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As a recurring feature, our team combs the Web and shares some amazing Amazon deals we’ve turned up. Here’s what caught our eye today, August 4.

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GADGETS, TOYS, AND MEDIA

Celestron EclipSmart 2017 North American Total Solar Eclipse Binocular, Black, 10x42 (71238) for $59.95 (list price $69.95)

HMDX HX-PEM08 Lol Wireless Speaker for $19.99 (list price $29.99)

Anker 20W Premium Stereo Bluetooth Portable Speaker with Dual 10W Drivers and 2 Passive Subwoofers, Wireless Speaker for iPhone, Samsung, Nexus, and More - Black for $55.99 (list price $119.99)

Echo Dot (2nd Generation) - Black + Philips Hue White Starter Kit for $105.99 (list price $119.98)

Kindle Voyage Travel Bundle including Kindle Voyage 6" E-Reader, with Special Offers, Amazon Premium Leather Cover, Power Adapter, and free caseable Travel Bag in Khaki/Grey for $304.97 (list price $374.96)

Oculus Rift + Touch Virtual Reality System for $399.00 (list price $499.00)

PlayStation 4 Slim 500GB Console - Uncharted 4 Bundle for $254.84 (list price $299.99)

Nintendo Pokemon GO Plus Bluetooth Bracelet for $31.49 (list price $34.99)

Sennheiser HD 650 Open Back Professional Headphone for $315.99 (list price $499.95)

Optoma HD142X 1080p 3000 Lumens 3D DLP Home Theater Projector for $547.31 (list price $999.00)

TCL 32S305 32-Inch 720p Roku Smart LED TV (2017 Model) for $169.99 (list price $199.99)

Jensen JTA-222 3-Speed Turntable for $40.99 (list price $41.23)

KITCHEN

Ceramic Knives Set with Block. 6", 5 and 4 Inches White Sharp Zirconium Blades and peeler in Wood Holder. Professional Chef Utensil for Kitchen. Effortlessly Cut and Slice. Antibacterial Knife. FDA for $29.98 (list price $39.90)

25-Piece Kitchen Utensils Set, Cooking Tools & Gadgets, Stainless Steel & Nylon for $31.83 (list price $69.00)

Delonghi ECAM22110B Super Automatic Espresso, Latte and Cappuccino Machine, Black for $647.34 (list price $899.95)

Silicone Oven Mitts with Quilted Cotton Lining - Professional Heat Resistant Potholder Kitchen Gloves - 1 Pair (Black) - Homwe for $11.97 (list price $19.97)

Gerber Graduates Bunch-a-Bowls, 4 count for $3.19 (list price $23.99)

Lipper International 1174 Large Wavy Bowl, Acacia for $29.00 (list price $66.07)

Adjustable Bib Apron with Pockets - Extra Long Ties, Commercial Grade, Unisex - Black/White Pinstripe (33 x 27 Inches) - Homwe for $9.97 (list price $14.97)

ATLIN Tumbler [30 oz. Double Wall Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulation] Travel Mug [Crystal Clear Lid] Water Coffee Cup [Straw Included]For Home,Office,School - Works Great for Ice Drink, Hot Beverage for $12.99 (list price $29.99)

Contigo Kids Autospout Gizmo Water Bottles, 14oz (Cherry Blossom, Persian Green, & Lavender) for $21.00 (list price $34.99)

Moscow Mule Hammered Copper 18 Ounce Drinking Mug, Set of 4 for $24.99 (list price $40.00)

Butter Knife 403 Stainless Steel Food Grade, Butter Spreader and Butter Curler As Magic, Roll The Butter Up and Never Tear Your Toast, Best Butter Grater Innovation. for $14.90 (list price $19.90)

Sushi Set - Sushi Bazooka and Sushi Mat, Kitchen Appliance Machine Rice Roller Making Kit, Cook&LifeShop for $12.83 (list price $30.50)

HOME

Natural Himalayan Hand Carved Salt Lamp with Indian Rosewood Base, Bulb And Dimmer Control, Medium Size, 8-11 lbs, 7.5-10" Height for $19.99 (list price $24.99)

ZEEFO Wood Table Lamp, Retro Solid Wood and Fabric Shade Relax Lighting For Bedroom Bedside Desk Lamp, Contemporary Living Room, Study , Cafe , Baby Room (Rectangle) for $25.99 (list price $69.99)

HOMEIDEAS 19-Inch Coat Hooks SUS304 Stainless Steel Wall Mounted Coat Rack Towel Hook Rail with 7 Heavy Duty Hooks,Brushed Nickel for $17.59 (list price $50.00)

StorageWorks Polyester Storage Bin with Strong Cotton Rope Handle, Foldable Storage Basket, White, Bamboo Style, Large, 3-Pack for $25.58 (list price $89.99)

AmazonBasics 4-Shelf Shelving Unit - Chrome for $43.23 (list price $49.99)

Frigidaire FFRE0833S1 8,000 BTU 115V Window-Mounted Mini-Compact Air Conditioner with Temperature-Sensing Remote Control for $239.00 (list price $299.99)

Vicks Vicks Vul520w Filter-free Cool Mist Humidifier, Mini for $27.50 (list price $41.83)

Kids Carpet Playmat Rug City Life - Great For Playing With Cars And Toys - Play, Learn And Have Fun Safely - Children Baby Play Mat, For Bedroom PlayRoom Game Safe Area for $22.99 (list price $54.99)

OK to Wake! Alarm Clock & Night-Light for $22.79 (list price $39.95)

Tvilum Diana Coffee Table in White Oak for $122.82 (list price $200.21)

Baxton Studio Sorrento Mid-Century Retro Modern Fabric Upholstered Wooden Lounge Chair, Grey for $135.47 (list price $285.00)

HEALTH AND BEAUTY 

Gardinesca Beard Oil for $5.99 (list price $31.99)

TRYM PRO Premium Hair Trimming Set – Grooming Kit with Adjustable Cordless Hair, Mustache, Beard and Body Trimmer Plus 7 Trim Attachments for $19.99 (list price $49.99)

Miusco Pure Badger Hair Shaving Brush and Luxury Stand Shaving Set, Black for $19.99 (list price $49.99)

Aveeno Therapeutic Shave Gel To Reduce the Incidence of Razor Bumps, 7 Oz for $3.72 (list price $9.99)

Calily Life Organic Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo (33.8 Fl.Oz) + Conditioner with Dead Sea Minerals (30.6 fl.oz) , Duo Set, Concentrated Extra-strength Formula – Restores, Enhances, Softens and Shines for $24.95 (list price $39.95)

Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser for All Skin Types, (pack of 2, 16oz) for $19.04 (list price $29.99)

Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Spot Treatment for $19.97 (list price $22.78)

Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes & Wipes, Refill Pack, 25 Count (pack of 6) for $19.72 (list price $37.14)

NIVEA Men Maximum Hydration 3 in 1 Body Wash 16.9 Fluid Ounce (Pack of 3) for $6.36 (list price $14.97)

Garnier SkinActive Moisture Rescue Face Moisturizer, Dry Skin, 1.7 oz. for $6.62 (list price $8.49)

Chrome Legend by Azzaro For Men. Eau De Toilette Spray 4.2-Ounces for $15.99 (list price $66.00)

Amopé Pedi Perfect Electronic Foot File with Diamond Crystals for $27.99 (list price $44.99)

OFFICE, SCHOOL, AND CRAFTS

STYLIO Padfolio/ Resume Portfolio Folder - Interview/ Legal Document Organizer & Business Card Holder - With Letter-Sized Writing Pad - Handsome Piano Noir Faux Leather Matte Finish & Accent Stitching for $17.95 (list price $39.90)

Sakura 30069 6-Piece Pigma Micron Assorted Colors 05 Heritage/Earth Colors Ink Pen Set for $10.99 (list price $16.74)

Pencil Case, Homecube Large Capacity Pen Bag Makeup Pouch Durable Students Stationery Two Big Pockets With Double Zipper 8.7x6x3.2" (Black) for $12.99 (list price $15.99)

Sharpie Permanent Markers, Chisel Tip, Classic Colors, 8 Count for $5.88 (list price $12.57)

Sharpie Ultra Fine Point Permanent Markers, 24-Pack, 80's Glam Assorted Colors (32893PP) for $11.00 (list price $28.99)

Epson WorkForce ES-400 Color Duplex Document Scanner for PC and Mac (compare w/ Fujitsu iX500), Auto Document Feeder (ADF) for $279.99 (list price $349.99)

Fellowes Powershred 79Ci 100% Jam Proof 16-Sheet Cross-Cut Heavy Duty Paper Shredder for $169.98 (list price $459.98)

HP Paper, Everyday Copy and Print Poly Wrap, 20lb, 8.5 x 11, Letter, 92 Bright, 2400 Sheets / 6 Ream Case (200010C) Made In The USA for $28.26 (list price $40.87)

Modway Articulate Black Mesh Office Chair for $124.99 (list price $349.00)

Kantek Acrylic Pen Cup, 3 x 3 x 4 Inches , Clear (AD20) for $6.26 (list price $11.18)

Swingline Stapler, 747, Manual, 25 Sheets Capacity, Business, Desktop, Rio Red (74736) for $11.10 (list price $11.39)

Swingline Tot Stapler with Built-In Staple Remover, Pre-Packed with 1000 Swingline Standard Staples, Black (S7079171) for $3.59 (list price $5.72)

Swingline Optima Staples, Heavy Duty / High Capacity, 3/8" Leg Length, 125 per Strip, 2500/Box (S7035550) for $5.48 (list price $5.48)

OUTDOORS, GARDEN, AND SPORTS

Vandor 69075 PAC-MAN 18 Ounce Tritan Water Bottle, Multicolored for $11.39 (list price $20.00)

Under Armour Unisex UA Hustle Backpack LDWR Black Backpack for $24.20 (list price $32.99)

Exercise Ball - Professional Grade Anti-Burst Yoga Ball, Balance Ball for Pilates, Yoga, Stability Training and Physical Therapy (Silver, 55cm (No Pump)) for $15.95 (list price $23.95)

Best Delta Kite for Kids & Adults - Easy to Fly - Large (60" across) with Long (8.5') Tail Ribbons - Superb Flyer - Vivid Colors - Top Quality Materials - Stunning Design for $24.90 (list price $39.90)

MD Sports Table Tennis Set, Regulation Ping Pong Table with Net, Paddles and Balls (8 Pieces) for $121.01 (list price $199.99)

Mini Bike Pump & Glueless Puncture Repair Kit - Fits Presta & Schrader - 120 PSI - No Valve Changing Needed for $19.98 (list price $38.99)

UShake Bike Lock Cable, 4-Feet Bike Cable Basic Self Coiling Resettable Combination Cable Bike Locks with Complimentary Mounting Bracket, 4 Feet x 1/2 Inch for $12.97 (list price $21.97)

Simple Modern 20oz Ascent Water Bottle - Vacuum Insulated Double-Walled Standard Narrow Mouth 18/8 Stainless Steel Swell Flask with Handle Lid - Powder Coated Hydro Travel Mug - Blush for $18.99 (list price $32.99)

Claritin Children's Chewable Tablet, Grape, 30 Count, 5 mg for $18.53 (list price $28.57)

Allegra Adult 24 Hour Allergy Tablets, 180Mg, 70 Count for $25.18 (list price $42.99)

TOOLS

Bosch CLPK22-120 12-Volt Lithium-Ion 2-Tool Combo Kit (Drill/Driver and Impact Driver) with 2 Batteries, Charger and Case for $129.00 (list price $169.00)

Stanley Powerlock 25ft Tape Rule for $9.99 (list price $9.99)

BOSTITCH BTFP12233 Smart Point 18GA Brad Nailer Kit for $84.00 (list price $99.00)

Kensun AC/DC Rapid Performance Portable Air Compressor Tire Inflator with Digital Display for Home (110V) and Car (12V) - 30 Litres/Min for $69.99 (list price $99.99)

First Alert CO605 Carbon Monoxide Plug-In Alarm with Battery Backup for $17.50 (list price $22.69)

Black & Decker 15557 Drill Bit Set, 10-Piece for $3.88 (list price $7.59)

Armor All 2.5 Gallon, 2 Peak HP, Utility Wet/Dry Vacuum, AA255 for $38.79 (list price $49.99)

INTEY Multi Plier Stainless Steel 11 in 1 Multitool Knife Foldable Needlenose Pliers With Carry Case for $15.29 (list price $39.99)

DEWALT DW4856 Metal/Woodcutting Reciprocating Saw Blade Set, 6-Piece for $7.99 (list price $21.23)

Best Choice Products Portable Top Chest Rolling Tool Storage Box Cabinet Sliding Drawers for $124.95 (list price $249.95)

Cymas UV Flashlight, 12 LED Ultraviolet Blacklight Urine and Scorpion Detector for Pets, Torch to Find Dry Stains on Carpets//Rugs/Floor for $5.29 (list price $17.99)

AstroAI Digital Multimeter with Ohm Volt Amp and Diode Test for $13.99 (list price $27.99)

Cymas Screwdriver Set, 58 in 1 with 54 Bits Magnetic Driver Kit,Precise Screwdriver Set Repair &Disassemble Tool Kit for Cell Phone, Tablet, Clock, Game Console ,etc. for $11.89 (list price $20.99)

University of California and McMaster University Are Offering Their Learning How to Learn Course Online for Free

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Deagreez/iStock via Getty Images Plus

If you've ever stayed up late cramming information the night before an exam, it probably didn't go well. Or maybe you tried doing the right thing by spending days or even months studying a subject, only to realize you weren't retaining the information. These failed attempts may have you believe you're just not cut out for the subject matter, but that's not always true. In the course Learning How to Learn from Coursera, you can understand what it takes to truly understand new information, as well as the key strategies and habits you can employ to make it all stick.

Learning How to Learn is taught by Dr. Barbara Oakley, a Ramón y Cajal Distinguished Scholar of Global Digital Learning at McMaster University, along with Dr. Terrence Sejnowski, who holds the Francis Crick Chair at the Salk Institute and is a professor at the University of California, San Diego. Throughout the weeks, they’ll teach you how to combat procrastination, how our brains process information, and the importance of breaking up new material into bite-sized chunks. You’ll also cover how taking breaks, getting sleep, and exercising are just as important as studying when it comes to learning something new.

According to Coursera, to finish the class in the typical four-week time, most students devote about three hours a week to the online videos, readings, quizzes, and coursework. There’s also no need to cram—which you’ll learn is not an effective learning tool—as this course is self-paced.

The course itself is free, but if you want a certificate of completion to share on your LinkedIn and resume, it will cost $49. Signing up for the certificate also gives you access to graded assignments, whereas the free version only allows you to read the course material.

You can also check out more free classes offered by Ivy League colleges by heading here.

At Mental Floss, we only write about the products we love and want to share with our readers, so all products are chosen independently by our editors. Mental Floss has affiliate relationships with certain retailers and may receive a percentage of any sale made from the links on this page. Prices and availability are accurate as of the time of publication.

9 of Amazon’s Best Kitchen Knives

Wüsthof/Amazon
Wüsthof/Amazon

Whether you’re a seasoned chef or just starting to build up your home kitchen, a dependable knife set is absolutely essential. But there are a lot of choices out there when it comes to kitchen knives and chef knives. So, to make things easier for you, we looked at some of the top-selling knives on Amazon with the highest user ratings (at least 900 reviews each) and came up with a list of the best options available. You can check them out below.

1. 15-Piece Cuisinart Knife Set (4.6 Stars); $45

A Cuisinart knife set.
Cuisinart/Amazon

Cuisinart has been making quality kitchen products for decades, and this knife set offers 12 stainless-steel blades that are perfect for slicing and chopping the ingredients of any dish you happen to be cooking up. In this package, you'll also get sharpening steel, kitchen shears, and a holding block.

Buy it: Amazon

2. Home Hero Set of Seven (4.6 Stars); $27

A Home Hero knife set.
Home Hero/Amazon

Inside this versatile set, you'll find a chef knife, carving knife, bread knife, utility knife, and a paring knife. Along with the five stainless-steel blades, there's also a finger guard and sharpener, so you can keep your utensils ready to go at all times.

Buy it: Amazon

3. McCook 14-Piece Set (4.7 Stars); $53

McCook Knife set.
McCook/Amazon

Made with high-carbon stainless steel, this knife set is built to last. The knives have an easy-to-grip handle that’s comfortable to hold, while the blades are built to cut through just about anything. And when they do get dull, there’s a sharpener built into the wooden stand.

Buy it: Amazon

4. AmazonBasics Eight-Piece Steak Knife Set (4.4 Stars); $22

A set of steak knives from Amazon.
Amazon

This set of simple yet dependable knives is what you'll want to have on hand to get you through barbecue season. Each one is made from a single piece of stain-resistant steel, and according to Amazon, you won’t need to worry about sharpening the micro-serrated part of the blade.

Buy it: Amazon

5. Set of Four Dalstrong Knives (4.7 Stars); $90

A set of steak knives.
Dalstrong/Amazon

After you cook your perfect steak, make sure you have the proper tools to enjoy it with. Dalstrong’s knives are made from high-carbon German steel and will stay sharp long after their first use.

Buy it: Amazon

6. Mercer Culinary Genesis Steak Knife, Serrated Edge (4.8 Stars); $14

A knife from Mercer Culinary.
Mercer Culinary/Amazon

Mercer Culinary makes knives for professional chefs and home cooks alike. Its santoprene handle allows for a comfortable grip, while its carbon-forged steel blade is rust-resistant.

Buy it: Amazon

7. Wüsthof Eight-Inch Chef’s Knife (4.8 Stars); $165

A knife from Wüsthof.
Wüsthof/Amazon

Wüsthof has been making knives for over 200 years, and this sturdy chef's knife can be put through the wringer without worrying about quick wear and tear.

Buy it: Amazon

8. Utopia Kitchen 8-Inch Chef Knife (4.4 Stars); $9

A chef's knife from Utopia Kitchen.
Utopia Kitchen/Amazon

This rust-resistant stainless-steel knife is one you’ll want to have on hand. It's built to cut through large food items but you can also use it to mince or finely chop smaller ones. And with such a low price point, it's great to pick up if you're just looking to practice the basics before moving on to something more advanced.

Buy it: Amazon

9. Victorinox 10-Inch Swiss Classic Chef’s Knife (4.8 Stars); $40

A Victorinox knife.
Victorinox/Amazon

Victorinox has been around for over 130 years, and their versatile chef’s knife lets you put your slicing and dicing skills to the test. It has a tapered edge which allows you to get the perfect angle, while its razor-sharp blade can cut through pretty much anything a recipe might throw your way.

Buy it: Amazon

At Mental Floss, we only write about the products we love and want to share with our readers, so all products are chosen independently by our editors. Mental Floss has affiliate relationships with certain retailers and may receive a percentage of any sale made from the links on this page. Prices and availability are accurate as of the time of publication.

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