Protecting the Bees, the Futility of Bay Leaves, and Five Years of Using the Raspberry Pi in This Week’s Highlights

This week, we learned why certain types of wildflowers aren’t helping the bees who need them the most, investigated whether bay leaves really add flavor, looked back at five years with the Raspberry Pi, and more. Here’s a look back.

Don’t plant those bee-friendly wildflowers that Cheerios distributes

Bee populations are declining and Cheerios wants to help. So far, so good. But they send free packets of wildflower seeds to people all over the country, and some of the flowers included are invasive species that you probably should n’t plant in some areas.

Does the bay leaf do anything?

Bay leaves are kitchen drying sheets. I know they are doing something , I just don’t quite understand what it is and I don’t really miss them when I run out. Nevertheless, I continue to buy them, because that’s what people do, which is prepared. They buy bay leaves and put them in things.

The real history of St. Patrick’s Day

When you think of St. Patrick’s Day, you probably think of green beer, necklaces from shot glasses that say “Kiss me, I’m Irish,” and everyone who talks about how Irish they suddenly became. That’s all well and good, but I bet you don’t know much about the origin of the holiday or the saint it celebrates. Well, take that stupid hat off, stop talking like a leprechaun for a second, and learn a little.

What I Learned From Tinkering With Raspberry Pi For Five Years

Today is Pi Day, and there is no better way to celebrate the beloved math constant than to take a look at everyone’s favorite $ 35 computer, the Raspberry Pi. Since launching the Raspberry Pi, I’ve written an absurd amount of tutorials, blogs, and an outdated book on the variety of projects you can do with it. I’ve learned a lot during this time.

Why scare yourself to death for fun

“I don’t like anything terrible,” you tell people, as if it’s some kind of allergy. You won’t go to haunted houses, you wouldn’t dream of playing the new Resident Evil, and you keep crossing your fingers in the hope that your movie friends won’t choose a horror movie. What if I told you that scaring yourself is actually good for your mind, body, and soul?

Beware of this clever phishing Gmail “fake attachment”

With a little know-how, most phishing attacks are fairly easy to detect. This one, on the other hand, is pretty darn smart and can trick you if you’re not careful.

We took over these stupid IoT hacks

Whether it’s the poorly lit stories of jailbroken Samsung TVs , the sadly hilarious stories of jailbroken teddy bears, or even more bizarre claims of listening to microwaves , real, fake and hyped reports of all the things that can happen to the devices we choose to connect to the Internet dominates in the news. We have incurred this stupid future.

What happens to my insurance if Obamacare substitution becomes law?

Finally, we have some evidence that the Republican-proposed replacement of the Affordable Care Act will affect coverage and health insurance costs. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that 24 million of us will lose coverage and the rest are likely to see our premiums rise.

What to do if you are attacked by a dog according to a former fur seal

I hope you never get into a situation where you have to use these tips, but they might just come in handy to help you deal with a dog attack. In this Business Insider video, a former fur seal tells you what you need to know to protect yourself.

IPhone Browser Teardown: Chrome vs Safari

Safari has long been a popular browser on the iPhone, but after Apple finally unveiled secret Safari speed improvements for other browsers back in iOS 8, it’s now possible to ditch Safari entirely for another browser. Chrome is the most obvious choice for this. But is it worth it?

How to play virtual reality games without jamming

Virtual reality is the next big thing in gaming, but wearing a headset causes motion sickness for some. Even I experienced mild motion sickness while playing, despite the fact that I have never struggled with this in the past (not yet). If you’re worried about throwing, there are several things you can do to make the experience more enjoyable.

What is an “alternative minimum tax” and why it matters to the rest of us

One of the standout points of Trump’s 2005 tax return , released last night, was the so-called Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT). If you’re not very familiar with it, here’s what AMT is and why it matters.

Sephora virtual makeup artist made me hate makeup and my face

You wouldn’t guess by looking at my face, but I buy and own a lot of makeup. I don’t really wear a ton; I just love it when it’s around. I also enjoy shopping online, eliminating the need to go out and chat with other people. These two factors make me the target audience for the virtual artist Sephora , but that didn’t inspire me to buy cosmetics.


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