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Pipeline protest camp cleared, but area far from normal

CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) — Authorities this week cleared the last holdouts from a large Dakota Access pipeline protest camp on federal land in North …

Here's what salt does to your heart and body

The new guidelines would encourage (not require) restaurants and manufacturers to limit the salt they add to foods. This would hopefully get Americans down from eating 3,400 milligrams per day to 2,300, which is what the National Institutes of Health recommends. That's about half a teaspoon.<p>So what</i> …

11 Things That Cost Less in Cuba

You can bring back $400 worth of goods, including $100 in Cuban cigars.<p>Since 1960, when Fidel Castro came to power, the U.S. has restricted travel to …

Get Obsessed with Fideos, Your New Favorite Noodle

The Spanish noodle is worth knowing.<p>Sick of spaghetti? Over orecchiette? Let us introduce you to your new favorite noodle. Fideos are short, dried, …

Skip the Sunday Crowds: 12 Fresh Spring Brunch Recipes to Cook at Home

I almost never go out to brunch. This is in large part because doing so in New York—especially as the weather warms up a bit and sidewalk tables reappear—is something akin to an endurance sport, requiring extensive conditioning in the skills of waiting in line, squeezing through tightly packed …

This Caterpillar Builds a Protective Hat From Old Heads

Some caterpillars defend themselves from predators using toxic chemicals, repugnant smells, or stinging hairs. Some camouflage themselves. Some mimic snakes. Some recruit ant bodyguards. Some create protective fortresses, or make warning clicks, or vomit up their guts.<p>And then there’s <i>Uraba lugens</i>, …

Caterpillars

Mozzarella Bites

Never trust a person who doesn't like mozzarella sticks. (It's fried cheese, people. What's not to love?) Since we're such big fans of this appetizer, we had to introduce you to this recipe for mozzarella bites. Instead of the usual stick shape, we fry tiny balls of cheese for a bite-size twist. …

14 reasons Bulgaria is the most underrated country in Europe

1. We’ve been around since 681.<p>Sometimes people forget how old Bulgaria truly is. Our country was founded in 681 by Khan Asparukh, which makes us …

In a rare bipartisan moment US lawmakers opened up the possibility of mining on other worlds despite an international treaty barring sovereign claims in space<p>Asteroid platinum and the briny water on Mars may soon be available for plunder, Republicans and Democrats have agreed, advancing a bill that …

Space Exploration

The Spices You Really Need in Your Pantry

We asked the Bon Appétit test kitchen cooks to name their top 5 favorite spices. Here's what they said.<p>It's way too easy to go down the rabbit hole when stocking your spice rack—especially if you like to try new recipes and explore different cuisines. From Aleppo pepper to za'atar, there are so …

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Master D.I.Y. Stir-Fry by Avoiding These Common Mistakes

Achieve takeout-level stir-fry at home by avoiding these common mistakes.<p>Just what <i>is</i> it about take-out stir-fries? They're somehow always perfectly cooked—no raw veggies, but no mushy or soggy ones, either. They're satisfying without being heavy. They're big on flavor, combining salty, spicy, sour, …

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Distinctive Traditional Design Unveiled by Lovely Boutique Hotel in Santorini

Design firm <b>Patsios</b> recently updated Cave Suite, a spectacular boutique hotel on Santorini Island in Greece, overlooking the Aegean Sea. Its …

6 Delicious & Easy Summer Slow Cooker Recipes

I'm sure you agree, time saving recipes are lifesavers for busy families! That's why I try to streamline dinner as much as possible. Try one of my slow cooker recipes for summer and keep from heating up the whole house tonight!<p><b>Shredded Chicken Tacos</b><p>The best part about this dish? The longer it sits …

Europe 'faces worst refugee crisis since Second World War'

EU says leaders must reject "populist" stance as it gives more aid to Greece<p>Europe is facing the world refugee crisis since the Second World War, the EU official in charge of migration said on Friday.<p>Greece will receive further emergency funding to tackle an “urgent” surge in arrivals to the Aegean …

Reader Recs: World’s Best Hiking Trails

Eager to spend some time in the great outdoors?<p>We asked our Nat Geo Travel Facebook fans to share their favorite trails, and their responses will have you lacing up your hiking boots before you know it.<p>Don’t believe us? Read on:<p>We kick things off in Badlands National Park with a kid-friendly …

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50 Herb Recipes to Help You Use Up All That Basil, Cilantro, Parsley, Mint, and More

From sage and thyme to cilantro and parsley, these recipes let our favorite herbs shine.<p><b>Have more herbs than you know what to do with?</b> Put your parsley, mint, cilantro, and basil front-and-center with these recipes, for everything from salad to vinaigrettes and even pie.

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7 Savory And Satisfying Ways To Make Oatmeal For Cool Fall Mornings

Tired of your regular old oatmeal and berries combo for breakfast? Step up your oat game and try topping them with some of your favorite piquant …

22 Ways to Cook with Limes and Add Some Zest to Your Step

Our best, tastiest recipes featuring limes.<p><b>Citrusy, bright, and full of flavor</b>, every part of a lime, from the zest to the juice to the segments, adds tang and freshness to a variety of dishes. Find some inspiration on how to use them with our 22 favorite recipes!

13 of the Best Ways to Start Your Day

<i>It's always more fun to DIY. Every week, we'll spare you a trip to the grocery store and show you how to make small batches of great foods at home.</i><p><i>Today: Wake and DIY at daybreak (or, you know, whenever).</i><p>Real talk: Breakfast is the reason we get out of bed. Sure, the sun is shining and there's all …

Use Gelatin to Improve Pan Sauces, Store-Bought Stocks, and Beyond

Serious Eats<p>VIDEOS<p>Watch More Videos<p>If you've only ever used gelatin to whip up a batch of Jell-O or boxed pudding, you're missing out. Considering it's sold as a completely flavorless product, gelatin is one of the culinary world's greatest unsung heroes. It makes its way into countless sweet and …

Pocket-sized personal transporters could soon be seen on the streets of Tokyo

<i>(Reuters)</i> — A Japanese engineer has developed a portable transporter small enough to be carried in a backpack that he says is the world’s first ‘car in a bag’.<p>Twenty-six-year-old Kuniako Saito and his team at Cocoa Motors recently unveiled the lithium battery-powered “WalkCar” transporter, which is …

The Food Lab: Super-Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits

More<p>Breakfast<p>Everything you need to make the most important meal of the day delicious.<p>Here's another recipe excerpted from my book, The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science! I've been getting requests for my take on buttermilk biscuits for <i>years</i>, so I decided to spend a few weeks perfecting …