Kirsten Settevig Simon

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Giving Back: Donate Your Old Shoes

<i>Here are several organizations that will gladly take your old running shoes.</i><p>For your end-of-season closet purge, skip the trashcan and get …

Scarlet Ibis

Gururaj Moorching

Christina McCallum

Sandy Kroeger



Cape Glossy Starling

Indian Golden Oriole

Silver-throated Tanager

Photo of the day – The male Red-necked Tanager is one of the most easily identifiable members of this beautiful New World family, with no other tanager even coming close in visual comparison. Which, of course, is great for identification purposes, since with well over 100 tanager species and sometimes up to a dozen or more in a single mixed flock, it certainly makes us birders’ lives a whole lot easier! Adam Riley photographed this chap (with flash, hence the added vibrancy) near the city of Ubatuba in Brazil.


Gurum Ekalavya

56 Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes for Pies, Cakes, Cookies & More

Go beyond just the typical pumpkin and apple pies.<p>No matter how stuffed your guests are after the main meal, everyone will make room for these stunning sweets. We've got 53 pies, cakes, cookies, and other curveball desserts that are easy and exciting.


Can you catch a yawn off a wild animal?

It's well-known that yawning is contagious. Dogs will even respond to a yawning owner by producing a yawn of their own, thought to be an indication they are capable of cross-species empathy. But what about the other way round? What does it mean if you catch a yawn off a wild animal like a lion?

From the Archives: Crispy Smashed Potatoes

<b>Editor's Note:</b> From the Archives serves up popular existing recipes from our archives.<p>I can't help it. This time of year, I get crispy potatoes on the mind. I can't shake it no matter how hard I try. Not that I (or my wife) are complaining, because when I get something on the mind, it more often …

5 Things You Might Not Have Known About God And Beer

On <i>Weekend Edition Sunday</i>, NPR's John Burnett describes how some churches are trying to attract new members by creating a different sort of Christian community around craft beer.<p>This is actually nothing new. For centuries, beer has brought people together to worship God. And God has inspired people …

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013

The Results of 2013 Wildlife Photographer of the Year have been reported for the 49th edition. Led by two British institutions, the Natural History …

Recipe Spicy Moroccan Meatballs

<b>Ingredients</b><p>450g/ minced lamb ( or beef if preferred)<br>• 1 onion, finely chopped<br>• 2 tins chopped tomatoes<br>• 2 garlic cloves<br>• 2 tsp ground cumin<br>• 1 tsp hot …

What's Going On With the Sun This Week?

Solar flares, canyons of fire... it seems like it's trying to get our attention.<p>Our sun has really got a flair for flares lately. The third solar flare in two days peaked at 11:03 a.m. Eastern time Friday, and it was ranked as an X2.1. Solar flares come in classifications according to their x-ray …

Andromeda galaxy next door to Milky Way

The Andromeda galaxy is the closest spiral galaxy to our Milky Way and the most distant thing you can see with your eye alone. Find it in your night …

Electric Brain Stimulation Helps Rats With Spinal Cord Injuries Walk

The discovery could hold promise for paralyzed patients.<p>Stimulating a set of neurons deep in the brain has allowed rats with severe spinal cord injuries to walk almost normally again, a group of Swiss researchers reports in <i>Science Translational Medicine</i> this week. The rats were not completely …

23 Cats Who Are Going To Have Trust Issues

Permanent emotional damage. I hope you're happy.

23 Signs Your Cat Actually Owns You

If any of these are true of you, you may need to come to terms with the fact that you have essentially committed yourself to a life of indentured servitude to an ungrateful monster.

Tailgate Paella Recipe on Food52

Grilled Shrimp Skewers With Tomato, Garlic & Herbs

In this easy recipe, shrimp are quickly marinated in a bright and tangy mixture of olive oil, tomato paste, lemon, garlic, and herbs and then grilled until plump and slightly charred. They're perfect for entertaining -- either as an appetizer or main course -- because all of the prep is done ahead …


Cooking Off the Cuff: Glazed Pork and Carrots, Hearty Food for a Waning Summer

Why do we wait (or at least think we should wait) until winter before cooking dishes like the one Jackie and I had for dinner last week: the most flavorful cut of pork -- belly -- and carrots, glazed in deeply reduced braising liquid? And when I say "we" I include myself, as anyone who follows …