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A lopsided pair of dead stars could reveal some of the universe’s secrets

Two dead stars, one larger than the other, will one day collide—and tell us valuable things about the universe. (Courtesy of Arecibo Observatory/University of Central Florida - William Gonzalez and Andy Torres./)Picture a pair of collapsed stars, light-years away, locked in a "dance" of death: a final embrace that will end in their collision. In about...

Essential bike maintenance tips everyone should know

If you're someone who just started cycling, you'll want to know how to keep your bike in tip-top shape. (Roman Koester/Unsplash/)Even the most inexperienced cyclists know you can’t ride a bike with two flat tires, no brakes, a janky chain, and pieces that are a bump or two away from scattering across the pavement. If you’re not taking care of your ride,...

Vibrant, ammonia-free dyes for at-home hair color

Do it yourself. (Annie Gray via Unsplash/)If going to the salon every time you need to touch up your bright hair color—or every time a new whim strikes—sounds costly and inconvenient, box dyes are your best bet. The following brands offer a range of saturated colors, and are free of ammonia or other ingredients that strip hair of its softness.Vibrant...

Skateboard tools to adjust your trucks, wheels, and more

Keep your skateboard steady on any terrain. (Shawn Henry via Unsplash/)Whether you’re a downhill cruiser, skatepark regular, or cautious beginner, your skateboard would likely benefit from an adjustment. Instead of lugging a loose socket wrench and Phillips head screwdriver, just throw a quality multipurpose skateboard tool in your backpack or back...

Best cooperative board games for when you want to work together

Teamwork is fun, too. (Amazon/)Board games are a great source of renewable entertainment for groups, but it can be exhausting always playing head to head. Cooperative games flip the dynamic—rather than playing to win against one another, players work together to beat the game itself. Don’t be fooled, just because you’re not competing against other players,...

What animal do you see in this image of a nebula?

What do you see in the Carina Nebula? (NASA/)We know you are bored at home right now—we are too. Here are some puzzles and brainteasers to challenge your family and friends with, either in person or over video chat.This image of the Carina nebula shows only dust, ionized gases, and stars. But there’s a chance a dog on its hind legs looks back at you....

Fabulous, fun coloring books for kids

Encourage creativity and the arts. ( Aaron Burden via Unsplash/)In this device-dependent world of ours, sometimes kids need breaks from screens to take pen—or rather crayon and marker—to paper. Not only does coloring help children develop cognitively and psychologically, it also fosters self-expression and creativity. And, well, it’s just plain fun.Here...

Anti-chafing products that could save your skin

Safe from chafe. ( Sharon McCutcheon via Unsplash/)Most of us understand the pain that comes with having thighs that touch, inner arms that rub, and other sensitive areas that need some extra attention when it comes to chafing. It can happen to anyone and everyone due to sweaty skin coming into contact with friction from fabric or other body parts;...

These juicers give you delicious, vitamin-packed drinks at home

For simple lemonades to crazy concoctions. (Boba Jaglicic via Unsplash/)Fresh-squeezed juice is delicious and healthy, and easy to have at home. There are three main types of juicers, each with pros and cons, and the right one for you depends a lot on what sort of juice you want to make, and how much time you want to spend on preparation and clean-up.Masticating...

Canon’s new 8K-shooting EOS R5 is the most powerful mirrorless camera yet

A new full-frame sensor is related to the one found in the flagship 1D X Mark III DSLR. (Canon/)Canon entered the mirrorless camera game relatively late, especially when it comes to more advanced models meant for professionals or even high-end amateurs. Companies like Fujifilm with its X-series and Sony with its full-frame A-series had years of head-start...

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