These Are The Best and Worst Airports For Finding Cheap International Flights

Living in the Bay Area, I’m lucky enough to have three relatively close airports to choose from when planning a trip. Both the San Francisco and Oakland airport are roughly a 20-30 minute drive from my house depending on the time of day, and if I need to I can catch a train to San Jose that will get me to its airport…

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You Should Make a Kombucha Float This Summer

In spite of all the hippie propaganda that gets foisted upon me here in Portland, Oregon, I am of the opinion that kombucha is expensive soda for people who do a lot of yoga. I do, however, like the flavor of a lot of ‘buch, and I like it even more when I put ice cream in it.

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You Should Make a Kombucha Float This Summer

In spite of all the hippie propaganda that gets foisted upon me here in Portland, Oregon, I am of the opinion that kombucha is expensive soda for people who do a lot of yoga. I do, however, like the flavor of a lot of ‘buch, and I like it even more when I put ice cream in it.

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History of Mars Impacts Leaves Hope for Ancient Martian Life

If large impacts ceased early in Mars’ history, that would leave plenty of time for life to have formed in its ancient oceans. (Credit: NASA/GSFC) When the solar system was young, some scientists suspect it was too wild and raucous a place for life to develop. Earth, Mars, and the other planets were all being pelted by massive asteroids and rocky debris. Some of those rocks might have delivered the very water that later made life possible. But the unrelenting impacts may have made the surfac

How to Slow Down Time, According to Reddit

When my son started kindergarten, my mom dropped a real bombshell on me: “Now that he’s in school full time,” she said, “the years are really going to fly by.” Thanks to her, I’ve noticed how each year since has gone by faster and faster, a fact that basically every adult I know can confirm.

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A Genetic Ghost Hunt: What Ancient Humans Live On In Our DNA?

(Credit: Yulliii/Shutterstock) When the Neanderthal genome was first sequenced in 2010 and compared with ours, scientists noticed that genes from Homo neanderthalensis also showed up in our own DNA. The conclusion was inescapable: Our ancestors mated and reproduced with another lineage of now-extinct humans who live on today in our genes. When the Denisovan genome was sequenced soon after, in 2012, it revealed similar instances of interbreeding. We now know that small populations from al

The Safest Way to Install the macOS Catalina Beta

The public betas for all of Apple’s latest operating system iterations are finally out (save for watchOS, per usual). We always warn people about installing these on their primary devices, because you don’t want the iPhone you rely on for work and socializing to start freezing up a lot with a buggy version of iOS.

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How to Find Better Podcasts

There are more podcasts out there than you could ever try, but most of them are crap, or just aren’t your thing. How do you find the good stuff? I talked to Caroline Crampton, editor of the email newsletter the Listener, where she recommends three to five great podcast episodes every day. To find them, she listens to…

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Why Your Daily Assignments Aren’t Tracking in ‘Harry Potter: Wizards Unite’

Even though it’s a bit of a time-sink, I’ve been using the new Harry Potter: Wizards Unite mobile game (iOS, Android) as a great excuse to get outside and walk around more. I kind of have to, since there’s a daily achievement that you can only unlock if you’ve wizard-walked your way through your neighborhood an easy…

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These Monkeys Have An Archaeological Record 3,000 Years Old

A capuchin using a stone to break open its next meal. (Credit: Lisa Crawford/Shutterstock) Among the rocky monoliths of Brazil’s Serra da Capivara National Park, wild monkeys crack cashews and seeds with an array of stone tools. Now, caches of ancient monkey tools reveal the primates started the culinary tradition 3,000 years ago. This archaeological record also shows they adapted their food processing tactics over time. It's the first time tool use stretching back thousands of years and

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