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How to stay safe and secure when you travel the world — tips from State Department wardens

<i>By Andrea Sachs, The Washington Post</i>Seventy-three million Americans travel abroad every year. In the 2015 fiscal year, the State Department issued …

U.S. Dept. of State

This man’s obituary might be the funniest thing you read all day

Anyone who has had to write an obituary for a loved one knows how challenging it can be.<p>Trying to capture someone’s essence and the way you felt …

4 Rituals That Will Make You Happy, According to Neuroscience

You get all kinds of happiness advice on the Internet from people who don’t know what they’re talking about. Don’t trust them.<p>Actually, don’t trust …

The Most Spectacular Glamping Destinations in the U.S.

No one is really sure where the term "glamping" first originated, but what's mostly incontestable is that this luxurious and lavish style of camping is growing in popularity at a seemingly exponential rate.<p>According to Bare Bones Living blogger Mindy Burton, if you really want to get specific, …

Flour Power: Your Definitive Guide to Baking With White, Wheat, and More

Confused about the different types of flour? This guide will walk you through when and how to use AP, bread, pastry, whole wheat, gluten-free, and more.<p>Wheat, whole-wheat, bleached, gluten-free…when it comes to baking with flour, there are more choices than ever. It's a big, scary world in the …

Baking

How your eyes betray your thoughts

A series of recent studies suggest that eye movements may both reflect and influence the workings of the brain<p>According to the old saying, the eyes are windows into the soul, revealing deep emotions that we might otherwise want to hide. Although modern science precludes the existence of the soul, …

The Brain

The Science of Near-Death Experiences

Empirically investigating brushes with the afterlife<p>Near-death experiences have gotten a lot of attention lately. The 2014 movie <i>Heaven Is for Real</i>, about a young boy who told his parents he had visited heaven while he was having emergency surgery, grossed a respectable $91 million in the United …

15 Best Super Bowl 2015 Commercials

Forget the Patriots and the Seahawks -- and do your best to erase Deflategate from your football lexicon -- the real touchdowns were scored during breaks from the big game. Super Bowl = Commercial Christmas, with so many eyeballs locked on the TV screens. Super Bowl XLIX happened Sunday, February …

NFL

Sodium Citrate Will Turn A Block Of Cheese Into The Creamiest Nacho Sauce Ever. Get Some.

There will be a nacho cheese fountain at my wedding reception someday. <i>(If a wedding never happens, this is a formal request that there</i> at least <i>be one at my funeral.)</i> Knowing this, you should now understand that the importance of nacho cheese in my life is paramount. So heed my advice: Sodium …

Mrs. Wheelbarrow's Practical Pantry: The Preserving Bible You've Been Wishing For

<i>You know how some people are obsessed with stamp collections or fantasy football teams? Well, we're obsessed with cookbooks. Here, in Books We Love, we'll talk about our favorites.</i><p><i>Today: Mrs. Wheelbarrow has long been the friend we look to for advice on canning and jamming. Now, thankfully, she's</i> …

Food Preservation

Cornbread Tamale Pie Is the Greatest Recipe of All Time

Could cornbread tamale pie—a quick and spicy chili topped with cornbread—be the greatest recipe of all time?<p><i>You know those recipes we hold near and dear to our hearts because they are really the greatest ever of all time? Well, we're using this new series as an opportunity to wax poetic about them.</i> …

Cooking

9 Pro Tips on How to Buy and Use Good Olive Oil

Choosing an olive oil from a shelf of bottles at wildly varied price points can be challenging. Here are some easy things to remember from olive oil …

Why Turkeys Are So Much Better Roasted Upside Down

<i>By Stacy Adimando</i><p>Once you've <b>salted</b>, <b>tied</b> and <b>buttered</b> that Thanksgiving bird, you'd think the cooking part would be easy. <b>But there's just one thing that can trip you up:</b> Overcooking the breast meat (and/or undercooking the thigh meat).<p><b>It's a flaw in the design of the turkey</b>, when you think about it: …

Healthy restaurant choices: How to decode the menu - CNN.com

<i>Editor's note: Ronda Elsenbrook, is a registered dietitian at Kelsey-Seybold Clinic. Kelsey-Seybold Clinic and the Houston chapter of the American Diabetes Association have partnered together to BEAT Diabetes in November.</i><p><b>(CNN)</b> -- For many of us, eating out happens more often than we would like to …

Google Calendar 5.0 now available for download

Earlier this week Google pulled the curtains off the biggest update to the Calendar app in a long while. Now the update is rolling out to users, and the APK file is available for download.<p>Calendar 5.0 brings lots of visual changes, with the app receiving a complete Material makeover. The iconic …

Android News

Chocolate-Cinnamon Coffee Cake

12 Servings<p>If you like, serve this chocolate-cinnamon recipe with whipped cream or an extra dollop of yogurt—or, of course, a cup of coffee.<p>October 2013Print<p>Ingredients<p>½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pan<p>½ cup blanched hazelnuts, chopped<p>2 ounces bittersweet …

Dessert

You’re Probably Packing Your Luggage Wrong — This Infographic Can Help

Even though you’ve aced the course at efficient packing, complete with mastering origami-style folds and deploying color-coded cases, you still might be wasting time and space in that suitcase of yours by packing <i>too much</i>. After all, the idea isn’t to cram your entire wardrobe into a toteable …

Designing a Hotel-Like Bathroom in 42 Square Feet

Amanda Reilly explains how she gave a tiny bathroom hotel chic and Japanese Zen style.<p><b>Christine Pittel: That rectangular tub is so chic. But no curves — is it comfortable?</b><p><b>Amanda Reilly:</b> Absolutely. You can lean back, and it feels really good because the water comes almost up to your neck — it's …

GoTenna creates a cell network out of thin air anywhere on Earth

The Brooklyn-based startup is offering a solution for off-the-grid travelers who need low-cost connectivity for their smartphone -- and it doesn't rely on satellites.<p>Radio frequency engineering is really hard. It's truly a black art."<p>Daniela Perdomo, GoTenna CEO

Off-grid

Become a vegetable growing pro in no time with this handy cheat sheet.

Cooking meals with fresh vegetables grown right in your backyard can be very rewarding. Not only is it healthier than buying them from the store, but …

Gardening

24 Hot & Spicy Recipes for Sriracha Week—or Any Week

From mapo tofu to jerk chicken, here are 24 spicy recipes guaranteed to make you sweat.<p>If you haven't figured it out already, we're big spice fiends here at <i>Bon Appétit</i>. So fiendish, in fact, that we're dedicating an entire week to foods that tingle our tongues, light our mouths on fire, and make us …

Cooking

Five Mobile Habits That Will Change Your Life

If only I had a device in my pocket that had the answer to almost any question…Oh, wait, I do: it’s my phone.<p>The phone in your pocket used to only be able to make calls. Now, this device connects with your social networks, gives you access to emails, opens up the world wide web and allows you the …

GoTenna Lets You Text Your Friends Even When There's No Signal

Anyone who sends texts (so, that's pretty much everyone) knows that sending messages in big crowds or remote places is often a lot easier said than …

13 Accidental Inventions That Changed The World

Necessity isn't always the mother of invention.<p>Lots of the things we rely on to cure our diseases, cook our meals, and sweeten our days weren't deliberately designed. Instead, they were a happy accident.<p>Read on to see how society-shaping inventions — from Coca-Cola to penicillin and the microwave …

Inventions

Demand For Privacy Will Kill The Free Internet. Thank Goodness.

Paying for privacy in today's digital age<p>In February, Facebook purchased the WhatsApp messaging service for the mind-boggling sum of $19 billion. It was the largest acquisition of a venture-backed company ever, but it also proved a clear, albeit subtle, point: Our relationship to personal data is …