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The Best Netflix Original Series Right Now, Ranked

<b>Last Updated: August 31st</b><p>There are a lot of good TV shows on Netflix (and you can find more with these secret codes). But what’s the best Netflix original series? The streaming service has put more and more emphasis into their own programming over the last few years, and with over 100 Netflix …

Entertainment

We may be about to solve the one of the biggest mysteries in the universe

NASA, ESA, and D. Coe, J. Anderson, and R. van der Marel (STScI)In case you haven't heard, there is a very, very big problem with the universe: About …

Artisanal syrups to take your dad’s gin and tonics to the next level

When customers in one of Kristen Voisey's stores reach for a bottle of artisanal tonic syrup, she claims they will regret it.<p>"Because they always have to come back and get more," says Voisey, owner of BYOB Cocktail Emporium in Toronto. "They can't go back to the grocery store stuff."<p>As more of a …

4. Sans Soleil (1983)

As far as documentaries are concerned, Sans Soleil is a true original.<p>It's hard to pin down what, exactly, Chris Marker's insanely creative motion …

Satire

The Unglamorous Reality of Working in a Top Restaurant

If you think working in a top restaurant is glamorous, talk to Stephanie Danler. In an excerpt from Sweetbitter, her new novel, she reveals the back-of-house backstabbing, the after-hours appetites, and other deliciously dishy secrets.<p><i>The following is an excerpt from Sweetbitter, a new novel from</i> …

Containing Chernobyl for the Next 100 Years

Thirty years after Chernobyl’s nuclear reactor No. 4 exploded, the building built around the site has reached the end of its expected life span. The …

Turn your old Android device into a security camera

If you've got an old Android smartphone or tablet in a drawer somewhere doing nothing, then why not put it to good use as a security camera.<p>Got an …

Scientology 'Life Coach' Speaks Out Against The Church's Horrifying Jail For Gays

Nora Crest, a former top female Scientologist who worked with some of the Church’s prominent members like John Travolta and Tom Cruise, opened up …

Photographer captures the wild and dangerous streets of New York City in the 1970s

New York City in the 1970s was a wild and dangerous place. After peaking in population in 1950, the city began to feel the effects of large-scale …

There’s an actual scientific reason behind ‘resting bitchface’

We’ve all spotted a “resting bitchface;” the relaxed look of someone whose expressionless face naturally appears unimpressed or annoyed. These people are not glaring at you because of something you did. It is literally the way their face looks all the time. People who suffer from resting bitchface …

I just got a friendly reminder why I’m happier with iOS than Android

I like iOS a lot and I don’t regret making the switch from Android last year. That said, I do miss a lot of things about Android, particularly apps …

Android News

NAD 3020: Vintage hi-fi that still sounds great

I recently bought a NAD 3020 integrated amplifier on eBay for $66. The little amp was a smash hit in 1980 and instantly put NAD on the map. While the amp made its reputation as a giant killer, it's not very big--just 16 by 3.75 by 10 inches. And the look is bare-bones basic. The sound is something …

This amazing sci-fi show reveals the biggest problem everyone ignores about space travel

"Flip right now and burn like hell and I can get us within 50,000 clicks," ship's navigator Ade Nygaard announces in the first episode of SyFy's fascinating space opera "The Expanse." The rest of the freighter Canterbury's crew looks appalled. A working stiff rolls her eyes.<p>"Oh great, then we'll …

Slow-Cooker Sticky Thai Meatballs Recipe

The key to these slow-cooker Thai-style chicken meatballs is to understand that the sauce gets better as it slowly cooks, but the meatballs don't. To fix that, we first cook the sticky sauce, packed with aromatics like lemongrass, ginger, and chilies, then add the flavorful meatballs right at the …

Slow Cookers

Stew Science: What's the Best Way to Brown Beef?

Most recipes for beef stew start with cutting meat into cubes, then browning the cubes in a big pot. The idea is that browning builds flavor through the Maillard reaction, which will then get spread around through the whole pot as the meat and vegetables slowly braise in liquid. I think most people …

BBQ

Immerse Yourself in the World’s Most Breathtaking Baths

There’s more to travel than simply running around, and more to hot tubs than just sitting around. Why not combine the two on your next trip? Hot …

Hot Springs

Drink ’em while you got ’em: It’s last call for the old whiskies, a victim of their own success

There’s no question Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye was the boozy holiday gift of Christmas 2015 — a Tickle Me Elmo for grown-ups with a penchant …

Interview: Fascinating Vintage Photos of New York City in the 1980s by Janet Delaney

From 1984 to 1987, California-based photographer Janet Delaney documented everyday street scenes on the opposite coast during several trips to New York City, a metropolis that seemed alluringly different from the quiet suburbs of Los Angeles that Delaney had grown up in. Twin-lens Rolleiflex in …

How the internet misled you in 2015

<b>It was another busy year for journalists debunking fake or misleading images on social media.</b><p>In 2015, many pictures and videos went viral, some for all the wrong reasons.<p>There were deliberate fakes created to deceive the public and then there were misleading images shared, often during breaking …

The first 14 apps you should download on your new Android phone

1/<p>Yahoo Weather is a gorgeous weather app.<p>Google Play Store<p>Yahoo Weather is one of the best weather apps for Android.<p>It shows you the weather …

'I Don’t Like Christmas, It’s Gross': An Interview with Shane MacGowan

The legendary singer, songwriter, and frontman for the Pogues talks about his new teeth, his relationship with the band, and "Fairytale of New York."<p>It's the Saturday before Christmas and Shane MacGowan, the singer and songwriter most famous for being the toothy face of the Pogues, is lying on a …

From Gladiator Duels To Caesar's Last Words: The Myths Of Ancient Rome

Historian Mary Beard has spent her career working through the texts and source materials of ancient Rome. She has written several books on the subject — including her most recent work, <i>SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome —</i> but she doesn't feel like she's close to being done with the topic.<p>"One of the …

Russian film exposes the workings of North Korea's propaganda machine

Under the Sun shows behind-the-scenes coercion by government minders trying to construct an image of a ‘normal’ family<p>A new film on life in North Korea has caused a diplomatic row after the director used officially sanctioned shoots to demonstrate how the state manipulates its people.<p>Authorities …

Lost in music: the world of obsessive audiophilia

Jonathan Margolis is listening to a £3,159 portable sound system. His wife says that high-end hi-fi is like anti-wrinkle cream: it’s expensive with dubious results. But, compared to some, his set-up is modest. He meets the people for whom hearing is believing<p>I am listening to music at my desk. The …

Slow Cooker Mongolian Beef

Slow Cooker Mongolian Beef<p>Author: Alyssa<p>Prep time: 10 mins<p>Cook time: 4 hours<p>Total time: 4 hours 10 mins<p>Beef that slow cooks to tender melt in your …

Table for Two® by Julie Wampler | Food and Travel Blog

When you’ve got flat iron steaks and are looking for a different way to prepare them, this grilled Asian marinated flat iron steak is the one to …

Healthy Eating

Do's and Don'ts According to Parisian Principles - Plus Other Little Things to Know so You Don't Make an Ass of Yourself. Part One.

Chances are you will look like tourists. Americans in Paris often take their country with them in small but perceptible ways, sometimes laughable, sometimes quite embarrassing. Allow me to point out here a few things to help you navigate in a new city, and save you from sometimes ruining your day, …

Mount Everest

Wes Anderson + 'The Shining' = The quirkiest horror movie we've ever seen

Wes Anderson is often called one of the most idiosyncratic filmmakers of our time — and for good reason. The Academy Award-nominated director and …

Mashups

Art Garfunkel on Paul Simon: 'I created a monster'

Forty-five years after Simon & Garfunkel split up, the singer is still consumed with bitterness<p>I hear Art Garfunkel before I see him, singing to himself as he drifts across the hotel lobby in a blue T-shirt, heading for the lifts. At 73 his golden curls have become white dandelion seeds, and he is …

Atheist Professor & Literary Expert, Holly Ordway, Becomes A Christian.

Dr. Holly Ordway has published a book titled Not God’s Type, telling her personal story. She begins “<i>I had never in my life said a prayer, never been</i> …