Best 2 in 1 laptops: Work hard, play hard with these versatile picks

Don’t limit yourself to one position. (Brooke Cagle via Unsplash/) Buying a new laptop or tablet can be a stressful undertaking. With so many brands and models to choose from, how do you pick the one that best meets your needs? Dear indecisive shoppers: You’re in luck. If you are in the market for both […]

The best external hard drives: Expand your file storage

As our lives get more digital, we need more room for storage. Here are some great external hard drives that’ll do the trick. (Dylan Gillis via Unsplash/) No matter your specific reason for seeking out an external hard drive—security, portability, storage capacity—you have more options than you may realize. Unless you have the highest-end computer, […]

Hard to crack research reveals how crop roots penetrate hard soils

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Scientists have discovered a signal that causes roots to stop growing in hard soils which can be ‘switched off’ to allow them to punch through compacted soil—a discovery that could help plants to grow in even the most damaged soils. An international research team, led by scientists from the University of […]

Why are flies so hard to swat?

A fly buzzes past your head and lands nearby; you snatch a flyswatter or roll up a magazine and approach cautiously — and you strike!  But no matter how quick you are, the fly is almost always faster, and it usually manages to evade your wallop and escape unharmed. (Is it trying to annoy you?!) […]

What makes hard workouts so effective — ScienceDaily

High-intensity interval training strengthens the heart even more than moderate exercise does. Now researchers have found several answers to what makes hard workouts so effective. “Our research on rats with heart failure shows that exercise reduces the severity of the disease, improves heart function and increases work capacity. And the intensity of the training is […]

People sometimes prefer burning hot pain to thinking too hard

When faced with a challenging mental task, some people would rather endure literal pain than use their brain power.   According to a new study, published Nov. 17 in the journal eLife, the prospect of performing a difficult mental task can be just as off-putting as the threat of a painful experience, like having a […]

New documentary shows how hard it will be to rebuild Notre Dame

Putting out the inferno that tore through the roof of Notre Dame in April 2019 was only the beginning of saving the iconic cathedral.  From the precarious spaghetti of burnt scaffolding hanging over the building to the potential for the walls to collapse on themselves, architects and conservation experts had — and still have — […]

Eight reasons COVID-19 has hit veterans particularly hard

National guard members salute a veteran who died from COVID-19 at the Javits Center field hospital in New York City. (Maj. Patrick Cordova/U.S. Air National Guard/) Jamie Rowen is an associate professor of Legal Studies and Political Science, University of Massachusetts Amherst. The story originally featured on The Conversation. As the nation takes a day […]

Rip out your computer’s brain and turn it into an external hard drive

If you’re into photography or any other hobby that requires you to save big files, having an additional external drive can only mean good news. (Whitson Gordon /) It’s easy to skimp on storage when you’re buying a computer. You think there’s no way you’ll ever need more than 256GB, but there you are, one […]