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Food

Talent and Time Are A Writer's Only Assets

A Dash of Style: The Art and Mastery of Punctuation<p>by Noah Lukeman<p>Adventures in the Screen Trade<p>by William Goldman<p>APE: Author, Publisher, …

Airbus thinks it can trump SpaceX's reusable rockets

Airbus isn't done trying to beat SpaceX... in fact, it's going for the jugular. The German aerospace firm has unveiled Adeline, a reusable first-stage rocket engine that aims to one-up the efforts from its American rival. Rather than try to return the entire first stage to Earth, Adeline carries …

How It Works: Car Engine Ethanol Injection

Boosting an engine with ethanol has a longer history than you might think<p>Thanks to the adoption of direct fuel injection, teaming gas and ethanol has the potential to beat diesel efficiency.<p>We can hear your groans already: Our federal government's effort to curb oil imports by lacing gasoline with …

Could seaplanes be the future of transatlantic flight? | CNN Travel

Travel

GE's big-nosed wind turbine generates more power

Despite their giant blades, most wind turbines waste a lot of energy -- gusts around the rotor don't really generate electricity at all. GE thinks it can do better, however. Its experimental ecoROTR turbine touts a big, rotating aluminum nose that sends wind directly toward the blades, where it's …

Concrete Waterfall House pushes the boundaries of local building laws

This concrete coastal Swedish house pushes the limits of the country's new building regulations, which allow anyone to build a four-meter-high …

Graphene's First Commercial Application To Shed A Little Light

A bulb more efficient than an LED? Now there's a bright idea<p>Graphene is a material with marvelous properties: It can be used to make square ice and night vision contact lenses. It can even be made from your leftover dinner. And soon this form of pure carbon--which boasts a super-strong hexagonal …

Graphene

Eight Sexy Valentine's Day Cocktails

While making no promises about love potions or secret tonics, what we can guarantee is the quality of taste in the following eight drinks. Made with care and concern, they exemplify many ideals surrounding the holiday of love: spice, smoke and flavor. Whether you prefer a vodka or rum, or venture …

West Village

Grilled Saffron Rack of Lamb

6 Servings<p>In this rack of lamb recipe, the lamb needs to marinate overnight, so be sure to start 1 day ahead. But trust us: It's worth it.<p>June 2013Print<p>Ingredients<p>2 racks of lamb (3–3 1/2 lb. total), rib bones frenched<p>Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper<p>2 garlic cloves, crushed<p>1 cup plain 2% fat …

BBQ

20 Vivid Hummingbird Close-ups Reveal Their Incredible Beauty

When it comes to birds, the terms “strong” or “beautiful” might inspire images of fierce eagles or decadent tropical parrots. But both of these birds …

The Anatomy of Movies

(<b>Wrong Hands/John Atkinson</b>)<p>Cartoonist John Atkinson, who recently diagrammed the anatomical structure of popular musical genres, now brings that same …

An Unstoppable Killer: New Research Suggests Cancer Can't Be Eradicated

Since Richard Nixon declared war on cancer in 1971, the National Cancer Institute has poured some $90 billion into research and treatments. Yet a cure remains elusive. Experts have plenty of targets for blame, including a flawed emphasis on treatment over prevention, and Big Pharma betting on …

Episode 485: What's Your Major?

<i>Note: Today's show is a rerun. It originally ran in September 2013.</i><p>Sure, some college degrees lead to higher paying jobs than others. But what's shocking — at least, it was shocking to us — is just how big the gap can be.<p>The most lucrative majors typically lead to jobs with salaries over $100,000 a …

6 Things To Know About Working With Reclaimed Wood

Sometimes salvaged lumber's best qualities can also be its most infuriating. Chris Behm, cofounder of End Grain Woodworking in Detroit, has you covered.<p>(Photo by Mint Images - Tim Pannell/Getty Images)<p><b>1.</b> One end of your 2 x 4 could be wider than the other. Or the board is warped. Or a portion could …

America's Best New Restaurants 2014: The 50 Nominees Are Here!

Bon Appétit magazine's 50 nominees for America's best new restaurants 2014, selected by Andrew Knowlton.<p><b>In the past year, thousands of restaurants opened</b> in America—and after just as many air miles, <i>BA</i>'s <b>Andrew Knowlton</b> chose 50 as his favorites. (See the 2016 list here.) They range from oyster bars …

Dining Rooms

Spot the 3 Largest Constellations in the Night Sky Now

The three largest constellations are gracing the evening skies.<p>Hydra, the sea serpent; Virgo, the maiden; and Ursa Major, the big bear are visible in …

Astronomy

Time Travel: Theories, Paradoxes & Possibilities

Time travel — moving between different points in time — has been a popular topic for science fiction for decades. Franchises ranging from "Doctor …

Physics

Netflix is making sure customers know whom to blame for slow, grainy video

When online video stutters, buffers, or won’t play altogether, people get irritated—and Netflix has started encouraging its customers to blame their internet service providers for the substandard performance.<p>The screenshot above was captured by Yuri Victor, a designer at Vox Media, as he tried to …

Televisions

Robots Are Strong: The Sci-Fi Myth of Robotic Competence

<i>The first in a series of posts about the major myths of robotics, and the role of science fiction in creating and spreading them. Other topics: Robots are smart, the myth of inevitable AI, and robots are evil, the myth of killer machines.</i><p>Last week, I created a minor disturbance in the Internet, …

Robotics

5 Life-Changing TED Talks About Personal Finance

<b>TED Talks</b> began in 1984 as a conference that encouraged innovation and discussion in the fields of technology, entertainment and design. Since then, …

Hubris: The Disease That Can Kill Your Company | Inc.com

If one of your top performers is given to arrogance and showboating, you may have a disease on the loose that you need to contain. As the leader of your company, you need to take responsibility and bring him back down to earth.<p>Steven Berglas, who was a faculty member at Harvard Medical School's …

Leadership

4 Tips for Preparing Your Business to Grow

This story originally appeared on Salesforce<p>Everyone wants their business to succeed. You want your business to be around next year and the following year, don’t you? The question is, how many customers do you need to be successful and, more importantly, sustainable?<p>Here are four tips for preparing …

10 World-Changing Innovators for 2012

Tires that maintain their own air pressure. A brain-to-computer interface. Cameras that can see around corners. This year's Breakthrough Award-winning innovators are the brains and sweat behind some of the world's biggest ideas.<p>Tires that maintain their own air pressure. A brain-to-computer …

How We'll Spot the Most Dangerous Asteroids

Zeljko Ivezic has been an astronomer since the third grade. Since becoming an astronomy professor, he's worked on the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) to map a quarter of the night sky and catalog more than 500 million objects. Today, Ivezic is the project scientist for the Large Synoptic Survey …

Carmakers Copy Human Bones to Build Lighter Autos

Altair Engineering learns from the secrets of the skeletal system to find the best, lightest way to build cars.<p><b>The human skeletal system is a structure</b> millions of years in the making, consisting of bones that handle all the stresses and pressures of a running or contorting human body with optimal …

Declassified: America's Secret Flying Saucer

In the 1950s, a small team of engineers set to work on a secret program called Project 1794—a supersonic craft designed to shoot down Soviet bombers. Now a trove of declassified documents reveals the audacious mission to build a flying saucer.<p>In September 2012, Michael Rhodes, a technician at the …

Elon Musk Will Save the Planet—And Then Leave it Behind

After creating and selling the Internet payment system PayPal, South African-born billionaire Elon Musk turned his attention to enhancing humanity's potential through electric cars (his car company Tesla) and private spaceflight (SpaceX). A great year on both fronts earned Musk PM's Breakthrough …

Kareem: 20 Things I Wish I'd Known When I Was 30

When I was thirty, I was living my dream.<p><b>When I was thirty, I was living my dream.</b> I'd already accomplished most of what I'd set out to achieve professionally: leading scorer in the NBA, leading rebounder, leading blocker, Most Valuable Player, All-Star. But success can be as blinding as Bill …

Divorce