8 No-Brainer Ways to Save More Money

8 No-Brainer Ways to Save More Money.
So we asked money-saving experts what small tweaks we can make to our daily lives in order to sock the most money away.
You can drastically cut your grocery bill if you buy fruits and veggies during their harvest seasons.
You don’t need to clip coupons in order to take advantage of store discounts, Livesey says.
“I did this deal myself, and it required no coupons,” Livesey says, explaining that she bought 12 boxes which lasted for six months until the next big dishwasher tablet sale.
Livesey uses envelopes of cash for her weekly purchases: everything from gas to groceries to dog grooming.
“It’s much harder to use cash than it is to pull out your credit card,” she says.
According to Smart401k, “A typical matching situation is: The employer matches 50 percent of employee contributions for the first 6-percent-of-salary that an employee contributes—so the company will not match more than 3 percent of the employees’ salary.”
Have a vacation on the horizon?
“That means they are the lowest price you will find on those items.”

Morning Cup of Links: NASA’s New Plasma Rocket

A physicist/astronaut is on his way to unveiling a plasma rocket.
* Kenya’s Tsavo West National Park has seen no rainfall at all since last June.
Patrick Kilonzo Mwalua spends hours every day driving a truck to waterholes in the park to make sure elephants, zebras, buffalo, and antelopes have enough water to survive.
* The 18 Indie Games You Need to Play in 2017.
Most haven’t been released yet.
* Siberian tigers at a wildlife park in China spotted the drone that was recording them.
After a short chase, they caught their prey -and tried to eat it!
* Is It Okay to Enjoy the Warm Winters of Climate Change?
Just wait until summer and see how you like it.
* Five Moments That Prove Batman is as Insane as the Joker.

Chart the Evolution of Nintendo’s ‘Zelda’ Franchise

Chart the Evolution of Nintendo’s ‘Zelda’ Franchise.
The Zelda franchise is one of Nintendo’s crown jewels.
The original game—1986’s The Legend of Zelda—was one of the most important action-adventure titles of the early console generations.
As the years, and technology, have progressed, the series has always been at the forefront of change.
1992’s A Link to the Past pushed the limits of the SNES with a wide scope and sprawling story; 1998’s Ocarina of Time showcased a vast, detailed world and deep gameplay mechanics; and 2003’s The Wind Waker proved that cartoony, cel-shaded graphics could be just as impressive as any photorealistic title on the market.
To chart the visual evolution of the Zelda franchise, Matinee Multilingual—a voiceover, translation, and subtitle company—has put together an infographic that looks at every title from the NES original all the way to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which will launch alongside the Nintendo Switch on March 3.
Check it out:

8 Animals That Are No Longer Endangered

8 Animals That Are No Longer Endangered.
Now, there are just under 2000 giant pandas left in the world—a 17 percent increase since 2002.
Here are eight other animals that have fought their way back from oblivion—with a lot of help from protected status, conservation laws, and dedicated biologists.
They were protected and bred for more than a hundred years, and there are now a robust 20,000 white rhinos in the wild.
In the 1970s, however, when it was discovered that there were only about 140 left, the grizzly was placed on the Endangered Species List in 1975.
They’re doing so well, some say they should be taken off the endangered species list.
The operation has been enough of a success that three subspecies of island fox have been removed from the endangered species list.
One remains on the list but has has been reclassified as “threatened.”
Thanks to cooperation between governments and conservation groups in restoring wetlands in the southern U.S., the wood stork population is back up around 6000.
There is only one true kind of wild horse left on the entire planet—and that’s Przewalski’s horse.

Watch Live as People Reenact The Beatles’ Abbey Road Crossing

Watch Live as People Reenact The Beatles’ Abbey Road Crossing.
by James Hunt When The Beatles were photographed using the zebra crossing outside of Abbey Road Studios for their album of the same name, they probably had little idea of the effect they’d have on the area in the decades that followed.
Since that fateful photograph was taken in 1969, the Abbey Road zebra crossing has become so iconic that it has been Grade II listed—meaning it can’t be demolished, altered, or extended without special permission from the government.
It has, in effect, become a permanent feature of London.
(And yet, as the BBC points out, the crossing appears to have been moved from its original spot decades ago.)
Over the past near-half-century, the crossing has played host to scores of people reenacting the Fab Four’s footsteps, from wannabe bands attempting to emulate their heroes to former UK Prime Minister David Cameron, who was widely mocked for trying to appear cool as he strolled across Abbey Road.
Of course, the number of tourists who’ve checked a visit to Abbey Road off their travel bucket list is increasing every day.
Thanks to the installation of a webcam in the famous studios, you can even watch it happen in real time.
If you happen to be looking at the crossing during UK daylight hours, especially in the summer, you probably won’t have to wait long to see fans from all over the world making their pilgrimage—often to the irritation of those trying to drive down the road.

How To See Colors That Don’t Exist

How To See Colors That Don’t Exist.
Are we condemned to a life of boring blues and requisite reds?
Firstly, let’s get it out of the way … technically, magenta doesn’t exist.
There’s no wavelength of light that corresponds to that particular color; it’s simply a construct of our brain of a color that is a combination of blue and red.
Our eyes have receptors called cones for three different colors: red, green, and blue.
For example, a combination of red and green makes yellow.
However, if the eye reports the red and green receptors are being stimulated, the brain also processes the absence of blue.
This is not only important for being able to interpret colors instantaneously, it also allows the brain to correct for different color temperatures.
So by exploiting these facts about how our eyes work, and exposing our eyes to bright primary or secondary colors, we can saturate the corresponding cones and thus block out other signals.
Looking then at the opposite color on the color wheel will then produce a color that is oversaturated—this color is technically imaginary.

London’s Jewish Museum to Host an Amy Winehouse Exhibition and Art Trail

London’s Jewish Museum to Host an Amy Winehouse Exhibition and Art Trail.
Nearly six years after Amy Winehouse’s death, the Jewish Museum in London is honoring the artist’s life with an exhibition and art trail in her home borough of Camden.
As Konbini reports, the show—titled “Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait”—will open at the museum on March 16 and run until September 24, 2017.
Works that were co-curated by Winehouse’s brother Alex and sister-in-law Riva explore the artist’s Jewish heritage, her connection to London, and the influences on her music.
Photographs portray Winehouse at different stages of life, from adolescence to her rise to fame as a young adult.
The exhibition also showcases some of her personal possessions, including clothing and ticket stubs, and a chart of her family tree. “Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait” was shown in San Francisco, Tel Aviv, and Vienna after premiering at the Jewish Museum.
The exhibition’s return to London will be accompanied by a street art trail of Winehouse-themed pieces.
Work by artists Captain Kris, Mr Cenz, Philth, and Amara Por Dios will lead through Camden Town to the museum’s Welcome Gallery.
There, visitors will see “Love Is A Losing Game” by the street artist Pegasus, an installation named after a song from Winehouse’s hit album Back to Black.

Here’s How Long You’re Contagious When You Have a Cold

Here’s How Long You’re Contagious When You Have a Cold.
Sooner or later, cold or flu germs are going to take up unsolicited residence in your system.
And next to the sneezing and coughing, anxiety over passing it along to friends and family might be the most unpleasant part of being sick.
According to MedicalNewsToday, the answer is: pretty much.
Cold viruses provoke symptoms like coughing and sneezing, which allow the germs to spread via surface contact or inhaling airborne particles.
Even though symptoms might diminish over time—a cold might last three to 10 days—you can still spread illness as long as you’re sniffling or wheezing.
The flu behaves in much the same way, though symptoms tend to be much more severe than with a cold.
While you’re most contagious the first three or so days, you can infect others for as long as you have symptoms (the flu generally runs its course in two to 10 days).
You’re unlikely to spread germs before you start feeling ill yourself, although the Centers for Disease Control advises that there might be a day before symptoms begin when you’re shedding the virus.
If you can’t help but be near others while sick, try to contain germs by coughing into your hand, washing your hands frequently, and using a new tissue every time you wipe your nose.

Naked Juice Will Change Its Labels to Accurately Reflect Ingredients

Naked Juice Will Change Its Labels to Accurately Reflect Ingredients.
Naked Juice is getting a makeover, following a lawsuit alleging that the brand’s labels are misleading consumers.
Naked Juice’s parent company, PepsiCo, denied the claim by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), a consumer advocacy group.
In October, the group filed a suit on behalf of customers in California and New York who had purchased popular flavors, including Kale Blazer and Green Machine; a settlement was reportedly reached on February 14.
According to the CSPI, Naked Juice’s labels list the drinks’ main ingredients as fruits and vegetables, when their predominant ingredient is actually apple or orange juice.
They also argued that the “No Sugar Added” tagline obscures the fact that the drinks are actually filled with sugar—thanks to the inclusion of apple and orange juices—and that they don’t visibly reveal that they are “not a low-calorie food,” per the Food and Drug Administration’s rules.
The imagery on the labels is also dishonest, the CSPI said: “Labels for Naked Juice Kale Blazer feature leaves of kale and other leafy greens and two cucumber slices,” the group pointed out in a statement.
“…The primary ingredient in Kale Blazer is orange juice.
The third ingredient is apple juice.
And nowhere on the Kale Blazer labels or other marketing materials are oranges or apples pictured.” Naked Juice isn’t going to change the ingredients in its drinks, but the company has agreed to overhaul its labels to meet the CSPI’s standards.

You Can Win Two Free Nights in Austin’s Human-Sized Birdhouse

Nightly rental rates spike by hundreds of dollars, and empty rooms get booked fast.
HomeAway is looking to make planning a little easier for two groups of SXSW visitors this year.
As inhabitat reports, the vacation rental site is offering four free nights in their giant birdhouse to a handful of contest winners.
The so-called “World’s Largest Human Birdhouse” is located at the company’s headquarters in downtown Austin, Texas.
With help from West Elm, the interior has been renovated into a cozy, two-bedroom space.
Two groups of up to six guests are eligible for the chance to stay.
and specify whether they wish to stay from March 10 to March 12, or March 17 to March 19.
HomeAway will also provide an additional two nights stay elsewhere in Austin to each of the winning groups.
Every March, tens of thousands of people flock to Texas’s capital for the film, music, and interactive media events of SXSW.
Visitors looking to honor the city’s “Keep Austin Weird” philosophy can enter to win the birdhouse vacation at HomeAway.com.

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