Jessica Pawlowski

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Domino's has built an autonomous pizza delivery robot

For a pizza chain, Domino's actually has a pretty rich history of innovation. It's embraced social media, created a one-click Easy Order button and even built a delivery car that has its own pizza oven. Now it's looking at robots. More specifically: delivery robots. What you see here is DRU …

Driverless Cars

The Two Tiers of Buddhist Loving-Kindness Practice

Spend some time in any Buddhist setting anywhere and you will quickly recognize a predictable cultural norm: Kindness. This kindness, a conscious inclination of the mind and heart, is the outer manifestation of a core inner ideal: Buddhism elevates loving-kindness (often called <i>metta</i>, from the Pali …

Meditation

The Right Way to Sauce Pasta

Serious Eats<p>VIDEOS<p>Watch More Videos<p>"I'll have a glass of the grappa, please," I said to the bartender at the Italian restaurant down the street from my house.<p>"You are the first person I have ever seen order that," she exclaimed in response. I asked her how long she'd been working there, figuring it …

That Pricey Organic Label Might Be One Big Lie

A recent USDA survey reveals some shocking facts.<p>It's widely believed — and preached by environmental groups, activists, and healthy-eating advocates alike — that if you're looking to avoid pesticides in your food, you should buy local, organic produce whenever possible. And thus pay a premium for …

Agriculture

Play 'Pac-Man' around the world in Google Maps

<i>Pac-Man</i> is already such a worldwide phenomenon, but now one of the most famous video games of all time is available to play on every computer through …

Why cocaine prices went up 100% in the US - Futurity

Drug enforcement officials in the US are fighting cocaine use by restricting the chemicals needed to make it. Experts say the tactic may be working.

Cocaine

Soup Recipes Hearty Enough To Call Dinner

Jay Leno put it best when he said, "Soup is just a way of screwing you out of a meal." This often feels true in the case of tomato soup when it's not accompanied with a grilled cheese. And it is definitely true in the case of a pureed butternut squash soup, which leaves you hungry just an hour …

Cooking

Are humans getting cleverer?

<b>IQ is rising in many parts of the world. What's behind the change and does it really mean people are cleverer than their grandparents?</b><p>It is not unusual for parents to comment that their children are brainier than they are. In doing so, they hide a boastful remark about their offspring behind a …

The Brain

Nearly 7,000 homes due to topple into the rising sea

More than 800 properties will be lost to coastal erosion within the next 20 years because it is too expensive to save them<p>Nearly 7,000 homes and buildings will be surrendered to the seas around England and Wales over the next century, experts believe.<p>Properties worth more than £1 billion in total …

Climate Change

Kodak's finally making smartphones (sort of)

For a while there it looked like Kodak's moment had come and gone, but the past few months have seen the imaging icon fight back from the brink of irrelevance. Now the company's planning to push a Kodak-branded smartphone, and thankfully it's not going to sue everyone in the business along the way …

Rescued scientists bring back a warning from the Antarctic

The icebound crew of the Akademik Shokalskiy made headlines but, a year on, the fruits of their expedition are revealed<p>Rescue from Antarctic - the full story<p>The voyage was meant to retrace the steps of Douglas Mawson, the great polar explorer and scientist who led the Australasian Antarctic …

Duolingo app now certifies English language proficiency

The popular and acclaimed free language learning platform Duolingo has just launched a new app that allows you to certify your English proficiency …

Landscape Photographer of the Year 2014

10 Sunset Destinations in the U.S. to Be Grateful For (Photos)

That moment when pinks and orange meet a horizon, my spirit dances.<p>It doesn't matter where in the world I am, a sunset makes me smile.<p>It's simple.<p>It's natural.<p>It's good.<p>It's real.<p>It's free.<p>A sunset is like a real kiss. A sunset is like a real laugh. A sunset is God's way of hugging the earth and …

National Parks

This Is How McDonald's McRib Patties Are Made

After this picture of a frozen McRib patty went viral last year, McDonald's basically had no choice but to embark on their current "transparency campaign" to give customers an explantation as to how their food is made. But after McDonald's released this video showing how the McRib is made, we're …

Here's What North America Would Look Like On Other Planets

You may think you have a good sense of exactly how big Earth is compared to the other planets in our solar system. But clever new illustrations by John Brady, founder of the website Astronomy Central, put the size of our planet in perspective in the starkest way possible.<p><b>(Story continues below</b> …

Overpower Odors Using Coffee Grounds

With coffee prices spiking, here's a Mad Genius Tip on how to get more bang from your buck from each cup.<p>Coffee prices are at an all-time high and it …