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These Are The Most Popular Tasty Desserts Of All Time

:: pins everything ::<p><b>• Cakes & Pies<br>• Bites & Minis<br>• Fruit & Berry-Based<br>• Cookies</b>

Dessert

29 Clever Kitchen Cleaning Tips Every Clean Freak Needs To Know

Get your yellow rubber gloves ready.

If you have solar panels in Oakland, Prince might have paid for them

In the days since the death of music legend Prince, stories of his secret, wide-ranging philanthropy efforts are finally being told.<p>Two of Prince's major charitable endeavors were centered in the Bay Area: bringing solar panels to Oakland and helping young people of color learn how to code.<p>In an …

The Myth of the Queer Arab Life

For most people in the West life in the Arab world for gay people is hard to fathom. It is, like many other parts of life in this region, complicated.<p>…

LGBTQI

This Hostel Preserves Chinese Culinary Traditions in an Ancient Village

Benyan Miao and Xudu Chuang left their corporate jobs and started Qinghueyue, a youth hostel in the corner of tiny town of Hongcun, where they teach guests about herbs and local food.<p>Five years ago, Benyan Miao and his wife Xudu Chuang took a vacation in the ancient city of Hongcun. Located in the …

The last artisan at Singapore's strangest theme park

<b>With its sprawling collection of surreal and gruesome statues depicting Chinese folklore and mythology, Haw Par Villas has given generations of Singaporean schoolchildren nightmares.</b><p>Parents used to bring their children to the park as a rite of passage, to see what fate was in store for them in the …

Asia

On with the worst: Movies with a zero-percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes

With more than 5 million articles, Wikipedia is an invaluable resource, whether you’re throwing a term paper together at the last minute, or planning …

Nuclear Fusion Hit a Massive Milestone in Germany

A brand-new reactor, an experimental stellarator design called Wendelstein 7-X, was successfully booted up to an extent where it created hydrogen plasma.<p><i>This story was translated from the original published by Motherboard Germany.</i><p>The Max Planck Institute in Greifswald reached a true milestone in …

Meeting Taiwan's new-age Buddhists

<b>Sorting through a large pile of used clothes and household items, Hsiao Hsiu-chu is the picture of a new-age Buddhist.</b><p>The 63-year-old retiree used to practice her religion by praying at temples, but now she volunteers seven days a week at a recycling centre to raise funds for Taiwan's Buddhist …

China

Silicon Valley founders who grew up poor can’t shake “mindset inequality”

I grew up in poverty–as did my startup co-founder David Tran. So when the talk in Silicon Valley turned to income inequality recently, our ears perked up. For a moment, our two worlds were colliding.<p>“Closely related to poverty is lack of social mobility,” Paul Graham, who co-founded the startup …

Silicon Valley

Drug Smugglers Caught Disguising Marijuana as Carrots

Marijuana and carrots have a lot in common. They’re both plants. They both have purported benefits for your eyes. They’re both things little kids say …

As Isis attacked Jakarta, I didn’t know how to react

“Cancel the meetings,” my mother texted me. “Stay home and stay safe. Grab lunch somewhere inconspicuous.”<p>It was a few minutes past noon, just after news broke of the first explosions in Jakarta. I was already on the way to my third meeting of the day in the city, and half an hour late. The news …

Extremism

Three hours of mayhem, panic and bloodshed as terror comes to Jakarta

The branch of Starbucks in downtown Jakarta is a popular meeting point. Its customers include locals and foreigners. Nearby is a UN office, a street popular with backpackers, and a five-star business hotel, the Sari Pan Pacific. Cars whizz past, or more frequently crawl, in both directions. A …

Extremism

What Is Third Wave Coffee and How Did We Get Here?

New school coffee roasters have made headlines in recent months — Stumptown and Intelligentsia were recently snatched up by Peet’s Coffee and new independent micro-roasters are opening up in cities big and small — but what does "Third Wave coffee" actually mean? A new generation of roasters and …

Germany turned on its stellarator W7-X

The Real Story Of Apollo 17... And Why We Never Went Back To The Moon

On December 11, 1972, Apollo 17 touched down on the Moon. This was not only our final Moon landing, but the last time we left low Earth orbit. With …

Space Science

The Physicist Who Defied the Temperance Laws of 1905 Berkeley

Ludwig Boltzmann is best known as the Austrian physicist who wrote down the statistical formula for entropy, but if the physics thing hadn’t worked …

Unmanned hexacopter captures amazing photos of killer whale family

A special drone helps marine biologists monitor an endangered population of killer whales.<p>The waters surrounding Washington state’s San Juan Islands …

The Folk Feminist Struggle Behind the Chola Fashion Trend

When I see the rebel Latino subculture being sampled and recontextualized by bourgeois white fashion designers, pop singers, or celebrity starlets, I can't help rolling my eyes.<p>Growing up in the 90s on the south side of Houston, I watched my older sister Lynda set the chola beauty standard. She …

Why Some of the World’s Most Famous Chefs Don’t Want a Michelin Star

The kings of top kitchens reveal what it takes to gain (and keep) the top restaurant honor—and the trauma of losing it.<p>In 2003, the renowned, 52-year-old French chef Bernard Loiseau, then one of the most famous chefs in France and an inspiration for the chef Auguste Gusteau in the Pixar film</i> …

Hospitality

Math Whiz Solves a Master's Riddle

A mathematical puzzle that resisted solution for more than 80 years—including computerized attempts to crack it—seems to have yielded to a single …

Ronald Reagan’s “welfare queen” myth: How the Gipper kickstarted the war on the working poor

Some 1.5 million households live on less than $2 a day. Welfare would help, but it’s gone — and this is why<p>Welfare’s virtual extinction has gone all but unnoticed by the American public and the press. But also unnoticed by many has been the expansion of other types of help for the poor. Thanks in …

Features | Anniversary | Something Changed: Pulp's Different Class Revisited

Luke Turner looks back 20 years to a singular album and a nation standing at a cultural crossroads<p>September 25, 1995. After school, the walk into …

New generation of Japanese anti-war protesters challenge Abe

Students are demonstrating against a bill to alter Japan’s pacifist constitution to allow it to send troops overseas for the first time since WW2. Five protesters say why<p>It was clear that the voice cutting through the night air in Japan’s political nerve centre did not belong to a veteran of the …

Japan

Cats, Dogs, Men, Women, Ninnies & Clowns

By Roz Chast September 1, 2011<p>I first noticed William Steig’s covers and cartoons around 1970, when I was a teenager and would page through my parents’ <i>New Yorker</i> magazines. His drawings didn’t look like the rest of the cartoons in the magazine. They didn’t have gag lines. There were no boardrooms, …

Interview: Electric Blue Molten Sulphur Flows from Indonesia's Blue Fire Crater

While on a trip to East Java in Indonesia this past July, Chicago-based photographer, music producer, and filmmaker Reuben Wu (of Ladytron fame) captured the otherworldly sight of electric blue molten sulphur gushing from fumaroles (hot gas vents in the earth's crust) in the base of the Blue Fire …

Germany greets refugees with help and kindness at Munich central station

Ahmed stands outside Munich’s central station, kicking the pavement and sipping from a bottle of water. He arrived on Tuesday from Keleti station in Budapest on a train that, in his words, was so overcrowded “we fell out on to the platform when they opened the doors”.<p>The 19-year-old Syrian is …

Communication Skills