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How Bread, Beer, And Soy Sauce Changed The Human Microbiome

Digesting yeast is no mean feat<p>Something funny happened when people began consuming beer and wine. That something funny—perhaps there are others, but we will not comment—was that the little critters that live inside healthy human guts seem to have adapted. Certain bacteria species that commonly …

Uncharted 4, Street Fighter 5 shown at PlayStation Experience event

Sony marked the 20th anniversary of PlayStation with a spectacular event in Las Vegas, complete with announcements and exclusive demos<p>Sony celebrated 20 years of its PlayStation brand this weekend, with a major community event – in Las Vegas, of course.<p>The two-day extravaganza saw a range of …

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Satellite Data Maps Sea Floor's Hidden Depths

A vibrant map of never-before-seen terrain<p>While many detailed maps exist of Earth’s continents, what lies beneath our planet’s waters has remained somewhat of a mystery. So far, only 10 percent of the seafloor has been mapped at high resolution, leaving researchers pretty eager to know what’s going …

Using 'Doom' To Design A Room

The program for a classic demon-slaying game is helping construction companies design hospitals and office buildings.<p>Remember that early ‘90s horror-themed video game, <i>Doom</i>, where you roamed around a Martian landscape, killing everything in sight? Well, now the game isn’t just for shooting demons …

Construction Industry

Take a look at Disney's bizarre first attempt at a Roger Rabbit film

<i>Who Framed Roger Rabbit</i> was an amazing, often disturbing film from 1988. Based on Gary K. Wolf's novel <i>Who Censored Roger Rabbit</i>, it introduced a world where animated characters were just working stiffs like the rest of us, and used that world as a springboard for a murder mystery. If you've never …

Robin Williams memorial character discovered in World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor beta

Following the tragic death of actor and comedian Robin Williams last month, rumors surfaced that a freshly-uncovered genie model in the upcoming <i>World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor</i> expansion would pay tribute to Williams. That model has officially been discovered in the <i>Warlords of Draenor</i> beta …

The United States of Hot Sauce

From sea to shining sea, we've rounded up hot sauces from every state in the Union (plus D.C., minus N.D.). Which one represents your home?<p></head>America is going from a country of mayo spreaders to one of hot sauce heatniks, with no signs of stopping. Since 2000, the American hot sauce market has …

Hot Sauce

5 Surprising Facts About the Iditarod Dog Sled Race

Poodles can't compete, for one.<p>Sixty-nine dogsledders are mushing across the Alaska wilderness in hopes of becoming top dog in the 42nd annual Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.<p>Since 1973, hundreds of competitors have come from all over the world to make the 1,150-mile (1,850-kilometer) journey from …

What's Up in Pizza: Military Pizza Rations, Pizza Hut Hong Kong's New Cheesy 7 Sensation, and More!

Natick, Mass., is the site of the Army's Department of Defense Combat Feeding Directorate (it sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie and frankly, it kind of is). This is where the Army has conducted its food research and product development for the past 50 years. Michele Richardson, senior …

17 Mind-Boggling Facts About Pineapples

Have you ever seen the cuteness that is a baby pineapple?<p>Let's face it: pineapples are weird. They look weird, they're weird to cut into, we can't figure out where they come from or how they grow, and while we love them already cut up in prepared fruit salads or tropical drinks, the thought of …

The networked car is no longer just an idea; it will be mandated in future vehicles

For the last two years, automakers and the U.S. Department of Transportation have been investigating the idea of cars talking to once another, …

President Obama Signs Budget, Defense Bills

President Obama on Thursday signed the bipartisan budget bill agreed upon earlier this month, setting the stage for an easing of mandatory spending cuts over the next two years.<p>The Senate approved the spending measure last week, following its passage in the Republican-dominated House.<p>The president …

17 Red Lobster Recipes In Case The Seafood Chain Goes Away Forever

The dying seafood chain is being abandoned by its parent company. Time to drown your sorrows in homemade Cheddar Bay Biscuits and move on to ethically raised seafood.<p>Red Lobster isn't making enough money, and its parent company, Darden, which also owns Olive Garden and other chains, all but rang a …

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33 Festive And Beautiful Foods To Make For Christmas

There are so many great things about the holidays. One of them is presents; all of the rest of them are food.

Recipes

Skully Heads Up Display Helmet

Imagine a motorcycle helmet that not only protects your head, but keeps you safe by providing real-time information and video with a simple voice …

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DIY Dog Biscuits

As you may or may not know, earlier this year the<p>Accidental Locavore<p>rescued a dog. He's a big sweetie named Rif and like most dogs, will do almost anything (like obey) for a cookie. So when my friend Zhu Zhu had a recipe for dog biscuits in a recent newsletter and I happened to have all the …

Recipes

The cheerleader effect: how you can look good in a group

A study published last week by scientists at the University of California, San Diego suggests that people look more attractive when seen in the presence of others than when viewed as individuals, a phenomenon known as the "cheerleader effect". But why does it happen? And what can we do with …

US government shutdown to end after Congress passes debt ceiling deal

The US Congress has endorsed bipartisan legislation to end a protracted budget crisis, pulling the country from the brink of a looming debt default and signaling the end of a two-week government shutdown.<p>The bill, a temporary fix that will last through until the start of 2014, passed the US Senate …

Boehner aborts attempt to bring House bill on debt ceiling to a vote – live blog

Summary<p>We're going to wrap up our live blog coverage for the day. Here's a summary of where things stand:<p>• <b>House speaker John Boehner has postponed an attempt to bring a bill to the House floor that would have</b> <b>reopened government</b> and raised the debt ceiling. Tea Party Republicans declined to support …

House Republicans wary as Senate crafts deal to raise debt limit – live blog

Summary<p>We're going to wrap up our live blog coverage for the day. Here's a summary of where things stand:<p><b>• Senate leaders said they were close on a deal to reopen government and raise the debt ceiling.</b> Both problems would be pushed into 2014. Details of the prospective revised calendar are here.<p><b>•</b> …

White House downplays short-term debt limit extension as talks continue - live blog

Summary<p>We're going to wrap up our live blog coverage for the day. Here's a summary of where things stand:<p><b>• The White House and Congressional Republicans vowed to "keep talking"</b> to find a solution to the government shutdown and looming debt ceiling.<p><b>• The negotiations appeared to be active but not</b> …

White House calls GOP movement on debt ceiling 'encouraging sign' – live

Summary<p>We're going to wrap up our live blog coverage for the day. Here's a summary of where things stand:<p><b>• The Republican House leadership was meeting with President Obama to discuss a possible deal to temporarily extend the debt limit.</b> Asked for comment earlier today on such a deal, the White …

GOP’s latest shutdown delusion: They missed the Obamacare negotiations!

<b>Barack Obama, Chuck Grassley (AP/Susan Walsh/Jacquelyn Martin)</b><p>They ignore a year of hearings and desperate bargaining on Obamacare. Plus: The worst shutdown punditry ever<p>Joan Walsh<p>October 7, 2013 2:50pm (UTC)<p>I had the good luck of debating former Newt Gingrich flack Rick Tyler on MSNBC Sunday. It …

White House: Shutdown hurts ability to enforce sanctions on Iran, Syria

Summary<p>We're going to wrap up our live blog coverage for the day. Here's a summary of where things stand:<p><b>• With little traction in Congress for a deal, the 2013 government shutdown appeared ready to barrel into the weekend.</b> The House was to convene Saturday. President Obama is speaking to the …