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A Brief Visual History of Space and Astronomy in 250 Milestones

<i>“The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena,”</i> Carl Sagan marveled in his iconic <i>Pale Blue Dot</i>. But how, exactly, did that arena come to be and what else populates its decor?<p>In <b>The Space Book: From the Beginning to the End of Time, 250 Milestones in the History of Space & Astronomy</b> (<i>public</i> …

LACMA exhibition 'African Cosmos' illuminates art of astronomy

First, there was light. Then, a night sky filled with stars and a luminescent moon. Soon after? Art.<p>Since ancient times, communities have used art to relay stories and make sense of the world around them — particularly when interpreting the heavens and giving form to perceived deities ruling the …

Winners of the Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014

The winners of the Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014 competition have been announced! The Royal Observatory Greenwich, in partnership with <i>BBC Sky at Night Magazine</i> and Flickr, invited astrophotographers from all around the world to submit their best images showcasing the spectacular beauty of …

Astronomy

These 12 Mind-Blowing Space Images Just Won A Photography Competition

Last week, the winners were announced for the prestigious 2014 Astronomy Photography of the Year competition. Photographers competed to place in seven categories, as well as to be named the overall winner.<p>British photographer James Woodend took the top prize for his photograph, "Aurora over a …

Astronomy

Milky Way, Horsehead Nebula Dominate "Astronomy Photographer Of The Year" Competition

The Royal Observatory's Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition brings together images taken from Hong Kong, New Zealand—even from the edge of space.<p><i>Images via</i><p>Each year, the Royal Observatory's Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition brings photographers together from all ends of the …

30 Homemade Candy Recipes To Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

Candy is awesome. Homemade candy is better—here are 30 recipes we love.<p><b>Is there anything better than eating handfuls of candy</b> until you teeter on the edge of sheer bliss and belly-aching agony? We say no. There's only one way to make this time-honored pastime better, and that's indulging in …

Dessert

Shoyu Ramen

6 Servings<p>Prep Time: 1 min<p>Total Time: 3 min<p>Bringing ramen home takes a trip to an Asian market, three days of work, and your largest pot, but this low-stress (really!) labor of love might be the best soup you'll ever make.<p>September 2013Print<p>Ingredients<p>Kombu Dashi and Tare<p>2 pieces dried kombu<p>½ cup …

Hearty Soups and Stews Perfect for Chilly Days

There's a recipe in here with your name on it.<p><b>There's nothing like a bowl of hearty, hot soup or stew</b> to warm you up from the inside-out. Whether you go vegetarian (Italian veggie soup) or meaty (hello, braised oxtail), there's a recipe here with your name on it.

'Death Star' Moon May Hide a Buried Ocean

Saturn's moon Mimas has a surprising wobble that might betray an underground sea.<p>Saturn's moon Mimas, the smallest of the ringed planet's major satellites, may join the growing list of moons that hide an ocean of liquid water beneath their cratered surfaces, astronomers report Thursday in the …

First-ever image of 5th order rainbow!

The fabled quinary or 5th order rainbow is made by sunlight reflected five times inside raindrops. Now, for the first time, we have an image of …

APOD: Comet McNaught Over New Zealand (2014 Oct 19) Image Credit & Copyright: Minoru Yoneto http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap141019.html Explanation: Comet McNaught was perhaps the most photogenic comet of modern times -- from Earth. After making quite a show in the northern hemisphere in early January of 2007, the comet moved south and developed a long and unusual dust tail that dazzled southern hemisphere observers. In late January 2007, Comet McNaught was captured between Mount Remarkable and Cecil Peak in this spectacular image taken from Queenstown, South Island, New Zealand. The bright comet dominates the right part of the above image, while the central band of our Milky Way Galaxy dominates the left. Careful inspection of the image will reveal a meteor streak just to the left of the comet. Today, Comet Siding Spring may become the most photogenic comet of modern times -- from Mars. Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=141019 #APOD

10 Mind-Blowing Facts About Black Holes

They're thought to be what anchors galaxies — some of the largest objects in the universe.<p>And what happens past their event horizon, also known as the point of no return, can only be speculation since we will never get a chance to see it with our own eyes and live to tell the tale.<p>Despite decades …

Black Holes

Pumpkin Spice Syrup

Jump to the recipe<p>Adapted from Averie Sunshine | Cooking With Pumpkin | Countryman Press, 2014<p>Use a couple tablespoons of this sweet pumpkin spice …

Tsukune (Japanese Chicken Meatballs) Recipe

These Japanese chicken meatballs are seasoned with fresh ginger, garlic, scallions, and sesame oil, while egg and panko breadcrumbs bind the meat to allow it to cling to a skewer and stay together on the grill. A brushing of a tare sauce at the end of cooking gives the meatballs a glistening sweet …

lamb meatballs with feta and lemon

Despite trying to provide ample evidence here, nobody believes me when I say that I get no special pleasure out of weeknight cooking — and guys, it’s …

coconut brown butter cookies

I realize that most people don’t go to the City Bakery or their green Birdbath outlets for coconut cookies. They come in droves to load up on the …

cold noodles with miso, lime and ginger

Because we did not move this past weekend after all, we ended up with a bit of free time which we used to do some overdue purging. I’m sorry if this …

raspberry swirl cheesecake

It’s been a little quiet around here this week and I bet you already know why: moving out is the easy part! Moving in, hoo boy. You walk into an …

latke waffles

If you’re anything like me — someone who begins each workday with grand ambitious to be startlingly productive, but finds themselves at 4 p.m. most …

salted caramel brownies

A couple months ago, someone requested that I try my hand at caramel brownies. Amazingly, this person was not my husband, but he endorsed this idea …

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

Chewy chocolate chip cookies with crisp edges, a rich, buttery, toffee-like flavor, big chocolate chunks, and a sprinkle of sea salt.<p>Why It Works<p>Browning the butter gives the cookies a more intensely nutty, butterscotch flavor.<br>• Chopping the chocolate by hand creates large and small pieces for more …

Chocolate Pot And Cheesecake Brownies: 3 Easy Recipes To Celebrate National Chocolate Week

We never need an excuse to eat chocolate, but as it's National Chocolate Week we thought it was the perfect opportunity to try something a little …

Yotam Ottolenghi on Why You Should Be Cooking with Dried Limes

Dried limes—you many not have them in your pantry yet, but here's why you should<p><b>Yotam Ottolenghi</b> holds a dusty brown sphere the size of a golf ball in his palm. He brings it to his nose, then to mine. It smells faintly citrusy. Then the chef places this mysterious specimen on a countertop, makes a …

How to Cook Gluten-Free Food Without Losing Your Mind

A gluten-free lifestyle is about way more than the flour—here are the most common gluten-free mistakes.<p>After test-kitchen contributor <b>Jackie Ourman</b>'s 7 year-old son was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2011, she began worrying: <i>Will we ever eat normally again?</i> She mourned the eating life she assumed …

Bay and quince posset recipe

Posset is an ancient English dessert that works well with quince<p>A quince posset, flavoured with its natural earthy, citrusy companion, bay<p><b>SERVES</b><br>4-6<p><b>INGREDIENTS</b><br>2 quinces, peeled, cored and cut into 2cm/1in-wide wedges<br>2 tbsp brown sugar<br>2 lemons<br>6 bay leaves<br>430ml/14fl oz double cream<br>120g/4 ½ oz caster …

Chocolate-Coconut Pound Cake

8 Servings<p>The fragrant richness of coconut oil and the tenderizing power of buttermilk make this the ultimate chocolate pound cake recipe.<p>March 2014Print<p>Ingredients<p>¼ cup unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more<p>1½ cups all-purpose flour<p>½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder<p>1 teaspoon kosher salt<p>¾ …

How to bake the perfect flourless chocolate cake

How do you get it creamy yet fluffy, have you made the original River Café chocolate nemesis recipe, and which other gluten-free desserts are worth a go?<p>This week has been a learning curve for me. I’d naively assumed that a flourless chocolate cake was the kind of thing you might make when a …

Sweet Potato Wedges with Lime Mayo

4 Servings<p>This zesty mayo dip would also go well with sliced red bell peppers and celery sticks before dinner; it’s amazing how many vegetables kids will eat when they’re actually hungry.<p>March 2013Print<p>Ingredients<p>3 sweet potatoes (about 1½ lb.), peeled, each cut lengthwise into 8 wedges<p>2 tablespoon …

33 Fall Weeknight Meals You Can Make in an Hour or Less

From roasted chicken to winter squash pasta, here are 33 quick weeknight meals for fall.<p><b>Pasta, winter squash, roast chicken—fall is the best time for weeknight cooking</b>. Plan your entire week's worth of dinners with these 33 meals, each of which can be made in an hour or less.

From Porridge to Tomato Toast, Here Are 17 Ways to Eat a Savory Breakfast

No waffles allowed! These savory breakfast will keep you satisfied 'till lunchtime.<p><b>A pile of pancakes dripping with syrup is a beautiful thing</b>—but it's hard to avoid the urge for a post-breakfast nap after eating a short stack. So most days we go savory for breakfast. A mix of protein, veggies, and …