LightSail 2 Becomes First Spacecraft to Change Orbit Using Sunlight

LightSail 2 took this picture of itself, with Earth in the background, while deploying its sail on July 23. (Credit: The Planetary Society) The Planetary Society, a non-profit organization focused on space exploration, has successfully transferred their LightSail 2 spacecraft from one orbit to another using only the power of sunlight, a first. The recent success not only proves the effectiveness of solar sailing technology, but also opens up a new, more cost-effective way to propel small sp

The Placenta is Sterile, Scientists Find. So Where Do Babies Get Their Microbiomes?

The placenta has no native microbes, scientists say. (Credit: Blue Planet Studio/Shutterstock) The placenta is a unique organ. The temporary body part forms in the uterus during pregnancy and supplies the developing baby with nutrients and oxygen while also carrying away waste products. The organ is also a common source of pregnancy complications. Recently scientists have wondered whether microbes might be to blame. Some research has suggested that, like the gut, a host of bacteria coloni

Marinate and Massage Kale With Your Vacuum Sealer

Kale does not come out of the ground ready to eat. It may be tough and bland, but it’s also bitter! These shortcomings, however, make it a great make-ahead lunch salad, you just have to apply some pressure.

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How to Set a Sleep Timer in Your Podcast App so You Don’t Lose Your Place After Dozing Off

Falling asleep to podcasts has become the geeky equivalent of a glass of warm milk before bed. It’s so popular, in fact, that there’s an entire podcasting genre dedicated to dry topics and gentle conversations to help lull you to sleep. It’s also a terrible catch-22: put on your favorite podcast before bed, and you…

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Here’s What You Missed From Round One of the Democratic Debates in Detroit

On Tuesday night, 10 of the Democratic Presidential candidates took the stage in Detroit to discuss issues of immigration, gun violence, climate change, student loan debt, and race relations in America.

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Stop Trying to Be the Office Superhero

You’ve become the “go-to” person in your office for a slew of tasks that nobody else can (or will) do. Good news: You feel indispensable. Bad news: You can basically never take a vacation. Here’s how to get out of this mess—or, better yet, avoid it in the first place. 

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You Might Be Entitled to an American Airlines Fuel Surcharge Refund

If you recently booked a British Airways SEA-LHR award ticket through American Airlines, you may be eligible for a fuel surcharge refund.

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I’m Will Shortz, New York Times Crossword Editor, and This Is How I Work

Will Shortz is the most prestigious name in crosswords. As editor of the daily New York Times crossword, he has worked on every puzzle since 1983. He’s also the founder of the World Puzzle Championship, the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament, and owner of the Westchester Table Tennis Center.

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Make a Joint Email Address With a Gmail Filter

When you have a partner, you inevitably sign up for memberships and accounts that equally affect both of you: a dual theater subscription, or health insurance that covers you both. Annoyingly, many of these memberships only let you sign up with one email address. Instead of setting up a third email account, or making…

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Make a Joint Email Address With a Gmail Filter

When you have a partner, you inevitably sign up for memberships and accounts that equally affect both of you: a dual theater subscription, or health insurance that covers you both. Annoyingly, many of these memberships only let you sign up with one email address. Instead of setting up a third email account, or making…

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