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How To Book A Good Hotel Room At The Best Possible Price
Sleep well—without worrying about all the money you're spending on your hotel room. Philipp Balunovic via Unsplash Travel gets very expensive very fast—and one of the biggest costs is the hotel room. But with all the discounts and deal-hunting sites
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How To Enable Parental Controls On Netflix, Hulu, And Other Streaming Services
Stop kids from viewing inappropriate content. Hal Gatewood via Unsplash Streaming services like Netflix, YouTube, and Hulu put a vast library of movies and television shows at your fingertips. But the sheer size of the repository makes it easier than
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Credit Card Stolen Or Lost? Here's What To Do.
Your credit card information is vulnerable. Depositphotos It’s become a sad reality of the modern world: Someday, your credit card information will fall into the wrong hands. Maybe hackers will compromise the number in a large data breach like the re
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The Oldest Weapons In North America Offer A New View Of Prehistoric Tech
A 15,000 year old stemmed point. Texas A&M University History exists in the past, but that doesn’t mean it’s static. New findings, published Wednesday in Science Advances, illustrate the discovery of a dozen projectile points at the Debra L. Friedkin
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We Can Save Coral Reefs By Putting Them On Ice
A rare bright spot for coral reefs. DepositPhotos The planet’s coral reefs are in trouble. Thanks to warming and acidifying oceans, the animals that make up coral reefs are dying, turning the reefs themselves into algae-covered ghost towns. This repr
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The Best New Cameras And Photography Gear From Photo Plus 2018
Photo Plus Expo is underway in New York City. Jeanette D. Moses The Photo Plus Expo kicked off yesterday morning in New York City with three days of talks, workshops, portfolio reviews, and, of course, new cameras and accessories. Although a lot of t
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MEGAPIXELS: This Geometric Iceberg Will Soothe Your Soul
So smooth. NASA/Jeremy Harbeck It looks like a quick photoshop job. Or the work of a secret Antarctic civilization that worshipped right angles. But this rectangular iceberg is one hundred percent natural. Okay so it’s not a perfect rectangle, but th
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Blow Flies Help Us Solve Murders—but Climate Change Is Forcing Them Out
A chrysomya megacephala, commonly known as a blow fly. Muhammad Mahdi Karim Climate change has spurred the spread of invasive insects that devour crops, destroy homes, and spread disease. Now, rising temperatures are driving cadaver-eating blow flies
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Not All Twitter Bots Are Bad
All my friends are bots. Eleanor Cummins and her incredible screenshotting abilities Twitter is cracking down on bots. A fundamental part of the social media platform’s appeal, these automated accounts provide information—and comedy and artistry—in w
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Fewer People Got The Flu Shot Last Season—and That May Be Why It Was One Of The Deadliest
People over age 65 are at higher risk for developing severe flu symptoms that could land them in the hospital Pexels By now you’ve probably heard that last year’s flu season was one of the worst on record. Preliminary estimates suggested new heights
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Lavender Might Actually Help You Relax
Lavender Fields You can almost smell the serenity through the computer screen. Pixabay Having a bad day? Light a lavender candle and let all your stress waft away. Immersing yourself in a lavender cloud may actually help reduce anxiety, according to
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Wi-Fi Could Get Much Faster Thanks To A Proposed Change In The Wireless Spectrum
More space in the spectrum could free up room for additional devices. Pixabay Whether you’re sitting in a crowded Starbucks or in your busy home streaming Netflix, you want the Wi-Fi network to be fast. Earlier this week, the FCC suggested a change t
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Adenovirus Is Normally Harmless—here's Why Some Outbreaks Turn Deadly
Adenoviruses are similar, structurally and in the way they affect the body, to the common cold’s rhinovirus. They typically cause mild to severe cases of upper-respiratory illnesses, but occasionally can also cause pneumonia, diarrhea, and pink-eye.
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These Plants Bring All The Birds To Your Yard
Carolina chickadees depend on the availability of high-calorie, high-protein prey, such as caterpillars, for a healthy breeding season. Doug Tallamy, University of Delaware Like songbirds? Right, many people do. It’s a different story when it comes t
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Here's How To View, Download, And Delete Your Personal Information Online
Imagine on that screen there's a never ending parade of internet privacy center sites. Pixabay Yesterday, Apple CEO Tim Cook gave a speech outlining the need for digital privacy reform, especially here in the United States where we don’t enjoy legal
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The FDA Just Approved The First New Flu Drug In 20 Years. Here’s What You Need To Know.
Don't assume your next bout of the flu will get you a prescription. DepositPhotos Our arsenal in the endless, roving, ever-evolving battle against the influenza virus just got slightly larger. The Food & Drug Administration just announced that they h
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Hurricanes Destroy Beachside Homes, But Not This One
On October 10, Hurricane Michael spun Category 4 winds around the upper reaches of the Sunshine State. With sustained winds of 155 miles per hour, the tempest was the strongest to ever hit the Florida Panhandle—and the fourth worst to make landfall i
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Black Widow Spiders Could Teach Nanomaterial Experts A Thing Or Two
Black widows spin some of the strongest strands of all the spiders, so researchers zapped its silk fluid with an electron beam to see what it was made of. Depositphotos It appears that spiders beat us to the age of nanomaterials by about 300 million
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Apple Has Collected Lots Of Your Personal Information—here's How To See It
Apple records many of your interactions with its devices and services. Pixabay Tired of big tech companies taking data from you? Here’s your chance to get something back from one of them. Even if you’re perfectly comfortable with this type of sharing
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How Many Stars Are There In The Whole Galaxy?
Our home galaxy, the Milky Way. Sometimes you can see one of its spiral arms as a pale, foggy band across the night sky. NASA/JPL-Caltech When you gaze up into the night sky, there are thousands of stars you can see without any help from a telescope.
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A Super Typhoon Of Historic Proportions Just Cut Thousands Of U.S. Citizens Off From The World
Super Typhoon Yutu CIRA/RAMMB The core of Super Typhoon Yutu struck Tinian and Saipan in the Northern Marianas Islands today—the strongest storm on record to make landfall in this U.S. territory in the western Pacific Ocean. The full force of the typ
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The Weirdest Things We Learned This Week: Glowing Civil War Soldiers And Historic Font Battles
Warning: This episode will make you want bubblewrap wallpaper. DepositPhotos What’s the weirdest thing you learned this week? Well, whatever it is, we promise you’ll have an even weirder answer if you listen to PopSci’s newest podcast. The Weirdest T
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Behind The Supersonic Rise And Fall Of The Concorde, 15 Years After Its Final Flight
A British Airways Concorde performs a landing approach at Farnborough Airshow in 1978 Serendigity/Flickr Here’s how the typical storyline of technology goes: something new is invented, then it becomes old, and then we replace it with a more advanced
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Tim Cook Says Apple Supports General Digital Privacy Laws In The U.S.
Yesterday at an international gathering of the Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners in Brussels, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook took the stage for a keynote address to talk about privacy. Hearing tech CEOs and other executives talk about privacy has been
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The Truth About Organic Food And Cancer
The term "organic" has a health halo, but organic veggies aren't necessarily going to keep you from getting cancer. Pexels There’s a lot we don’t know about organic food. But one thing we do know? That being a person who both can afford to buy organi
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Mars Could Be A Great Place To Live—for Sponges
If there's life on Mars, it's pretty salty. NASA/JPL-Caltech Finding liquid water on Mars in 2015 bolstered hopes that signs of life lurk somewhere on the red planet. But in practical terms, scientists have more or less ignored whether those specific
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This 'Self-lubricating' Condom Concept Uses Clever Chemistry To Stay Slippery
Most condoms are made from latex, but researchers aim to coat them with a hydrophilic layer to increase how slippery they feel. Pixabay Condoms save lives and prevent infections. But besides their clear health benefits, no one is exactly celebrating
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Hurricane Willa’s Explosive Intensification Is The Latest Twist In A Record-breaking Season
Hurricane Willa NOAA The most intense Pacific hurricane season on record just won’t let up. Hurricane Willa explosively intensified from a tropical depression to a category five hurricane in just two days, with winds reaching 160 MPH as it paralleled
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Cemeteries Are The Perfect Spot To Track Our Planet’s Demise
In big cities, cemeteries are often much-needed nature preserves. Courtesy Mount Auburn Cemetery Paul Kwiatkowski’s office window offers an unusual view. Where other panoramas provide glimpses of busy city streets or slumbering office parks, Kwiatkow
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Facebook’s New Messenger Design Is A Rare Simplification
The latest iteration of Messenger is here. Deposit Photos Facebook is a many-headed social hydra. There’s the original platform, built around the newsfeed; numerous acquisitions, from the photo-sharing platform Instagram to the international communic
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