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Build Your Own Teardrop Camping Trailer by Yourself

We introduced Happy Camper’s H1 travel trailer last week. Right, impressive, but expensive. Need some alternative? If you know some hands-on skills, …

Why Whole Foods Cutting Prison Labor Is the Least Important Story of the Week

Think of the water buffaloes.<p>Sometimes, as a progressive journalist of opinion, you have to take one for the team. Sometimes, though, you look at the people on your side of the political line and think, "These people. Yeesh."<p>There's currently a major kerfuffle surrounding everybody's go-to place …

The Martian : Farming on Mars Is Not Science Fiction

In October 1982, I was close to achieving intellectual escape velocity. I had just been selected to receive a grant from NASA to study how to grow food to sustain astronauts on long-term space missions. This is not a trivial task. Thirty-three years later, my students and I are still tinkering with …

Living Rooms

'Camping' on Your Own Land is Now Illegal -- Govt Waging War on Off-Grid Living

Costilla County, CO — Across the U.S., local zoning officials are making it increasingly difficult for people to go off the grid, in some instances …

Off-grid

The prisoners fighting wildfires in California

<b>For months, thousands of firefighters have been battling raging wildfires in the tinder-dry forests of drought-stricken California. Most are employees of the state's fire service, but more than a third are prisoners, who earn money and early release in return for doing an exhausting, dirty and</b> …

Fire Fighting

Why do people play violent video games? Storytelling and meaningful choices may play a part

A wealth of studies have shown that violent video games contribute to antisocial and aggressive behavior. But what makes those games appealing in the …

Gravitational Lens Creates A Perfect Einstein Ring Across The Universe

Every now and then, the universe lines up just right for us puny humans on some speck of a planet in the no-where end of the galaxy to see something …

Come to know the Summer Triangle

Coming to know the Summer Triangle, then seeing it again and again on summer nights, is a deep pleasure that adds to the enjoyment of this season.<p>We …

Further Analysis of Higgs Boson Data Reconfirms Standard Model of Physics

For a subatomic particle that remained hidden for nearly 50 years, the Higgs boson is turning out to be remarkably well behaved.<p>Yet more evidence …

'Magic Island' may show Titan's oceans are hardly pacific

The sudden disappearance of a bright spot on a methane sea on Titan could add more proof that Saturn's largest moon is a lot like Earth – just colder and gasier.<p>Astronomers at Cornell University were flipping between radar images of Ligeia Mare, a sea of frigid methane on Titan's northern …

Astrophysicist Mario Livio on Blunders of Evolution and the Evolution of Blunders - Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers — Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers | PBS

<i>We all make mistakes. Nobody’s perfect. Not even some of the greatest geniuses in history, as Mario Livio tells us in part one of this excerpt from</i> …

Albert Einstein

Your Weekly Dose of Photographic Awesomeness: 30 Coolest Photography Links

This week's comprehensive list of photography related links is full of hand selected pieces that feature the very best Toad Hollow Photography could …

Lighting & Posing Tips for Wedding Photography

Wedding photographer Moshe Zusman shoots 15 to 20 very high-end weddings a year. Over the course of his career, he has learned the importance of …

5 Applications For Graphene, The 'Wonder Material,' That Could Change The Way We Live

Graphene, the pure carbon material that's just one atom thick and nearly transparent when laid out in sheets, manages to be roughly 200 times stronger than steel, even though it's 60,000 times thinner than Saran Wrap.<p>Graphene is also an excellent conductor of energy, can be synthesized from unique …

Nanotech

Mystery object in lake on Saturn's moon Titan intrigues scientists

Scientists are investigating a mystery object that appeared and then vanished again from a giant lake on Titan, the largest moon of Saturn.<p>They spotted the object in an image taken by Nasa's Cassini probe last year as it swung around the alien moon, more than a billion kilometres from Earth. …

Is Seawater the Next Big Fuel Source?

In April, the Navy announced a breakthrough in transforming seawater, the earth's most abundant natural resource, to fuel. Researchers used it to fly a model jet powered with an internal combustion engine like its full-sized counterparts. What are the implications of such a technology in a world …

6 Summer Salads You'll Actually Crave

<b>1. Black Bean, Corn & Avocado Salad with Chipotle-Honey Vinaigrette</b><p>With black beans, sweet corn, crisp bell peppers and creamy avocado, this is one of those crowd-pleasing, make-ahead recipes that everyone loves. You can serve it as a side dish, salad or dip. The vinaigrette is similar to the …

Healthy Eating

Which Social Media Accounts Really Matter and Why

This story originally appeared on KISSmetrics<p>I think social media is really important. I doubt anyone would argue with me about that. But social media is also misunderstood in some ways. One of those misunderstandings is <i>which social media sites a business or individual should be on.</i><p>If you read this …

Social Media

The Board Game of the Alpha Nerds

Before Risk, before Dungeons & Dragons, before Magic: The Gathering, there was Diplomacy. One writer enters international competition to play the …

Board Games

Wife of Jeremy Meeks, 'handsome mug shot' subject, is 'furious' at Internet attention, report says

The wife of the felon behind the "handsome" mug shot that's gone viral is "furious" after thousands of Internet admirers have swooned over his chiseled looks and blue eyes, according to a published report.<p>Jeremy Weeks, 30, was arrested Wednesday on five weapons charges and one gang charge, the …

Recent Experiments Give A Glimmer Of Hope For A Treatment For Autism

These are important and widespread substances: ATP, a molecule that shuttles energy around cells, is a purine; so are half the "genetic letters" in DNA. Cells under viral attack tend to shed them.<p>Too many of them in the blood can thus be a signal of viral infection. In that case activating the CDR …

Stretchy, bendy, stronger-than-ever graphene fiber

Researchers have created a simple and scalable method of making strong, stretchable graphene oxide fibers that are easily scrolled into yarns and …

Fish-eating spiders are taking over the world

Spiders that can catch and consume fish are found in every continent in the world — except Antarctica. That's the main conclusion of a study, published on Wednesday in <i>PLOS ONE</i>, in which researchers identify 18 species of spiders that have been observed catching fish.<p>Those specimens, reports <i>National</i> …

Want to Fool a Kid? Put It In Writing

Imagine you’re in an unfamiliar city trying to find a building. You ask someone on the street, and follow their instructions until you see a sign that points another way. Do you obey the sign, or follow the person’s instructions? Most adults would choose to trust written words over oral …

Boston University

Maps show how cocaine moves between US cities

Cities in the US north and northeast tend to be destination cities for cocaine trafficking, while cities in the south and along the west coast are …

Opinion

Letters to the Editor<p>On this day

US military wants to make a portable, bullet-resistant wall that fits in a can

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, has envisioned some peculiar and diverse projects over the years, from molten metal-filled missiles, all the way to submarines that can fly. Then there's this new project that aims to create a portable cylinder that can blow up into a nearly …