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Babies’ brains are wired to learn multiple languages at once

Any adult who has attempted to learn a foreign language can attest to how difficult and confusing it can be. So when a three-year-old growing up in a bilingual household inserts Spanish words into his English sentences, conventional wisdom assumes that he is confusing the two languages.<p>Research …

Language Learning

South Korea's 'Hidden Treasures' shows another side of North Korea art

Not quite all North Korean art consists of rosy-cheeked farmers and soldiers alongside slogans exhorting the masses to work hard to advance the nation or vanquish imperialists. An exhibition in this satellite city, just several miles south of the DMZ that separates the Koreas, is displaying the …

The Mysterious, Murky Story Behind Soy-Sauce Packets

How Chinese takeout, a Jewish businessman from the Bronx, and NASA-approved packaging have shaped the 50-year reign of a well-loved American condiment<p>Right now, whether you're at work or at home, in a drawer somewhere near you is probably a packet of soy sauce—a squishy, likely clear pouch of …

Soysauce

The flour battle of Xinzo de Limia's carnival – in pictures

During this festive battle during Xinzo de Limia’s carnival in Spain, participants throw flour and bran at each other in a kind of purification ritual

Spain

The Rise and Fall (and Rise) of the Ukulele

The little instrument has gone from being an exotic new trend to the embodiment of kitsch since it arrived on Hawaii 125 years ago, but is currently enjoying a revival.<p>With its chunk-a-chunk sound, whispery nylon strings, and diminutive body, the ukulele is having a moment. Or maybe even a decade. …

Guitar

Build a better breakfast: 6 easy, healthy recipes to start the new year right

On the heels of a long and indulgent holiday season, New Year’s Day offers the perfect opportunity to start fresh and commit to healthy eating. And what better way to kick off 2015 than with a nutritious breakfast? In fact, a healthy morning meal is a great way to set you on the path to better …

Breakfast

Still Stuck for Gift Ideas?! 45 Edible Gifts to Whip Up for Everyone on Your List

It’s hard to believe we’re already a few days away from Xmas. (Seriously, where did 2014 go?) With tree decorating, holiday parties and Christmas decor DIYs, it’s a miracle we can even tie our shoes. If you’re still struggling to think of gift ideas for your loved ones, we’re here to help. We’ve …

Dessert

Those Coke cans with names on them increased sales for the first time in a decade

It turns out all it takes to reverse a decade-long sales decline is to slap names onto soda bottles. Coca-Cola's "Share a Coke" campaign, which saw names like Chris, Alex, and Jess, as well as monikers like "BFF" and "Wingman" emblazoned on bottles and cans, is credited for increasing the company's …

Beer labels match brewed contents to Pantone color

Spanish creative agency Txaber created a series of beer packaging labels in which each brew type is presented with a corresponding Pantone color.<p>[via …

You Should Be Drinking Canned Craft Beer

Finally there's an acceptable reason to say the words "nice" and "cans" in the same sentence.<p>Nice, cans! (with a comma), is okay when squealing about your favorite <i>bottled</i> IPA. Why? Despite the can's lowbrow reputation, cocooning beer in aluminum actually can keep the final product fresher.<p>"We …

Beer

Whither the Breadfruit?

By James McWilliams August 1, 2014<p><i>Whither the breadfruit?</i><p>Marguerite Girvin Gillin, <i>Breadfruit</i>, ca. 1884<p>There’s such a thing as the Breadfruit Institute, and there should be. Researchers consider the species a “NUS”—“neglected and underutilized species.” But Ian Cole, the Breadfruit Institute’s …

Fighting FOMO: 3 Strategies To Beat Your Fear Of Missing Out

<i>If it seems like everyone you know is doing cooler stuff than you, feeling happier than you, and generally out-pizzazzing you, Martha Beck wants you to know they've got you fooled.</i><p>By Martha Beck<p>OMG, do you have any idea what you're missing right now? Have you checked Facebook in the last two …

The Future of Iced Coffee

At its cafes, Blue Bottle might make one of the best iced-coffee drinks in America. But are artisan businesses doomed to fail when they try going mainstream?<p>I have seen the future of iced coffee.<p>There I was, wandering the grocery-store aisles—when suddenly, next to the kombucha, opposite the …

Searching For Stress Relief? Try Feeling Your Breath

Many Americans are swamped with stress, but there may be ways to ease the tension without changing the circumstances.<p>Almost half of all adults say they've experienced a major stressful event in the past year, according to a poll conducted by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard …

Chain Restaurant Workers Reveal The Items They Refuse To Eat

A recent Reddit thread asked them "what item on the menu would you absolutely not eat and why?"<p>Thousands of supposed former employees responded.<p>Some named menu items that were too unhealthy, while others felt squeamish about how the food was prepared.<p><i>NOTE: Reddit sources are anonymous, and can't be</i> …

McDonald's

Yes, You Can Pickle That

<i>Cooking on the cheap shouldn't mean minute rice and buttered pasta every night. With a little creativity and a little planning, Gabriella Paiella shows us how to make the most of a tight budget -- without sacrificing flavor or variety.</i><p><i>Today: Pickling is so hot right now. And when done at home, it's</i> …

Have We Reached Peak Bacon?

2<p>SHARES<p>Bacon prices are skyrocketing. A consumer report from Canada shows that the price of pig fat has ticked up almost ten percent in the last …

New York City

California City Will Not Declare Sriracha A Public Nuisance

Lawmakers in the Los Angeles suburb of Irwindale had considered declaring Huy Fong Foods, maker of the fiery Sriracha sauce, a nuisance after residents near the factory complained that peppery fumes were giving them headaches and irritating their eyes and throats.<p>But at a city council hearing on …

Sriracha Sauce

5 Things You Never Knew About Fortune Cookies

There are some foods that we rarely, if ever, give any thought to, and they tend to be the ones that are given to us for free after meals: after-dinner mints, for example, or that ubiquitous cellophane-wrapped "dessert" known as the fortune cookie. So let's take a few minutes and finally answer the …

Food

15-Minute Morning Workout Routine | The Art of Manliness

Adrian Peter Schmidt was born in the Alsace-Lorraine region of what is now France in 1872. His genetics and circumstances did not point to a future …

A Brief History of the Chocolate Chip

Celebrating National Chocolate Chip Day—not a federal holiday, at least not <i>yet</i>—should be easy enough for all the classic dessert lovers and cookie …

You Think Food Tastes Better If It's Expensive

We’re pretty shallow when it comes to food.<p>I don’t just mean our predilections for organic food and fancy coconut water. A new study shows that …

Food

Tabasco And Beer-Flavored: Not Your Easter Bunny's Jelly Beans

This Easter, you can drown your sorrows in a glass of Jellybean milk — or with a pile of beer-flavored jelly beans.<p>The new twists are a sign that jelly beans are continuing their march to candyland domination. Americans buy 16 billion beans in the Easter season alone (mid-February until the actual …

How to Make Homemade Marshmallow Peeps

The world <i>wants</i> us to make Peeps.<p>I discovered this last year on a day that began with reading an article in the local paper in which Marilyn Hagerty called a Ruby Tuesday “one of the stars in the restaurant scene” of my new town. It was a day I almost gave up on food.<p>On top of all of that, I had an …

Make Delicious Biscuits with Just Two Ingredients

There's nothing quite like fresh bread products, but usually it takes a lot of work to make them. Food blog The Splendid Table comes to the rescue …

Chewy Molasses Cookies

makes 2½ dozen<p>In this recipe, molasses keeps these cookies magically fresh and chewy for days.<p>December 2013Print<p>Ingredients<p>2 cups all-purpose flour<p>2 teaspoons baking soda<p>1½ teaspoon ground cinnamon<p>1 teaspoon ground ginger<p>¾ teaspoon ground cardamom<p>½ teaspoon kosher salt<p>1 large egg<p>½ cup (1 stick) …

Dessert

How to Make Kringel at Home

<i>It's always more fun to DIY. Every week, we'll spare you a trip to the grocery store and show you how to make small batches of great foods at home.</i><p><i>Today: Emma Gardner from Poires au Chocolat is sharing a pastry recipe with a twist -- literally.</i><p>Kringel is an Estonian pastry flavored with cardamon …

Baking

50 Most Inspirational Quotes in Sports

It doesn't matter if your dad owns a professional sports team or if you play squash on the weekends with Rupert Murdoch; if you don't perform as an elite athlete or coach, then you're history.<p>Consequently, the people in this list are uniquely qualified to inspire.<p>Major sports figures have …

Gary Player

Understanding Umami

<i>Inspired by conversations on the Food52 Hotline, we're sharing tips and tricks that make navigating all of our kitchens easier and more fun.</i><p><i>Today: Which ingredients carry that fifth taste -- and the best ways to cook with them.</i><p>A long, long time ago, only four tastes ruled the culinary world: sweet, …

Scientists Track a Great White Shark Across the Atlantic for the First Time

Tagged off Florida, the mature female is now closing in on the U.K.'s Cornish coast.<p>Ever since researchers tagged a great white shark nicknamed Lydia off Jacksonville, Florida, in March 2013, they've been keeping a close eye on her. Their vigilance was rewarded this past weekend when the 14-foot …