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Spicy Spiked Hot Chocolate

4 Servings<p>The addition of an anise-flavored liqueur turns this hot cocoa into the liquid version of chocolate-covered licorice.<p>February 2014Print<p>Ingredients<p>2 cups whole milk<p>1 cup heavy cream<p>⅓ cup sugar<p>½ ancho chile, lightly crushed<p>1 cinnamon stick<p>½ vanilla bean, split lengthwise<p>3 oz. bittersweet …

Dark Chocolate Waffles

6 Servings<p>Buttermilk brings slight tang and moisture to the batter, while olive oil offers fruity richness. Choose a mild-flavored (not too peppery) type of oil for these waffles.<p>February 2014Print<p>Ingredients<p>2 cups all-purpose flour<p>½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder<p>¼ cup (packed) brown sugar<p>2 teaspoons …

25 Ways to Win With Watermelon

There’s something about watermelon—it just isn’t summer without it. But you can do more than just serve it in wedges or in a fruit salad. Paired with basil and feta, it becomes a savory salad, and paired with vodka it becomes…well, the best cocktail to round out the summer months. So, for National …

Two-Ingredient Magic Shell

Every week at Food52, a DIY expert spares us a trip to the grocery store and shows us how to make small batches of great foods at home.<p>Today: How to make magic shell at home, with just two pantry ingredients.<p>- Marian Bull, assistant editor at Food52.com<p>There's magic hiding in your cupboard.<p>It's not …

Why You Should Still Make the Salad Dressing from Scratch

Making salad dressing from scratch is nearly as fast and easy as shaking up a store-bought bottle, and the taste is <i>exponentially</i> better than even the …

Food

How To Quit Your Job And Travel

Me in Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico.<p>In April 2012 I was sitting at home on a Saturday afternoon idly researching living in Mexico. I'd been looking to …

Why three-parent babies are the way forward

Three-parent babies will likely spark concerns over the creation of 'designer babies'. But Michael Rimington, a practising infertility specialist, explains that while there is DNA from three people in the child, the genetic characteristics of the baby are those of the natural mother and father.<p>The …

Six chemicals we consume in our food and drink that should be banned

Last week BuzzFeed published a list of eight foods that folks in the USA are eating but are banned in other parts of the world. The chemical …

America the Beautiful: 50 States in 50 Photos

At 3.79 million square miles (9.83 million km2) and approximately 315 million people, the United States is the third largest country by land area and …

Brain-eating amoebas thrive in US lakes as global warming heats waterways

These deadly invaders from the deep are showing up in surprising locations<p>It’s a fatal infection without an effective treatment, and one that strikes in a decidedly gruesome manner: An amoebic organism lurking in water is inadvertently inhaled during a swim on a hot summer’s day. From there, it …

New Middle East virus spread in hospitals

The new MERS virus, which has infected 64 people and killed 38 of them, is mostly spread in hospitals and it will take special care to prevent bigger outbreaks, experts reported on Wednesday.<p>An investigation into the outbreak in Saudi Arabia showed 21 people were infected as patients who …

Disease

13 Gorgeous Mountain Retreats Around the World

Forget the Beach!<p>Mountains aren’t just for wintertime skiing. This summer, check out these high-altitude resorts instead.<p>06.16.13 4:45 AM ET<p>Oyster

A theory of everything ... has physics gone too far?

<b>Jim Baggott, author of Farewell to Reality: How Fairytale Physics Betrays the Search for Scientific Truth</b><p>The discovery of the Higgs boson was a …

The 10 Cheapest Cities In The World

When I was in Nicaragua in 2011, I had a friend who was renting a room with her boyfriend in Managua.<p>They each paid $25 per month for rent. The bus ride to their job cost 10 American cents.<p>Point being: There are places in the world where your dollar can go a very long way.<p>This is important. If …

Black Sea

Component of Life Found in Mars Meteorite

Boron, which could have played a key role in the formation of RNA (a precursor to DNA), was found in high concentrations in a Martian meteorite by …

Meteorites

New Human Body Part Discovered

Time to rewrite the textbooks!<p>The newest addition to human anatomy is just 15 microns thick, but its discovery will make eye surgery safer and simpler. Harminder Dua, a professor at the University of Nottingham, recently found a new layer in the human cornea, and he's calling it (can you guess?) …