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The 3 Worst Gadgets of 2016

It was a year of ups (brilliant smartphones and laptops) and downs (a phone that can explode).<p>The highs and lows, the ups and downs--there were a lot of them this year in the world of gadgets. Laptops made a comeback, now that there are several models that are light and thin enough to use all day …

Gear & Gadgets

Joe Trivelli’s Italian Christmas recipes

Traditional escarole pizza pie, fragrant slow-roast duck and boozy coffee sorbet: Italian flavours in a festive setting, from the River Café’s Joe Trivelli<p>There is in my family a deep appreciation for Christmas. We begin with a trip across town to buy a tree and, from then on, all surfaces are …

The 8 best museums in Mexico City

There are around 150 buildings catalogued as museums by the National Council for Culture and Arts (Conaculta) within Mexico City’s limits. As …

15 Stunning World Heritage Sites To Check Off Your Travel Bucket List

Not every tourist destination on the planet is legally protected by the United Nations, but there are plenty of reasons these made the cut.<p>No travel bucket list would be complete without a World Heritage Site or two. They're rife with photo ops, yes, but the beautiful landscapes aren't the only …

The Biggest Food Trends of 2016

This year brought an overload of rainbow foods, healthy carb alternatives and crazy snack combinations

Recipes

Every geek movie we're excited about in 2017

'Blade Runner 2049'<p>'Thor: Ragnarok'<p>'Justice League'<p>'Bright'<p>'Kingsman: The Golden Circle'<p>'It'<p>'Death Note'<p>'First They Killed My Father'<p>'Coco'<p>'Ingrid Goes West'<p>'Brad's Status'<p>'Mute'<p>'The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)'<p>'How to Talk to Girls at …

Top 10 Books of 2016

Fiction<p>Commonwealth<p>By Ann Patchett<p>An illicit kiss at a christening wrecks two marriages in Los Angeles but blends the six children from different families. As we follow them over the next half century, their stories come into focus the way our own family legends cohere — from scraps of information …

Books

When JRR Tolkien bet CS Lewis: the wager that gave birth to The Lord of the Rings

Eighty years ago JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis dared each other to write a sci-fi novel. It was a challenge that would lead to the creation of The Lord of the Rings<p>Once upon a time two friends made a wager. "Tollers," one said to the other, "there is too little of what we really like in stories. I am …

Literature

The Science of Creativity, Purpose, and Motivation

“Your interests and your passion develop over time. I want to disabuse people of this mythology of ‘it happens to you and if you’re lucky, you find …

Self-improvement

Everything We Think We Know About Samsung’s Next Galaxy Phone

Samsung is expected to release its first major smartphone since it recalled the Galaxy Note 7 sometime in early 2017.<p>The phone, which will presumably …

Online theorizing ruined too many TV shows in 2016

Trying to predict twists on your favorite series used to be a fun guessing game. Now, it’s become an industry.<p>It only took one episode for diehard <i>Mr. Robot</i>fans to figure out the big twist of the show’s second season.<p>Elliot Alderson, the show’s paranoid, reality-shifting protagonist and unreliable …

Dear travelers to Venice: Please don’t come until you have understood these 11 things

THE PEAK of the summer season in Venice gets on everyone’s nerves, whether you’re a visitor or a local. Plenty of travelers want to explore the …

We Hand-Craft World Globes The Same Way They Were Made Hundreds Of Years Ago

We invited Berlin photographer Ana Santl into our private London art studio for the day, to see what daily life is like for a traditional globemaker. …

This 3-Minute Squat and Plank Workout May Be Short, but It's Intense

This total body workout is devoted to two types of exercises that you might despise because they're so hard, but man, they are effective at strengthening your thighs, butt, core, and abs!<p>It's just six moves, done for 30 seconds each, for a total of three minutes. So you can do this short workout …

Nigel Slater’s beef brisket recipes

It’s one of the cheapest cuts of beef, but spend an afternoon slow-cooking a brisket and you’ll reap the dividends<p>You’ll need a spoon. The broth surrounding the beef has been in the oven for four hours, along with a handful of caramelised shallots, black peppercorns, thyme sprigs and bay leaves. I …

The 15 Movies Worth the Haul to the Multiplex This December

Treat yourself to one (or more) of these Oscar hopefuls.<p>The end of the year means cold weather, holiday gift giving, and Hollywood dropping an enormous number of high-profile films into theaters, all in an effort to qualify for next year's Oscars. This December, moviegoers will have a bounty of …

Movies

Mexico Is Hiding The World’s Largest Pyramid

In the city of Cholula in central Mexico there stands a hill with a giant church on top which hides a manmade pyramid filled with secrets.<p><i>Editor's</i> …

Ancient History

Vietnamese Pork Strips Recipe

Combine lemongrass, fish sauce, sugar, pepper, lime juice, and 1 tablespoon sesame oil in a bowl. Add pork. Marinate in the refrigerator, covered, …

17 Make-at-Home Holiday Treats to Bring to Work

As soon as the word <i>holiday</i> starts to be whispered in the halls at work, it’s like suddenly everyone gets an overwhelming urge to bake. One day it’s pumpkin muffins, then over-the-top brownies and, of course, all the chocolate and peanut butter recipe combos you can handle. It’s about time you break …

Dessert

5 Common Slow-Cooker Mistakes That Are Messing Up Your Meals

Slow cooking seems simple, and it is to an extent. Throw your ingredients into a Crockpot, turn up the heat, and go to work. Eight hours later, …

Cooking

Coconut Cake with Rum Filling and Coconut Ermine Frosting

Coconut Cake with Rum Filling and Coconut Ermine Frosting<p>How to Make It<p>Step 1<p>Prepare the Cake Layers: Pulse shredded coconut in a food processor …

The Saver's Tax Credit: Free Money to Save For Retirement

Image source: Getty Images.<p>It's fairly common knowledge that contributions to your 401(k), traditional IRA (individual retirement account), and other pre-tax retirement accounts are generally tax-deductible. However, many people aren't aware of the other major retirement savings tax break, the …

Retirement

1,200-Year-Old Book Of Psalms Found In Bog Links Irish Church To Egypt

The conservator called the finding miraculous: <i>“We never before had to deal with a manuscript recovered from a bog.”</i><p>Back in 2006, one of the Irish …

Theology

Hi-tech replica to bring prehistoric art of Lascaux within reach

£48m recreation of French caves will let visitors experience magic of the ‘prehistoric Sistine chapel’ for first time in decades<p>In the Dordogne village of Montignac sur Vézère, the story of how one boy and his dog discovered one of the most haunting examples of prehistoric art has gone down in …

2 Stocks That Could Make You Rich

Image Source: Getty Images.<p>There's no <i>guaranteed</i> way to get rich in the stock market, but there are ways to stack the odds in your favor over the long run. Investing in stocks that have low-risk business models, but also have potential for market-beating total returns, is the time-tested best method …

Investing

We're Hooked on the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Trailer

Marvel’s released the latest teaser trailer for <i>Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2</i>, and it’s got so much Baby Groot, it’s almost too cute to handle.<p>The …

Four Investment Strategies You’re Afraid to Admit You Don’t Understand

<b>Updated July 2017</b> — Diversity is a good thing — especially in a time of volatility. Knowledgeable investors may want to explore alternative routes to …

Investing