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Meet the Subtler Side of Cilantro

<i>A variety of cilantro that even cilantro-haters might like.</i><p>Delfino cilantro doesn’t look like cilantro. Pick up a bunch of these delicate leafy fronds and for a moment you might start to wonder if your market has begun selling bundles of carrot tops. But one giveaway to its identity is the fact …

Recipes

Google Chromecast named Time’s best gadget of the year

The Google Chromecast has been taking the world by storm since its release in July of this year, selling out almost instantly across stores like Best …

Best Android smartphones of 2013

It has been another good year for Android. According to IDC, Android was on 81 percent of all the smartphones that shipped in the third quarter of 2013. The platform has driven real innovation, with new form factors, and accessibility, with affordable handsets. Google has rolled out many new …

Phones

How Much Tax Are Athletes Willing to Pay?

The <b>Laffer</b> Curve is a unicorn-y concept that seeks to explain the rate of taxation at which revenues will fall because earners either move away or …

Selling Off the Family Business

(Photo: Jon S)<p>With the recent sale of <i>The</i> <i>Washington Post</i> to <b>Jeff Bezos</b>, the less-recent sale of the <i>Wall Street Journal</i> to <b>Rupert Murdoch</b>’s News Corp., …

Different Kinds of Moms Have Babies at Different Times of Year

(Photo: Dave Herholz)<p>We’ve written in the past about the relationship between a child’s month of birth and a variety of later outcomes. In</i> …

Trader Joe's vs. Pirate Joe's

Vancouver is one of the world’s most lovely and livable cities. It sits on a glittering Pacific inlet at the base of dramatic mountains, has a …

Moto X vs. Nexus 4

Size<p>The two phones are similarly proportioned, but the Nexus 4 is a bit larger. It comes in at three percent taller and six percent wider than the …

Mobile Technology

Apps of the Week: SuperSU, Magic 2014, Pony Creator and more!

What are the AC editors and writers using on their Androids?<p>It's that time of the week again, where everyone here at AC takes a look back and see …

Apps

‘Twisted’ light could give bandwidth an upgrade - Futurity

BOSTON U. (US) — A new fiber optic technology has the potential to dramatically boost …

Bandwidth

Zapping salt out of seawater

Chemists are hopeful their new energy-efficient method to desalinate water can be scaled up for personal or even municipal uses<p>The method, which …

Desalination

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 …

Science Weekly podcast: the mathematics of sport

This week <b>Alok Jha</b> meets <b>John D Barrow</b>, professor of mathematical science at the University of Cambridge and author of Mathletics.<p>In this extended …

How algorithms rule the world

On 4 August 2005, the police department of Memphis, Tennessee, made so many arrests over a three-hour period that it ran out of vehicles to transport …

Alan Turing

First-ever human head transplant is now possible, says neuroscientist

<i>Update: New Scientist reported Feb. 25, 2015, that Canavero will announce at a conference in June a project to make the first human head transplant possible by 2017.</i><p>Technical barriers to grafting one person’s head onto another person’s body can now be overcome, says Dr. Sergio Canavero, a member of …

Innovation

Google's 1-Pound Mystery Gift To Glass Explorers Isn't A Free Phone, Or Keys To A Self-Driving Car, It's...

Last week there was a bit of hubbub among the still-tiny population of Google Glass users, after Google sent out packages to the Explorer program. A …

The world’s tallest building will be in the middle of an empty field in China

A Chinese firm best known for building air conditioning units is constructing a vertical city. Broad Sustainable Construction (BSB) said this week that next month it will finally break ground on the tower that will not only be the world’s tallest but could, according to BSB, become a model for how …

Skyscrapers

Who Will Win As Mobile Payments Go Mainstream? [SLIDE DECK]

We at <b>BI Intelligence</b> have put together a comprehensive presentation on Mobile Payments that looks at how mobile payments work, the main players in the ecosystem, the two main approaches to mobile payments, why mobile payments will go mainstream, and the remaining barriers to consumer adoption.<p>We've …

FinTech

Leadership Lesson: The Difference Between Google and Apple

Google and Apple are both highly esteemed brands. Both companies share many common traits which have contributed to their success, but there is one very big difference between the two – Google plays offense while Apple has recently settled for playing defense. Apple is struggling to maintain its …

Want to Bake Bread at Home? Start With These 3 Beginner Bread Recipes

So, I hear you want to bake bread! That's music to my bread-loving ears. Even if you've never opened a package of yeast or taken your KitchenAid's …

Recipes

3 Delicious, Classic Italian Pastas

Courtesy of a man named Fabio.<p>The problem with a face cover is that it suggests that the author could be too busy developing a cookware line and taping a reality show to make sure his cookbook's recipes work. But no profit-seeking publishing house would let a handsome "Top Chef fan favorite" named …

3 Vegetarian Substitutes for Gelatin (Because Vegans Love Jello Too!)

Sweets like panna cotta, mousse, and jellies rely on gelatin for their unique textures. Gelatin is made from animal collagen, but if you're a …

Recipes

How To Make Meatballs In 4 Steps

No recipe because you won't need one.<p>Meatballs are the kind of thing you really don't need a recipe to make. You do need:<p>1. Some meat. About a pound of it. (Higher fat is best, but if you're using meat with a lower fat content -- or not dark poultry meat -- you'll need to add a bit of extra …

The Lasagna Grilled Cheese | BS' in the Kitchen

The Lasagna Grilled Cheese<p>Author: BS' in the Kitchen<p>Recipe type: Grilled Cheese Sandwich<p>Prep time: 20 mins<p>Cook time: 10 mins<p>Total time: 30 …

Recipes

Grilled Cheese With Guacamole Might Be The Best Thing Ever

I admit it: I was a hot avocado snob. Look around you, I'm sure you know one. I'm talking about people who scoff at the idea of serving avocado at any temperature other than cool. People who hear of tempura-fried avocado and sneer in disgust. Those who would mini-puke at the very thought of putting …

This 18-Year-Old's Invention Could Make Your Future Phone Instacharge

While you are hanging out on the Internet (in your underwear, maybe?) on a Saturday, kids that are smarter than either of us are out there getting …

Google beats Siri to the Desktop with Google Now-like voice search for Chrome

Google today announced that it is revamping the Google voice search feature available in Chrome on the desktop. While users have always been able to search with their voice through Chrome, Google is attempting to make the service work more like it does through Google Search apps and Google Now on …