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How this woman lost 160 pounds in 2 years by following 5 steps

As Erica Lugo sat on the couch, her then 3-year-old son Connor gazed at her and asked her to sit on the floor to play with him.<p>“No,” she immediately said.<p>The reason?<p>Lugo felt too tired to get off the couch. As sad as it was at the time, that “no” sparked a realization.<p>“That was a huge wake-up call …

Fitness

New York Cheesecake Cookies

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.<p>In a large bowl, stir together the graham cracker crumbs, flour and baking powder. In a medium bowl, beat together …

An Abbreviated Life by Ariel Leve review – memoir of a monstrous mother

‘I thought that little girl’s only chances were suicide or murder.’ This is a powerful, devastating account of a childhood without boundaries on New York’s Upper East Side<p>When Ariel Leve was six years old, she and her mother would play a game called Being Born. It required her to curl up into a …

Think Tahini Is Just for Hummus? These 19 Recipes Will Change Your Mind

If you think the only use for tahini is to make DIY hummus, we've got some (awesome) news for you. Tahini is an incredibly versatile ingredient, …

Healthy Eating

6 Budget-Friendly Beach Destinations

Summer is all about the beach escape — a well-earned break from the toil of the daily routine in a place where the day is ruled by the rise and fall …

This scientist scanned his brain 2X a week for 18 months

Every Tuesday and Thursday morning for a year and a half, Russell Poldrack started off his day by climbing into an MRI machine and scanning his brain …

The Brain

How To Make Pumpkin Treats For Your Dog

Because everyone likes pumpkin come this time of year.<p>Fall is a special time of year. It's a time for hearty stews and warming hot chocolates, as well as all things pumpkin. From pumpkin pie to pumpkin spice latte, during this season we're all seeing orange. And it's great. So why not extend that …

Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes You Need In Your Life

It's the best of both worlds.<p>You can cook just about anything in a slow cooker. This all-purpose kitchen appliance can whip up something appropriate for any type of meal: think meaty stews and savory sides, fiber-packed oatmeals and breakfasts that are prepared overnight and even chocolatey baked …

Is the Big Bang Cycling Through Hidden Time?

<i>Edward Belbruno is a mathematician and an artist. His paintings are in major collections and exhibited throughout the United States, and he regularly</i> …

There's no evidence e-cigarettes are as harmful as smoking

A recent article claimed there’s no evidence that vaping is less harmful than smoking. Tobacco expert Linda Bauld argues otherwise<p>In his recent ‘Comment is free’ piece Nash Riggins claims that vaping is just as dangerous as smoking, and expresses robust support for NHS Boards in Scotland who intend …

Alfajores Are The Best Cookie You've Never Heard Of

It's no secret that we here at HuffPost Taste have a bit of a sweet tooth. We relentlessly put together one dessert round-up after another (ahem, like this collection of 100 chocolate recipes or this one of the best flourless cakes). We discover bakeries we love, and then obsess about them …

Low-Carb Lasagna With a Curry Twist

Low carb lasagna with an Indian flavor twist. It's butter chicken, in lasagna form!<p>Remember that time that we talked about stuffed peppers and my undying love for food mashups?<p>Well, it happened again.<p>SorrrNotSorry. CantStopWon’tStop.<p>Ok, fine. I’ll stop.<p>And, again, we’ve taken a comfort food and …

Collecting Clues to Solve a Volcanic Mystery

Changing Planet<p>Sangay, at 17,259 feet above sea level, is one of the world’s highest active volcanoes. (Photo by Marco Cruz)<p>Sangay volcano is remote, active and reputedly dangerous. Despite the mountain’s deadly history (as recounted in “Sangay Survived: The Story of the Ecuador Volcano Disaster”) …

A Star Just Got Swallowed By A Warp In Space-Time

Om nom nom<p>A star has slipped out of view thanks to the space-time warp it creates as it orbits.<p>The disappearing star is part of a binary star system called J1906. It's a pulsar, which means it's a rotating neutron star, the result of a massive star collapsing in on itself. Researchers have been …

Goldilocks planet: Deep in space, we may have found our 'twin’

The discovery of an Earth-like planet raises the question: are aliens also looking at us?<p>The starry sky is now far more fascinating to us than it ever was to our forebears. Stars may seem just points of light, but we’ve learnt recently that most are orbited by retinues of planets, just as our Sun …

5 ways your body can talk to your brain

We usually think our mind is in control and telling our body what to do. But there is a lot of scientific evidence that shows the chatter between …

The Brain

NASA VolcanoBot goes where no human dares to tread

Volcanoes are fascinating beasts. Known for belching fire and molten rock, they aren't always the friendliest places to be, especially when it comes to scientists seeking to learn more about their nooks and crannies. NASA researchers have developed a couple of different VolcanoBots, little rolling …

Cook More this Year -- 28 Easy Crock Pot Recipes for Busy Lives

2015 is here and resolutions are flying right and left. Lose weight, save money, get fit. All are lofty yet understandable goals. Unfortunately, many won't last past the first half of January. Instead of joining the fray, why not make a goal that you can actually stick to? Decide to cook more for …

15 Clean-Eating No-Bake Snacks

Why is it that we hear the word "snack" and immediately think of things we totally <i>shouldn't</i> be snacking on? I'm talking greasy tater chips, salty pretzels, and loaded chocolate chip cookies. News alert -- it doesn't have to be crunchy, greasy, salty, or sickly sweet to be deemed an acceptable snack!<p>…

Android customization - how to regain storage space by cleaning the cache on your Android device

Last week on our Android customization post, you got to play with image files and change up your wallpaper on your Android device. After messing with all those image files, you may be finding that your internal storage space is strangely low, so we should try to fix that.<p>There are many things you …

Polaroid Teams Up With Blipfoto To Relaunch Its Photo Journal

Polaroid, the vintage camera brand that has fallen on hard times, is currently engaged in a multi-prong strategy to resurrect its good name and refresh its product line for the 21st century.<p>One such effort launches today with the release of Polaroid Blipfoto, a pairing with and relaunch of the …

10 Best Chrome Extensions You May Not Have Tried

Beste Chrome extensions<p>I’m a huge fan of adding functionality to my browser, and we’ve featured some great extensions to supercharge Chrome in the past. Here are a few more Chrome extensions that you might not have heard of, but are certainly worth a try.<p>Jot<p>If you’re constantly working in your …