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How to Make Chinese Dumplings

Chinese dumplings have been a tasty treat for thousands of years. There are actually several different types of dumplings––jiaozi (boiled or …

Hubble Revisits an Icon, the Pillars of Creation

Twenty years ago, the Hubble Space Telescope snapped one of its most iconic images ever. The three towering columns of gas bathed in the light of hot, young stars came to be called the Pillars of Creation — and they showed up on everything from t-shirts to coffee mugs to rugs. Now, to celebrate its …

'Startup' will glitterbomb your least favourite people

Someone ruined your day? Why not take sweet, petty revenge by sending them a surprise envelope full of glitter, guaranteed to get everywhere and …

Herpes

On the Road with the 'Workampers,' Amazon’s Retirement-Age Mobile Workforce

These workers travel the country, sightseeing and staying overnight in RV parks while laboring in low-wage temp jobs—and at least some of them love the lifestyle.<p>In early September, at a campground called Buckeye Mobile / RV Estates on the outskirts of Coffeyville, Kansas, a strong thunderstorm …

It’s 2015 and I just bought a Sony Walkman

As someone who was born when The Beatles were still together (just barely!), I’ve witnessed much of the modern music revolution: From vinyl to …

How to Make the Best Italian-American Meatball Sandwich

What do you get when you have a killer meatball recipe and several great tomato sauce recipes? Easy: the fixings for all kinds of amazing meals.<p>You can eat them as-is, the way I presented them in my Italian-American meatball piece. You could toss the sauce with spaghetti and set the meatballs on …

A Guide to the Strange, Little-Known, Hard-to-Find Beatles Christmas Recordings

Little in my life has enriched me more than the Beatles or Christmas—in different (and yet dovetailing) ways. And there is one enriching aspect of the Beatles’ catalog that is so rare, that it falls between the worlds of official product and bootleg. This wasn’t a commercial record, it wasn’t a …

Special report: How the rise of a mega solar panel farm shows us the future of energy

After about an hour of weaving up and down the winding, mountainous, two-lane highway that is route 58, eastbound from San Luis Obispo, I honestly …

Ranch Dressing Recipe

It would be remiss of me to leave Ranch out of Sauced any longer. My wife is a proud product of the Lone Star state, where Ranch seems to be the answer to everything. Before meeting her, I'd never seen Ranch used as a condiment on pizza, chicken, salad, steak, potatoes—they all call for liberal …

Creamy Three-Cheese Artichoke Dip Recipe

Artichoke dip is popular for good reason: it's a bubbly, cheesy crowd-pleaser.<p><b>Note</b>: Leftovers are tasty tucked into skin-on, bone-in chicken breasts. Just slice chicken horizontally down the center until you can open it like a book. Fill with about 1 ½ tablespoons of artichoke dip, and roast in a …

Spicy Crab Dip Recipe

Although there's nothing quite like crab meat freshly picked from the shell, there's no shame in using canned crab meat, or even imitation crab, for this recipe. Instead of choosing just any packaged crab meat off the shelf, better brands of canned crab meat can be found in the refrigerated section …

Taco Queso Dip Recipe

<b>Read more: Sauced: 6 Cheese Dips for Your Super Bowl Party</b><p>Ingredients1/2 pound monterey jack cheese, grated1/2 pound sharp cheddar cheese, grated1 tablespoon cornstarch2 tablespoons olive oil1/4 cup finely chopped yellow onion1 small jalapeño, stemmed, seeded, and finely diced1 teaspoon garlic …

Italian Herb and Cheese Dip Recipe

Italian herbs paired against a mixture of mozzarella, fontina, and Parmesan give this cheese give this creamy dip a nutty and fresh flavor.<p><b>Read more: Sauced: 6 Cheese Dips for Your Super Bowl Party</b><p>Ingredients1/2 pound low-moisture whole-milk mozzarella cheese, grated1/2 pound Italian fontina …

French Onion Soup Cheese Dip Recipe

All that makes French onion soup delicious, minus the stock plus a lot more cheese.<p><b>Read more: Sauced: 6 Cheese Dips for Your Super Bowl Party</b><p>Ingredients1/2 pound Swiss cheese, grated1/2 pound Gruyere cheese, grated1 tablespoon cornstarch3 tablespoons butter2 large yellow onions, diced medium10 …

Real French Onion Dip Recipe

A creamy dip with an intensely onion flavored base. A splash of lemon juice adds some brightness while a bit of Worcestershire sauce gives it a meaty, umami-ful backbone. Looking to up the umami factor even more, I decided to also add a touch of grated Parmesan cheese.<p><b>Read more: The Food Lab: A</b> …

Chorizo, Mushroom, and Onion Queso Recipe

<b>Read more: Sauced: 6 Cheese Dips for Your Super Bowl Party</b><p>Ingredients12 ounces Oaxacan cheese, grated4 ounces monterey jack cheese, grated1 tablespoon cornstarch1/3 pound fresh Mexican chorizo, removed from casings if stuffed1/2 cup finely chopped yellow onion3 ounces shiitake or cremini mushrooms, …

The Iowa kickoff show

What you need to know from the first big event of 2016.<p>DES MOINES, Iowa — After nine straight hours of speeches from some two dozen Republican politicians Saturday, Iowa congressman Steve King had a question for the still-packed auditorium of activists here: “Do you believe the next president of …

The Fallacy of 'Giving Up'

The importance of talking with a doctor about values and priorities in life—at any age<p>At 30 years old, a person's brain weighs about three pounds. In its capaciousness it wears the skull like a well-tailored suit. So notes Harvard professor and surgeon Atul Gawande in his most recent book <i>Being</i> …

Medicine

The Secret History of Women in the Senate

<b>Kay Hagan just wanted to swim. It was late</b> 2008, and the Democrat was newly arrived on Capitol Hill as North Carolina’s junior senator-elect. But Hagan was told that the Senate pool was males-only. Why? Because some of the male senators liked to swim naked.<p>It took an intervention by Senator Chuck …

Swing-state Republicans break ranks

2016 electoral map complicates life for new Senate majority.<p>It didn’t take long for vulnerable Republican senators to start bucking their new majority’s party line.<p>Just three weeks into Mitch McConnell’s reign as Senate majority leader, he’s already confronting the challenges of running a caucus …

A Graphic Cosmogony: Artists Imagine How the Universe Was Born

Humanity’s history of mapping the cosmos is as long as our margin of error in explaining the universe is wide. We have been wrong about so much so often and so staunchly stubborn in admitting our errors. But we have also produced works of immeasurable beauty in giving form to our awe, however …

The Authenticity Paradox

Authenticity has become the gold standard for leadership. But a simplistic understanding of what it means can hinder your growth and limit your impact.<p>Consider Cynthia, a general manager in a health care organization. Her promotion into that role increased her direct reports 10-fold and expanded …

Cicada: Solving the Web’s Deepest Mystery

Marcus Wanner needed a little adventure in his life. A skinny 15-year-old brainiac with wire-frame glasses and wavy brown hair, he was the eldest of …

Microsoft releases new Windows 10 preview with Cortana, revamped Start menu, and Xbox app

Although Microsoft originally said it would release its new Windows 10 preview next week, the company has launched it today. The January build, as the company is calling this version, includes almost everything the company revealed at its event on Wednesday, including Cortana on the desktop, the …

Apps

Minimalist Poster Series Depicts the Serious Symptoms of Depression with Geometric Designs

In this eye-opening poster series, Nick Barclay depicts the effects of depression with simple geometric designs and solid colors. The six powerful posters highlight individual symptoms of the often-misidentified and often wrongly treated mental illnesses. Barclay tackles the abstract concepts of …

Graphic Design

Vintage Icons' Holiday Style

From Elizabeth Taylor to Sophia Loren, how the glamorous style set of the '50s and '60s dressed for Christmas.<p>From Elizabeth Taylor to Sophia Loren, how the glamorous style set of the '50s and '60s dressed for Christmas.<p>Getty Images