Austeja Surgailaite

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Start with the Map

A writer’s lessons in imaginary cartography.<p>The book that first set me on my way was “Watership Down,” by Richard Adams. I was nine years old when I read it. Basking in its afterglow, I plotted an epic novel about a small group of fugitive otters—one of whom was clairvoyant—who get driven from …

Culture

Very Tiny Animal Joins A Herd Of Wild Horses

"He has decided he is now a mighty mustang."<p>In a herd of wild horses, it's the lead stallion who often drops behind the herd as they're running, …

Cleveland

The language the French forbade

Despite centuries of efforts to make standardised French the language of all of France, Occitan, which is intrinsically tied to the local culture, could not be suppressed.<p>On a cold winter’s night nine years ago, I made my way along icy cobblestone streets, a howling wind at my back, into the …

The Bible described it as the perfect, pure blue. And then for nearly 2,000 years, everyone forgot what it looked like

Forty-nine times the Bible mentions a perfect, pure blue, a color so magnificent and transcendent that it was all but impossible to describe.<p>Yet, for most of the last 2,000 years, nobody has known exactly what “biblical blue” — called <i>tekhelet</i> in Hebrew — actually looked like or how it could be …

United Nations

While We Sleep, Our Mind Goes on an Amazing Journey

Magazine<p>Our floodlit society has made sleep deprivation a lifestyle. But we know more than ever about how we rest—and how it keeps us healthy.<p><b>Nearly every night</b> of our lives, we undergo a startling metamorphosis.<p>Our brain profoundly alters its behavior and purpose, dimming our consciousness. For a …

University of Cambridge

Ranch popovers are steakhouse fancy and country scrumptious

Popovers are an essential recipe to have in your back pocket. They’re easy to throw together using basic pantry staples, and impressive when they …

Russia and 4 Other Nations Settle Decades-long Dispute Over Caspian Sea

MOSCOW — The five countries with shorelines on the Caspian Sea agreed on Sunday to a formula for dividing up the world’s largest inland body of water and its potentially vast oil and gas resources.<p>The leaders of Russia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan signed the Convention on the …

Central Asia

A Ship Full of Soybeans Has Been Drifting Aimlessly for a Month Because of Trump’s Trade Wars

Peak Pegasus has been loitering off the coast of China since July 6.<p>We’ve all been there. You’re running late for work, sprinting through the office lobby, screaming at some poor souls in the elevator to <i>hold it</i>, <i>please God hold it</i>, wilting and wheezing as the doors slide shut while you’re just …

Italy's Best Foodie Vacation: Here's How To Eat Your Way Through Sicily

First inhabited some 10,000 years ago, Sicily is a dazzling destination with a fascinating and arguably incomparable past, thanks to its centuries-long perch at the crossroads of history before becoming part of Italy in 1860. The island’s strategic location in the Mediterranean—100 miles northeast …

Sicily

Legend Says There's a Spiritual Danger Lurking Inside Thailand's Caves

You don't want to mess with the spirit lords.<p>After almost three weeks in the dark, 12 Thai boys and their coach, were rescued from a cave deep …

Cocktail of the week: buggy whip

The sweet sharpness of the strawberry makes it a very handy ingredient for a cocktail, so it’s worth putting a few aside for drinks, rather than covering them all with sugar and cream.<p>Serves 1<p><b>2-3 strawberries</b>, finely sliced<b><br>1</b> <b>pinch each white sugar and rock salt</b><b><br>25ml Campari</b><b><br>25ml fino sherry</b> (I use Tio …

Cocktails

The Overlooked Emotions of Sperm Donation

"My hope is that people think about how this is more than a transaction," says one family therapist.<p>Sperm donation offers a tidy solution to an aggravating problem: When a person or a couple wants a baby and needs a different ingredient than what they’ve currently got to make one, a man with viable …

Sperm

I Just Discovered Melting Potatoes and I’m Officially Serving Them With Everything

Now this is a Pinterest trend I can get behind.<p>We weren’t actively seeking a new way to cook potatoes. In fact, we think there’s a pretty solid …

Tamal Ray’s recipe for raspberry and lime bars

These are a variation on an American classic: lemon bars. If you’ve never tried them before, picture a layer of zingy, fruit curd on a buttery, shortbread base. I’ve used raspberries and lime here, but feel free to experiment with other citrus fruits; red grapefruit makes a particularly delicious …

Baking

Adobada

Adobada is a general term that refers to meat (often pork) that is marinated in a very thick, flavorful, chile-based mixture. When cooked in a hot …

Addiction mechanism discovery may explain why some people are prone to alcoholism

A robust study led by researchers at Linköping University has uncovered a molecular mechanism in the brain that is believed central to the …

The 7 Best Project Management Books to Buy in 2018

Stay calm, stay organized and succeed<p>Updated June 18, 2018<p>In order to become a great project manager, you need to know how to work with a lot of …

San Francisco Restaurants Can’t Afford Waiters. So They’re Putting Diners to Work.

SAN FRANCISCO — Souvla, a Greek restaurant with a devoted following, serves spit-fired meat two ways: in a photogenic sandwich, or on a photogenic salad, either available with a glass of Greek wine. The garnishes are thoughtful: pea shoots, harissa-spiked yogurt, mizithra cheese.<p>The small menu is …

The Dangers of Distracted Parenting

When it comes to children’s development, parents should worry less about kids’ screen time—and more about their own.<p>Smartphones have by now been implicated in so many crummy outcomes—car fatalities, sleep disturbances, empathy loss, relationship problems, failure to notice a clown on a …

Study: Democrats value communal personality traits while Republicans value agentic traits

A new study published in Social Psychology Quarterly provides evidence that Republicans and Democrats in the United States tend to value different …

Everest’s Darkest Year

At 3 A.M., Lhakpa Gyalgen’s alarm went off at Base Camp, but he dozed until 3:07, when Tenzing Chottar rattled his tent fly. “He had been reading holy books and prayers,” said Lhakpa Gyalgen, who is from Thame, in Nepal, and was a lama at Kathmandu’s Kopan monastery before becoming a climber. …

These 8 lettuce-free salads are the antidote to summer greens burnout

During the warmer months, a big ol’ bowl of colorful, chilled salad is often <i>the</i> go-to healthy meal—whether you’re tossing together your latest …

Quick Asian Barbecue Sauce

You'll want this tangy, Asian-style barbecue sauce on hand all summer long, especially for our Honey-Soy Appetizer Ribs. Easily spice up pulled pork …

The Orange-Scented Olive Oil Cake I Make 2 Loaves at a Time

There is a category of cake that I call "Korean <i>ajumma</i> cake." An ajumma refers to a married Korean woman of a certain age (usually middle age); it's as much a term of respect as it is one of endearment.<p>In my mind, these cakes fall into the easy-to-eat variety of sponge cakes, pound cakes, jelly …

Recipes

The history of Irish cuisine - over 8,000 years old and hardly any potatoes

The first settlers arrived at Ireland’s coasts in 8000 BC, but the potato only arrived in Europe some 400 years ago. So what was it exactly our …

The Morphine Queen Who Defied the Nazis

Baron Heinrich von Puttkamer was dying of pneumonia. As the Prussian noble and high-ranking army officer struggled to draw his last, ragged breaths …

Morphine

Unsuccessful people focus on “The Gap.” Here’s what successful people focus on

“The way to measure your progress is backward against where you started, not against your ideal.” — Dan Sullivan, THE GAIN AND THE GAP<p>Key concepts to …

Success

Baked Hasselback Potatoes

Preheat the oven to 220 degrees C (428 degrees F). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.<p>Slice a thin layer off the base of the potatoes so they …

Recipes

Things managers do that make good employees quit

Nothing burns good employees out quite like overworking them. It's so tempting to work your best people hard that managers frequently fall into this trap. Overworking good employees is perplexing; it makes them feel as if they're being punished for great performance. Overworking employees is also …

Are You Still Using Force Rankings? Please Stop.

Have you ever heard a version of the following during your performance appraisal? “You had a great year, but the whole team did as well, and I can’t give everyone the top ranking.” How did you feel? Did it inspire you to perform at your best?<p>In a previous role I managed a team of individuals and …