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Army Vet Builds A Laser-Guided Cyborg Stingray Powered by a Rat Heart

This is a cyborg stingray. It’s as big as a penny, guided by a laser, and moves on its own when exposed to blue light. And it’s the brainchild of …

The Refried Beans Recipe That Deserves to Be Passed Down for Generations

Here's the history behind senior food editor Rick Martinez's dad's famous refried pinto beans.<p>A few months ago, I was prepping for a breakfast taco video shoot. Chorizo, eggs, salsa, the usual. But what I really wanted were beans. To be clear, my dad's very porky, refried pinto beans.<p>When I was …

Cooking

Get to Grilling This Buttery Cowboy Porterhouse

Ballistic BBQ not only grills up the perfect steak, they're also showing us how to step it up. Make this ridiculously rich compound butter to drench …

BBQ

One of the most reliable sources of economic growth—college-educated workers—may be tapped out

Politicians may disagree, but the data suggest our best days are behind us. US GDP grew by a modest 1.2% last quarter, a far cry from the vigorous 3% annual pace that brought prosperity and security for decades.<p>One major structural reason why growth is slowing is that the labor force is shrinking, …

Economics

It won’t happen, but compulsory voting might be the only solution to political ignorance in America

Forcing people to vote might be against our values — but it could be only defense against demagogues like Trump<p>The success of Donald Trump reveals a number of troubling truths about our country, but voter ignorance is the most glaring. If more Americans were involved, if more were informed and …