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Billionaire's Meatloaf from Alex Hitz

It's beloved as comfort food, but this classic dish can hold its own at even the fanciest affairs.<p>When I moved to New York in the mid-1990s, there were so many hostesses and hosts who gave easy, elegant, fun lunches and dinners. They were well known for their parties, and though varied in their …

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Journey into the Alaskan wild

Take a road trip through the US state that has long drawn those looking for riches, adventure and the purity of its mountainous landscape.<p>Half past eight on a cool, damp September morning, and the Black Bear Coffee House is already a-bustle, its mix of regulars and out-of-towners rubbing elbows at …

Childhood Maltreatment Can Leave Scars In The Brain

Maltreatment during childhood can lead to long-term changes in brain circuits that process fear, researchers say. This could help explain why children who suffer abuse are much more likely than others to develop problems like anxiety and depression later on.<p>Brain scans of teenagers revealed weaker …

Chris Pratt Was A Barely Legal Stripper (And More Fun Facts)

Turns out those selfies weren't the first time the Parks and Recreation star took it off for the public. Also, masturbation talk!<p>Before he was the star of the upcoming blockbuster <i>Guardians of the Galaxy</i>, before he appeared in Oscar-nominated movies like <i>Zero Dark Thirty</i> and <i>Moneyball</i>, before his run …

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Why H is the most contentious letter in the alphabet

The alphabet is something not to be argued with: there are 26 letters in as fixed a sequence as the numbers 1-26; once learned in order and for the "sounds they make", you have the key to reading and the key to the way the world is classified. Or perhaps not.<p>Actually, in the course of writing my …

The psychology of spiritualism: science and seances

As the evenings get darker and the first hint of winter hangs in the air, the western world enters the season of the dead. It begins with Halloween, continues with All Saints' and All Souls' days, runs through Bonfire Night – the evening where the English burn effigies of historical terrorists – …

Insurance Companies Use 'Misleading' Cancellation Notices On Obamacare

Some insurance companies are sending cancellation notices or other "misleading" letters to customers in an attempt to push them into pricier alternatives, according to new reports.<p>Reporters at Talking Points Memo found at least two instances where insurance companies canceled policies, but provided …

The best science and technology podcasts

The best science and technology podcasts, from astronomy for beginners to consumer advice, selected and updated by Pete Naughton<p><b>SCIENCE</b><p><b>Hubblecast</b><br>Galactic mergers, the Monkey Head Nebula and an operational time machine are just a few of the stranger-than-science-fiction topics touched upon in this …