners

If you've heard about the benefits of intermittent fasting (IF) such as weight loss (including stubborn belly fat), decreased sugar cravings, more energy, improved mental clarity, reduced inflammation, disease prevention, and better sleep, you're bound to be inspired to try it. For beginners, the …

Holistic Medicine