Megz Webb

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You really, really, really ought to spend more time in nature

We already knew that greenery boosts mental health. But new research suggests the effects might last for years<p>This arguably isn't the best-timed news if you're currently on the eastern side of the United States, getting smothered by what the Weather Channel wants us to call Winter Storm Janus, but: …

Editors at the Prestigious Journal Nature Get Serious About Reddit

A new collaboration will have top science journalists engaging with their readers at the subreddit r/science.<p><i>Nature</i> is one of the world's most prestigious science journals.<p>Reddit is a website teeming with readers. Readers, readers, and more readers clicking on and discussing articles from all over …

5 Apps for Adventurous Nature Nerds

5 Nature Apps<p>1. Leafsnap<p>2. iTrack Wildlife<p>3. Audubon Field Guides<p>4. What's Invasive!<p>5. Nature's Notebook<p>In the dead of winter, we all crave a little …

10 Things in Nature That Are Not the Color You'd Expect

Blue lava? A blood-red waterfall? The natural world is full of surprises. If you think you've finally figured out Mother Nature, think again.<p>Blue lava? A blood-red waterfall? The natural world is full of surprises. If you think you've finally figured out Mother Nature, think again.

Mexico's 'water monster' the axolotl may have vanished from natural habitat

Biologist says most recent attempt to net creature in the Xochimilco network of lakes resulted in none being found<p>Mexico's salamander-like axolotl may have disappeared from its only known natural habitat in Mexico City's few remaining lakes.<p>It is disturbing news for the amphibian which has a slimy …

Sheldrake Environmental Center Wants All to Know There's Lots Happening in Nature in Winter

Nobody should settle onto the couch for a long winter of binge-TV-watching. Sheldrake wants to get everyone outdoors. While it may look quiet out …

Ecology

Strawberry Cheesecake Donuts

In a glass measuring cup, combine warm milk, yeast and 1 tsp sugar. Allow to yeast to proof for 5-10 minutes.<p>Meanwhile, in the bowl of a stand mixer …

Dark Chocolate Waffles

6 Servings<p>Buttermilk brings slight tang and moisture to the batter, while olive oil offers fruity richness. Choose a mild-flavored (not too peppery) type of oil for these waffles.<p>February 2014Print<p>Ingredients<p>2 cups all-purpose flour<p>½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder<p>¼ cup (packed) brown sugar<p>2 teaspoons …

Breakfast

Cider rarebit recipe

The ultimate cheese-on-toast recipe, starring pears and cider<p><i>Serves two</i><p>The addition of egg is not to everyone's taste (nor is it everyone's idea of what a rarebit should be) but I like it. It turns a snack into a very good supper. I've even been known to add bacon, too. A watercress salad and a …

Recipes for cancer sufferers: four healthy smoothies

Kickstart your day with one of these delicious smoothies<p><b>Banana and blueberry smoothie</b><p><i>By Mark Jordan</i><p>SERVES 2-3<p>PREPARATION TIME: 10 MINS<p>1 punnet of blueberries<p>2 bananas<p>1 vanilla pod, scraped<p>1 pt soya milk<p>Place the blueberries and 1 banana into a blender and purée with the scraped vanilla pod until …

Get Comfy, Quick With Squash Carbonara

Squash and sage carbonara makes a quick and comforting winter meal.<p>The tail end of January can be a dreary time. When the temperature only hints at ever making it back up above freezing, all you'll want to do for dinner is simmer a stew for hours. But since it's Thursday, and you can't start a pot …

Cooking

Grain recipes: super-seeded carrot cake

This carrot cake is delicious and packed with nutritious seeds<p>Makes: 16 small squares<p>Preparation: 15 mins, plus 30 mins soaking<p>Cooking: 1 hr<p><i>Ingredients:</i><p>150g (5½ oz) raisins<p>80ml (2½ fl oz) apple juice<p>Butter, for greasing<p>115g (4 oz) self-raising wholemeal (whole-wheat) flour<p>115g (4 oz) wholemeal …

Crispy Potato Skins

8 Servings<p>Crispy, cheesy, bacon-y—they're an irresistible Super Bowl snack. So irresistible, in fact, that you may want to make a double batch of this potato skins recipe.<p>Print<p>Ingredients<p>8 russet potatoes (about 5 lb.), scrubbed<p>Olive oil for rubbing and brushing<p>Flaky sea salt, such as Maldon<p>Freshly …

Potatoes

33 Gooey, Cheesy Super Bowl Party Recipes

From monkey bread to queso, here are 33 addictively cheesy things to serve this Sunday.<p>On no other day do we so recklessly consume thousands of calories in food and beer as we do on Super Bowl Sunday. And while there are plenty of delicious veggie options, not to mention wings a-plenty, let's be …

Cooking