Aruna Govindaraju

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Shall I Encode Thee In DNA? Sonnets Stored On Double Helix

English critic Samuel Johnson once said of William Shakespeare "that his drama is the mirror of life." Now the Bard's words have been translated into life's most basic language. British scientists have stored all 154 of Shakespeare's sonnets on tiny stretches of DNA.<p>It all started with two men in a …

A Very Simple Explanation Of The Higgs Boson

François Englert and Peter Higgs just received the Nobel Prize in Physics for laying the groundwork for the discovery of the Higgs boson. But can someone please explain what a Higgs is? Like, really simply.<p>François Englert and Peter Higgs have won this year's Nobel Prize in Physics, as was pretty …

French Onion Soup with Comté

8 Servings<p>Don’t rush the browning of the onions—it’s essential to the finished soup’s flavor.<p>October 2013Print<p>Ingredients<p>4 tablespoons (½ stick) unsalted butter or duck fat<p>6 large onions (about 5 lb.), thinly sliced<p>2 large shallots, finely chopped<p>2 garlic cloves, finely chopped<p>Kosher salt and …

How It Works: Inside The Machine That Separates Your Recyclables

Moving paper away from plastic so you don't have to<p>The most annoying aspect of recycling—and one of the biggest hurdles to its widespread adoption—is having to separate paper, glass, and plastic before they hit the curb. New recycling machines are changing that. With single-stream recycling, …

What Not to Do in Chicago

Ask someone for tips on traveling to Chicago and they will probably list off tons of different things to do and places to see. But what they likely will not say is what you should not do while visiting the Windy City.<p>Ask someone for tips on traveling to Chicago and they will probably list off tons …

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NBA Finals 2013: The ultimate player wins the ultimate series

The best NBA Finals in many years will be defined by the best player in the NBA today. This is an appreciation of LeBron James and the incredible basketball the Heat and Spurs provided.<p>MIAMI -- Is it safe to talk about LeBron James now? Ever since he came to this city, it has been practically …

Best Salmon Recipe: The Only One You'll Ever Need

And it only calls for six ingredients.<p>There are a lot of different ways to prepare salmon -- many of them good too -- but there's only one best way to cook this fish and we're going to share it with you.<p>When we talk about the best, we don't mean a fancy 12-hour preparation of a dinner that you'll …

FYI: What Is The Evolutionary Purpose Of Tickling?

You probably know that you can't tickle yourself. And although you might be able to tickle a total stranger, your brain also strongly discourages you from doing something so socially awkward. These facts offer insight into tickling's evolutionary purpose, says Robert R. Provine, a neuroscientist at …

Oh My Gosh, Japan's Animal Donuts Are Too Cute

Animal donuts! Japan has <i>animal donuts</i>, and holy mackerel, they look adorable. Delicious, too.<p>In Japanese, they're called "doubutsu doonatsu" …

Fast-Food Freedom: Best Foreign Chains We Want in the U.S.

How can America, home of the KFC Double Down, Dunkin' Donuts Glazed Donut Breakfast Sandwich, and Carl's Jr. Pop-Tart Ice Cream Sandwich, not have these amazing foreign fast-food chains within its borders?<p>How can America, home of the KFC Double Down, Dunkin' Donuts Glazed Donut Breakfast Sandwich, …

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Would Rosalind Franklin have won a Nobel for her work on viruses?

If she had survived, the scientist Rosalind Franklin would be 93 on Thursday. A Google Doodle celebrates her birthday and the formidable scientific …

First humans on the moon

Were you alive when this happened? Can you remember how exciting it was?<p>NASA’s Apollo 11 mission in 1969 took the first humans to the surface of the …

The Best Space Images Ever Were Taken by Apollo Astronauts With Hasselblad Cameras

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The Week In Numbers: New Dinosaur Discovered, The World's Largest Virus, And More

<b>2014</b>: the year this aerodynamic, flying saucer-like research station is set to open in Antarctica<p><b>15 feet</b>: the length of a new cow-like dinosaur discovered in Utah<p><b>1 week</b>: the time it would take Earth's average global surface temperature to drop below 0 degrees Fahrenheit if the sun went out<p><b>$1,350</b>: …

16 Things You Can Turn Into Pesto

Move out the way, basil. Cheese + nuts + olive oil + garlic + whatever the hell you want = awesome pesto.<p>O Pesto, Prince of Pasta Sauces, Holy Anointer of Chicken, Most Herbacious Condiment! Italian grandmothers + everyone else have been making this stuff with basil since the world was born. But …

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