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This Short Animation Will Make You Quit Your Job

Move over Dilbert, there's a sick and twisted office reality to be explored.<p>Screencaps via<p>Move over Dilbert, this film is about to make your existence petty. Handpainted with watercolors, an emotive seven-minute animated short titled <i>El Empleo</i> (“The Employment”) bizarrely captures contemporary …

Profanity's Roots in Brain Chemistry? Damn Right

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The Chaos Theory Behind Anita Lo's Perfect Plating

A typical restaurant would serve a pork chop with little embellishment—there may be some braised greens underneath, but the star of the plate is the giant hunk of meat, brandishing dark grill marks and a protruding bone-cum-handle. It's a classic presentation that appeals to our primitive appetite …

A Guide to Buying the Best Pork Shoulder

Hogs used to be bred for flavor. Today, most supermarket pork is an industrial product raised for maximum growth in minimum time so it can be sold quickly and cheaply. Even odder, the average hog today contains 31 percent less fat than it would have 20 years ago. And we all know that that fat …

10 Easy, Low-Budget Ways to Improve Any Kitchen (Even a Rental!)

(Image credit: Leela Cyd)<p>I'm always so inspired by dream kitchens like this cottage kitchen in Maine or any one of these gorgeous, glamorous spaces. …

Kitchens

9 Ways to Fancy Up Your Pies

My sincere love of pie has had me experimenting in the kitchen for years. I’ve eaten my share of last slices straight from the pie plate at midnight. And many, many pies later, I’ve discovered a few surprises. The truth is, there are tons of ways to take your pie up a notch, without even straying …

Baking

The Simple Trick That Can Boost Your Confidence Immediately

Smile, don't slouch. And don't cross your arms. Your parents probably taught you to use certain body language to appear friendly and polite.<p>But new research shows that your body language does much more than change the way other people see you -- it can change how you see yourself. Psychologists …

Inside George Harrison's Archives: Dhani on His Father's Incredible Vaults

"The deep tracks are among the best he ever wrote. It's a great forest to explore."<p>Like his father, the late Beatles guitarist <b>George Harrison</b>, <b>Dhani</b> …

George Harrison

Tarte Tatin Makes a Golden Comeback to NYC

For some years in New York City, dessert was all about chocolate. And caramel. And doughnuts. Fruit? That took a back seat.<p>But fruit desserts are making a comeback, and apples are leading the charge. After all, New York State produces more apples than anywhere else, except Washington. And this …

How to Make Old-World Mozzarella and Burrata, According to DiStefano Cheese

Meryl Rothstein gets her hands dirty learning the art of the burrata mozzarella from a master<p><i>Welcome to Out of the Kitchen, our ongoing exploration of America’s coolest food artisans. Over the next few months, we’re apprenticing with the best knife forgers, cider brewers, and spice blenders, then</i> …

Italy

Duck Confit, Done to Perfection

This tender glazed duck confit gets a flavor boost from olive relish and a sauce verte.<p>Don't be intimidated by this multi-part recipe: Much of this duck confit can be prepared in advance. And once the dish is on the table—in all its tender, delicious, good-looking glory—the prep work will feel …

Cooking

Unlocking Big Data: Lessons Learned From The God Particle

It’s a puzzle wrapped in an enigma wrapped in a symphony. It’s the Higgs boson, the so-called God particle, the greatest physics find of the 21st century, turned into music.<p>Chamber music, to be exact.<p>Admittedly—and especially for fans of Pythagoras—this conversion is a little mind-blowing. But once …

Fried Chicken Biscuits

4 Servings<p>Fried chicken on a hot buttered biscuit—what’s not to like?<p>February 2014Print<p>Ingredients<p>chicken cutlets<p>1 cup buttermilk<p>1 tablespoon hot sauce<p>½ teaspoon kosher salt<p>¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper<p>¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper<p>4 skinless, boneless chicken cutlets (about 1½ lb. total), …

Biscuits

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Louisiana's Disappearing Coastline Threatens Entire U.S. Economy

A dramatic visualization of the forces bringing the Gulf of Mexico up to New Orleans' back door<p>An unholy trinity of forces – levees along the Mississippi River, sea level rise due to climate change, and fossil fuel extraction – have caused about 2,000 square miles of southeastern Louisiana to …

Leonard Susskind on The World As Hologram

Robin Williams Channeled Matthew McConaughey In A Video For A Woman With Cancer Shortly Before He Died

When nice guy Robin Williams wasn’t making millions of people laugh or visiting sick children in the hospital, he was impersonating Matthew McConaughey in a video message for a terminally ill New Zealand woman. Back in January, Vivian Waller was diagnosed with lung, bowel, and liver cancer. Knowing …

The Most Common Mistakes People Make when Cooking Pork Chops

The 8 most common mistakes to avoid when cooking pork chops.<p>We'll come out and say it: Cooking pork chops is not an easy task. But we promise—you can definitely cook a tender, juicy chop—as long as you avoid these eight common mistakes.<p>1. Ignoring the Quality of Your Meat<p>This is true with all meat …

Cooking

Where to Buy Amazing Flour Online

It’s a brave new world for the home baker. In the now-distant past (as late as a year ago, actually), if you were serious about making bread at home …

Gluten-Free

Scientists Baffled by Mysterious Force Tossing Stars Out of Our Galaxy

Something is hitting stars in our Milky Way galaxy with such force that they are reaching the million-plus mile-per-hour velocity needed to break …

Mystery Gas Cloud On Course To Enter Supermassive Black Hole At Milky Way's Heart

The result could be a boom or a sizzle.<p>Astronomers expect a mysterious gas cloud to cross paths with the black hole at the heart of the Milky Way galaxy in the next few months. Then, one of two things could happen. The cloud could plunge on in, throwing off intense X-rays as it goes. Or, if the …

Black Holes

Astronomers Get First Glimpse of Cosmic Web

Changing Planet<p>Computer simulations suggest that matter in the universe is distributed in a “cosmic web” of filaments, as seen in the image above from a large-scale dark-matter simulation. The inset is a zoomed-in, high-resolution image of a smaller part of the cosmic web, 10 million light-years …

3 Amazing Coincidences in Our Solar System: What Could They Mean?

1. Ancient astronomy seems to predict knowledge of atoms only discovered in 1913<p>In antiquity, the planets were associated with seven known metals. …

Universe

The Serious Eats Cheese and Wine Pairing Cheat Sheet

More<p>All About Cheese<p>Everything you need to know about eating and cooking with curds<p>It's New Year's Eve, and your guests are about to come tumbling in. You set out bowls of salty snacks and a grand platter of cheeses. There's creamy white chèvre, a Stilton, some Brie, nutty aged Gruyère, tangy …

The Korean Kitchen for Beginners

Ready to go beyond kimchi? Learn about the next level of ingredients for Korean cooking, gochujang (hot pepper paste, also spelled kochujang) and …

Korean Food

Pork Meatball Banh Mi

makes 4 sandwiches<p>January 2010Print<p>Ingredients<p>Hot Chili Mayo<p>2/3 cup mayonnaise<p>2 green onions, finely chopped<p>1 tablespoon hot chili sauce (such as sriracha)*<p>Meatballs<p>1 pound ground pork<p>1/4 cup finely chopped fresh basil<p>4 garlic cloves, minced<p>3 green onions, finely chopped<p>1 tablespoon fish sauce …

Sandwiches

Sweet and Spicy Chicken Drumsticks

4 to 6 Servings<p>March 2012Print<p>Ingredients<p>1/2 cup Sriracha<p>1/2 cup unseasoned rice vinegar<p>1/4 cup mirin (sweet Japanese rice wine)<p>1/4 cup red currant or strawberry jelly<p>12 large chicken drumsticks<p>Kosher salt<p>1 cup rice flour<p>1 tablespoon cornstarch<p>Recipe Preparation<p>Bring Sriracha, rice vinegar, mirin, …

Sriracha Sauce

DEAR AMERICA: Here's Why We Need To Stop PRISM

My first day in college, the professor for Public Policy 101 asked a 200-person class, "If there were a policy that saved over 20,000 lives, reduced carbon emissions by 20 percent, reduced gasoline usage by 20 percent, decreased average insurance costs by 75 percent, and which would increase …