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Are Chiles Good for You? Or Bad? What Does Science Say?

Are chiles an antioxidant-filled wonder food? Or a bacteria-harboring carcinogen? We searched the annals of science to find the truth.<p>Science is groovy and everything, but it can be annoyingly confusing when it comes to telling us what to eat. Today's knotty conundrum: the chile. Is it an …

7 Tricks to Get Kids to Eat Sriracha—and Love Spicy Food

Getting kids to eat is tough. Getting them to eat spicy food can be impossible—but it can be done! Here's how to turn children into chile heads<p><i>Welcome to Sriracha Week, our annual celebration of all things spicy. Today Kim Foster, author of</i> Sharp Knives, Boiling Oil: My Year of Dangerous Cooking …

Ten of the world's best city hikes

Stretch your legs over hours or days, without leaving some of the world’s biggest cities. This article is adapted from Lonely Planet's <i>1000 Ultimate Adventures.</i><p>Tijuca Forest, Rio de Janeiro<p>Aerial shot of Rio de Janeiro surrounded by the Tijuca Forest. Image by Paddy Eckersley / Digital Vision / …

Hiking

Who was the real St Patrick?

The details of St Patrick’s life remain murky – but tracking his legendary footsteps across Ireland is both peaceful and spectacular.<p>Those who wish to pay homage to St Patrick on 17 March could attend a parade, don an outlandish green costume or swig a pint (or several – twice as much Guinness …

Ireland

Signs of Spring on American Prairie Reserve

By Damien Austin<p>Freezing rain has left inches of ice across a snow-crusted prairie. A few days from now the creeks will be running high as warm weather moves in to unravel the layers of winter. It’s also the time of year when my two young daughters stand at the kitchen windows with their faces …

A Steep Street in England, Reimagined as a Giant Water Slide