Best Buy Made These Smart Home Gadgets Dumb Again

Best Buy Made These Smart Home Gadgets Dumb Again

On November 6, Best Buy pulled the plug on its line of Insignia Connect products, including a convertible freezer/fridge, two kinds of smart plugs, a smart light switch, and a Wi-Fi-connected camera.

The Science of Growing a Perfect Christmas Tree

The Science of Growing a Perfect Christmas Tree

"Basically, how can we identify species and seed sources that are going to lead to better Christmas trees, and how can growers manage their farms to produce better trees," he says.The research Cregg and his colleagues are conducting today will likely influence what type of Christmas tree you buy from your local lot a decade from now.Consider Cregg's cold-hardiness experiments, one of which he's currently performing inside a chest freezer in the basement of MSU's Plant and Soil Sciences Building.

A Huge Storm, and Newsletter Changes

A Huge Storm, and Newsletter Changes

In response, we’re beginning a new feature that looks at steps individuals can take to reduce their carbon footprint.We start in the kitchen, with the elephant in the room: the refrigerator.Recommendations vary slightly among government agencies and consumer groups, but the proper temperature for a household refrigerator is 37 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit (3 to 4 degrees Celsius).

How You Can Prepare to Evacuate Your Home for Hurricane Florence

How You Can Prepare to Evacuate Your Home for Hurricane Florence

How You Can Prepare to Evacuate Your Home for Hurricane Florence Here are some tips for getting ready: Make a plan, bring documents, close lids, clear the yard, blast the freezer.Illustration by Claire O'Neill/The New York TimesFor the latest updates, read our Hurricane Florence live briefing here.When a hurricane is poised to make landfall and the authorities issue an evacuation order, you may not have much time before you leave to protect your home from the storm — and from flooding.“People have a hard time internalizing, preparing for something that’s outside their realm of experience,” said J.