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Some of their defaults are just bonkers. Google has been saving a map of everywhere you go, if you turned on its Assistant when you set up an Android phone. Amazon makes your wish list public — and keeps recordings of all your conversations with Alexa. Facebook exposes to the public your friends list and all the pages you follow, and it lets marketers use your name in their Facebook ads. By default, Microsoft’s Cortana in Windows 10 gobbles up … pretty much your entire digital life.
Camping is a great way to bond as a family, talking and telling stories around a campfire. It helps teach kids the value of working together to pitch a tent or cook a meal (or a s’more). And it’s a great way to get kids outdoors, watching the clouds or the stars instead of videos; playing live games instead of video games.
"I'm delighted," said Dr. Otis Brawley, chief medical and scientific officer for the American Cancer Society, who was not part of the study. "I've been worried for a long time about unnecessary treatment for cancer, and unnecessary side effects from chemotherapy.
Plug in up to 10 devices, including five with battery backup, as well as surge protection. You can even boost the power by buying a separate supplemental battery pack to extend the life of your devices. An ethernet port keeps your Internet up and running while automatic voltage regulation assures that all your devices are charged at maximum efficiency. Other perks include a six-foot power cord for flexibility in placement, an LCD display and Energy Star rating.
3 Valuable Ways to Invest in Yourself (Thomas R.)
There is a fountain of creativity within most of us that has never been tapped or certainly hasn’t been used to its highest potential. We may need to unearth, and hone our individual creativity. Creativity, in any form, helps us to grow personally and professionally, to view problems and solutions in different ways and to utilize other parts of our mind that may have been previously untapped. It’s important to keep in mind that creativity has many faces. It’s far broader than being a painter or sculptor; it’s also about trying new things.
Not every community has chosen to remove statues, and many people, myself included, are somewhat reticent to advise removal as the sole option for statues and memorials. Communities across the nation (and even the world) have used at least six different options when dealing with public monuments and memorials.
How to Make Your Own DIY First Aid Kit (Thomas R.)
Be sure to label your containers clearly so that children and guests will know that these are your first aid kits. For the plastic containers, you could just use a label maker to put some sticky labels on the containers. With the bags, you might go so far as to sew on a red cross patch. If you have a military style first aid bag, you could secure that patch with a little velcro.
Curiosity celebrated its fifth birthday on the Red Planet earlier this year, with an amazing panorama of where it's gone so far; but to be honest, it's been a very slow journey.
What we do know is that it's bound to be some super-exciting science, with a number of big NASA researchers taking part in the discussion – including people who directly work with the samples Curiosity has been diligently gathering on Mars.
And so Curiosity drove on to the base of Mount Sharp and sampled some of the mudstones (a rock that formed from muds and clays) found there. Surely, if organic molecules existed on Mars, the scientists thought, they would be here. Everything else told them that the lake environment in which the mudstones formed 3 billion years ago would have been a likely place for life to exist.
How to Brew Beer (and What it Costs) (Thomas R.)
When you mix up a batch of beer, it needs to ferment for a week or two, and this bucket makes it quite easy. You simply put your unfermented beer in the bucket, put the bubbler in the little hole on top of the bucket (the bubbler allows gas to escape without contaminating the beer), and let it sit. When you’re ready to drink the beer, just open the spigot and drink a glass – the hose can make it easier to pour.
In New Delhi, for instance, a ban on disposable plastics has had only limited impact "because of poor enforcement," the report said. The city has tried repeatedly over the past decade to ban the use of thin plastic bags, most recently announcing a heavy fine for rule-breakers. But the bags remain ubiquitous across the city, blowing in the wind, piled in ditches and readily offered in hundreds of thousands of shops.
“What we’ve done is build a [direct-air capture] process that is—as much as possible—built on existing processes and technologies that are widespread in the world,” said David Keith, a professor of applied physics at Harvard and the lead author of the new study. “That’s why we think we have a reasonable possibility of scaling up.”
A Basic Guide to Thrift Store Shopping (Thomas R.)
Lots of people dislike thrift stores, for a number of reasons. Often people feel they are “above” thrift stores, that thrift stores carry nothing but junk, or that thrift stores are dark, dirty, and depressing. While there certainly are some pretty dismal thrift stores out there, most are fairly clean and well-organized stores that weed out the broken, filthy, and otherwise unusable before putting stock on the sales floor. And the customers come from all walks of life, from street-walking transvestites to trendy college kids to retired heiresses.
Home Wind Power: Yes, in My Backyard! (Thomas R.)
That’s the case for Cam and Michelle Mather, who live on 150 forested acres in rural Ontario. The Mathers live in an off-grid home powered by solar panels and their micro wind turbine, a 1-kilowatt (kw) Bergey Excel 1. On such a large property, they’re nowhere near their closest neighbors, so there’s no one who might be upset about the noticeable — but not unpleasant — wind turbine noise or the very visible 100-foot tower in the couple’s yard.
How Long Do Tardigrades Live? (DennisC)
That depends on where they're found. Tardigrades occur almost everywhere on the planet, but most are happiest frolicking about in moist habitats, such as the moss that adorns river stones. When tardigrades have enough food and water to support their bodily functions, they live out the natural course of their lives, rarely lasting for longer than 2.5 years, according to Animal Diversity Web, a database run by the University of Michigan.
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