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The 10 Pasta Recipes to Know

It's easy to look to pasta as that happy weeknight cure-all: the palette on which to throw any bits and bobs, to dress with the random things hanging out in the pantry, to just top with cheese and call it dinner. But there are some classic pasta dishes -- or just really delicious ones -- that we …

How to Bake Scientifically Accurate Cake Planets

Watch the above video for an overview of how they put these cakes together. If you want to try it yourself, you can find a detailed step-by-step …

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Mapping Emotions On The Body: Love Makes Us Warm All Over

Close your eyes and imagine the last time you fell in love. Maybe you were walking next to your sweetheart in a park or staring into each other's eyes over a latte.<p>Where did you feel the love? Perhaps you got butterflies in your stomach or your heart raced with excitement.<p>When a team of scientists …

Miso Ramen With Crispy Pork and Burnt Garlic-Sesame Oil Recipe

<b>Read more: The Food Lab: Miso Ramen With Crispy Shredded Pork and Burnt Garlic Sesame Oil</b><p>Ingredients3 pounds pig trotters, split lengthwise or cut crosswise into 1-inch disks (as your butcher to do this for you)2 pounds chicken backs and carcasses, skin and excess fat removed2 tablespoons vegetable …

Create your own glitch art in seconds

You've probably heard of glitch art, but do you know how it's created? Artists dive into the code of an image file, editing tiny portions of data to create errors in the image. German multimedia designer Georg Fischer has created a script that automates this process.<p>Fischer's script powers a simple …

Incredible paintings of sci-fi suburbia will make you wish you were Swedish

Welcome to rural Sweden, sometime in the late '80s. Citizens go about their mundane lives and children explore the countryside. But something isn't quite right. Robots and hovercrafts are commonplace, and decaying science facilities sprout from the harsh Scandinavian landscape. There's even a rumor …

The cost of acquiring mobile app users soars to highest level in 2 years

In July, the cost of acquiring new loyal mobile app users in the U.S. rose to its highest level since 2011, according to data collected by mobile app marketer Fiksu.<p>That’s scary for indie app developers who don’t have the marketing budgets to promote their products like the big brands can. Since …

I Met The World's Smartest Dog

Chaser isn't just learning objects by name: she's beginning to understand the basic structure of human language.<p>"Chaser, this is Dan. Chaser! This is <i>Dan</i>," said Deb Pilley, a classical musician who goes by the name Pilley Bianchi professionally and signs her emails as "Pill." Pill is the daughter of …

How to Make Perfect Coffee

The science of what makes coffee great<p><i>Coffee has become recognized as a human necessity. It is no longer a luxury or an indulgence; it is a corollary of human energy and human efficiency.</i><p><i>-</i> William H. Ukers, <i>All About Coffee</i> (1922)<p>It was November 23, 2010. We were in Surf City, North Carolina, …

LG ships retro TV with rotary dials

Do you miss walking over the TV to change the channel? We know LG does. It just launched a 32-inch LCD set, the 32LN630R, that resembles a '70s tube TV down to the working channel and volume dials. Not that the company is foregoing modern luxuries, mind you -- its 1080p, IPS-based display supports …

Skolkovo, Russia’s Massive Project To Emulate Silicon Valley, Gets A $4B Commitment

Skolkovo, the much debated public effort by the Russian government to kickstart a startup culture inside the country, said it secured another 135.6 billion ruble ($4 billion) commitment from the government through the next seven years.<p>With additional private investor money projected on top of the …

Russia detains immigrants in 'concentration camps'

Russian authorities have detained hundreds of migrant workers in a makeshift camp in Moscow as part of a widespread crackdown on illegal immigration.<p>Human rights campaigners have decried conditions in the camp, which is part of a planned national network of detainment centres to hold foreign …

UK now has 20m mobile gamers, and two thirds play in the living room

comScore research claims free games three times more popular than paid titles, with 6.2m Brits playing almost every day<p>There are now 20m monthly active mobile gamers in the UK, and 6.2m who play on their smartphones almost every day, according to a report from market research firm comScore.<p>The …

Starbucks Selects Cyto's Puzzle Adventure For Its Pick of the Week, Offers Free Codes At 15,000 Locations

Enjoy a nice cup of coffee this week, along with a free code for <i>Cyto's Puzzle Adventure</i> when visiting your local Starbucks coffee shop. Starbucks App …

Ouya games sales may be small, but research opportunity remains

The Ouya Android games console is a proven success at raising money: $8.6m on crowdfunding site Kickstarter followed by a $15m funding round from …

Move fast, break things: The sad story of Platform, Facebook’s gigantic missed opportunity

It was May 24, 2007 at Facebook’s inaugural developers conference f8, held at the San Francisco Design Center. Mark Zuckerberg, just 10 days past his …

Classic consoles: retro gaming at PAX Australia

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Nazi-themed cafe draws fire in Indonesia

Indonesian authorities are to ask a restaurant owner to explain his reasons for opening a Nazi-themed cafe that has sparked controversy among locals and tourists.<p>Soldatenkaffee includes a red wall of Nazi-related memorabilia, including a large flag with the swastika and a giant picture of Adolf …

Smeared skies, Lake Ontario | Canada (by Matt Molloy)

<b>Smeared skies, Lake Ontario | Canada</b> (by Matt Molloy)

35 Random Corners Of The Internet You Should Visit When You Need A Break

Bookmark this for when you're having a bad day or when you just need a distraction and want to play. There's something so soothing about these single-serving sites.<p>Major h/t to this post by Tumblr user Writing Weasels and the website The Useless Web for providing me with endless hours of amusement.

Nintendo's Power Glove Is Getting A Documentary

The vintage gaming accessory is finding life after death.<p>Released back in 1989, the Power Glove was a motion-control accessory for the Nintendo Entertainment System. The concept: wave your hand, and stuff on-screen would move. Fun!<p>Except it wasn't fun. The Power Glove was critically despised for …

How Do You Break Into iPhone App Store Top 50? Try 23K Free Daily Downloads, 950 Paid, Or $12K In Daily Revenue

An iPhone app needed 23,000 free downloads per day to reach spot number 50 in the top Free charts in the Apple App Store, says mobile app analytics firm Distimo, based on research performed during the month of May 2013 aimed at discovering what it takes to break into the App Store’s top Free, Paid, …

Tallinn: The Former Soviet City That Gave Birth To Skype

The Baltic city of Tallinn hardly looks modern with its blend of medieval towers and Soviet-era architecture. Smoke-spewing buses and noisy streetcars look as if they have been plucked from the past.<p>Even so, the Estonian capital is one of the world's most technologically advanced cities. The …

How $96,000 can buy you a top 10 ranking in the U.S. app store

Can you buy your way to the top of the app store? In a word, yes.<p>Apple may have killed AppGratis for being too good at driving installs, but the “boost effect” of big marketing campaigns, in-app promotions in popular apps, and other somewhat less savory means of driving big download numbers is …