Mark Tao

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Magic Mushrooms May Have Lasting Health Benefits, New Research Finds

In two landmark studies focused on psilocybin, researchers found that just one psychedelic experience can lead to substantial and lasting mental …

Magic Mushrooms

5 Korean Novels You Should Read Now

South Korea is becoming a major player on the world’s literary scene, beginning with last year’s London Book Fair, which spotlighted Korean literature. In particular, the country’s literary scene is making a name for itself with dark, transgressive fiction by female writers, some of which might not …

4 Steps to a Clean, Organized Kitchen That Stays That Way

The kitchen is your laboratory. There are appliances, chemicals, and reactions waiting to happen. If all goes well, your hypotheses, tested by experimentation, will turn out to be correct: cream-colored orbs puffing into steaming, golden dinner rolls; vegetables becoming more saturated in color …

How to pickle vegetables (yes, even you can do it!)

You don't have to give up on summer flavor even though the season is winding down. Turn summer's bounty into pickles! Here, TODAY's director of culinary production Bianca Borges shares a recipe and tutorial for pickling at home. The key? Don't be afraid to experiment! Watch the video to see how …

Vegetables

How a Group of Alabama Farmers Are Redefining Gulf Oysters

This year, Eater is teaming up with James Beard award-winning Southern Foodways Alliance to spotlight their documentary work, premiering a short film every other week. This next piece focuses on a group of oystermen farming small oysters — unusual for the Gulf of Mexico — in Alabama. Now eight …

Farming

Meet Kava Tea, a Prescription-Free Alternative to Xanax

For centuries, Pacific Islanders have been drinking kava, a physioactive "tea" of sorts made from the root of a plant in the pepper family. A variety of kava species grow across the islands, some more potent than others. But their basic effect, when ground and mixed with water, is the same: to …

East Village

Meet Mofongo, the Best Thing to Ever Happen to Deep-Fried Plantains

The unofficial national food of Puerto Rico is having a moment in NYC, thanks to a tiny upstart called Mofongo NY.<p>Imagine warm, deep-fried green plantains that have been mashed with garlic, adobo spices, and pork rinds into a chunky paste, then filled with a variety of savory meat, fish, or veg …

Luscious Raspberry Pound Cake

Raspberry pound cake is just absolutely delectable! Each morsel will bring spring to life in this sweet dessert.<p>Sometimes accidents happen and the result is total unplanned perfection. That was the case with this raspberry quick bread recipe. Bold, all encompassing statements like "the absolute …

Glazed Fresh Blueberry and Strawberry Pie With Whipped Cream

When the fruit is fresh and ripe and it's hot outside, this dessert is perfection. It's also super easy to make, delicious, <i>and</i> nutritious!<p>The recipe for this pie is based on the local-legend strawberry pie from Hess's Patio Restaurant. It was about eight inches high and glorious. Of course, I am …

Norwegian Recipes: Easy-to-Make Carrot Cake

The Norwegian version of Carrot Cake is so easy to make and full of flavor! I think it's also one of the healthiest cakes you can bake because the main ingredient is carrot!<p>Don't get me wrong, I love a good frosted cake, but sometimes there is just too much frosting. I love a cake where the actual …

Chef Sang Yoon's 7 Tips for Frying Like a Pro

Here, chef Sang Yoon's seven simple steps for light, crispy fried foods.<p>Chef Sang Yoon schooled the crowd in frying at the 33rd annual Food & Wine …

This Ramen Water Purification System Really Needs to Exist

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Washington D.C.

Earth 'entering new extinction phase' - US study

<b>The Earth has entered a new period of extinction, a study by three US universities has concluded, and humans could be among the first casualties.</b><p>The report, led by the universities of Stanford, Princeton and Berkeley, said vertebrates were disappearing at a rate 114 times faster than normal.<p>The …

23 Short Stories You'll Want To Read Over And Over Again

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Senate committee backs measure to allow VA to recommend medical pot

Veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and other chronic pain issues may be able to ask their VA doctors for a new treatment soon: medical marijuana.<p>Last week, the Senate Appropriations Committee voted to back the Veterans Equal Access Amendment. Under the measure, Veterans Affairs …

10 Uncommon Habits of Extraordinarily Productive People

Do what everyone else does and you get the results they get. Here are ways to be different -- and achieve differently.<p>Whatever your definition of success (each person's definition of "success" is and should be different), one thing is true for everyone: Success means getting things done.<p>Highly …

Time Management