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Exceptional Salmon

Fry bacon (or pancetta) in a lightly oiled, heated frying pan. Cook until the bacon begins to go from crisp to hard brown, then remove and drain on a …

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Maps From Space Show World's Disappearing Forests

Landsat satellite data reveal that nearly three times more forest cover was lost than gained worldwide in the 21st century.<p><b>The view from space puts vanishing forests in a pretty stark light.</b><p><b>Data from satellite images reveal that forest cover losses far outstripped forest regrowth in the first dozen</b> …

Bitcoin hits $700 during surprisingly friendly Senate hearing on the virtual currency

Bitcoin, the decentralized virtual currency that approximates cash on the internet, had a big day today. The four-year-old currency had its first hearing in Congress as experts from the government, the Bitcoin community, and the nonprofit sector appeared to discuss the implications of the growing …

The Design Studio Behind Xbox Reviews The PlayStation 4

Teague is known for designing Microsoft’s original Xbox. Here, they critique Sony’s PlayStation 4.<p><i>Even if you don’t know the design consultancy Teague, you know their work–ranging from the original Polaroid camera to the interiors of almost every Boeing plane to date. They were also the firm</i> …

Where's The Best Of What's New?

<b>We're still adapting our Best of What's New pages from prior to 2014--thanks for your patience!</b><p><b>Until then, take a look at our 2014 BOWN winners.</b>

Obamacare's threat to liberalism

From the moment of his improbable emergence as a presidential contender seven years ago, Barack Obama has always positioned himself as something better than a politician. And he has always presented his goals for progressive change as something bigger than the bare minimum a Democrat might hope for …

8 off-contract smartphones compete without breaking the bank

This holiday season is shaping up to be the year that getting a solid new Android smartphone doesn't also mean signing up for 24 months of ever-increasing monthly fees at the same time.<p>The trend away from flagship phones that required such big commitments in order to lock down a quality device for …

Xbox One launch games reviewed

This morning the first embargoes lifted for Xbox One reviews, giving readers a sense of how the upcoming console's launch line-up might be shaping up.<p>The titles reviewed are Capcom's Dead Rising 3, Crimson Dragon and Zoo Tycoon. How did they fare? Find out in the links below.<p>Crimson Dragon<p>"I could …

PS4 hardware issues, and what you can do to resolve them

Sony managed to sell more than 1 million units of the PlayStation 4 within the first 24 hours of the console's North American launch last Friday. Amid reports of technical problems prior to launch, the company told Polygon that hardware issues were isolated incidents that comprised approximately …

Xbox One: the 10 key launch titles

With the PlayStation 4 now available in North America, this week belongs to the multi-territory roll-out of the Xbox One. Although the console rivals are currently playing it nice with a series of tweeted congratulations and good luck messages (bless!), Microsoft will be looking to make a major …