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What Trump Gets Wrong About California's Wildfires What Trump Gets Wrong About California's Wildfires

The Camp Fire in northern California has just become the deadliest in the state’s history; the Woolsey fire in the south is engulfing Malibu; and our president is tweeting obliquely about the logging industry. Welcome to 2018.

The New Exercise Guidelines Are Even Easier to Meet The New Exercise Guidelines Are Even Easier to Meet

Most of us don’t meet the government’s (or anybody else’s) exercise guidelines, which is a shame because exercise is good for us for a million reasons besides weight loss. The new guidelines released today are even easier to meet, and they include recommendations for people ages 3 and up.

How to Adopt a Racing Greyhound After the Florida Ban How to Adopt a Racing Greyhound After the Florida Ban

Florida overwhelmingly voted to ban greyhound racing, which means that by the end of 2020, thousands of dogs could be out of jobs. The good news is that you can adopt greyhounds at any time. They are very good dogs.

How to Bench Press Safely Without a Spotter How to Bench Press Safely Without a Spotter

Lifting weights is often about the challenge: can I really lift this much? Or, I already lifted this for eight reps, but can I do a ninth? So you need to prepare for what happens if you fail.

How to See the Northern Lights in the US Tonight How to See the Northern Lights in the US Tonight

Tonight the Northern Lights are making one of their uncommon appearances in the continental United States (we’re jealous, Alaska, okay?) so if you’re in Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota, Washington, or the tippy-top of Michigan or Maine, you might get a rare chance to see them.

What the Midterm Results Mean for Abortion Rights What the Midterm Results Mean for Abortion Rights

Our ability to access reproductive health care shouldn’t be a political issue, but sadly it often hinges on politicians’ actions. The recent midterms have some pluses and minuses.

How to Make Sure Your Provisional Ballot Gets Counted How to Make Sure Your Provisional Ballot Gets Counted

If you showed up at a polling place on election day and were told you couldn’t vote—perhaps records showed that you were not registered—we hope you remembered to ask to cast a provisional ballot. Provisional ballots are only counted if it turns out that you are eligible to vote, so you should make sure to check up on…

Why It's Such a Big Deal That Former Felons Can Now Vote in Florida Why It's Such a Big Deal That Former Felons Can Now Vote in Florida

Thanks to last night’s vote, Florida will become the 48th state where people who have completed a sentence for felony are eligible to vote. (Kentucky and Iowa are the holdouts.) That means probably over a million people are granted the right to vote all at once—the largest such number since the 19th amendment.

This Caffeine Calculator Helps You Plan Your Day This Caffeine Calculator Helps You Plan Your Day

Caffeine can make you more alert, but so can a good night’s sleep. Until now, if you wanted to plan out your caffeine consumption in detail, the tool to use was 2B-alert, which is fantastic but clunky and hard to read. But now, omnicalculator has made a simplified version they call the Coffee Kick Calculator.

Print Your Own 'I Voted' Sticker If You Didn't Get One Print Your Own 'I Voted' Sticker If You Didn't Get One

In what is surely the tiniest possible injustice that may happen at a polling station, the polls in my area don’t hand out those little “I voted” stickers that so many folks are wearing with pride today. But that’s okay—whether you voted early, mailed an absentee ballot, or your neighborhood poll workers ran out of…

It's Time to Stop Using Myers-Briggs at Work It's Time to Stop Using Myers-Briggs at Work

I’m an ISFP, according to a test I took this morning. Or going by the one I took years ago, an INFP who is “turbulent” and may get a different result each time. The Myers-Briggs test is a fun way to spend an hour in self-absorption, but a terrible way to make decisions that affect somebody’s livelihood.

Track Your Sleep With the Apple Watch Track Your Sleep With the Apple Watch

I share my bedroom with at least one person, sometimes two or three depending on whether any children migrate during the night. So I feel like I have a superpower when I wake up and silence my alarm five minutes before it actually goes off. I’m not super, of course: it’s just a silent alarm on my Apple Watch.

Do You Really Need a Primary Care Doctor?  Do You Really Need a Primary Care Doctor? 

You can get away without having a primary care physician (PCP) for a while if you’re young, healthy, and a little bit stupid. But over time you’ll have enough health concerns that avoiding a PCP will make your life more complicated. Here’s how to know when you hit that point:

Identify Mystery Pills With This Field Guide Identify Mystery Pills With This Field Guide

Ever find a few mystery pills in the bottom of your purse—or worse, in a place your kid or pet may have gotten into? Fortunately every medication has its own distinctive shape, color, and markings, so it’s possible to identify a lost pill. The Poison Control Centers have a pill identifier that can help.

Lead Has Finally Been Banned From Hair Dye Lead Has Finally Been Banned From Hair Dye

Lead is not something you want in your water, your food, or your personal care products. But until recently, the US FDA allowed lead acetate in one such product, a certain type of hair dye, on the basis of old studies that found it didn’t migrate from hair into the bloodstream. This week, they changed their mind.

How to Nail NaNoWriMo This Month How to Nail NaNoWriMo This Month

Are you embarking on a one-month quest to write the first draft of that novel you’ve been dreaming of? Or perhaps you just want to feed off the energy of the 400,000 people who are. Here are our top tips for aspiring novelists.

November's Challenge Is: Bench Press November's Challenge Is: Bench Press

We’ve squatted and we’ve deadlifted, so it’s about time we tackle the bench press. And we’re doing it with room for everybody: even if you’ve never tried, and are perhaps slightly terrified of dropping the bar on your face, you can still join in.

How Was Your Month of Deadlifts?  How Was Your Month of Deadlifts? 

We’ve been through a lot in our October fitness challenge. We committed to doing some deadlifts, we psyched up and stretched out, we experimented with single-leg moves and unusual objects, and we learned how to get plates on and off the bar without a struggle. Now it’s time to settle up: what did you accomplish,…

What Is Birthright Citizenship?  What Is Birthright Citizenship? 

After the Civil War, the United States’ Constitution gained three amendments: the 13th outlawed most involuntary servitude; the 14th granted citizenship to anyone born in the country, including former slaves; and the 15th outlawed racial discrimination in voting rights. Now, President Trump has said he believes he can…

Stop Calling Every Brown Spider a Brown Recluse Stop Calling Every Brown Spider a Brown Recluse

If you live on the east coast, the west coast, or in any of those big square states, you almost certainly did not see a deadly brown recluse in your basement that one time. If you know somebody who was bitten by one, there’s a good chance they weren’t. Even within the recluse’s territory, chances are still low.

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