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Android app turns your phone into an earthquake detector

Your smartphone can already warn you about earthquakes. UC Berkeley, however, is going one step further: it wants your phone to help <i>detect</i> those quakes. The school has released an Android app, MyShake, that uses your phone's motion sensors to detect the telltale signs of tremors and combine that …

Paul Kantner: A Life in Pictures

No Powerball winner, jackpot may reach $1.3 billion

The Powerball lottery jackpot continues to grow — to an estimated record $1.3 billion by the next drawing at 10 p.m. ET Wednesday — after nobody matched the winning numbers Saturday.<p>No shame in that. The odds of winning the largest prize in U.S. lottery history were 1 in 292.2 million.<p>"That just …

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6 Party-Perfect Appetizers to Toast the New Year

<b>1. Cheddar & Herb Cheese Straws</b><p>These crisp and flaky cheese straws specked with fresh herbs and crushed red chili flakes make a wonderful hors d'oeuvre to go along with wine and cocktails. Though they look like bread sticks, they're actually more akin to savory pie crust or pastry. I find them …

Cooking

BA's Best Breads and Biscuits

These are the quick breads you should master.<p>These recipes are part of our <b>BA's Best</b> collection. Check out all of the recipes that made the list.

When Life Gives You the Perfect Beef Tenderloin, Make Stroganoff

What happens when you serve a medium-rare roast to a table of medium-well eaters? A whole lot of leftover beef.<p>What could go wrong?<p>That’s what I was thinking. I had offered to make Christmas dinner for my wife’s family in Buffalo. I would roast a beef tenderloin—the ultimate centerpiece, with its …

Make These Perfectly Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies

We don't trust people who don't like these chocolate chip cookies.<p>Just when you thought chocolate chip cookies couldn't get any better—someone sprinkled salt on them. A new classic was born. We finish ours with just a sprinkle of Maldon: The large, craggy flakes really help temper the sugar and …

What to Do with Your Leftover Christmas Ham Bone

How to turn that bone into a soup without making it *too hammy.*<p>Every year my wife and I host a holiday party, and every year I order a smoked bone-in ham from D'Artagnan, purveyors of all things porky and good. I score it, I glaze it (a jar of orange marmalade, some bourbon and brown sugar heated …

Do-Ahead Recipes for the 2016 Food Lover's Cleanse

The 2016 Food Lover's Cleanse includes simple do-ahead work—a good strategy anytime. Here are several recipes you'll be using throughout the cleanse.<p>The 2016 Food Lover's Cleanse includes simple do-ahead work—a good strategy anytime. Here are several recipes you'll be using throughout the …

Fujitsu spins out its PC and mobile divisions

Much in the same way that Sony got rid of its PC division last year, Fujitsu has announced that it'll do the same in 2016. The outfit's leadership has revealed that its laptop and desktop firm will be spun out into a new wholly owned subsidiary, Fujitsu Client Computing Limited, on February 1st. In …

10 Homemade Stocks for All Your Soup Needs

Don't ever throw those bones away—utilize them to make these 10 flavorful, long-simmering stocks.<p><b>There's nothing like a large pot of simmering goodness</b> to welcome you home after a long, tiring day. In case you didn't know, stock, as opposed to broth, is made with bones, and the collagen from those …

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Crispy and Delicious: 17 Recipes to Get Your Pan-Fry On

More delicious than roasting, easier than deep-frying. Presenting: 16 excellent recipes for pan-fried everything.<p>Tastier than roasting, easier than deep-frying, pan-frying is here to make things golden-brown and very, very crispy.

13 Funny Winners Of The 2015 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards

Hilarious animals have long been neglected by the liberal media, but this year, Paul Joynson-Hicks changed history. Enter the 2015 Comedy Wildlife …

Piggyback riders: Funny photos of lazy hitchhiking animals

Kick the Can and Learn to Cook with Fresh Cranberries

Canned cranberry sauce? You're better than that! These cooking tips will have you hooked on fresh cranberries.<p><i>Every Wednesday, test kitchen manager Brad Leone hits up the farmers' market to stock up on what's fresh and good. This is From the Market, where you can get some inspiration from Brad's</i> …

Meet the Drink Ready to Dethrone Almond Milk

It's the cashmere sweater of winter drinks.<p>While you're busy watching your barista craft squiggly latte art designs with watery almond milk or <i>so</i>-five-years-ago soy milk, Stockholm locals are sipping on drinks topped off with oat milk. Wait, what is oat milk? It's what happens when you soak steel …

The Easiest Way to Plan for Leftovers Right Now

If you're going to do one ounce of prep this Thanksgiving week, make it this.<p>You know our Parker House Rolls? The fluffy, butter-brushed pull-apart buns of divinity pictured at the top of this page? Our food director <b>Carla Lalli Music</b> is pre-making batches of them (they're freezable—but more on that …

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Bon Appétit

How to Throw a Latke Party, So You Can Eat More Latkes

Celebrate the most delicious of Hanukkah miracles—crispy potato pancakes, obviously—with a spirited cocktail party.<p>You don’t have to be Jewish to love a holiday that lets you feast on perfectly wispy, golden potato pancakes. With our handheld Silver Dollar Latkes, there’s always an excuse to eat …

Blindsight: the strangest form of consciousness

Some people who have lost their vision find a “second sight” taking over their eyes – an uncanny, subconscious sense that sheds light into the hidden depths of the human mind.<p>When Daniel first walked into London’s National Hospital, ophthalmologist Michael Sanders could have had little idea that he …

How to listen to (and delete) everything you've ever said to Google

Whether you’re asking directions or drunkenly swearing, Google never forgets, recording everything you’ve ever said to it. Do you dare listen back?<p>Users of Google’s voice-control features such as OK Google are probably aware that the company stores the voice recordings it receives when they talk to …

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Why Is NASA Looking To Hire More Astronauts?

And what are your odds of getting chosen?<p>What child hasn't dreamed of becoming an astronaut? Now, you can. Starting on December 14, NASA will begin accepting applications for the astronaut class of 2015.<p>NASA currently employs 47 astronauts, eight of which were selected as candidates during the last …

Space Science

These Ingredients Are Unexpectedly Great When Roasted

Root vegetables don't own the whole "oven-roasted" game. Next time you fire up the oven, toss one of these ingredients on the sheet pan, too.<p>Around here, fall is better known as "roasted vegetable season." From Parm-roasted cauliflower to sweet and spicy carrots, we just love what the combination …

Israeli guards kill Palestinian knife attacker, boys stab guard on tram

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli forces shot dead two Palestinian attackers in separate incidents on Tuesday, police said, part of the worst wave of violence in the region since the 2014 Gaza war.<p>Israeli police lead away a Palestinian minor (C) they said stabbed an Israeli security guard in Pisgat …

Move Over, Classic Mashed Potatoes: These Are the Spuds We Really Want on Thanksgiving

We love 'em, but it's time to make some room on the table for these unconventional new classics.<p><i>The most celebrated meal of the year shouldn't also be the most nerve-racking. Prepare to be prepared with updated classics, no-bake desserts, and more in our Thanksgiving 2015 guide.</i><p>We love 'em, but …