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How Queen Elizabeth Uses Her Purse to Send Secret Signals to her Staff

Magical Unicorn Bread

The sticky, sugary history of Peeps

Easter season is upon us, and if you're like a majority of Americans who celebrate the holiday, you’ll probably purchase some candy for the occasion. And that stash will likely include the neon-sugar-coated hallmark of the season: Peeps.<p>But while their blobby shapes and bright colors are easily …

Gene therapy: What personalized medicine means for you

This is the future of medicine. There is no turning back.<p>Dr. Massimo Cristofanilli<p>Once we understand how genes are being turned on and off, we'll be able to better predict which treatments will work.<p>Fergus Chan

'London Bridge is down': the secret plan for the days after the Queen’s death

She is venerated around the world. She has outlasted 12 US presidents. She stands for stability and order. But her kingdom is in turmoil, and her subjects are in denial that her reign will ever end. That’s why the palace has a plan.<p><i>Support our journalism by becoming a member or making a one-off</i> …

The Dirty Dozen

On Wednesday, the Environmental Working Group released its latest "Dirty Dozen" list. The list reveals the fruits and vegetables that have the …

The History of Green Dye Is a History of Death

Happy St. Pat’s!<p>You may be planning to wear green this St. Patrick’s Day. Green, the color of kissing the Irish! The color of money! The color of… horrible, horrible death.<p>At least when it came to green dyes through the Victorian age.<p>In 1814, a company in Schweinfurt, Germany, called the Wilhelm …

So You Want to Read Cli-Fi: Here’s Where to Start

A Novel<p>Perpetual drought has baked California to a crisp. While most Californians have opted for government relocation to more habitable regions of …

Space Sex Is Serious Business

We’ve done almost no research into this area, but it’s key to living on Mars.<p>In January 1991, a couple of crazy kids got married. That these …

Is the World's Best Butter Worth 50 Dollars a Pound?

Alex Halberstadt scores a bag of the creamiest, most coveted stuff on earth and ponders a question: can you put a price tag on outstanding dairy?<p>If …

Covering These Apartments In “Parasitic” Additions Saves Energy And Makes Extra Space

The wooden cubes cut the building’s energy use by 76%.<p>In an outdated 1970s apartment building in Paris’s 16th arrondissement, the rooms are cramped, dark, and inefficient. But by covering the building in wooden attachments, a new design will add extra space, light, and cut energy use 76%.<p>“It’s a …

The Simple Design Flaw That Caused the 1981 Hyatt Regency Collapse

Engineer Grady Hillhouse from Practical Engineering fills in for Tom Scott in an episode of <i>Things You Might Not Know</i> to explain the simple design …

Eloquii’s Creative Director on the Future of Plus-Size Shopping

And why the brand is just now experimenting with physical stores.<p>There are (sadly) only a few brand names that come to mind when talking about the forefront of the plus-size retail industry, but Eloquii, an online powerhouse that designs up to a size 28, is almost always the one mentioned right …

The most magnificent recipes on the internet

Did cooking even exist before the internet? It's hard to say, really. That now archaic document, Julia Child's <i>Mastering The Art of French Cooking</i> is …

Edward James Olmos Confirms His Return for BLADE RUNNER 2049

7 Shocking Photos Reveal What 100 Years Of Climate Change Has Done To Arctic Glaciers

In the early 1900's, Arctic glaciers were nature's most mysterious and undiscovered wonders. Over 100 years of research, exploration, and …

Glaciers

Obama has awesome taste in restaurants — here are some of the best places he has eaten at in New York City

In the past few months alone, they've been hitting some of the trendiest spots around town, fully living up to their reputation of having great taste in restaurants.<p>From trying out farm-to-table grub in Greenwich Village, to hitting old school Italian joints in Nolita, here's a look at some of the …

Greenwich Village

5 beautifully modern houses and their plans

Even at the best of times, and despite any help you may have from expert architects, the task of building a new house is a daunting one. That's why …

Green Design

The Easiest Roast Chicken You'll Ever Make

By Alyse Whitney<p>You don't even need a thermometer to know when it's done.<p>Roasting a whole chicken sounds a lot more complicated than it actually is. You don't have to be <b>Ina Garten</b> on a Friday night to make it happen—this easy roast chicken recipe has six ingredients (including salt and pepper), can …

Cooking

Outback Steakhouse’s Newest Bloomin’ Onion Will Consume Us All

Sartre famously said “Hell is other people,” but that’s only because he never came face-to-face with Outback Steakhouse’s new and terrifyingly xxxtreme Bloomin’ Onion. After introducing a version of the fried onion blossom inexplicably garnished with a mound of cheese fries last year, the suburban …

Pilot captures amazing photos of storms from his cockpit

I sometimes think how awesome it must be for pilots if they love photography. And an Ecuador-based pilot and photographer Santiago Borja Lopez proves …

Surf And Lifestyle Photographer Captures Dreamy Frozen Slurpee Waves

Jonathan Nimerfroh is a surf and lifestyle photographer who lives in Nantucket, an island 30 miles off the coast of Massachusetts. He owns three …