Author Archives: Alana Joli Abbott

If you dislike washing your jeans, you’ll like this

Want to save some laundry money and help out the environment? Stop washing your jeans, says Chip Bergh, the CEO of Levi Strauss & Co. It seems like strange advice, but there are other ways you can kill germs — and … Continue reading

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Deciding on cell phones? Take a look at Apple iPhone 6, LG G3 or old school vintage

Forget high resolution and larger digital displays. Some folks are spending good money for old school vintage cell phones. Already connected to the world by tablets, laptops and other devices, there’s a trend of consumers opting to go back to … Continue reading

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How you can throw the best BBQ ever

In “BBQ tips and tricks—How to plan a cookout,” Ginny Gaylor here at the CengageBrainiac blog wrote on May 20, 2013, all about how to plan your cookout. “Nothing says fun quite like firing up the grill,” she noted, before … Continue reading

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How racism remains to be prevalent in sports

The NBA and the NHL have been trending news lately, but not for the reasons either league would like. After racist comments made by Donald Sterling, owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, went viral, the NBA fined him and banned … Continue reading

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Movie streaming app Popcorn Time shut down

It’s 2 a.m. and you’re sick of studying for that final. Your brain needs time to recharge, and you really want to see that movie all your friends have been talking about. Problem? It’s too recent to be available on … Continue reading

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Neil DeGrasse Tyson reboots Carl Sagan TV series Cosmos

Along with Bill Nye (who, according to reports from news sources, is his best friend), Neil DeGrasse Tyson is a voice championing science educator. While Nye duked it out with Creation Museum founder Ken Ham in a creationism vs. evolution … Continue reading

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Want to travel to Mars? The one way trip is not for Muslims, say Islamic leaders

Haven’t heard of the Mars One mission? A Dutch nonprofit (and potential reality show) is making plans to start a civilian Mars colony in 2024. While their plan for travel to Mars has met criticism from science bloggers who feel … Continue reading

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DIY party ideas for St. Patrick’s Day for college students

If you’re on a dry campus, you’ll have to forego the green beer, but that doesn’t mean you can’t throw a great St. Patrick’s Day party. Besides, don’t you think St. Patrick, that plucky saint who legendarily chased the snakes … Continue reading

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Alternative spring break: Benefits of volunteering or planning a staycation

So you’re looking ahead to spring break, but your budget does not support one of the awesome trips some of your peers are planning. You may not wind up on sandy beaches for your spring break, but you can look … Continue reading

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According to Amazon: Books to read before you die

The lists come out every year. Sometimes more than once. “100 books to read before you die.” “100 novels everyone should read.” They’re filled with classic books, or just good books—according to the list compilers. Sometimes they come out as … Continue reading

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