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How to Easily Opt Out of Apple Card Binding Arbitration

Excited to use your new Apple Card? Before you start spending, there’s one extra task to consider: opting out of binding arbitration. You’ll spot binding arbitration clauses in a lot of financial agreements because it helps keep banks and their business partners out of court. If you agree to binding …

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How to Foster an Animal for the First Time

Photo: Shutterstock At the Animal Care Centers of New York City, the shelters receive between 40 and 60 animals a day; during one holiday weekend last year, the shelters received more than 300 animals, including dogs, cats, and rabbits that were strays or were relinquished by owners. Adopting a pet, …

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Laptop backpacks for your office on-the-go

Great knapsacks to keep your laptop and other daily supplies. (Jake Ingle via Unsplash/) There are as many different types of backpacks as there are uses for them. Yet, when it comes to objects that help carry other objects, form so often compromises function. For example, design elements like thin …

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Just seven really excellent pens

Pens for every occasion. (Aaron Burden via Unsplash/) Given how ubiquitous smartphones are, it’s not hard to imagine why handwriting is in decline. Yet, no matter how tech-oriented we’ve become, you’ll likely still need to jot down a few notes here and there. If you’re looking for a new favorite …

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The FCC created an online index for known phone scams

This may is upset, perhaps because he was the victim of a cramming scam. (Bruce Mars (via Pexels)/) It’s worryingly simple to get scammed if you’re not careful. Even if you’re a relatively tech-savvy person, the sheer volume of grifts out there, most of which aim to pry your money …

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What Planned Parenthood’s Funding Change Means for Patients

Photo: Spencer Platt (Getty) Recently the Trump administration changed the rules for Title X funds, and this week Planned Parenthood decided to stop accepting the money. As a result, free and sliding scale birth control, STD testing, and other services may become harder to access. Here’s what you need to …

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Legionnaires' disease is totally preventable, but surprisingly deadly

Inhaling mist contaminated with <em>Legionella pneumophila</em> can lead to Legionnaires’ disease. (Denis Klimov 3000/Shutterstock.com/) In the nearly 50 years since epidemiologists first discovered Legionnaires’ disease, we have learned how to test for it, treat it and prevent it. So why are people still dying from it, and why are more …

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Why the smartest people can make the dumbest mistakes

A high IQ and education won’t necessarily protect you from highly irrational behavior—and it may sometimes amplify your errors. (Pexels/) It is June 17, 1922, and two middle-aged men—one short and squat, the other tall and lumbering with a walrus moustache—are sitting on the beach in Atlantic City, New Jersey. …

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Color constancy changes your perception of colors

You’re seeing scarlet because of a visual phenomenon called color constancy. We perceive color based on the wavelength of light an object reflects. But those wavelengths are always in flux. Color constancy helps us adjust to those changes, keeping an item’s tone the same even if its surroundings change dramatically. …

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