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Where To Find Cardboard Boxes When You're Moving
Moving day approaches. You’ve got to start packing. But odds are, you don’t have enough boxes, storage containers, and assorted bags lying around to transport everything you own. Sure, you could buy a bunch, but that costs money. There are plenty of
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Which Is The Perfect Tennis Ball For You?
You’d be forgiven for thinking that all tennis balls were the same—just grab a can and you're good to go, right? But purists and pros would certainly have a thing or two to say about that. Your skill level, competitive intensity, and comfort level al
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Fatal Car Crashes Are Way More Likely With Teens Behind The Wheel—but Is Inexperience Really To Blame?
Teen car crashes are often chalked up to risk-taking behavior and inexperience, but it could have something to do with memory.
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Algorithms Aren't All Created Equal
A recent poll found that most Americans think algorithms are unfair. But was the poll itself biased?
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Last Week In Tech: Apple's IPhone 11, Land Rover's New Defender, And Nintendo's Weird Controller
Nothing dominates a week of tech news quite like an iPhone launch event. This week, Apple unleashed a bevy of new products, including the iPhone 11 (which comes in standard and Pro versions), as well as the Apple Watch 5, a new $329 iPad, and details
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Beautiful Night-sky Maps For Any Aspiring Astronomer
The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel gets a lot of buzz, but we often forget about the Earth’s “ceiling”: the stars. Being able to navigate the night sky, however, is all about understanding the transient nature of celestial bodies. They move. We move.
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Panic Might Be Triggered By Signals From Your Bones
New research suggests the fight-or-flight response wouldn't be possible without hormonal cues from your bones.
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A Denim Fix That's Better Than A Patch
There’s a particular sick stomach lurch that happens when you rip a favorite pair of jeans, not unlike the feeling of losing a beloved pet or fumbling a fragile family heirloom. For many of us, the denim we live in becomes an inextricable part of our
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The EPA's Roll Back Of The Clean Water Act Could Impact Drinking Water For Millions Of Americans
The original definition of “waters of the United States” mainly covered large rivers, their tributaries, and adjacent wetlands. The Clean Water Act requires industrial and municipal polluters discharging to these rivers to obtain permits from the EPA
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How To Check If You've Been Hacked
If you think someone might have gained access to one of your online accounts, the earlier you take action, the better. Every minute you don’t, is an extra minute the hacker has to do some damage and potentially unlock other connected accounts.
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Why Some Experts Are Trying To Redefine Suicide
There's no established method of knowing patients might self harm. Some researchers are trying to change this.
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How To Safely Find Out What's On A Mysterious USB Device
Companies like to hand out USB drives like candy. At media functions, for example, these flash storage devices contain product photos, press information, and details about businesses who hope the journalists who receive them will cover their latest o
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Male Honeybees Might Blind Queens To Keep Them Hive-bound
A newly-discovered toxin that blinds queens marks a step up in the sexual arms race of bee mating season.
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Friday The 13th's Rare 'Harvest Micro Moon' Is Quite Literally Not A Big Deal
Black moons, blue moons, strawberry moons, supermoons. For some reason your news aggregation algorithm thinks you really want to know all about these moons.
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With Thousands Missing And Displaced After Dorian, The Bahamas May Soon Get Hit By A Tropical Storm
Recovery efforts on these northern Bahamian islands have only just begun, and many small villages have not yet received aid.
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A Ban On Flavored Vaping Products Could Help Signal To Teens That Vaping Isn't As Safe As They Think
The White House and the Department of Health and Human Services announced this week that they’re readying a ban on flavored e-cigarettes, which are seen as a major culprit behind the rise of teen and adolescent use of e-cigarettes and nicotine, more
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Stir It Up With These Next-level Woks
If you're serious about cooking Chinese food, you need a wok in your kitchen. Traditional Chinese stir-fry requires high heat, fast cook times, and minimal oil. The shape and design of a traditional wok (with a small, round bottom and tall, sloping s
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Calming Accessories That Help You Sleep Better
Today's culture is all about the ‘sleep when you’re dead’ mentality, even if it means sacrificing our wellbeing. Luckily, the tide has shifted back to the need for healthy, quality rest, and has put an emphasis on how important sleep is for functioni
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This Distant World Is A Lot Like Earth, But You Wouldn't Want To Live There
“It’s the closest we have come to detecting some kind of environment similar to the Earth.”
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Four Master Tools For Your Bug Repellent Arsenal
Modern life has its comforts: air conditioning, pizza delivery at one in the morning, Facetime. However, venturing outside at dusk in certain areas still runs the risk of getting eaten alive by mosquitos. Some people seem to be more susceptible to bu
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The Best Wildlife Photos Of The Year Remind Us That Nature Is Amazing—and Brutal
A selection of highly commended images from the London Natural History Museum's annual exhibit.
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Comets Could All Come From The Same Place
Uncovering the objects’ possible shared origin required melding decades of comet observations with new theories of solar system formation.
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The Next Big Space Race Is Happening In Asia
Are India and China engaged in a new space race? India's increasingly ambitious space ventures, including its Chandrayaan 2 lunar mission, are evidence of the country's interest in science—and potential militarization—beyond Earth.
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Lamborghini Built A Supercapacitor Into Its Sián Hybrid For A Faster, Smoother Ride
Lamborghini previewed the future of its hyper-performance cars with the announcement of the Sián, a hybrid-electric V12 that is the marque’s fastest and most powerful model yet. At 819 horsepower, the Sián (Bolognese slang for a flash of lightning) r
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Turns Out There’s A Shocking Number Of Electric Eels, And Some Could Give Off 1,000 Volts
For 250 years, scientists have categorized the electric eel as a singular species, completely alone in its genus. That all changed this week.
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Can We Still Prevent An Apocalypse? What Jonathan Franzen Gets Wrong About Climate Change
However hard it might be to meet our climate goals, Franzen’s diatribe goes a step beyond just pessimism.
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Essentials For A More Eco-conscious Kitchen
The convenience of disposable napkins and paper towels is undeniable, but making the switch to reusable products will save you money and cut down on your contributions to landfills. Add class, style, and elegance to your kitchen and dining room. We p
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Back, Neck, And Shoulder Massagers To Help You Release Tension
Alleviate pain and improve mobility with these massagers for your back, neck, and shoulders.
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Meet The Hero Who Saved Everything You Love About Modern Cities
The Builders takes you behind the construction tape to reveal the individuals responsible for history’s greatest architectural works. Here is the story of Jane Jacobs, a staunch defender of the “weird wisdom” of neighborhoods.
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How To Survive A Grizzly Encounter
In 2005, 17-year-old Alex Messenger was on the trip of a lifetime: a 600-mile canoe trip through the subarctic Canadian tundra with five of his friends. They planned to be out in the wilderness for 42 days, paddling, camping, and enjoying the solitud
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