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No-Bake Cakes Made for Summer

These cakes come together in minutes—no oven required.<p>With the Fourth of July, family barbecues and other summer celebrations coming up there's a lot …

Kefir Cream Cheese Is the Zingy Schmear Your Morning Has Been Missing

If you’re bored spreading the same ol’ schmear on your morning bagel, allow me to suggest kefir cream cheese. More akin to a mild chevre goat cheese, …

Solar Firms Plan To Return To Nevada After New Law Restores Incentives

Some of Nevada's largest solar installation companies plan to resume doing business in the state. For the past year-and-a-half Tesla (formerly SolarCity) and Sunrun stopped seeking new customers in this sunny part of the country because the state's Public Utilities Commission chose to phase out …

Scientists defy Einstein's prediction and use relativity to measure a star's mass

Astronomers scanning the skies with NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have pulled off a feat that even Albert Einstein had declared all but impossible: they've witnessed the subtle bending of one star's light by another star's gravity and used that distortion to measure a star's mass.<p>The findings, …

Universe

Why Are Atheists Generally Smarter Than Religious People?

For more than a millennium, scholars have noticed a curious correlation: Atheists tend to be more intelligent than religious people.<p>It's unclear why …

'World's Most Ambitious Target' to Go 100% Renewables Just Passed the California Senate

California took a major step in ditching fossil fuels after the state Senate passed a bill Wednesday that aims for 100 percent renewable energy by …

US plummets down global peace ranking due to political instability

The US has become a much less peaceful country due to its current political turbulence, according to a new report.<p>Its level of peacefulness is expected to continue to worsen in the coming years following Donald Trump's victory in the presidential election last year.<p>At the same time, the world has …

Geopolitics

Is Trump's Climate-Change Agenda Politically Sustainable?

It’s difficult to overstate how directly the president’s plans clash with the marketplace and policy at all other levels of government.<p><i>Updated at 3:58 p.m. ET</i><p>Predictability is a necessity for the key industries that fit into America’s energy puzzle, especially electric utilities, oil and gas …

Climate

The Trump administration just imposed a massive tax increase. You may have missed it.

By Andy Slavitt<p><i>Andy Slavitt was acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services from 2015 to 2017.</i><p>This week the Trump administration managed to impose a massive tax increase on middle-income families beginning in 2018. You could be excused for missing this story if you were …

Health Care

Two men killed on Portland train while trying to stop anti-Muslim hate speech

<b>Immigration rally in Portland, Ore., Monday, Feb. 27, 2017 (AP Photo/Don Ryan)</b><p>A known white supremacist allegedly murdered two men for intervening the harassment of Muslim women in Portland<p>Taylor Link<p>May 27, 2017 1:16pm (UTC)<p>Two men were killed Friday in Portland when they tried to stop an …

Rights & Freedoms

Experts: The Great Barrier Reef cannot be saved

Two-thirds of the reef is at risk of dying. It’s time to focus on maintaining rather than improving it, scientists say.<p>It’s official. The Great Barrier Reef cannot be saved.<p>The prognosis comes from the Australian government’s Reef 2050 advisory committee, made up of experts and scientists …

Paul Krugman: Republicans are stripping our freedoms one by one

<b>(AP Photo/ Francisco Seco)</b><p>“Americans are creeping along the road to serfdom, yoked to corporate employers.”<p>Ilana Novick<p>May 26, 2017 8:00am (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>America, as Paul Krugman writes in his Monday column, is supposedly "an open society, in which everyone is …

Health Care

Forward Labs' new solar roof is 33% cheaper than Tesla's - and it can be installed in half the time

Tesla gets all the attention lately when it comes to solar roofs, but start-up Forward Labs has been hammering away at their own solar roof …

How to make the best doughnuts you’ll ever eat

By Kristen Hartke<p>It’s easy to wax poetic about doughnuts. Whether they’re light as air and melt in your mouth or caky and sugarcoated, ready to dunk, who can pass up a fresh one? The best are made by hand with wholesome ingredients. Even the ones that start with a mix — and those include your …

Baking

Wafflemaker Hash Browns

Now Playing<p>Meatball Marsala 00:53<p>Enjoy meatballs in a Marsala wine and mushroom sauce with this recipe.<p>Now Playing<p>Sheet Pan Brownie-Cookie Bars …

Financial Times declares a winner in the war for energy’s future, and Big Oil won’t be happy

‘Fossil fuels have lost. The rest of the world just doesn’t know it yet.’<p>Traditional energy companies and mainstream financial publications are …

Fossil Fuels

US Capitol gets duckling ramps, brouhaha ensues

<b>As baby ducks get a boost at the Capitol Reflecting Pool, at least one politician’s Grinchesque response has duckling defenders up in arms.</b><p>Pity the …

W+K Portland promotes Oregon and Portland with stop-action animation and robotic salmon

A fish wants you to come to Oregon. Just in time for the spring and summer travel season, Wieden + Kennedy Portland has come up with a handmade …

Portland’s First Vegan Doughnut Shop Is Open and Frying

It appears all the vegan doughnut makers turned away by Pip’s Original Doughnuts last year now have new job prospects. Doe Donuts hung up its open sign on May 7 at 8201 SE Powell Blvd., and within four hours, it had sold out of 1000 doughnuts. Portland’s first vegan-dedicated doughnut shop clearly …

9 easy ways to class up basic ramen

<b>(AP Photo/Matthew Mead)</b><p>Your dinner never has to know you’re on a budget.<p>Julien Perry<p>May 6, 2017 3:59pm (UTC)<p><i>This post originally appeared on The Fresh Toast.</i><p>A package of ramen is everyone’s best friend for good reason. It’s calorie dense, it’s cheap and it’s easy to make. Ding ding ding! We have a …

Recipes

This Robot Completes a 2-Hour Brain Surgery Procedure in Just 2.5 Minutes

Doc Bot<p>Brain surgery is precision business, and one slip can spell doom for affected patients. Even in one of the most skilled jobs in the world, …

The Brain

How to Develop Kids' Self Control Without Scolding Them

If you were sitting in a room with a 5 layer chocolate cake and told not to touch it, could you resist the temptation? Would you sniff it? Maybe even …

Self Control

West Virginia’s biggest utility just told the governor burning more coal is “not going to happen”

West Virginia is coal country. And so, given Trump’s promise to “put our [coal] miners back to work,” it’s no surprise that the state’s Democratic governor Jim Justice wants his state’s biggest utility to burn more of it.<p>But Chris Beam, president of Appalachian Power, the state’s largest utility, …

Zen Buddhism Reveals the Hidden Secret to Not Giving a F*ck

If you’ve read ideas on Ideapod, you’ve probably heard some wise sayings from master Buddhists like The Dalai Lama and Thich Nhat Hanh.<p>It’s a …

Trump lawyer: ‘No right’ to protest at rallies

The president’s lawyers file a motion to derail a lawsuit brought by protesters<p>President Donald Trump’s lawyers argued in a Thursday court filing that protesters “have no right” to “express dissenting views” at his campaign rallies because such protests infringed on his First Amendment rights.<p>The …

Donald Trump

Astronomers Found an Enormous Object Orbiting at the Edge of Our Solar System

Didn’t See You There<p>It’s no Planet Nine, but the planetary body astronomers have found at the far edge of our solar system is a notable discovery …

Tips for viewing the Total Solar Eclipse in Oregon, Idaho and Wyoming

Everything you need to make your Total Solar Eclipse event the Best of the West<p>For the first time since 1918, a total solar eclipse will make its way …

Scientists Say Only 10 Years Left to Save the Planet

The planet, as we know it, has been given a deadline: 10 years. According to the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, if humans …

Hold the Cream: How to Make Real-Deal Roman Fettuccine Alfredo

More<p>All About Cheese<p>Everything you need to know about eating and cooking with curds<p>Growing up in Brooklyn, my family would sometimes go to Marco Polo restaurant, where my sister would invariably order the fettuccine Alfredo and I invariably would not. There was almost no food that I found to be too …

Prediction prof: Trump will be impeached

The professor who took hell for predicting President Donald Trump has a much longer case for predicting President Mike Pence — and it’s all in his new book, out next week.<p>Allan Lichtman, a professor at American University, reached meme-status last fall for predicting long before anyone else that …

Donald Trump