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15 of the best science podcasts that will make you smarter

Podcasts are more popular every year, which means there's a wealth of audio storytelling to listen to — and many options to choose from.<p>We're here to help.<p>Whether you need something to listen to on your commute or just want a brain-boost while you pick up around the house, you can always trust a …

Science

Sunday Reading: Cold Cases

Here in New York, we’re huddling indoors; thanks to the “bomb cyclone” that’s been pummelling the East Coast, temperatures are in the single digits. If you, too, are staying in, we have the perfect reading list: a collection of stories about investigations that have gone cold and …

Crime

These Historical Fiction Novels Will Sweep You Away

As it turns out, you don’t need a TARDIS to travel through time. All it takes — pardon our cheesiness — is a library card. But it’s true: More than …

Your brain as laboratory: The science of meditation

<b>(webphotographeer via iStock)</b><p>The idea that meditation is actually a form of research is gaining respect<p>John Yates<p>February 25, 2017 4:59pm (UTC)<p>This article was originally published by Scientific American.<p>Meditation has surged in popularity in recent years, from a fringe interest to a mainstream …

How to access 375,000 beautiful, copyright-free images from New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art

The sumptuous lips of a 3,000-year-old Egyptian queen’s face, and the plump belly of a 9th-century Mexican baby, are now at your disposal.<p>New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art has released 375,000 images of works from its collection, with no restrictions on what you can do with them. The images, …

Museums

Pasta and meatballs, beyond the red sauce approach

Here’s a radical, and delicious, spin on one of our most basic and satisfying dishes: spaghetti and meatballs. In this case, I’ve swapped out tomato sauce for a rich-tasting sesame peanut sauce, and replaced Italian-seasoned ground beef with Asian-style ground pork.<p>The ingredients that define Asian …

Recipes

Lesley Richmond, Textile Artist

Lesley Richmond was born in Cornwall, England. Lesley now lives in Vancouver, BC, Canada. She received her art teachers training in London, England …

Understanding and Caring for Your Feet

<b>Our feet are the most overused, disrespected, and misunderstood parts of our bodies.</b> Our feet are the first shock absorbers, whether we are walking, …

25 habits that psychologists have linked with happiness

Some habits just seem to have the power to lift your spirits.<p>Whether it's taking a few minutes to dive deep into your favorite novel, jotting down some things you're grateful for, or spending some time in nature, there's plenty of psychological research to suggest that certain activities can help …

Happiness

A persuasion expert's 4 best tips for being productive when you don't feel like it

I end up there all the time. So I wondered: what's the best way for <i>me</i> to convince <i>me</i> to be more productive? What's the best way to use the science of persuasion … on myself?<p>I knew the answer was a bit beyond my pay grade, so I called an expert …<p>Robert Cialdini is the Undisputed Heavyweight Champion …

Personal Hygiene

DIY Self-Watering Transplant Tray

comments (3) July 31st, 2011<p><b>Greg Holdsworth</b>, contributor<p>38 users recommend<p>4. Drill a 1/4" hole at these four points. When the water reaches the …

12 innovative rooftop ideas

So much can be done with the roof of your home as it is a place with no barriers, and your creative ideas are free to shine! Today we will show you …

Block Printing 101 From the Women Behind One of the Most Covetable Textile Labels on the West Coast

Sisters Lily and Hopie Stockman are in the business of teaching others how to work with their hands. Aside from creating their own eye-catching, geometric printed textiles through their label Block Shop, the Stockmans also host a series of printing workshops at an enviable offsite studio and home …

The Best Thing You Can Do For Your Messy Kitchen Drawer

We all know that the kitchen tool drawer can get messy fast. Housing everything from uni-tasking gadgets to everyday workhorses like cooking spoons, …

Woodworking

Rain gardens pretty and functional, says Toronto resident

If you're concerned about basement floods due to heavy rains, there's a relatively inexpensive and environmentally friendly way to prevent them, a …

Pokemon GO Reddit cheats, IV calculators, and egg chart news

This morning we’re running down the current still-active Pokemon GO cheats, maps, IV calculators, and everything in-between. Before we go any …

How Working On My 'Extrovert Skills' Made Me A Happier Introvert

<b>This article first appeared on</b> <b>QuietRev.com</b><p>“Being introverted doesn’t mean you’re shy.” That’s what I always tell people because when I start talking no one believes I’m an introvert. But it’s only half true: sure, we may not be <i>shy</i>, but many introverts do experience social isolation or feel awkward …

The Right Way To Approach Stride Length—And Why You Should Care

When she first started running 25 years ago, Valerie Hunt thought she should be pushing off of her back leg and reaching forward with her front leg …

Best TV Shows to Watch If You're a Crime Drama Junkie

As a crime drama junkie, you already have a handle on the food pyramid of hearty, nutritiously litigious crime TV: "Criminal Minds" is your dependable grains group, the whole dysfunctional "CSI" family has your fruits covered, and "True Detective" is like a crunchy, dense helping of veggies.<p>OK, …

10 great tech and science podcasts that will make you smarter

By James O'Malley

Podcasting

10 Things to Watch on Netflix if You Love True Crime

Something to fill your Making a Murderer void.<p>1. <i>Cropsey</i><p>What starts as an investigation into an urban legend about a boogeyman turns into a stunning investigation of Andre Rand, a Staten Island man convicted of kidnapping children. The shaky camera (à la <i>Blair Witch Project</i>) will make you want to …

Crime

The 18 best science movies and shows streaming on Netflix right now

From shows that delve into the tasty science of gastronomy to those that unmask the mysterious depths of the ocean, there's no shortage of mind-expanding titles to indulge in.<p>But there's a downside to all of that choice: It's <i>a lot</i> to choose from.<p>I polled the Tech Insider team and came up with 18 of …

Streaming

Show & Tell: A Needlepoint Map Sampler

This 1829 sampler map of New York State, made by 14-year-old resident Elizabeth Ann Goldin, illustrates Goldin’s facility with the cross, stem, …

8 Glorious and Triumphant Novels of Scientific Discovery

By Leora Bernstein | Off the Shelf<p>Your dusty old high school biology textbook might have been dull beyond redemption, but a glorious novel of scientific discovery is a different species altogether. These eight novels--seven of which were written by women--celebrate the globetrotting scientists and …

Books

Watch the Pilot Episode of “The Knitterati” – a Knitting Comedy from Canada

The Knitterati is a Canadian comedy short about knitting AND the knitting shop it takes place in, The Purple Purl, is right around the corner from my …

Comedy

Desktop Wallpapers: Antique American Maps

Reading time: about 1 minute.<p>American<br>• Art<br>• Vintage<br>• Wallpapers<p><i>Image above: Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division, The New York Public Library. (</i> …