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How to Make the Most of Your Leap Day

Image: ShutterstockSaturday is Leap Day, the extra day that gets added to the calendar every four years because of... um... the way the earth moves around the sun? Something like that? Basically time is a construct, and every four years we’ve constructed an extra day to make sure all of the rest of the days…

How to Deal With a Quarantine If You’re Struggling Emotionally

Photo: ShutterstockAs COVID-19 continues to spread throughout the United States, so do the concerns. High on many people’s lists is the possibility of having to spend time under quarantine or home isolation. (Yes, there’s a difference between the two, and we’ll get there in a minute.) While some people are flocking to grocery stores and…

You Should Probably Never Eat Sprouts

Photo: ShutterstockAlfalfa sprouts, clover sprouts and bean sprouts are delicious, in my (and possibly only my) humble opinion. But, like lettuce, they are prone to contamination and served raw. Right now, we’re in the middle of a multi-state outbreak of E. coli linked to clover sprouts served at Jimmy John’s.Jimmy John’s stopped serving the sprouts,…

What You Need to Know About the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Image: ShutterstockOn Wednesday, March 18, President Trump signed H.R. 6201, aka the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, into law. I’ll just go ahead and quote the bill summary, instead of trying to re-summarize it myself:This bill responds to the coronavirus outbreak by providing paid sick leave and free coronavirus testing, expanding food assistance and unemployment…

How to Fact-Check Coronavirus (Mis)Information Online

Photo: ShutterstockDon’t believe everything you read on social media. This is a good general rule, but it’s especially important when the news (and your newsfeed) is filled with misleading to straight-up false information about an easily misunderstood topic like the coronavirus.So how do you know what—and who—to trust? Journalist Will Oremus points out that a…

How to Help Elderly Relatives and Friends During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Image: ShutterstockWe’re all supposed to be practicing “social distancing” these days—and if you regularly visit, check in on, or care for an elderly relative, you might be wondering whether that means you should stop visiting them.The answer is... well, it’s complicated, and I’m not in any position to provide any kind of prescriptive advice. I…

Should You Cancel Your Trip Because of the Coronavirus?

Image: ShutterstockIf you’re thinking about canceling your travel plans due to the spread of the coronavirus, it’s worth asking yourself three questions:Am I planning to travel to a high-risk area?Am I at elevated risk of contracting coronavirus?Do I currently feel well, or am I sleep-deprived, rundown, or fighting off a bug?Dr. Manish Trivedi, director of…

How to Politely Avoid a Handshake

Image: ShutterstockMost of us are probably familiar with the standard coronavirus prevention advice: Wash your hands, avoid touching your face, regularly sanitize common surfaces like door handles, and wash your hands again. And, if you can, avoid handshakes.Why? Because you don’t know if the other person has washed their hands as often as you have,…

How to Avoid Coronavirus Scams

Image: ShutterstockThere are a lot of people trying to make money off coronavirus anxiety right now, whether by charging $79 for a bottle of Purell, selling counterfeit face masks on Etsy, or claiming that you can cure COVID-19 with essential oils.There are also a handful of online scams out there—phishing scams, malware scams, fake crowdfunding…

How to Convince Your Parents or Grandparents that the Coronavirus is Dangerous

Graphic: Chelsea BeckThe past few weeks have been a trying time for everyone as we deal with the coronavirus pandemic. But for many people (myself included), some of the most stressful moments have come from discussing COVID-19 with our parents, grandparents and other older relatives. Sure, there are some that have taken this seriously from…

Why You Can’t Use Your Own Cup at Starbucks Right Now

Photo: Getty ImagesIf you routinely take your own cup to Starbucks for the discount (and, you know, for the planet), you should know that the coffee chain has changed its policy in light of the coronavirus outbreak. Along with increasing its store-cleaning routines, Starbucks has “paused” the use of personal cups and in-store mugs. In…

Wash Your Hands to Your Favorite Song Instead of ‘Happy Birthday’

I can’t do it anymore. If I sing the words “happy birthday” to myself one more time as I wash my hands, I might combust. It’s actually my birthday today, and the last thing I want to hear is that song. In the video above, I found a solution.One of the best way to combat…

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BBC Sport’s five things to do today

Read this...We all dream of representing our country on the international stage, right? Meet the team competing as 'England' in 2020... by chanceWatch this...Kids interrupting work was something of a novelty two weeks ago but now it is part of our daily routine, as Olympic gold medallist Greg Rutherford knows all too well... Media playback…

Elizabeth Warren campaign open sources its organizing tools

The campaign will have "more to say" in the weeks ahead about what it did with technology.It isn't unheard of for American candidates to rely on software for election runs, but developing open source tools is relatively rare. It may become more common, mind you. The Warren team noted that Spoke alone saved the campaign…

Some Tesla factory employees still had to work after the production shutdown

Local officials have confirmed that Tesla stopped making electric cars in California on Monday, March 23rd, in compliance with a shelter-in-place order brought on by the novel coronavirus pandemic. But dozens of workers had to report to the company’s automotive factory to finish processing the final batches of cars this week, according to an email…

Apple updates Safari’s anti-tracking tech with full third-party cookie blocking

Apple on Tuesday released a major update to its Safari Intelligent Tracking Prevention (ITP), the privacy feature that allows the company’s web browser to block cookies and prevent advertisers from snooping on your web habits. According to Apple’s John Wilander, the WebKit engineer behind the feature, Safari now blocks all third-party cookies. That means that,…

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