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Journalism

20 New Food Books to Read This Summer

Whether you're into something light and quick or more pensive and poignant, here are 20 new food books for you to read this summer.<p>It's summer, which means it's prime season for reading for pleasure, so here's our food lovers' guide to the new books coming out. Whether you want something light and …

Self-Acceptance

How Much Alcohol Is Too Much? A New Study Has Answers

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Former NFL players' lawsuit claims teams pushed painkillers on them

A lawsuit filed by a group of former NFL players alleges all 32 teams provided painkillers to players as part of a longstanding conspiracy aimed at keeping them on the field despite the health risks.<p>The lawsuit, filed Thursday in federal court in Baltimore, claims NFL team doctors, trainers and …

What If Everybody Didn't Have to Work to Get Paid?

Advocates say that a guaranteed basic income can lead to more creative, fulfilling work. The question is how to fund it.<p>Scott Santens has been thinking a lot about fish lately. Specifically, he’s been reflecting on the aphorism, “If you give a man a fish, he eats for a day. If you teach a man to …

How Germs Might Shape the Future of Architecture

Design-minded scientists are harnessing the power of bacteria to move toward healthier buildings.<p>We know that buildings can make us sick. Take, for example, cases of lead poisoning, mold exposure, or the aptly namedSick Building Syndrome. But can they also make us healthier? Scientists are trying …

Small, Stylish Ways to Stand Out from the Crowd

Small, easy ways to stand out.<p><b>1. Sunglasses</b>Metal frames are more versatile than plastic, says Kevin Harter, vice president of fashion direction at Bloomingdale's. Be classic, but not gaudy, with brushed-gold metal frames.<p><b>2. Watch</b>The right watch is a long-term style investment. A brown leather band …

Silver

Exclusive: North Korea would use nukes if 'forced,' official says

<b>Pyongyang, North Korea (CNN) —</b> When officials informed us that we'd be granted a sit-down interview with a high-ranking member of North Korea's inner circle with no preconditions, it was a real surprise.<p>Senior figures in Pyongyang don't do interviews, especially not with the international press.<p>"I …

North Korea

What Ever Happened to the Affordable Pickup Truck?

Or: The temptation of the overkill truck.<p>From the May 2015 issue<p>In 1987, my parents bought their first new truck, a Dodge Ram D150. The Big Dodge Ram, as it came to be called, was so sparsely equipped that it should have come with a vow of celibacy. It had a manual trans hooked to an overtaxed …

Poor Children May Have Smaller Brains Than Rich Children. Does That Tell Us Anything?

Social scientists have found that by the time children enter kindergarten, there is already a large academic achievement gap between students from …

The Virtue of Being Short

Taller does not mean healthier. It's more likely the opposite.<p>If you've ever had a tall man stand in front of you at a concert, blocking your view, and wished that he would have a heart attack, the odds were against you.<p>Tall men are less likely to develop heart disease than are short men, according …

When can we talk to aliens?

<b>(CNN) —</b> Are we alone in the cosmos? Or might there be intelligent life elsewhere?<p>Last week, NASA scientists discussed in very concrete terms the steps to discovering life elsewhere in the universe over the next decade or two.<p>This year is the 20th anniversary of the discovery of a planet around a …

Astronomy

Ex-NFL running back Lawrence Phillips suspected of killing prison cellmate

Lawrence Phillips, a former college football star at the University of Nebraska whose NFL career was derailed by criminal convictions, is a suspect in the murder of his cellmate at a California prison, officials said Monday.<p>Kern Valley State Prison spokesman Lt. Marshall Denning said in a statement …

Evidence of liquid water found on Mars

<b>Nasa's Curiosity rover has found that water can exist as a liquid near the Martian surface.</b><p>Mars should be too cold to support liquid water at the surface, but salts in the soil lower its freezing point - allowing briny films to form.<p>The results lend credence to a theory that dark streaks seen on …

147 dead, Islamist gunmen killed after attack at Kenya college

<b>(CNN) —</b> The massacre that killed 147 people and wounded scores of others at a Kenyan university lasted for hours Thursday before the terror was over.<p>"It is a very sad day for Kenya," Interior Ministry Joseph Nkaissery said of the carnage at Garissa University College.<p>The death toll is the highest …

8 Mysterious Van Gogh Theories That Haunt Us To This Day

Today is the birthday of one of the art world's most beloved outsiders, the iconic post-Impressionist whose melancholic spirit and rapturous paintings forever colored our notion of the "tortured artist." Yes, we're talking about Vincent van Gogh, a man whose life is as widely renowned as it is …

The Science Of Why You Should Spend Your Money On Experiences, Not Things

By Jay Cassano4 minute Read<p>Most people are in the pursuit of happiness. There are economists who think happiness is the best indicator of the health …

Haunting Beauty: Visit the Ghost Town of Bodie, California

Today, decades later, crowds still flock this remote region of the eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains, northeast of Yosemite, to visit Bodie. But it's not gold they seek -- it's a genuine ghost town experience.<p><i>By Lauren Walser</i><p><i>Bodie is preserved in a state of "arrested decay" -- meaning everything</i> …

Ghost Towns

New Bergdahl letter outlines torture

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> House Speaker John Boehner said Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is "innocent until proven guilty" after the U.S. military charged him with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, but emphasized in an exclusive interview with CNN's Dana Bash that he was more concerned about the …

The Top Foods People Who've Lost More Than 10 Pounds Eat for Breakfast

Add them to your a.m. meal to start your own slimdown.<p>Trying to drop a few pounds? Before you totally overhaul your eating habits, take a cue from people who've already successfully slimmed down: We tapped into the data from MyFitnessPal's more than 65 million users (the app lets people track their …

Weight Loss

Oil up 3 percent on weak dollar, speculative buying, Yemen

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Oil settled up about 3 percent on Wednesday as a weak dollar, fighting in Yemen and speculative buying boosted crude prices in spite of U.S. inventories building to record highs for an 11th week.<p>The Bashneft-Novoil oil refinery is seen at sunset outside Ufa, Bashkortostan, …

White House Science Fair Puts Whiz Kids in a Serious Spotlight

Innovation<p>Whether he's shooting off a marshmallow cannon or pedaling a bike-powered water sanitation system, President Barack Obama looks forward to the White House Science Fair as a day to be shocked and awed by school-age whiz kids.<p>"I love this event," Obama told reporters at last year's fair, …

20 Egg Dishes to Cook Up for Easter Brunch

With all of the candy that we’re sure to consume throughout the day, digging into an Easter brunch that won’t spike your blood sugar is a great way to go. Start your Easter celebration off with one of these 20 egg-cellent dishes and you’ll surely be satisfied for hours. Serve up a bowlful of fruit …

Breakfast

Overnight Oats - 50 Best Recipes for Weight Loss

Ready-to-eat cereal isn’t the most waist-friendly variety on supermarket shelves. As it turns out, oatmeal is a much better way to ward off weight …

Lamb with bashed peas and mint salsa recipe

This quick after-work meal makes the most of new season lamb, paired with delicious fresh herbs and peas<p>You can use any leftover tomato and mint salsa to dress salads or to go with a Sunday roast.<p><b>INGREDIENTS</b><br>2 lamb leg steaks or gigot chops<br>300g frozen peas<br>3 spring onions<br>50g butter<br>2 tbsp crème …

How Uncertainty Fuels Anxiety

An inability to live with life's unknowns can lead to worry and distress.<p>After nine years writing <i>Slate</i>’s “Dear Prudence” advice column, Emily Yoffe has noticed some recurring themes: “Mothers in law, husbands addicted to porn, impossible officemates, crazy brides.”<p>Sometimes, Yoffe says, …

The Science of Near-Death Experiences

Empirically investigating brushes with the afterlife<p>Near-death experiences have gotten a lot of attention lately. The 2014 movie <i>Heaven Is for Real</i>, about a young boy who told his parents he had visited heaven while he was having emergency surgery, grossed a respectable $91 million in the United …