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The only guacamole recipe you'll ever need

It's not a party without the guacamole, right? It seems everything from chips to chicken is improved with a little guac (or a lot). And though a store-bought version will work in a pinch, it's so easy to make a batch from scratch. All you'll need are some ripe avocados, onions, chiles, cilantro, …

All Our Best Tips for Making the Best Burgers—in One Place

Everyone makes it sound and look so easy. <i>Let's throw a couple of burgers on the grill</i> is a suggestion all well and good, but heck, it also suggests there's already grill ready to have burgers thrown onto it—and burgers to grill, and that you're feeling confident enough to be throwing them around.</b> …

Google's quantum computer inches nearer after landmark performance breakthrough

Google has come up with a new quantum computing technique that could remove key limits on scalability today.<p>Google engineers have found a way to make …

Quantum Computing

The science of how to successfully approach a woman in a bar

We've all been there. Several drinks in on a night out and you spot someone across the crowded bar. Your eyes meet and you realise that your body is moving on its own accord. Without really thinking about it, you're sidestepping between your fellow revellers, edging your way towards her. In fact, …

15 Kitchen Skills To Master By The Time You're 30

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Get a Brain Boost With These 6 Foods

We always hear talk about heart health, but what about brain health? Our brain needs our attention too and needs to be nourished and fed the right kind of foods to keep us thinking clearly, focused, feeling energetic and functioning at our best.<p>As dementia and Alzheimer's disease continue to rise …

Nutrition

5 Essential Tips for Buying and Cooking Salmon Like a Pro

Salmon is the darling, do-it-all fish of the seafood section. It delivers when you need a quick and simple weeknight meal, knows how to pull its …

Slow Cookers

This Software Company in Florida Grew 25% Last Year

When Ultimate Software’s headquarters was in Pembroke Pines, Fla., employees often could be spotted at a nearby Italian restaurant called …

Employment

9 Brunch Appetizers for a Blow-Out Weekend Bash

Make your next brunch party memorably by cooking up an eggy, bacon-y, mimosa-drenched feast starting with mouthwatering appetizers.<p>Pro brunch party …

Breakfast

How to Make a Brunch Casserole

An easy and delicious way to feed a crowd.<p>What's more satisfying than a warm, hearty breakfast? One that lets you sleep in! Give yourself an extra …

Breakfast

Meat Temperatures, Explained

While <i>medium rare</i> and <i>medium well</i> may seem like approximate terms for how a steak is cooked, they are actually very specific measurements. Meat doneness can be broken down into six specific levels, from rare to well done, and each is categorized by a strict range of temperatures. To cook a steak at …

Food

The Government Wants Hackers to Attack the Pentagon

The Department of Defense is recruiting experienced and vetted hackers to put its security to the test. The new program, called “Hack the Pentagon,” …

Barack Obama

Largest ever prime number discovered has 22 million digits

The number was found by a computer in Missouri and is five million digits longer than the previous record-holder<p>A computer in Missouri has uncovered the world's largest prime number ever seen by humans. The number is 274,207,281– 1, which has 22 million digits.<p>Even the least mathematical among us …

Mathematics

This supersized drone will fly you to work (or anywhere)

It's happened. Someone built a quadcopter big enough to carry human cargo. The future is officially here, and it's kinda scary. Scary in the cool way, though. The same company that brought us the regular-sized Ghost drone has just announced the "184" Personal Flying Vehicle (PFV). It's about the …

Drones

Intel's new Core M-powered Compute Sticks are more powerful, but also pricier

LAS VEGAS — Intel's $150 Atom-powered Compute Stick was a great idea (an entire computer crammed inside of an HDMI stick), but it had real …

Gear & Gadgets

Ukraine faces world's first blackout caused by hackers

While 2015 was rife with news of hackers stealing data from governments, health insurers and adultery sites, it looks like targeting our energy infrastructure might be the next big thing in cyberattacks.<p>Three regional power authorities in Ukraine were infected with malware last week, leading to a …

Google May Be Making a Big Move to Take on Uber

Tony Avela—AP<p>Aya Brackett—Nest<p>George Frey—Reuters<p>Tripplaar Kristoffer—Sipa USA<p>Google/AP<p>Ventures and Capital<p>Tony Avelar—Bloomberg/Getty Images

Self-Driving Cars

Casinos could see guitar-playing, car-racing, card-grabbing

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Consider them the concept cars of casinos.<p>Whether it's shooting down enemy planes, strumming a guitar-shaped controller to hit the right notes or swiping a table-top screen to grab the best set of cards first, the latest slot machines are looking a lot like an arcade. And that's …

Casinos

Researchers detail what a Rockstar energy drink does to your body

If you thought energy drinks were little more than sugar water, scientists from<p>Mayo Cliniccan assure you that they really do pack a punch.<p>A team of cardiovascular researchers at the esteemed clinic in Rochester, Minn., reported that a single can of Rockstar energy drink can boost your blood …

7 Easy Dinners For People Who 'Don't Cook'

You can be a complete stranger to the kitchen and still pull off an amazing meal. Here are seven foolproof recipes that will wow your entire family.<p><b>1. Crispy Tandoori Chicken with Mango Chutney</b><p>Chicken tandoori is easy to make, and this is my favorite version: the chicken is deliciously spiced with …

Cooking

Tor Wars: The Signal Awakens

The long arm of the law wants ever more eyes, if you’ll pardon the gruesome metaphor. The UK government recently unveiled an attempt to legalize “draconian state surveillance powers.” US voices keep calling for a mythical “secure golden key” for government access to encrypted messages. Canadian …

Privacy

Another $1 Million Crowdfunded Gadget Company Collapses

Remember the Robotic Dragonfly? The little drone was an early crowdfunding success story, netting over a $1 million in pledges on Indiegogo in 2012. At the time, it was one of the first crowdfunded gadgets to raise more than a million dollars. The project promised a tiny robot that can fly like a …

Crowd Funding

Don't Be the Person Who Screws Up a Baked Potato—Avoid These Common Mistakes

Sour cream can't fix everything. Avoid these common mistakes, and learn how to make a better baked potato.<p>There are baked potatoes, says Rick Martinez, <i>Bon Appétit</i>'s associate food editor… and then there are <i>baked potatoes</i>. There's a crater-like gap between the revelatory and the "just okay," and …

This Would-be Craigslist Killer Has Raised $90 million

Slow and steady wins the race is infrequent advice in Silicon Valley. But for one startup, the road to millions of users and billions of dollars in …

Venture Capital

The force awakens: tractor beam becomes a reality

Science fiction becomes fact as scientists develop an acoustic hologram which can hold and move objects, but its uses will be more surgical than Star Wars<p>A sonic tractor beam that can grab tiny objects and move them around has been created by scientists in Spain.<p>They used the same technology to …

Nature Communications

Watch A B-2 Stealth Bomber Fly In High Definition

A tribute to an older bomber, or an advertising campaign for the next generation?<p>It’s hard to deny just how stunning the B-2 Spirit looks. A gorgeous, slick, all-black stealth bomber, its rudderless body and technological edge combine the coolness and menace of Batman and Darth Vader into one …

Aviation

Butter Sushi Is a Thing Now

A sushi restaurant in Osaka, Japan is serving <b>butter sushi</b> — and it's a hit. RocketNews24 writes that the restaurant, Jinen, recently began offering a special called unagi butter sushi, and it's become something of an overnight sensation.<p>Each piece of sushi is composed of a small mound of sushi rice …

Japan

Slow Cooker Chocolate Dessert Recipes, Because Life Is Beautiful

If there's one thing we are always thankful for in life, it's chocolate. Chocolate -- in just about any form, at any time of day -- makes us swoon. Chocolate brownies, chocolate cookies, chocolate cakes, chocolate to drink, we want it. The only thing better than chocolate wrapped up into a decadent …

Cooking

Why a 99.9% earthquake prediction is 100% controversial

The magnitude 5.1 La Habra earthquake last year was the biggest temblor to strike the metro L.A. area since 2008. Now, a scientific fight has broken out over how soon another similar earthquake could strike.<p>The controversy began after a report, co-written by a scientist at<p>NASA'sJet Propulsion …