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You can now send a furloughed federal worker a beer
Thetakeout.com

Photo: industryview (iStock) We have a lot of different opinions in this country, but most everyone can agree that the current government shutdown is terrible. Among the hardest hit are the federal employees who just passed a payday without a paycheck. Many b… more…

Stop Releasing Balloons Into the Sky
Lifehacker.com

Photo: Herm ( Pixabay ) Where exactly do balloons go once you’ve released them into the sky? We now know that answer, and unfortunately, it’s anything but pretty. Between 2008 and 2016, a staggering 630,000 balloons were found during coastal cleanups organize… more…

How to Make Spaghetti and Meatballs in Your Instant Pot
Lifehacker.com

Italian-American food is, for me, the final word in comfort. Even my foulest moods are no match for cheesy, red sauce-laden carbs, but I rarely have six hours to spend on a pot of Sunday gravy. Thankfully, I haven’t met a low-and-slow dish my Instant Pot coul… more…

Gee whiz, you can make homemade Cheez Whiz
Thetakeout.com

Welcome to Cheese Week, The Takeout’s weeklong praise of cheeses. Read more... more…

How to Help Migrant Families Entering the U.S.
Lifehacker.com

In December, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency released several hundred immigrants at Greyhound bus stations in El Paso, Texas and San Diego, California. Many of these individuals arrived from the U.S.-Mexico border and were given the option… more…

How to Effectively Harness Your Nesting Energy
Lifehacker.com

A few Lifehacker staff members were talking about nesting the other day. You know, that special burst of somewhat frenetic energy that pregnant moms can experience that propels them to get shit ready. Read more... more…

How to KonMari Your Spice Rack (and Actually Use the Spices)
Lifehacker.com

Now is the winter of our discontent and—due to something happening on Netflix—people seem to be managing this discontent by getting rid of all their shit. I’m into it. I have always been a fan of purging, and this extends to my fridge, freezer, and cabinets. … more…

The Best Costa Rica Travel Tips From Our Readers
Lifehacker.com

This week we collectively hacked Costa Rica, not just one city but the whole beautiful democratic Central American nation. We learned about when to go, where to go, why to get a guide, and what to do in the bathroom. We collected all the valuable comments in … more…

Yes, You Can Recycle Styrofoam
Lifehacker.com

As bans on single-use plastic bags and straws gain momentum across the globe, attention is now focused on another mighty environmental opponent: styrofoam. Styrofoam poses serious health concerns for aquatic life and the general health of the planet, which … more…

Should you eat the brie rind?
Thetakeout.com

Welcome to Cheese Week, The Takeout’s weeklong praise of cheeses. Read more... more…

How To Get a Table at a Busy Restaurant
Lifehacker.com

It’s Saturday night and you and your friends want to go to the hottest restaurant in the neighborhood. Here’s a little trick that might actually make that possible. Read more... more…

Intermittent Fasting Is Not a Miracle Weight Loss Tool
Lifehacker.com

Fasting is enjoying a surge in popularity, thanks to proponents who claim it activates weight loss. Everyone these days, it seems, is skipping their breakfasts or drinking only water every third day. But is fasting actually good for you? And (more importantly… more…

Ask The Salty Waitress: Why won’t restaurants seat incomplete parties?
Thetakeout.com

Dear Salty: I’m a new mom, and it’s been a while since I could go out for a long dinner with my girlfriends (who are also mostly moms of young kids). We finally got a dinner on the books last Thursday at a tapas restaurant and made a reservation for five of u… more…

Stop & Shop is bringing autonomous food stands to Boston
Engadget

Forget self-driving grocery delivery cars -- Stop & Shop wants robotic vehicles to bring a chunk of the store to your door. It's launching autonomous grocery vehicles in the greater Boston area that will let you shop for produce, meal kits and "convenience it… more…

GoFundMe launches campaign for government workers hit by shutdown
Engadget

People have frequently used GoFundMe to lend a helping hand to others in need of some help, but the site itself is getting involved in light of the US government shutdown. The company has teamed up with Deepak Chopra to launch a donation campaign for governme… more…

Tesla’s Navigate on Autopilot was my CES road trip companion
Engadget

I love a good road trip. I've spent hundreds of thousands of miles in cars during my life, and the best times were when I knew it would be hours or even days before I reached my destination. Typically a friend (or friends) or family members would accompany me… more…

Antibiotics Are Failing Us. Crispr Is Our Glimmer of Hope
Wired

Antibiotics are still massively overprescribed, a new study shows. With no new drugs in sight, some scientists are turning to Crispr for a reboot. more…

How Trump Could Wind up Making Globalism Great Again
Wired

OK, so it was never great in the first place. But the rise of rank nationalists could finally—perversely—spark an era of progress and cooperation for all humanity. more…

2 Food Processors Tested: Breville, Cuisinart
Wired

Even if your knife skills are solid, a food processor is still faster and more convenient for bigger projects. more…

If Edible Insects Are the Future, We Should Talk About Poop
Wired

Insects are touted as a major new source of protein, but scaling up Big Cricket could mean new problems—such as what to do with all their \"frass.\" more…