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Dodge The Chub Rub
FEW THINGS ruin the fun of being outdoors faster than chafing—the tender spots, blisters, and erosions that arise when your skin makes too much contact with clothing or another patch of flesh. Staying dry is one of the best strategies for avoiding ch
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Keep The Ice In Your Device
GADGETS, LIKE PEOPLE, don’t like overheating. Running at excessive temps can decrease performance, damage components, and shorten a device’s life span. That’s why laptops use heat sinks, fans, and vents to modulate temperature, and most computers, ph
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What’s The Secret To Human Hotness?
IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM, tempting a mate appears easy. Male peacocks unfurl their sexy feathers when they spot a would-be love. Spiders woo with the erotic gift of dead insects. For humans, the prospect of such a simple path to achieving hotness can be
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The Hothouse Of Future Past
THERE WAS A TIME when alligators slid through weed-choked swamps near the North Pole. Some 55 million years ago—just around 10 million years after the mass extinction that killed T. rex and most of its kin—the average global temperature sat more than
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Your Own Private Water Park
THE BACKYARD WATER SLIDE is a classic summertime toy. With a bit of plastic and some water, children can zip across the grass with a squeal and a splash. Our version has bumpers, breaks down easily for storage (which keeps your lawn fresh), and even
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Stop The World And Melt With Glue
HOT GLUE GUNS ARE SIMPLE: They melt a polymer stick, which morphs into an adhesive as it cools. But why stop there? You can shape the goopy substance into new objects, or use it to dress up disappointing things you already own. Slide a piece of cardb
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How Do You Study A Volcano When Your Office Is In Its Path?
SINCE ITS FORMATION IN 1983, Kīlauea’s Pu‘u‘ō‘ō cone had risen and fallen as magma fluctuated throughout the volcano’s vibrant East Rift Zone. But on April 30, 2018, Pu‘u‘ō‘ō announced its retirement with a rumble. The once-brimming basin drained dow
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Harnessing The Sun
ROBERT HUTCHINGS GODDARD always had rockets on the brain. Of the early-20th-century inventor’s 214 patents, the vast majority focused on catapulting us into space; those that didn’t still had astronomical inclinations. One such invention, published i
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Skin Savers
Ingesting sunblock is gross, but your lips can sear too. With flavors like pineapple and Key lime, the Sun Bum Sunscreen Lip Balm SPF 30 makes it more likely that you’ll cover your kisser. Maui Jim Onshore Sunglasses sport glare-killing lenses and a
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Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Hydration But Didn’t Think To Ask
THE HUMAN BODY is 55 to 65 percent water. That makes proper hydration crucial for maintaining everything from the brain to the bowels. Yet there are many myths surrounding this essential fluid and the best ways of getting enough of it. Let’s debunk a
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Chill Out
A WARMING WORLD will make summers increasingly uncomfortable, but that doesn’t mean air-conditioning bills need to rise too. For centuries, architects have helped folks brave the heat using tools like natural ventilation and passive cooling. The key
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What Will Happen When The Sun Burns Out?
IT’S AN APOCALYPTIC TRUTH: The yellow dwarf star that has illuminated Earth for more than 4 billion years will eventually die. Astronomers are fairly sure how this will play out. The ball of light at the heart of our solar system generates unfathomab
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Another Scorcher
AROUND THE 100TH BIRTHDAY of a close friend’s grandmother, we asked her to name the single greatest invention she’d seen in her lifetime. She’d been around when the first cars rolled off Ford’s assembly line, when commercial airliners made flying acr
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Why Did Everyone’s Favorite Burn-proof Material Backfire?
WHEN YOU’VE BEEN publishing for a century and a half, some off-base ideas are going to creep into your pages. We’re diving into the archives to give you a fresher take on “popular science.” Macedonians shrouded their dead with it. The Greeks spun fab
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Fire Starter
OUR ANCESTORS BEGAN cooking with fire at least a million years ago, and some even say it’s what sparked the evolution of modern humans. But it’s not an instinctive skill and involves more than setting some sticks ablaze, as raging ­infernos are not g
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Venus Rising
JÖRN HELBERT was standing outside a stranger’s apartment in the north end of Berlin with a bouquet of yellow roses. It was June 2020, and the woman behind the door was in mandatory quarantine. She had just moved to Germany from the United States, and
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How To Be Chill AF
HUMANS AREN’T BUILT for extreme highs. Our cooling system works best at around 70°F, and shedding thermal energy gets harder when the mercury climbs beyond that. Once our insides push 104°F, things can get deadly. These tips will keep you comfy. Loos
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Hot Grill Summer
A series of precisely placed holes and air channels pull air through the Solo Stove Charcoal Grill’s stainless steel cooking chamber. That breeze allows it to go from cold to burger-​ready in just 10 minutes. Weighing just 12 pounds, the Nomad IQ Por
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What Does The Hottest Day At The North Pole Mean For The World?
ON DAYS WHEN ARCTIC temperatures soar above their usual summer peak of 40-something degrees Fahrenheit, the tundra turns into an unrecognizable mess. The dissolving permafrost releases mudslides, and wildfire smoke chokes the air. Such was the case o
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Into The Fryer
IT BEGINS WHEN YOU STOP SWEATING. Perspiration usually cools you down by releasing heat into the air as sweat evaporates, but eventually, if your body becomes dehydrated or the external mixture of hot air and humidity gets too high, you can no longer
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How Should We Deal With Wildfires?
FORESTS EVOLVED TO BURN. But a century-​long emphasis on relentlessly suppressing this ecological necessity has left the country brimming with tinder that fuels devastating wildfires. A warming world will only make these blazes larger, more destructi
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Get The Scoop
NOTHING HITS quite so good as a cone full of ice cream on a sweltering summer day. Alas, that single serving of classic vanilla may cool you off, but it has the exact opposite effect on the Earth. The dairy industry accounts for a massive 3.5 percent
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Master Of Degrees
The Equate Glass Oral Thermometer swaps the traditional mercury for a nontoxic blend of metals. It needs about three minutes to reveal the temp, but the analog method means you’ll never worry about a dead battery. The Kinsa Quickcare uses electrical
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Heart Of Glass
EVERYTHING THEY MAKE at the Museum of Glass starts at 2100°F. The approximately 1,000 pounds of molten silica, soda ash, and lime brimming from the facility’s furnace is a kind of Goldilocks—strong enough to hold a shape, yet pliable enough to mold u
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Annals Of A Warming World
EARTH IS EVER SHIFTING. Continents drift, ice ages come and go, odd and wonderful creatures take shape only to one day vanish. Reviewing the history of our world, some might be tempted to dismiss the warming we are experiencing as just another of the
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An American tail
ON A GIVEN DAY in the area around Moab, Utah, visitors may view snowcapped mountains while gazing through a red-rock-desert arch that curves above a Grand-rivaling canyon. Or they might fish a river and then scale sandstone cliffs. Or perhaps they’ll
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The Hottest Colors
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK is stunning, yet even by that measure, the Grand Prismatic Spring astonishes. Sulfuric water, heated by the supervolcano beneath northwest Wyoming, burbles from a fissure 121 feet below the pool’s surface and radiates out 37
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Spark Ranger
Rather than relying on butane to create a flame like Granddad’s trusty fire starter, this 3.5-ounce torch makes its own lightning. An electrical current creates high-voltage arcs between four electrodes, generating more heat than flicking a Bic. The
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The Cooler
THEY LOOK LIKE MIRRORS: 32 rectangles neatly arranged in eight rows on the rooftop of a supermarket called Grocery Outlet in Stockton, California. Shimmering beneath a bright sky, at first glance they could be solar panels, but the job of this rig is
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