Mosquitoes love some of us more than others. I figure I’m one of the more appetizing humans; I get a lot of bites if I’m not wearing bug spray, and when I was pregnant I got tons. It turns out there are a few reasons why.
You can google up a recipe for anything, including sunscreen. Places like Pinterest are full of instructions for blending natural oils with zinc oxide to make something to protect yourself from the sun. Unfortunately, a DIY approach isn’t likely to make an effective sunscreen.
For decades we’ve been able to buy devices that play noises that are supposed to repel mosquitoes, and for just as many decades they have been completely useless. Now, instead of buying a device, you can now download an app. Guess what? It still won’t work.
In a perfect world, we’d all get to bed on time, enjoy our full seven to nine hours of sleep, and wake up refreshed at the same time every morning. But while that may be the goal, I’m guessing most of us enjoy the extra shut-eye that a day off allows. So how bad is it to sleep in on the weekends?
As a parent, I have a mental map of many of the playgrounds in my area. Which ones are closest, which ones are shadiest on a sunny day, which ones have equipment that’s best for younger kids. But it takes time to build up that kind of knowledge.
You may not think of Europe as a place where you need vaccines before you go on vacation, but measles cases are at a record high in Europe this year. The CDC recommends that people traveling to any country outside the US take precautions against measles, so if you’re planning summer travel, now is a good time to check…
Some insects will only live in the freshest, cleanest water. Others are happy in any dirty old bog. Scientists can use the bugs in a water source as an indicator of water quality, and in a variety of citizen science projects, you can too.
I’ve pinned children down for unpleasant procedures (snot suctioning, nail trimming) so many times I’m a pro. But when the doctor told me I needed to give my young toddler eyedrops, I thought that was the limit of my talents as a parent. Not so: there’s an easy way to do it.
Researchers were able to correctly guess some people’s medical conditions by analyzing their Facebook posts, according to a new study. The people involved had consented to the research, and the results are private, but let this be a warning: You’re potentially telling the world a lot more than you let on.
The earth has been warming for decades, but year-to-year changes are hard to watch in real time. Was this winter really less snowy than usual? Now there’s a handy way to see how your area’s average yearly temperature has varied over time.
You probably keep medications out of reach of small children, and wouldn’t dream of leaving caustic cleansers where your kids could get to them. But cosmetics can also be dangerous, and a recent study found that children regularly suffer poisoning and chemical burns from cosmetics.
Monkey bars were hard enough when I was a kid. But this week I tried them again, older, wiser, and with more muscle than I had back in the day. And you know what? They’re still really, really hard.
Hands up if you’ve killed a succulent. Yeah, me too. Succulents and cacti are great beginner plants in theory because they can survive a little neglect. But that’s actually what makes them terrible for brown thumbs like me and (perhaps) you.
Jessica Biel and Robert F. Kennedy Jr were reportedly lobbying against tightened medical exemptions for vaccines in California yesterday. States vary in their vaccine requirements for schoolchildren: In some, a child can skip vaccines if their parents have a “personal belief” objection to them. In others, like…
When hospitals are running low on blood, there’s no way to just order more—blood banks have to get the word out to volunteers like you and me who might want to donate. Facebook is now rolling out a blood donation feature to several US cities that can notify you when your type of blood is needed in your area.
I type all day. I swipe and tap on my phone. I scribble notes to myself on paper. I’m happy with my mostly-digital life. But every now and then I’ll get a handwritten note—from an old lady, usually—and I find myself wishing I practiced cursive more often. Those old ladies can write.
Safe cycling isn’t always a matter of sticking to the side of the road. In fact, when bicyclists try to stay out of cars’ way, they can sometimes create a situation that’s more dangerous for themselves, cars, and pedestrians.