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33 Expensive Services You Should DIY

<i>By Andrew Lisa, Contributor</i><p>From your taxes to your toenails and your radiator to your roasted coffee beans, your life requires upkeep and attention. By definition, professionals don't perform services for free. If you can learn to take on a few dozen key tasks and projects by yourself, you can save …

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Pineapple Myths: Debunked

To see if a pineapple is ripe, should you pull its leaves or sniff its base? Here's what you need to know about buying and storing this all-season …

DIY: Turn Photos Into Beautiful Watercolor Portraits

Extra photos for bloggers: 1, 2, 3<p>Photography and stencil art go hand-in-hand quite merrily, but it’s not so great if you’re not chummy with the …

A Special Forces Officer Teaches You 5 Secrets to Overcoming Adversity

Life can be really difficult sometimes. We all deal with it. But how do top performers overcome challenges? And what can we learn from them? I …

20 Ways to Supercharge Your Ability to Learn

Chris Pecoraro—Getty Images<p>Sam Edwards—Getty Images/Caiaimage<p>Jetta Productions—Getty Images<p>by nacoki ( MEDIA ARC )—Getty Images/Flickr RF<p>Reza …

13 essential DIY beauty products every man needs

Guys, it's time for some real talk about your skincare routine.<p>That "just got out of bed" look isn't going to be cute forever. Beauty maintenance can …

14 Charts That'll Help You Look Like A Bona Fide Wine Expert

We've heard wine experts toss around phrases like "oaky with a bit of a banana aroma" or "jammy," as if the rest of us could also distinguish those flavors. The film "Sideways" was filled with that type of annoying bravado as it followed two friends across California's wine country. "A little …

Are You Paying Too Much for Common Repairs?

Congratulations on buying your first house. Now, you have to learn how to keep it in good repair.<p>Most repairs are simple, inexpensive, and …

19 Clever DIY Projects To Hide Eyesores Around The Home

Mortgage breakers ignore posted rates at their own peril

As the housing market thaws from a cold winter, mortgage rate specials are popping up like spring flowers. But even as they compete to offer rock-bottom rates, banks have largely kept their posted mortgage rates unchanged.<p>Few borrowers give posted rates a second glance, since they'll rarely be …

Advanced House Painting Tips For A Pro-like Paint

Bringing a whole new look to a room is easier than ever these days, thanks to the many retail outlets offering a cornucopia of supplies for DIY fans. …

Hot glue gun becomes handheld 3D printer with some help from Lego

Given some biodegradable 3D printing filament and tasked with doing something creative with it, Vimal Patel built an extruder using Lego, attached it …

How the Most Powerful People Get Things Done: 4 Tips From a White House Staffer

We all have big decisions to make and deadlines to meet. And sometimes it can feel overwhelming.<p>This got me wondering: How do the most powerful …

39 Commonly Misused Words and How to Use Them Correctly

Where the mechanics of writing are concerned, I’m far from perfect. One example: I always struggle with <i>who</i> and <i>whom.</i> (Sometimes I’ll even rewrite a …

The Morning Routine Experts Recommend for Peak Productivity

What’s the best way to start your day so that you really get things done?<p>Laura Vanderkam studied the schedules of high-achievers. What did she find? …

How to Be Someone People Love to Talk To

When do we really learn good conversation skills? Well, we don’t. We’re just kind of expected to pick them up…<p>And we wonder why people aren’t better …

Are you emotionally intelligent? Here’s how to know for sure

When emotional intelligence (EQ) first appeared to the masses, it served as the missing link in a peculiar finding: people with average IQs outperform those with the highest IQs 70 per cent of the time. This anomaly threw a massive wrench into the broadly held assumption that IQ was the sole source …

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Man Saves Wife’s Sight by 3D Printing Her Tumor

<b>The summer of 2013 found Michael Balzer in good health.</b> A few years earlier, he’d struggled with a long illness that had cost him his job. As he recovered, he built an independent career creating 3D graphics and helping his wife, a psychotherapist named Pamela Shavaun Scott, develop treatments for …

Why the World Needs the US Economy to Struggle

<i>Below is the January 4th Thoughts from the Frontline, republished in full.</i><p>The headlines this morning talk about the US dollar hitting an 11-year high. I have been saying for years that the dollar is going to go higher than anyone can imagine. This trade is just in the early innings. And the …

January 2015

Five reasons why markets are heading for a crash

Hold onto your hats. Stock markets look much as they did in 2000 and 2007<p>Many stock markets are close to their all-time highs, the oil price is plummeting, delivering a significant boost to Western and Asian economies, the European Central Bank is getting ready for full-scale sovereign QE – or so …

How-To: Paper Snowflake Ballerina

Churning out the same old paper snow flakes year after year? Why not upgrade your winter holiday decor to includes these whimsical paper ballerinas?<p>The Krokotak blog has a simple photo tutorial and free printable template for the dancer silhouettes. These would look beautiful hanging in a window …

Oversized Holly and Berry Garland

Learn to make this oversized holly and berry garland. It's so simple! But there's one simple trick to make it work.<p>294<p>2786

How Green Are Those Solar Panels, Really?

As the industry grows, so does concern over the environmental impact.<p><b>As the world seeks cleaner power, solar energy capacity has increased sixfold in the past five years. Yet manufacturing all those solar panels, a Tuesday report shows, can have environmental downsides.</b><p>Fabricating the panels …

The Hummingbird Effect: How Galileo Invented Timekeeping and Forever Changed Modern Life

While we appreciate it in the abstract, few of us pause to grasp the miracles of modern life, from artificial light to air conditioning, as <b>Steven Johnson</b> puts it in the excellent <b>How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World</b> (<i>public library</i>), “how amazing it is that we drink water …

Popular ‘no lose’ investments come with hidden costs

You may have heard the pitch for popular market-linked GICs: If stock markets go up, you win by sharing in the wealth; if they go down, you don't lose because your initial investment is guaranteed. Marketers, reasoning that investors are moved by fear and greed, are appealing to both emotions.<p>But …

19 Incredibly Impressive Students At Harvard

Narrowing down the 6,700-person student body to just a handful of go-getters was a challenge John Harvard himself wouldn't have struggled with any less. We spoke with campus leaders, sought the counsel of student journalists, and combed the internet to find the 19 Harvard College undergrads who …

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Women Need Equal Treatment in Medical Research

Who would have thought that in 2014 we would be fighting to ensure that women are included in research on diseases and medical drugs and devices? If you find it outrageous, you are not alone.<p>Who would have thought that in 2014 we would be fighting to ensure that women are included in research on …

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10 Apps You Probably Never Heard Of That Employees Are Sneaking Into Work

With our tablets, smartphones and cloud services, if we need an app, we get it ourselves.<p>This is drastically different than the way work tech used to be: bought by IT, set up by IT, issued by IT and controlled by IT. You didn't like what you were given? Oh well.<p>Interestingly, this has created …