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The most fashionable backpacks for adults

Save your back. Look stylish. Hear me out: backpacks can be fashionable. Not just the tiny, design versions, made for holding your keys, wallet, and nothing else. Like, real made-for-a-laptop-size backpacks, with comfortable shoulder straps and an Inspector Gadget-amount of pockets and compartments. Beautiful leather, clever ergonomic features, and...

The real story behind Afghanistan’s war rugs

The war rugs are distinctive and dynamic, but they’re often wildly misunderstood. The end of the U.S.-led military intervention in Afghanistan has resulted in the withdrawal of most foreign aid workers and contractors.Read Full Story

Utility companies aren’t preparing for the right kind of disasters

Extended power cuts after hurricanes or ice storms don’t have to be inevitable, utilities just need to think about resilience a little differently. A busy 2021 Atlantic hurricane season is in full swing. The year’s 18th-named storm, Sam, has become a hurricane. Meanwhile, some residents in the parts of Louisiana hit hardest by Hurricane Ida in late...

If you’ve got 15 minutes, here are 6 more productive ways to spend time on your phone

We don’t need to hide our phones during a break. We just need mobile break options that improve our state of mind—not bring us down. One of my greatest challenges when I switched to freelancing was managing my time. Taking too many breaks; not taking any breaks. Worse—taking a “break” to do other work-related tasks, like cleaning out my inbox or catch-up...

The prescient, quirky legacy of U.K. gadget inventor Clive Sinclair

Little known in the U.S., Sinclair democratized computing with his dirt-cheap 1980s PCs. Even his many failures were decades ahead of their time. A digital watch that kept poor time and might explode. A keyboard that felt like typing on a corpse. A three-wheeled electric “car” that couldn’t power its way uphill. No successful products for nearly four...

NASA scientists explain what’s driving the decline in Arctic sea ice

Sea ice cover in the area has dropped by roughly half since the 1980s, as a direct result of increased carbon dioxide from human activities. September marks the end of the summer sea ice melt season and the Arctic sea ice minimum, when sea ice over the Northern Hemisphere ocean reaches its lowest extent of the year.Read Full Story

Why everyone is mad about the new Super Mario Bros. movie

The star-packed casting of Chris Pratt, Anya Taylor-Joy, Seth Rogen, and others has reignited the debate over celebrity voice talent in animated films. The list of boldface names goes on and on. Chris Pratt, Anya Taylor-Joy, Seth Rogen, and many more. No, it isn’t a new trailer for Adam McKay’s almost suspiciously star-studded Don’t Look Up, but rather...

Leaders, don’t forget this time management technique as you bring workers back

When done correctly, delegating work you find frustrating can help alleviate your stress and reduce the potential for burnout. Working from home might have seemed to some like a work-life balance dream before 2020. Reality has proven to be different: One survey from Indeed published in March 2021 found that 67% of respondents felt burnout worsened...

Gap and Benetton once ruled fashion—and their success ultimately led to their demise

The iconic brands set the stage for the companies that would upstage them. In 1969, Don Fisher was having difficulty finding the right size of Levi’s jeans in traditional clothing stores. His solution was quite radical. Together with his wife Doris, he opened his own store, The Gap, selling a large selection of the product Fisher had found so hard...

COVID-19 vs. flu symptoms: As delta variant spreads, keep these CDC pages handy for early signs

Flu season is upon us, and the CDC has a page dedicated to the differences and similarities between the flu and COVID-19. Fall is here and kids are back in school, which means flu season can’t be far off. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), flu season usually starts around October, and the agency is recommending that...

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