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Get Out of Your Chair and Do Some Downward Dogs

The yoga pose known as downward dog is, I’ve always thought, one of the weirdest moves that’s considered relatively easy for beginners. Any intro yoga course is going to have a ton of them. But you’re upside down, you’re stretching parts of you that don’t often get stretched and your…

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Don’t Flush Kleenex, Either

Back in March and April — those heady, early pandemic days — nothing seemed more important than toilet paper. The stuff we buy with the intention of befouling and then discarding it suddenly became precious enough to inspire fistfights in the grocery aisles and out-of-control crowds at CostCo, and lots…

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The Secret to Perfect Homemade Popcorn Is Aluminium Foil

Popcorn is more than a snack; for me, it’s a way of life. My dedication to the lifestyle means that I’m always interested in learning new ways to speed up or otherwise improve my technique — and I recently found what I believe to be the final piece of my…

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There Is Only One Way To Separate An Egg And This Is It

How one separates an egg inspired a heated debate in the Lifehacker offices. We all agreed that purchasing an egg separator isn’t necessary, and the cutesy hack of sucking the yolk out with an empty bottle isn’t really an everyday solution. Some staffers believe that you should crack the shell…

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7 Hidden Netflix Gems You Need To Search For

Browsing through Netflix and everything is starting to look the same? We’ve all been there. It can be hard to find a new movie or show to watch so we’ve hunted down seven hidden gems you won’t find on the front page. Infernal Affairs Synopsis: A veteran cop goes undercover…

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Is It Better for Posture to Sit on the Floor or on a Chair?

For thousands of years, humans have rested on the ground using variations of a squat, cross-legged or a kneeling position. And despite the availability of chairs and things to sit on, sitting on the floor is still common in many cultures. According to reports, many English-speaking people refer to floor…

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Turn Your TV Into a Digital Art Gallery With This Free App

Wall-mounted TVs are great for watching movies, but they just take up a lot of space when you’re not using them. Instead of letting that big, blank screen just hang there, consider turning it into a digital art gallery with the free Enplug app.

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Teach Your Kids about Online Safety by Building LEGO

It’s a universal problem — you want to teach your kids about online safety. But they just want to build LEGO all day. Well finally, you can do both at the same time with LEGO’s newly launched “Build and Talk” activities.

How to Prevent Hearing Loss in Kids from Headphone Use

Many parents have gotten lax with screen time during the pandemic, and understandably so. Most experts agree that some extra screen time right now isn’t going to do permanent damage to our kids — as long as we dial it back again when normal life resumes. But one thing that…

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How to Get Rid of Google Meet in Your Gmail

If you never knew what Google Meet was before, you sure do now; at least, I’m certainly being constantly reminded of the existence of this free video chat app whenever I load up my Gmail. A section wholly dedicated to it just hangs out in my inbox, either in the corner…

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How to Distinguish Between Coronavirus and Cold Symptoms

There’s been some finger pointing in recent days over who’s to blame for Melbourne’s continuing outbreak. As soon as you experience symptoms, you’re supposed to get tested and isolate until results are delivered but allegedly, not everyone has been doing that. For some, it’s a choice between isolating as directed…

How to Make a Face Mask Without a Sewing Machine

As the severity of the global pandemic worsens each day across Victoria, people are heading out to restock on hand sanitiser and face masks in droves. While we’re not entirely certain of what the future holds, it doesn’t hurt to be prepared this time.

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Use Ice Packs Instead of Precious Ice in Your Ice Baths

My precision cooker gets far more use in the summer than it does in the winter. Precision cooking meat means I don’t have to turn on the oven, and combining a long spell in a constant-temperature water bath with a few minutes on the grill is my favourite cooking method…

How You Can Help Save the Fireflies

If you’ve noticed that your backyard doesn’t seem to glow with the twinkle of fireflies as much as it used to (or perhaps you’ve never seen them), you’re right: It likely doesn’t. Fireflies are disappearing from fields, marshes and forests all over the world.

How to Remove ‘Undeletable’ Windows 10 Bloatware

Windows 10, bless it, arrives packing lots of annoying bloatware. Some of it you can uninstall; some you cannot (cough Your Phone cough). And while the operating system feels like it’s gotten a bit better about this over the years, you’re still going to need to use a third-party app…

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Why Aren’t Melbourne’s Coronavirus Case Numbers Going Down?

Fourteen days after Melbourne was put back into lockdown, the latest daily case number of 484 in Victoria makes for dispiriting reading. Why have the numbers stubbornly refused to go down, despite Melburnians being confined to their homes for all but non-essential trips? The first lockdown, imposed nationwide in March…

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Should You Use a Sick Day for Period Pain?

Anyone who experiences serious period pain knows the deal: you’re not necessarily sick but you could be described as a shell of a human. Your lower stomach is a pit of pain, on top of all the other associated symptoms that make working more of a chore. It feels like…

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Give Herbal Liqueurs a Tropical Vibe With Whipped Pineapple Juice

I do not think of syrupy, herbal liqueurs as “summery,” but that doesn’t stop me from drinking them during the hotter months, or looking for new and interesting ways to drink them. If you’ve had a Garibaldi, you know that these bitter, dense elixirs can be refreshing — you just…

How to Parent a Teenager Who Has Different Political Views

Up until a few years ago, Abigail Reed’s politics were in line with those of her parents. She understood their point of view, and she followed it. Then Reed, a recent high school graduate from Indianapolis who is headed to college in a few weeks, started thinking for herself. She…

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How to Cook Grits in Your Pressure Cooker

I will never understand people who don’t like eating grits, but I do understand people who don’t like making grits. Like preparing risotto and polenta, the process usually involves a good bit of stirring, and I simply hate standing still in front of a stove. The good news is you…

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Why People Make the Switch to Reusable Cups

People are more likely to use reusable coffee cups if they see others doing it, or if cafe owners charge extra for throwaway coffee cups, our research has found. Our study also found people would be more likely to properly dispose of compostable cups if councils provided dedicated organic waste…

How to Choose a Prenatal Vitamin

Choosing a prenatal is one of the first of many decisions mums-to-be make, and it isn’t an easy one. The ingredient list can be confusing, the pills themselves are large, and they come in a bewildering variety. A search on Amazon yields 507 hits for “prenatal vitamins,” plus there are…

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Create a Video Game with Roblox’s Summer Coding Challenge

If your kids have ever wanted to design and animate their own video games but didn’t know where to start, Roblox has a free coding challenge that can teach them the basics. The challenge, called “Build It, Play It,” gives kids easy-to-follow instructions to help them learn how to create…

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Force Websites to Have a Dark Theme in Edge Chromium

You might have a dark system theme; you might have set all of your favourite apps to use a dark theme. Even still, the websites you typically visit might not want to play along, which can be a jarring experience while you’re browsing — akin to someone opening a vampire’s…

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How to Make a Face Mask Using Just a Sock

Wearing a face mask in public will soon become compulsory for residents in Melbourne and Mitchell Shire amid a major coronavirus outbreak. Residents in New South Wales are also being urged to consider wearing face masks as Sydney grapples with getting a growing infection rate under control. If you’ve been…

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5 Uplifting Queer Young Adult Fiction Books to Get You Started

Early ventures in queer young adult (YA) fiction followed certain conventions: they tended to be set in the contemporary world and their narratives focused on coming out, bullying, heartbreak or fighting for acceptance. Most unfortunately, these stories also have a long history of ending in tragedy. There is absolutely a…