For a little over two years, I’ve kept a pothos plant, aptly named Plant, at the corner of my desk at work. It was gift from an editor in my first few days of work, and it’s been with me ever since. It thrived under the harsh fluorescent lighting in our old office, and when time came to move to a new, sunnier space, I cradled Plant in my arms for the 7-block walk to its new home.
The new office’s enormous windows were a welcome change, and for a while they suited Plant and I just fine. Every Friday I would carry Plant and its increasingly long vines to the office kitchen where I would water it. Read more…
During a segment on the TODAY show, the singer went to the Ali Forney Center in Harlem, New York, to hand out presents before delivering a powerful message to a group of young people.
“I don’t have the same kind of issues that you have, but I have a mental illness and I struggle with that illness every day. So, I need my mantra to help keep me relaxed,” Lady Gaga told the group. Read more…
Answering the phone when an unknown caller is on the line – or worse, a number you don’t recognize – is like talking on speakerphone in a public place. It’s just not something you do.
More than 1 out of every 7 calls in the U.S. is a fraud or scam, according to DU Caller, a new smartphone privacy app. From your standard telemarketers all the way up to professional scam artists, unwanted callers are a drain on time, energy and money.
“At the very least, scam calls are a personal intrusion into our lives; at the worst, they can cause huge financial losses,” says Keskin Zhao, DU Caller product manager. Read more…
With Thanksgiving just past us and Christmas still to come, we’re right in the heart of the holiday travel season, so it’s a good time to remind you to stop leaving your laptop at TSA airport checkpoints.
This was underscored last week when a rep from the TSA shared a tweet (below), showing dozens of laptops stacked on a shelf, all left behind at TSA checkpoints at Newark International Airport in Newark, New Jersey.
The clothes on your back don’t just make you look good. They keep you warm and dry, make movement easier and make your life better.
Fabric technology has a huge impact your day-to-day. From early advances with chemistry that gave us synthetic fabrics to treatments that are revolutionizing the idea of what clothing can do, textile tech is expanding to new and exciting places.
Here we’ll explore the technology behind these advances, take a look at how far we’ve come and peek ahead to see where we’re going.
Invented in 1958 by chemist Joseph Shivers, this stretchy synthetic fabric had a major impact on the clothing industry after it was introduced to the public in 1962. Read more…
According to the United Nations, less than 3 percent of the Earth’s water is drinkable, one in nine people in the world today are undernourished and some 103 million youth worldwide lack basic literacy skills.
But by doing our part and starting at home, we can all make a difference. From deep economic chasms and climate volatility to increased needs in the fields of health, food systems and more, making positive changes to help create a better world is more important than ever.
During the busy holiday season, it can be all too easy to get caught up in the hustle and forget what’s really important. Read more…