Coffee Reads of the Week – practical eurekas

Some of the articles I enjoyed reading over the net are worth sharing, too. Check out my weekly posts via the Coffee Reads series. I’ve got my google reader to back me up so do also check out my shared reads. Enjoy!

science: How Dinosaurs Came to Rule the Earth by Jeanna Bryner
More than 200 million years ago, as North Africa was ripping away from North America, opening up the Atlantic Ocean, hot lava poured out from Earth’s surface. The lava, enough to more than cover the United States, created inhospitable conditions for most life … except the dinosaurs. And new geologic discoveries suggest this climate catastrophe was the ticket for the dinosaur’s rise to rule.

science: Moon’s Water Comes in Three Flavors, Scientists Say
Since the surprise discovery last year of trace amounts of water on the moon, scientists have been redefining their concept of Earth’s rocky neighbor. Now researchers say the water on the moon comes in three different flavors.

web tech: The Difference Between Usability and User Experience by Marisa Peacock
In these days of advanced user interfaces, from mobile devices to e-readers to tablets, has the line between user experience and usability blurred? And if so, what does it mean for web standards and design?

web tech: 7,500 Online Shoppers Unknowingly Sold Their Souls
A computer game retailer revealed that it legally owns the souls of thousands of online shoppers, thanks to a clause in the terms and conditions agreed to by online shoppers. Lesson: Don’t click on I AGREE without reading the terms and conditions.

health & fitness: 6 Weight-Loss Tricks That Don’t Involve Dieting or (Much) Exercise by Deborah Kotz
Eat hot soup before a meal. Don’t eat heavily just before bed. Live like a city dweller. Try a dash of chili pepper. Limit caloric beverages. Weigh yourself once a day.

personal: How to be a Savvy Cheapskate by Katy Marquadt
Don’t judge this penny pincher by his cover. Jeff Yeager may be the author of The Ultimate Cheapskate’s Roadmap to True Riches–which one might assume to be filled with coupon-clipping strategies and saving tricks–but his philosophy isn’t as much about how to get more for less as it is learning to live with less, period.

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