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Japan's 'black widow' sentenced to hang for killing husbands, lovers with cyanide

When Japan’s notorious “black widow” serial killer admitted to murdering her husband for his money, she told a court she would laugh in the face of a death sentence.<p>“Even if I were executed tomorrow, I would die smiling,” Chisako Kakehi said to the judges in her trial testimony in July, according …

Crime

The Case for Sharing All of America's Data on Mosquitoes

The U.S. is sitting on one of the largest data sets on any animal group, but most of it is inaccessible and restricted to local agencies.<p>For decades, agencies around the United States have been collecting data on mosquitoes. Biologists set traps, dissect captured insects, and identify which species …

Why 'Xenoblade Chronicles 2' Has a Character Designed by Tetsuya Nomura

Monolith Soft founder Tetsuya Takahashi is obsessed with insanely grand things. The creator of the acclaimed <i>Xeno</i> series of thoughtful, …

Final Fantasy

Do We Find People Who Swear More Honest? Yes, Says New Study.

Swearing is not an acceptable form of social discourse in most public situations. But impolite people who use profane language have been found to be …

Psychology

The Silver Spoon's Comic Cookbook and All Its Images

<i>We’ve been told not to judge a book by its cover, but what about its photography, layout, typefaces, paper—and how they all interact with each other? Each week, we’ll be sharing a book spread that’s worth taking a close look at for one reason or another. And we’ll ask you: What do you think about</i> …

12 Asian Noodles You Should Be Eating More Of (& How to Do It)

<i>Inspired by conversations on the Food52 Hotline, we're sharing tips and tricks that make navigating all of our kitchens easier and more fun.</i><p><i>Today:</i> <i>Are you feeling overwhelmed by the wide variety of noodles available? Use our guide to ease your anxiety and become a more adventurous noodle eater.</i><p>These …

Monsanto Fined for Not Reporting Toxic Chemical Releases

Monsanto Co. has agreed to pay $600,000 in fines for not reporting hundreds of uncontrolled releases of toxic chemicals at its eastern Idaho phosphate plant.<p>The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Justice on Thursday announced the agreement involving the biotechnology …

Cheetos Mac And Cheese Makes Us Reconsider What We've Been Doing Our Whole Lives

Some recipes are so obvious and brilliant that when we discover them we're almost ashamed we didn't think of them sooner. Cheetos macaroni and cheese is one of those recipes. Leave it to MUNCHIES, the food section of VICE that's home to some of the Internet's most indulgent and radical food …

Easter Chard & Ricotta Pie (Torta Pasqualina)

<i>Every Tuesday, Italian expat</i> <b>Emiko Davies</b> <i>is taking us on a grand tour of Italy, showing us how to make classic, fiercely regional dishes at home.</i><p><i>Today: One of Italy's favorite Easter traditions, this layered Ligurian chard and ricotta pie is worth the extra love needed to put it all together.</i><p>Easter …

Potential weight-loss agent from a tree is almost too good to be true

It has qualities so remarkable, it could come from the land of Oz (and could become the television doctor's next big thing, too): a compound derived from a tree growing in South and Central America prompted obese mice to lose 20% to 30% of their weight. It also allowed normal, healthy mice to chow …

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16 Vegetarian Mains for a Festive Holiday Table

The holidays can be be an isolating time for folks who don't eat meat—prime rib and glazed ham are wonderful festival centerpieces for meat-eaters, but anyone else is going to get stuck cobbling together a meal from side dishes. We don't think that leaving guests out of the most exciting part of …

Fresh Ricotta with Red Chile and Honey

Fresh ricotta is not only a delicious and versatile cheese, but also surprisingly easy to make. Andrew Zimmern likes to season his ricotta with honey …

Mongolia's lost secrets in pictures: the golden eagle hunters

The Altai Mountains run from Siberia in Russia all the way down to Mongolia’s Gobi Desert. An enormous mountain range, it covers a vast area of over 16,000 kilometres and is studded with huge glacial lakes and permanently snow-covered peaks that rise above 4,500m. One of the world’s last true …

Wildlife

Tiny Vacation Homes You Can Rent

<i>By Hadley Keller, CNTraveler.com</i><p>These adorable rental homes prove that bigger isn't always better.<p>PHOTO GALLERY<p>Tiny Vacation Homes<p>The 10 Best Small Cities in the U.S.<p>12 Travel Mistakes We All Think We're Too Smart to Make -- but Do Anyway<p>How Not to Look Like a Tourist in Paris<p>Follow Conde Nast …

Classic Party Fondue

4 Servings<p>Raclette is the most mild tasting of these three cheeses, while Comté and Gruyère deliver some sharpness. For a crowd-pleasing mix, try 3 parts raclette to 1 part Comté and/or Gruyère.<p>February 2014Print<p>Ingredients<p>1 pound raclette cheese, Comté, and/or Gruyère, grated (about 5 cups)<p>1 …

Whisky Whisky Everywhere: The Latest Bottlings From Scotland

It's August. Time to enjoy the dog days of summer, lazing by the pool with a trashy novel, some good tunes, a healthy dab of sunscreen and... a dram of Scotch whisky?! Hey, why not? Scotch is delicious -- too delicious to wait for sweater weather to drink it. Especially when there are some great …

Quirky Photos Capture China’s Bizarre ‘Facekini’ Trend

Photographer Peng Yangjun’s photographs of beach goers visiting the seaside of Qingdao, China appear like any other family snapshot of a cheerful …

Pack attack: Tyrannosaurs ran in gangs, fossil footprints show

Talk about a triple threat! If you thought tyrannosaurs weren't scary enough, try three of them at the same time. Turns out these fearsome beasts weren't solitary hunters -- they ran in gangs, according to a study of the first fossil tyrannosaurid trackways ever discovered.<p>The three sets of fossil …

For sale: Town of Alladin, Wyo., for $1.5 million

If you're looking for your next real estate investment, look no further than the tiny town of Aladdin, Wyo.<p>Located 80 miles northwest of Rapid City, SD, this 30-acre hamlet features a 126-year-old general store and post office, a bar and homes for the town's 15 full-time residents.<p>And the whole …

The States People Want To Get The Hell Out Of [Infographic]

Survey says: people want to leave Illinois.<p>Gallup is out with a new poll and accompanying map measuring responses to this question: "Regardless of whether you <i>will</i> move, if you had the opportunity, would you <i>like</i> to move to another state, or would you rather remain in your current state?"<p>Big insights …

Crows beat test that stumps little kids

In Aesop’s fable about the crow and the pitcher, a thirsty bird finds a vessel of water, but when he tries to drink from it, he finds that the water …

Birds

Eighth Grade Metal Band Plots Future After Seven-Figure Record Deal

Before yelling at your rebellious pre-teen child to turn down that distorted basement racket, consider the curious case of Unlocking the Truth, a …

Music

5 Clever, Easy Twists on Caprese Salad

We're reinventing the classic caprese salad with 4 new innovations, from cantaloupe and scamorza to burrata and peach<p><b>Done right, the caprese salad's timeless combination</b> of tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and basil is more than the sum of its parts. That's why every component counts: You must seek out …