A beginner’s guide to naming species in Latin

It doesn’t have to be so complicated.

How to turn your smartphone into a functional microscope

The whole world is your laboratory.

How to make your compost – easy, cheap, and sustainable

If more people composted then we’d enjoy better soils, more productive gardens and better food.

24 Vintage (but extremely useful) Life Hacks from the Early 1900s

In the early 1900s, cigarettes were living their golden years – something which millions of lungs regretted. But you can’t charge the smoking industry of not being creative. Back in the day, manufactures used to insert stiffening cards into their paper cigarette packs, to make them more sturdy and last more; not long after that, companies started printing all sorts of quotes, trivia, artwork, and… life hacks.

How to make vodka, with science!

Chemistry gets an undeserved bad reputation and it all starts in school. Can we nudge people to change their view of what is an undeniably awesome field of science? Is there a way to make chemistry a part of their life that they hold dear? I say yes. The answer is one of its most useful known abilities — that of turning boring old food into booze. And we’re here to tell you how to make vodka — so you can get hammered, all in the comfort of your home. With science!

Here’s what happens when you put marshmallows into vacuum

Did you ever wonder what happens when you put marshmallows in a vacuum? Well, probably not – and neither did we – but Youtuber CrazyRussianHacker did. With the aid of a vacuum-forming Tupperware box, he sucked out all the air from around and inside marshmallows, with the results you see below: Marshmallows are airy sugar-based confections consisting of sugar, water and gelatin whipped

Free phone app identifies plants from just a picture

It’s like Shazam for plants – PlantNet is a free app that can help you identify plants based on just taking a picture.

You shouldn’t forget about recycling bathroom items

When home recycling is concerned, the kitchen reigns supreme. Here is where most of the waste gets disposed and where all the recycling bins can be found, but there’s another important center filled with recyclable items in your home: the bathroom. Research shows that even among families that are consistent recyclers, only 20% of Americans recycle bathroom items. It’s not

How to make your own spectacular bismuth crystals

Bismuth is a brittle metal with few remarkable properties – but if you’ve ever seen it crystallized, the odds are it blew your mind. But now, thanks to Youtube user NightHawkInLight, we can make our own bismuth crystals, with no special equipment, at home. What you need: bismuth (cheap, online) safety goggles protection gloves (preferably leather) a stove a pot (will

Wooden alternatives to green up your Christmas Tree

I’ve already written an article about the best ways to green up your Christmas tree, so I really recommend you start from there. But if you want some more creative, out of the box eco-friendly alternatives, this is the place for you! Just in case you’re wondering why I’m against ‘traditional’ artificial trees: they’re made from PVC, which is polluting

HOW TO: Green Your Christmas Tree

Christmas is just around the corner, and the good old Christmas tree is one of the most enjoyable traditions of the holiday season. Thankfully, more and more people are starting to realize that cutting a tree and ultimately throwing it in the street or in the dump is not the way to go! But that doesn’t mean you can’t have an awesome

Windows 10 tends to eavesdrop quite a bit, but here’s how you can put a lid on that

Microsoft’s recently unveiled OS, Windows 10, is the company’s make-or-break reinstatement of what is the most used OS franchise in the world. Reviews of it are pretty good up till now, with Techradar saying “Feature-wise, Windows 10 is the new Windows 7. It’s robust, pleasant to use and free,” and PcAdvisor naming it “[…] the best Windows OS yet. Windows 10 is free for most people and offers plenty of new features and apps.”

There is a hook, though.

So you’ve come face to face with a bear; what should you do to bear through this?

A Montana family came perilously close to a grizzly bear near Yellowstone Park in the US when it jumped on the hood of their car. The family stayed in their car, kept the windows closed, and eventually the bear got bored and wandered off. But what happens if you don’t have the safety of a vehicle?

DIY Edible and Fully Functional Jelly LEGOs

If you like gummy candy and if you like LEGOs… then this is definitely something you want to try at home. By following this really simple tutorial, you can create delicious jelly LEGO bricks – they’re fully functional, you can stack and build with them… and of course, you can eat them. Basically, all you need is the right mold, and

Watch: The surprising chemical reaction between Coke and Milk

Watch the video all to the end – it starts off a bit slow, but it gets pretty rad towards the end. I’m not sure what I was expecting to happen… but it clearly wasn’t this: So what’s happening here? Well, it’s plain to see that a bunch of dark particles precipitate at the bottom of the bottle, while the