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Why You Should Make Drinking More Water a Habit, Not an Obsession

Why You Should Make Drinking More Water a Habit, Not an Obsession

Illustration: solar22 (Shutterstock)Well, I did it. I drank a lot of water every day for a few weeks in March—one gallon per day, in fact, or as close to it as I could get without living permanently in the bathroom—but I’m not sure I have a lot to show for it. I was hoping that lifting my half-gallon water container to my mouth over and over would make me ripped. Absent of that, I was at least hoping to end my experiment with super-clear, hydrated skin. Unfortunately, my perpetually dry skin really doesn’t feel any less dry—of if it does, it’s…
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How Often Should You Wash Your Dog?

How Often Should You Wash Your Dog?

Photo: Tara Lynn and Co (Shutterstock)Dogs may be the most universally beloved creatures that also rejoice in their own filth. They sniff other dogs’ butts to say hello. They gleefully roll around in mud, and many other things much dirtier than mud. They, on occasion, eat poop with gusto. Some dogs won’t hesitate to kill rabid animals and bring them into your home as a repulsive sort of souvenir.But we love them so, and that is why we must regularly wash and groom our presumably filthy furry friends. Though there isn’t an exact science to how many times a year…
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Rebuild Your Self-Confidence With These Habits

Rebuild Your Self-Confidence With These Habits

Photo: Love Solutions (Shutterstock)Harvard Health Publishing reported that self-confidence rises and falls in a bell curve: As you get older, self-confidence increases, peaks at age 60, and then begins to decline. The publication reported on self-confidence based on a full lifetime, but self-confidence fluctuates. You might lose confidence after failing on a project at school or work, for example, or after losing a friend or loved one, so what can you do when you are in a particularly tough rut? Here’s a routine that can help you start to rebuild that loss of confidence.Make a morning routine Having a regular…
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The Essential Sneakerhead Starter Pack, According to Jacques Slade

The Essential Sneakerhead Starter Pack, According to Jacques Slade

If you’re even casually into sneakers, there’s a good chance you’ve seen one of Jacques Slade’s videos in your YouTube recommendations. Maybe you’re even a fan of his already—after all, Slade is one of the most popular personalities in sneaker YouTube or even sneaker media at large.Is it because of how long he’s been in the game? His access to exclusive drops before any other media personalities have them? If you ask me, Jacques is at the top of the game and remains there simply because he comes off as a nice guy. He doesn’t talk about sneakers in language…
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Camilo’s Hemisphere-Spanning Pop

Camilo’s Hemisphere-Spanning Pop

Instead, he eased his way into songwriting and recording sessions with the influential reggaeton producer Tainy, the band Bomba Estéreo and singers including Becky G, Prince Royce, Maluma and Evaluna’s brothers, the duo Mau y Ricky.“I started writing and producing for other artists, and that made me free from a lot of pressure in my head,” Camilo said. “You’re writing a song and you’re going into a club, and thousands of people are singing the song that you wrote in the studio, and nobody knows who you are.”He also began making what he calls “lifestyle videos” — sometimes playful, sometimes…
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After Three Years in a Church Facing Deportation, ‘Today I Have Freedom’

After Three Years in a Church Facing Deportation, ‘Today I Have Freedom’

A second-floor window afforded Saheeda Nadeem glimpses of a city park, but she did not dare go for walks — it could have exposed her to deportation.So could visiting her daughter’s grave. Since 2018, Ms. Nadeem, an undocumented immigrant, had faced the specter of being forced to return to her native Pakistan under the hard-line immigration policies of the Trump administration.Even routine doctor visits turned into house calls, home being First Congregational Church in Kalamazoo, Mich., which provided Ms. Nadeem with sanctuary from Immigration and Customs Enforcement.The three-year ordeal seemingly came to an end on Wednesday, when Ms. Nadeem learned…
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This Self-Oscillating Hair Dryer Is as Effective as It Is Absurd

This Self-Oscillating Hair Dryer Is as Effective as It Is Absurd

Photo: Victoria Song/GizmodoWhen you have long, thick hair, drying it is tedious and time-consuming. I’m a busy gal, so I’ll admittedly try anything that promises to shorten the process—hence why I agreed to test this ridiculous, self-oscillating Panasonic hair dryer that also supposedly reduces frizz by shooting “tiny, moisture-rich particles” at my mane. The marquee feature of the $150 Panasonic Nanoe Salon Hair Dryer (EH-NA67-W) is an “oscillating quick-dry nozzle” attachment that whips from side to side as you blow-dry. The idea is that you get more even heat dispersion and therefore, no hot spots. Theoretically, that means less heat…
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Spain’s ten-year plan to put startups in the economic driving seat

Spain’s ten-year plan to put startups in the economic driving seat

Spain is preparing to push forward with pro-startup legislation, having recently unveiled a big and bold transformation plan with the headline goal, by 2030, of turning the country into ‘Spain Entrepreneurial Nation’, as the slightly clumsy English translation has it. Prime minister Pedro Sanchez took a turn on Web Summit’s stage in December to announce the introduction of the forthcoming Startup Act — and to trumpet a new role, a high commissioner, tasked with bringing off a nationwide entrepreneurial economic transformation by working with all the relevant government ministries. The broad-brush goals for the strategy are to increase growth in…
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The Station: Uber slurps up Drizly, Ford doubles its EV budget and Rad Power Bikes plots an expansion

The Station: Uber slurps up Drizly, Ford doubles its EV budget and Rad Power Bikes plots an expansion

The Station is a weekly newsletter dedicated to all things transportation. Sign up here — just click The Station — to receive it every weekend in your inbox.  Hi friends and new readers, welcome back to The Station, a newsletter dedicated to all the present and future ways people and packages move from Point A to Point B. Let’s dive in …  Email me at kirsten.korosec@techcrunch.com to share thoughts, criticisms, opinions or tips. You also can send a direct message to me at Twitter — @kirstenkorosec. Micromobbin’ Last week I highlighted how Lime was getting into the shared moped business. Now,…
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Target Global leads $150M round for Amazon Marketplace consolidator Branded

Target Global leads $150M round for Amazon Marketplace consolidator Branded

There’s been a profusion of startups emerging in the last year around the concept of rolling up smaller e-commerce businesses — operations that mainly sell and distribute their products on marketplace platforms like Amazon’s — using economies of scale to bring them together to run and grow them more efficiently. Today, one of the latest of these, Branded Group, is coming out of stealth with a significant round of funding. The company has picked up $150 million and says that since quietly opening for business in mid-2020 it has already acquired 20 startups in categories like home, leisure and lifestyle…
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Eat this, exercise now; new personalized software predicts and helps prevents blood sugar spikes

Eat this, exercise now; new personalized software predicts and helps prevents blood sugar spikes

Not everyone has Type 2 diabetes, the disease that causes chronically high blood sugar levels, but many do. Around 9% of Americans are afflicted, and another 30% are at risk of developing it. Enter software by January AI, a four-year-old, subscription-based startup that in November began providing personalized nutritional and activity-related suggestions to its customers based on a combination of food-related data the company has quietly amassed over three years, and each person’s unique profile, which is gleaned over that individuals’s first four days of using the software. Why the need for personalization? Because believe it or not, people can…
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Lifestyle benefits startup Fringe gets a pandemic boost, raises seed round

Lifestyle benefits startup Fringe gets a pandemic boost, raises seed round

Employers today often use perks to attract new talent in the form of discounts and deals, commuter funds, gym memberships, child care, free lunches and more. But the pandemic has impacted what sort of in-office or other in-person perks employees can access. That’s led to booming growth — and now, a fundraise — for a startup called Fringe, which offers companies a personalized marketplace of perks that people really want, like Netflix, Uber, Airbnb, DoorDash, Headspace, Talkspace and over 100 other apps. The idea for Fringe came about from the co-founders’ work as financial advisors where they regularly found themselves…
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