Maria Mercurio

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The Magic of the 3-Ingredient Chocolate Oblivion Truffle Torte, As Told By Rose Levy Beranbaum

This flourless chocolate torte is a better and purer vehicle for chocolate than chocolate itself (scientifically speaking).<p>It's made from just 3 ingredients: chocolate, butter, eggs. It takes less time to mix together than your average cookie, and it only bakes for <i>15 minutes</i>.<p>So why did it at first …

Five Ways to Maximize Travel in 2016

Now is the perfect time to start thinking about how to maximize your vacation time in the new year<p>As 2016 approaches, it’s a good time to start …

11 Thanksgiving Cocktail Recipes Straight from America’s Best Bartenders

With cozy Netflix movies queued up, late fall is finally upon us. But that doesn’t mean you have to give up on a little happy hour fun. Sure, it might be time to say goodbye to breezy, beach-side drinks, but tasty Thanksgiving and fall-themed sippers are lovely in their own right. Read on for the …

The 25 coolest speakeasies in America

While the temperance movement is long gone, the hidden bars prevail. From upscale dress codes to passwords, these establishments transport you back to a time when drinking was an experience.<p>We dug up the hottest and most exclusive speakeasies throughout the US, where you can sip a proper cocktail …

7 High-Protein Snacks from Fitness Experts

To stay in shape, they have to bust their butts in the gym and eat a healthy diet — all while maintaining crazy busy schedules. Since whipping up a …

TIFF 2015: Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl star, on need for cisgender understanding of trans movement

Oscar season officially launched for Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander and director Tom Hooper on Saturday night in Toronto with the North American …

Transwomen

10 Innovative Writers Who Are Shaking Up The Book World

It’s common for a writer to be hailed as revolutionary by a contemporary, a publisher, a reviewer or a peer -- so common, in fact, that it’s tough to distinguish new gems from old tropes. And while “new” shouldn’t be the standard when judging whether a book is valuable or exciting, it’s worth …

10 Brilliant Women On Why We Need Feminism, Illustrated

In the series "We Are Entitled To Wear Cowboy Boots To Our Own Revolution," illustrator Ellen T. Crenshaw has created the closest thing we've ever found to feminist baseball cards.<p>Crenshaw assembled an intergenerational dream team featuring BBeyoncé, Naomi Wolf, Rebecca West, Sojourner Truth, …

This is your brain on Whiteness: The invisible psychology of white American ignorance explained

The contrast in media narratives about Baltimore and Waco are undeniable—but many white Americans are blind to them<p>Earlier this week, outlaw motorcycle clubs engaged in a daylight gun battle in Waco, Texas. This combat involved hundreds of people. The mall where the riot occurred was left …

NPR's Book Concierge: Our Guide To 2015's Great Reads

For five minutes, I thought this was it — the novel that was going to kill the novel. The book which, finally, was going to bridge that psychological, ideological and semantic gap between the fusty old books of our grandparents' age (just a bunch of words on paper representing characters, plot, …

New for brain scientists: a census of neurons

The human brain is a noisy, busy place, teeming with diversity. To produce the wondrously complex mammalian behavior we take for granted every minute, cells of different sizes, shapes and chemical affinities buzz, hum, crackle and pop in conflict and cooperation with one another.<p>When everything is …

This New Feminist Beer Is Waging A Battle Against Sexism In Advertising

Beer branding usually features seminaked women as a prize for men. A new Brazilian beer, labeled with a definition of feminism, aims to provoke a conversation instead.<p>The traditional American beer ad isn’t exactly known for progressive feminist ideals: Picture, say, bikini-clad models mud-wrestling …

Cocktail Country: Outstanding Drinks From All 50 States

View All SlidesPrev<p>40 of 51<p>Next<p>51 Best Cocktails<p>1 of 51<p>Alabama<p><b>Smokehouse</b><p><i>Dram Whiskey Bar, Brimingham</i><p>Bacon-infused bourbon (here's how to make it) has …

A Cocktail Lover’s Guide to New Orleans

Cocktails are king in New Orleans, and this city has been serving up old-school tipples long before Mad Men-style sips became cool. From the effervescent French 75 to a silky Brandy Milk Punch, here’s what to drink and where to drink it while in the Crescent City.<p>Classic New Orleans cocktails (and …

10 authors who excel on the internet

Writers are finding imaginative ways to negotiate the new era of electronic intimacy with readers. Here are some of the best<p>The internet offers authors the next best thing to teleportation: the chance to connect with readers from almost anywhere, in real time. Many writers fall back on self-serving …

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Flying to Europe This Summer? First, Focus On Crossing the Atlantic

One of the biggest mistakes that Americans make while planning a trip to Europe, in summer or any season, is myopically focusing on a specific route. You want to visit Amsterdam, so you only search into that airport. Or you want to visit Glasgow, so you neglect to look at a map and consider, maybe, …

Keeping literature dirty

I was almost sorry to see the developers of the Clean Reader app — which would have allowed squeamish or morally didactic readers to remove profanity from books — take "immediate action to remove all books from our catalogue" last week, in response to authors outraged about their work being …

Women Aren't Aliens (and Other Thoughts on the Andrew Smith Controversy)

The bookish internet blew up this week over the issue of sexism, female characters, and YA. And it all started when author Andrew Smith talked to …

Coffee Power: London Entrepreneur Uses the City's Coffee Waste for Fuel

Bio-bean, a London-based enterprise, takes coffee grinds and turns them into fuel.<p>Arthur Kay trained in architecture at University College London. While developing a blueprint for a coffee roaster he saw the potential in turning the business’ waste into energy.<p>Given London produces 200,000 tons of …

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50 Awesome Resources to Help You Be a Better Writer (and Content Marketer)

An epic list of resources, and something for everyone, regardless of experience or role.<p>Content. Every business wants content. Every business needs content (especially those that embrace content marketing to find and engage potential customers).<p>But that means you have to create content, and that …

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'Cyborg' spinal implant could help paralysed walk again

It might seem like science fiction but a new implant which attaches directly to the spine could help paralysed people walk again<p>Paralysed patients have been given new hope of recovery after rats with severe spinal injuries walked again through a ‘groundbreaking’ new cyborg-style implant.<p>In …

The Doctor/Patient Relationship Is At A Crossroads

The relationship between doctors and their customers (aka “patients”) is changing fast, driven by the forces underlying healthcare reform. Three new models are emerging: integrated health systems, direct primary care, and retail care. Their strengths and weaknesses are very different, and our lives …

7 Tips from Edgar Allan Poe on How to Write Vivid Stories and Poems

There may be no more a macabrely misogynistic sentence in English literature than Edgar Allan Poe’s contention that “the death… of a beautiful woman” …

Not by DNA alone: How the epigenetics revolution is fostering new medicines

Scientific insights that expand on the teachings of Mendel, Watson and Crick, and underpinnings of the Human Genome Project are moving drug companies …

Publication Opportunities for Writers: March and April 2015

Over 70 publication opportunities for both established and emerging writers. Please check the relevant websites for all terms and conditions. Dark …

The 20 Best Books From The Past 20 Years, According To The Independent Bath Literature Festival

Picking a good book can be like searching for a needle in a haystack. There are just SO many.<p>Luckily, the literary experts over at the Independent …

22 Contemporary Authors You Absolutely Should Be Reading

These writers are not to be missed.

Science Is Beautiful: The Human Body Under The Microscope

A new book showcases the magnificent micro-world<p><i>Science Is Beautiful</i>, a new book by Colin Salter, is a compilation of images that show what the human body looks like under a microscope. With an artistic eye, the book showcases cells, microbes, and more. Here are some of our favorite images from</i> …

How Languages and Genes Evolve Together

Researchers have found that geography makes us who we are—genetically and linguistically.<p>As human populations disperse, the separation leads to changes both in genes and in language. So if we look at human DNA and languages over time, we should find that they differ along similar geographic …