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Make Hot Browns For The Kentucky Derby

This hearty open-faced sandwich deserves its own laurels.<p>Come Derby season, Mint Julep recipes proliferate the Internet. That’s good, considering that it’s a delicious drink (heck, here’s our write-up on the iconic tipple), but you’re going to need something to sop up the booze.<p>So join us this year …

Recipes

23 Delicious Ways To Drink Whiskey Tonight

Bring on the cold weather.

Activists call Swazi election a 'selection' | Swaziland

<b>Mbabane, Swaziland</b> - From the deep southern valleys of Nhlangano, to the bustling northern streets of Mbabane, 415,000 Swazi voters are set to elect 55 members of parliament in a political system unique to the landlocked mountain kingdom.<p>Widely seen as Africa's last absolute monarchy because of the …

Why music is good for the heart

Doctors have discovered what music-lovers always guessed – music touches places nothing else can reach, says Ivan Hewett<p>In its onward march, science is always trampling over folk-wisdom. But sometimes a piece of research comes along which shows folk-wisdom might have a point after all. There’s been …

The Unique Genius of Hong Kong's Public Transportation System

The use of a clever financing system has enabled the territory to provide world-class service—without breaking the bank.<p>In addition to Hong Kong, the MTR Corporation runs individual subway lines in Beijing, Hangzhou, and Shenzhen in China, two lines in the London Underground, and the entire …

In Conversation: Michael Bloomberg

On August 6, I meet Mayor Bloomberg in the wide-open City Hall bullpen he installed as soon as he took office to re-create the collaborative …

Income Inequality

Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid (Without Your AmEx Card)

Cyber War, cyber-security, electronic armies, domestic spying. The galloping anxiety right now surrounding war, dangerous brown people in the Middle …

How is the sequester affecting science in America?

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See the United States running out of cash in this scary chart

With so much focus in the US on Syria, where even US president Barack Obama says there is no immediate threat to American interests, it might be worth re-focusing for a moment on this chart from the Bipartisan Policy Center. It shows the government’s supply of cash running out sometime between …

How cigarette companies use free trade deals to sell more cigarettes to women and kids

Global trade negotiations in Washington this week will determine how cigarette companies will be able to market their products in developing nations—and potentially, overturn smoking restrictions around the world.<p>As cigarette smoking has fallen in the United States and Europe thanks to public …

Recipe: The Plant Power Breakfast Smoothie

If you didn’t think you could create a balanced meal in a blender, that’s about to change.<p>This green, protein-packed breakfast smoothie will add …

3 Reasons Not to Get Excited About Syria's Agreement on Chemical Weapons

Disagreement between the U.S. and Russia, the difficulty of cleaning up chemical weapons in a war zone, and other reasons Damascus's latest promise might not be fulfilled.<p>Foreign-policy watchers may have experienced a collective case of whiplash today when, as the threat of punitive U.S. strikes …

Episode 2 - Why People are Flocking to Berlin

"Berlin ist arm, aber sexy." ("Berlin is poor, but sexy.") - Klaus Wowereit<p>In a television interview in 2004, Klaus Wowereit, governing mayor of Berlin at the time, famously called the city 'poor but sexy.' It has since become a wealthier place, but I think that the central idea is still both true …

Late nights 'sap children's brain power'

<b>Late nights and lax bedtime routines can blunt young children's minds, research suggests.</b><p>The findings on sleep patterns and brain power come from a UK study of more than 11,000 seven-year-olds.<p>Youngsters who had no regular bedtime or who went to bed later than 21:00 had lower scores for reading and …

Community Health

2008 financial crisis: Could it happen again?

Five years since the great collapse, the U.S. financial system looks healthier — but problems persist.<p>Fear gripped the USA five years ago. As Americans awoke on Monday, Sept. 15, 2008, they learned that Lehman Bros. had collapsed in bankruptcy, inflicting billions of new losses on a financial …

Narcissists are ruining America

<b>Donald Rumsfeld, John Kerry, John McCain (AP/Reuters/Jim Young/Joshua Roberts/Ralph Freso)</b><p>We’re on the verge of bombing another country — because a few conceited people want to feel good about themselves<p>David Sirota<p>September 8, 2013 3:00pm (UTC)<p>One telltale trait of narcissists is their ability …

Same-sex benefits at conservative Wal-Mart: What gives?

Wal-Mart's move to offer benefits to same-sex partners has created a lot of buzz.<p>It was met with praise from progressive groups and disappointment from the religious right. But it also had some scratching their heads.<p>That's because Wal-Mart (WMT) has long been known for taking a conservative …

Don't expect jobs, wages to grow any faster, economists say

The U.S. economy is likely to grow a bit more quickly next year, but don't look for big changes in the pace of new hiring.<p>That sluggish pace of job growth will keep paychecks nearly flat and continue to weigh on household budgets and consumer spending, according to economists who track the health …

Will Kerry’s Loose Lips Save Obama?

John Kerry is in trouble again. At a press conference in London on Monday, Kerry said that if the Obama Administration went ahead with air strikes designed to degrade the Syrian military and prevent it from using chemical weapons in the future, it would be an “unbelievably small, limited kind of …

Mexico’s New Drug War: Catch and Release?

One morning earlier this summer, on a dirt road outside the border city of Nuevo Laredo, Mexican authorities stopped a pickup truck carrying Miguel Angel Treviño Morales, the legendarily sadistic leader of Los Zetas, an ultraviolent criminal organization that has become one of the dominant players …

Science for potheads: Why they love to get high

<b>(Riccardo Mojana via Shutterstock)</b><p>There’s so much misunderstanding around marijuana. Here’s what’s really happening to people when they smoke weed<p>K.M. Cholewa<p>September 8, 2013 4:00pm (UTC)<p>Drug warriors have long tried to smear marijuana as a dangerous scourge, seeking to criminalize possession of a …

NASA is farming lettuce in space

Starting in December, NASA will begin producing its own food in orbit for the first time ever, according to a new report in <i>Modern Farmer</i>. Called the Vegetable Production System (or VEGGIE for short), the minimal rig will accommodate six romaine lettuce plants grown under pink LED lamps, ready for …