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15 Amazing Coffee Facts

You know whether you like your coffee black or with cream and sugar. But how much do you <i>really</i> know about that delicious brown beverage that has …

Healthy Dinner Ideas for Summer and Beyond

Cooking

Grilled Eggplant and Greens with Spiced Yogurt

First time grilling your greens? Lay them across the grill grates so they don’t fall through, and be ready to turn them—they char quickly.<p>Ingredients<p>2 medium Japanese eggplants or 1 globe eggplant (about 1 lb.), sliced crosswise on a diagonal ½”-thick<p>¾ teaspoon ground turmeric<p>6 tablespoons olive …

Curries
Italian Food

Summer Sandwich Recipes

For brown-bag lunches, beach picnics, or a relaxed no-cook dinner, a sandwich takes everything great about summer and wraps it up in a neat, …

Tea bags transform stressful symbols into calm ones when dipped in hot water

glow in the dark skatepark

‘otro’ skatepark by koo jeong A image © l’escaut architectures<p>koo jeong A has collaborated with belgian firm l’escaut architectures to design a …

Engineering

Cute photos of birds huddling together

Nat Geo Picks the World's Best Hikes

With the weekend nearly upon us, I'm sure more than a few of you are thinking about hitting your favorite hiking trail over the next few days. While …

Hiking

Yogurt Sandwich Recipe by Manjula

101 Juice Recipes

• <b>Author:</b> Joe Cross<p>The latest recipe book from Joe Cross, star of the inspiring weight loss documentary <i>Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead</i>, contains 101 delicious juice recipes (with 101 pictures!) to optimize your health, help you slim down, and satisfy your taste buds. The recipes include everything from Joe’s …

Recipes

What causes that fantastic after-the-rain smell?

Also called petrichor, it's made up of a combination of plant oils, bacterial chemicals, and ozone.<p>The Compound Interest blog (which is about …

Great Snacks for Runners

What to choose to fill you up (but not out!)<p>My nephew, Lawton, loves to snack. He walks into the pantry, closes the glass door behind him, thinks no one can see him, and reaches for either the chips or the cookies. He's three years old. I'm decades older but in truth, I'm not that different. I too …

Stunning Yet Eerie Photos Show 'Ground Zero' Of Chernobyl Years After The Nuclear Disaster

An explosion and subsequent fire at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine released radioactive materials into the atmosphere, resulting in the most expensive and deadliest nuclear disaster in history.<p>In 2009, Timm Suess visited what he calls "ground zero of the 1986 accident," the …

Chernobyl

Daily Session: Bigger Triceps in 30 Minutes

Say you hit traffic on the way to the gym and you're left with only 30 minutes to get a full arm workout in. Instead of sitting in your car thinking …

How We Reflect The Different Worlds Around Us

"We're all just busted mirrors." Cat And Girl talks real.

The Dumbest Federal Policy You'll Read About Today

If you are like most people, you probably spend a lot of time wondering, "What is the absolutely worst environmental policy on the planet?" And if …

Pulitzer prize for fiction goes to The Goldfinch

Donna Tartt's huge book, 11 years in the writing, wins honour for 'beautifully-written … novel with exquisitely drawn characters'<p>Donna Tartt has won the Pulitzer award for fiction for her third novel The Goldfinch, which judges described as a book which "stimulates the mind and touches the …

Errol Morris on Donald Rumsfeld, The Unknown Known, and Evidence-Based Journalism

"Errol Morris on Donald Rumsfeld, The Unknown Known, and Evidence-Based Journalism", by Nick Gillespie and Jim Epstein, was released on April 3, …

The 25 Most Evil People in History

Vote who you think is the most evil.<p>(polls)<p>25 Elizabeth Bathory<p>Elizabeth Bathory was a countess who lived in the Carpathian Mountains. She was one of …

World History

Nietzsche and Death of God: New books by Peter Watson, Terry Eagleton

<i>The Age of Nothing: How We Sought to Live Since the Death of God</i><br>by Peter Watson<br>Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 624pp<p><i>Culture and the Death of God</i><br>by Terry …

British Philosophy

Visual Workout: Five-Minute Plank to Abs of Steel

The abdominal muscle group is the strongest muscle group in the body, and it influences every physical activity you can imagine. From sitting in a chair and walking in the park to running and throwing a ball, all are influenced by the ability of the strength, speed and coordination generated to be …

Scientific American wants to end the ban on psychoactive drug research

<i>Scientific American</i> recently published a spirited editorial calling for the US government to end the ban on psychoactive drug research. After the Controlled Substances Act was passed in 1970, drugs like marijuana, MDMA, and LSD were put on the Schedule I drug list, deemed to have no accepted …

'Smart' Windows Lighten And Darken On Cue

A Wi-Fi-connected window accessory will make your pane listen to your commands<p>Call it the curse of the picture window. Big panes may light up a home, but they also let in enough heat to drive up the temperature by several degrees, raising cooling costs. Self-tinting windows solve the problem, …

11 Reasons Your Next Trip Should Be To Cinque Terre

I think it's Italian for "Holy crap, is this place gorgeous!"<p>Cinque Terre (pronounced CHEEN-kweh TEHR-reh), which is a UNESCO World Heritage site, is comprised of five adjacent towns along the Ligurian coast in northern Italy. The "Five Lands" (as it's name translates) are Monterosso al Mare, …

19 Scathing Political Put-Downs

For all the talk of how politicians are getting too nasty these days, hammering your opponent is nothing new. Politicians have always been venomous, …

Literature

Yoga Moves for Runners

Yoga is an excellent way for runners to improve their flexibility and strength, and many runners find it to be a soothing, stress-relieving …

Top 10 Reasons to Exercise Regularly (Besides Losing Weight)

You've been told a hundred times that exercise is good for you, and it's true—but it's good for a lot more than just losing weight or building …

Stave