Michael Pirie

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Top 10 family movies

10. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang<p>Roald Dahl and Ian Fleming previously collaborated on You Only Live Twice, but this feels closer to a true fusion: James Bond for juniors with a modern fairytale element. It's easy to unpick who did what: from Fleming's side you get a gadget-stuffed car, a heroine with an …

50 Of The Best Dessert Recipes Of All Time

Dig in.<p>When it comes to dessert, the HuffPost Taste editors have got you covered. Between chocolate brownies, homemade ice cream, chocolate chip cookies, layer cakes and fruit pies, we got dessert on our minds all day long. (And this is not an overstatement.) You could even say that we’re somewhat …

The 10 best pasta sauce recipes Give your pasta a break from the bolognese and broaden your repertoire with these refreshing new recipe ideas, from purple pesto to miso and oranges http://t.gu.com/oQlnn Photography: Yuki Sugiura for the Guardian

Five Essential… Films of Pedro Almódovar

<i>Jackson Ball selects his five essential films of Pedro Almódovar…</i><p>Whether you are a massive fan, or just mildly aware of European cinema, you will …

Online scans and text of young Ray Bradbury's 1939 zine Futuria Fantasia

Project Gutenberg hosts a trove of the first four issues of <i>Futuria Fantasia</i>, the sf zine that Ray Bradbury started as a 19-year-old in 1939. They …

Argument: When losing is winning

[Video Link] Professor Daniel H. Cohen, a philosopher who specializes in argumentation theory, argues that the loser in an argument is often the real …

Adam Savage's Ten Rules for Success

The truly wonderful Adam Savage, co-host of Mythbusters, co-founder of Tested, and BB contributor, closed our theatrical experience yesterday with an …

Simple Springtime Dishes

How To Make Master French Chocolatier Jacques Torres' Famous Chocolate Chip Cookies

However, as much as it pains me to say it, these chocolate chip cookies by Jacques Torres are absolutely, without a doubt, the best chocolate chip cookies that I have ever made or tasted in my entire life. I guess that's why they call him Mr. Chocolate!<p>These are a chocolate chip cookie of another …

The truth about procrastination

David McRaney of You are Not so Smart and You are Now Less Dumb has a piece about why we procrastinate:<p><b>The Misconception:</b> You procrastinate because …

This column will change your life: anonymity isn't just for crooks and trolls 'Disinhibition can be good thing. If feeling anonymous frees some people to be dishonest, it frees others to perform at their best' http://t.gu.com/n8ig9 Illustration: Robin Hursthouse for the Guardian

In Guardian Cook: The 10 best banana recipes Bananas, the nation's favourite raw snack, are endlessly versatile in the kitchen. Mash and fry, slice and curry or unzip and bake whole – see which of these 10 treatments you prefer http://t.gu.com/n8iy3 Photo: Tiny banana tartes tatin. Yuki Sugiura for the Guardian

Prismatic Layers of Air in Tuscany

Though not much is known about photographer Adnan Bubalo, his stunning nature and landscape photos speak for themselves. His most captivating works feature the hills of Tuscany in central Italy. With its spectacular rolling hills and surrounding scenery, Tuscany is one of Italy's top vacation …

Strange Medicine, by Nathan Belofsky: exclusive excerpt

Upper-class Romans took great pride in their dental hygiene. Of a prominent Roman citizen was written:<p><i>Ignatius, because he has white teeth, is always</i> …

Your Choice In Utensils Can Change How Food Tastes

Being "born with a silver spoon in your mouth" has long been known to have advantages. Apparently, eating off a silver spoon also has its perks — it seems to make your food taste better.<p>That's the word from a group of researchers who've been studying how cutlery, dishes and other inedible …

Experiments have shown that people can't tell plonk from grand cru. Now one US winemaker claims that even experts can't judge wine accurately. What's the science behind the taste? Guardian Life & style takes a look: http://bit.ly/144pyhh Photograph: A G Holesch/Getty Images/Imagebroker RF

Here's that Beastles album you've been waiting for!

Last weekend, I let you know that a new Beastles album was forthcoming from djBC, who was reprising his mid-2000s project to mash up the Beatles and …

How markets allow people to violate their moral codes

Here's a press-release describing a paywalled paper in <i>Science</i> magazine, written by a pair of University of Bonn Economists. They conducted an …

Cory Doctorow: Lauren Beukes's Shining Girls serial killer novel...

Here's what Pangea looks like mapped with modern political borders

Pretty wild, right? It's a map of Pangea — a supercontinent that formed roughly 300 million years ago — mapped with contemporary geopolitical borders.<p>…

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New trailer for The World's End

Barmageddon is coming as the new trailer for Edgar Wright’s <b>The World’s End</b> hits the Internet. Here’s the synopsis, followed by the trailer below:<p><i>“In</i> …

The invisible beauty of flowers - in pictures

http://www.theguardian.com/science/gallery/2013/may/19/invisible-beauty-flowers-in-pictures<p>720<p>Artist Susumu Nishinaga has used a scanning electron …

Science Weekly podcast: Cory Doctorow on an internet that sets us free

This week's edition of the podcast is dedicated to the Sense About Science Lecture 2013, given by the sci-fi writer and web activist <b>Cory …

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Could an app replicate the placebo effect?

New research shows deception isn't needed to induce healing effects with fake meds<p>Daniel Jacobs believes in the placebo effect, the well-documented but not well-understood phenomenon in which sick patients sometimes feel the same healing effects from swallowing a sugar pill that they would from …

Plants do better far away from close relatives

<b>U. TORONTO (CAN) —</b> Charles Darwin got it right. Plant species that share environments with those that are distantly related are more productive.<p>The …

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