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How Not to Screw Up Beans in a Pressure Cooker

Pressure cookers are an amazing tool, if you know how to use 'em right.<p><i>Yes, sometimes even BA staffers make basic cooking mistakes. Like, say, something as simple as beans. Below, special projects associate Lilli Sherman confesses her bean-cooking woes to digital food editor Dawn Perry. Here's</i> …

pineapple upside-down cake

I gotta tell you–I get so boring in the summertime. As soon as that warm weather hits and a bright blue sky becomes de rigeur and not something worth …

A Park Ranger's Guide to Glacier

Montana’s <b>Glacier National Park</b> is where everything bright and strong and never tamed comes together on high: gray wolves and great silver-tipped bears, storms that hit the Great Divide like tsunamis with golden eagles surfing the wind waves, twisted trees 200 years old but scarcely tall enough to …

Watch + Learn: Cobra Pose

In this video, learn the various actions needed for Warrior I Pose.<p>Stay present during this video demonstration of Ardha Matsyendrasana to glean the …

Chevrolet-FNR Autonomous EV Concept Unveiled at Auto Shanghai

General Motors unveiled the new Chevrolet-FNR recently at the 2015 Auto Shanghai show. The<p>General Motors unveiled the new Chevrolet-FNR recently at …

Lamborghini Limits Aventador LP 750-4 SV Production To Just 600 Units

Lamborghini used this week’s 2015 Shanghai Auto Show to mark the tenth anniversary of its launch in China, but of more interest to global audiences …

Costa Rica’s top five marine adventures

Costa Rica’s thriving forests and abundant wildlife have made it a premier destination for eco-travelers, but the country’s lesser-known offshore environments teem with life and have just as much to set the spine tingling. Sadly, in recent years these underwater habitats have been tainted by …

Train on Different Surfaces to Avoid Injury and Boost Performance

Trails, grass, sand, and water keep you healthier and make you faster.<p>Most runners log their miles on neighborhood streets. But roads shouldn't be your only training ground. "Running on different surfaces changes up the scenery, workout, and effort, giving road runners an often-needed break," says …

Save Money and Shop Smart: Know the Style Pyramid | The Art of Manliness

Let’s just be honest: style, for men, is a hard thing to grasp. It’s especially hard when buying new clothes. We always forget our sizes, we don’t …

7 Must-Visit Destinations in North America

It's a big world out there, so planning a vacation can be overwhelming (not to mention expensive and time consuming). But before you book an extravagant getaway abroad, first consider these seven locales, all of which are in North America. After all, it's easy to overlook the amazing places right …

The 100 Best Fitness Tips

Build a powerful body and get in the greatest shape of your life<p>A great tip is an awesome thing. Whether it's an undiscovered restaurant, a sleeper stock, or a Sure Thing in the late double at Pimlico, savvy inside info imbues a man with confidence. Control. Strength.<p>Knowledge is power, baby.<p>It's …

Rarotonga

<b>Papaapaiiaku Teuruaa</b>, known affectionately as Pa, was born on <b>Rarotonga</b>, the largest and most populous island in the sprawling South Pacific archipelago known as the Cook Islands. Despite spending his early adulthood in (relatively) nearby New Zealand (those who make up the islands’s native Māori …

Where to Travel for the Long Summer Vacation

<b>It's time to start planning your summer break, but make sure you head to the season's best spots.</b><p><b>1. INDONESIA</b><p><b>For Island Hopping</b> While the monsoon season passes through much of Southeast Asia during the northern hemisphere's summer months, it's actually the driest time of year in Indonesia, with …

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Caribbean Adventures Worth Leaving Your All-Inclusive For

Sometimes you need an adventure that gets your heart thumping, a thrill to remind you that deep down inside you're still as fun and gutsy as you were when you were 20. These Caribbean adventures are the adrenaline-awakening experience you're looking for. They'll have you sweating through your …

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Banish Your Belly BEFORE the Holidays

Drop pounds before the ball drops to get ahead of the game in 2015<p>The last few weeks of 2014 will be filled with family, friends, and festivities—but especially food. Rather than kick off the New Year carrying a belly like Santa’s, you should charge full speed into the holiday-eating season by …

Ten Strange Things Eaten in China

The 10 Most Corrupt Countries on Earth

By: Chloe Pantazi<p>Corruption: it's practically North Korea's primary export. In fact, the Hermit Kingdom and its cartoonish dictator are so great at being terrible that it ranks as the most corrupt country in the world. But surprisingly, it's not alone at the top.<p>According to Berlin-based …

The Lean Muscle Diet

Ignore the trendy, complex diet plans designed to shrink your wallet and not your gut. To build the body you've always wanted, live like you already have it<p>When men set out to lose weight, they usually start at the wrong place. They pick a popular diet; <i>any</i> diet, it doesn't matter which one. Most …

Shelby American Announces 50th Anniversary Edition 427 Cobra

Over five decades ago, when Carroll Shelby wedged a Ford 260 V-8 into an AC Ace, who would’ve thunk the damn-hard-to-kill Shelby would be in the ground, yet new Cobras bearing his name would still be available for sale? Yet they are. A year after Shelby American announced the 50th Anniversary 289 …

Most fascinating supercar of 2014: Audi R8 Competition

A "halo car" bears on its thickly muscled shoulders a burden: its builder's hopes for a more passion-filled future. Progress towards this goal is not measured in spiking hormone levels or movie cameos or retweets, but in a fussy algorithm that only runs in the car’s rear-view mirror.<p>Eight years on …

These Are the 13 Worst-Selling Cars of 2014

When it comes to annual sales figures, its easy to pick the winners. Touted by self-congratulatory advertising and fluffy press releases, the year's top-selling cars rarely surprise. Its the models that finish the year on the other end of the<p>When it comes to annual sales figures, it's easy to pick …

What They Don’t Tell You About the Galápagos

Sea lions were the first to welcome me to the Galápagos Islands. There they were, lounging next to parked motorcycles and cars on the island of Santa Cruz, splayed out like they were at a luxe beach resort.<p>I knew before embarking on this National Geographic Expedition that animals were not afraid …

Could a diet supplement supercharge your eyesight?

Researchers are claiming that taking supplements of a pigment found in food like spinach and eggs could sharpen vision. Douglas Heingartner looks at the evidence.<p>Eyesight is an easy thing to take for granted, but our ability to see is one of the human body’s most incredible senses. And there’s a …

2015 Mini John Cooper Works: 228 Horsepower in a Bite-Size Package

The mightiest Mini is back.<p>You can pretty much set your watch by the Mini product plan—the basic versions come first, followed by the progressively hotter iterations and myriad body styles. The arrival of a John Cooper Works version of the third-gen F56 hatchback marks a coming of age, the …

2015 BMW M6 Coupe and Convertible Debut: The Same, But Different

BMW's heavyweight two-doors get light updates.<p>The BMW M6 is a paradoxical car. Its name harks back to an epic road-burning coupe, one with a race-derived inline-six engine, but in its current form it is a gigantic and heavy luxury machine that just happens to be fast. In both coupe and convertible …

BMW Calls It “The Thing”: It Has 700 hp and Will Eat M5s for Breakfast

A secretive tech group inside BMW has built an all-wheel-drive, 700-hp Tesla P85D killer, but it’s so far off the books that it’s not even considered to be an official prototype yet.<p>We’ve just been for a ride in the 5-series GT Power eDrive, which is what BMW’s marketing people call the combination …

10 Best New Beach Hotels for Winter 2014-15

If you need a break from gift shopping and holiday parties, this is a perfect time to start planning a beach getaway. While we all have our favorite tropical destinations, it could be time to consider going somewhere new. The 2014-2015 beach season is offering a wide variety of new beach hotels …

Beaches

Travel Hack: How to Save Hundreds On Your Flights to Europe by Buying Two Separate Tickets

<b>Stop! Don't book that $1,000 flight to Lisbon before you hear about this travel hack that can save you hundreds on your flights to Europe!</b><p>OK, so you want to go to Europe, but you don't want to spend a lot of money getting there. What can you do? There are a few tips to get good deals on flights: …

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5 Gross Guy Habits That Are Good for You

May your snot rockets fly—in private, of course<p>While some male tendencies are just plain gross—rocking the same pair of undies for a week straight, or leaving toenail clippings to linger on the coffee table—other nasty habits actually boast health benefits, like the five below. So go ahead, fart …

Use a 'Fake' Location to Get Cheaper Plane Tickets

I can’t explain airline pricing but I do know some plane tickets can be cheaper depending on where you buy them or, even better, where you <i>appear</i> to …

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