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The Science Behind Baking Your Ideal Chocolate Chip Cookie

You like soft and chewy. He likes thin and crispy. If only there were a way to bake chocolate chip cookies to please everyone.<p>There is! And, no, it's not Martha Stewart's way. It's science.<p>We've taken our cues from a few spots: a bioengineering grad student named Kendra Nyberg, who co-taught a …

Cause for trepidation: Libertarians’ newfound concern for prison reform

No, they aren’t suddenly socially conscious. Their proposals are consistent with their vision of limited government<p>Like many criminal justice and drug policy reformers I have watched with great interest the growing bi-partisan support among elected officials for addressing ‘mass incarceration.’ …

W.H.: 'Ferns' boosting ACA traffic

President Barack Obama’s sit-down with Zach Galifianakis led to a spike in traffic to HealthCare.gov on Tuesday, the administration said, as it touted the effectiveness of the president’s latest effort to reach out to young adults.<p>As of 1 p.m. ET Tuesday, the website had racked up more than 19,000 …

Goldman Sachs: Bitcoin Is Not A Currency

Goldman Sachs thinks that Bitcoin believers need to take a cold shower, drink some coffee, and sober up.<p>In the wake of Mt. Gox’s collapse, the supposed outing of Bitcoin’s creator, and some high-profile arrests, the financial services firm has put together an exhaustive survey of “Bitcoin” and …

No, Twitter Has Not Been Hit by a Massive Spam Botnet

Earlier this week, programmer Paul Dietrich made a posting on the site Cryptome about what he called a “Massive Twitter Botnet,” which was then picked up by Hacker News as well as a few publications. Among other claims, he put together a list of some 35,000 fake twitter handles, which he believes …

Digital Storm's Vanquish II makes the 'Ultimate' gaming PC affordable

Digital Storm took the wraps off of its new Vanquish II PC today, a desktop gaming rig with a hurricane of features designed to give you a custom-built feel without actually having to assemble your own computer. Prices start at $699 for the"Good" version, which comes with a Core i3 4330 processor, …

Love, sex, Iraq: A roadside bomb won’t kill my marriage

My love was severely wounded in Iraq. The military, VA and other civilians didn’t seem to care. We fought anyway<p>The ten-year anniversary of Brian’s injury is coming up. A lot of people in the veterans’ community call it their Alive Day. Brian calls it his Phoenix Day—I strongly prefer that term. …

How Richard Nixon reinvented American warfare

As the public soured on Vietnam, Nixon rebooted U.S. military strategy — and paved the way for Iraq and Afghanistan<p>In 1972, with the Vietnam War still raging, Democrats certainly hoped to make the large loss of American life a pivotal issue in their effort to oust Nixon. Washington Post cartoonist …

Bill Gates Talks to TIME About the Three Myths of Global Aid

It’s easy to get fed up when you’re trying to save the world. Progress can be slow, setbacks are constant and few people appreciate exactly what …

Goodbye Twitter fridges, hello 3D-printed food

At CES 2014, the smartest home appliances aren't smart at all<p>CES has long been the best place in the world to find a bunch of insane and impractical home appliances. Last year saw the category reach its drunk-on-tech nadir, best exemplified by Samsung's incongruous efforts to push Evernote onto …

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Here Are The Five Big Reasons Obamacare Is Changing People's Insurance Premiums

The fight we've been having for the last week over the president's broken "If you like your health plan, you can keep it" promise has not been very informative.<p>To hear liberals tell it, this is mostly a story of people losing their grip on "junk insurance." If people are paying more, it's because …

Health Care

I Bought an Apartment Specifically to Rent Out on AirBnB

<i>This is a guest post by Jon Wheatley of Need/Want that originally appeared on the company’s blog. Need/Want makes innovative products that solve problems like SmartBedding and Draft Notebooks.</i><p>In 2012 I bought an apartment specifically to rent out on Airbnb. I’ve been managing it remotely for the …

Noam Chomsky: America’s infrastructure is broken

The linguist and activist on a bevy of topics ranging from the U.S.-Mexican border to the mortgage crisis<p>In order to understand the rationale behind the fortification of the border and the physical form it has taken in recent years, it is necessary to go back a little first. The US-Mexican border, …

What We Don't Talk About When We Talk About The American Center

A few notes to help explain our latest chart-filled survey of the current politicsPLUS: FIND OUT WHERE YOU STAND AND WHERE YOUR POLITICIANS DO<p><i>Published in the November 2013 issue</i><p><b>Jim Hightower, the legendary hellion populist</b> out of Texas (yes, such a beast once roamed the earth) used to say that the …

Political Science

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Do you really need to drink eight cups of water a day?

<b>Drinking eight cups or two litres of water a day is longstanding advice. But is there any scientific basis for it, asks Dr Chris van Tulleken.</b><p>You know those ads that remind us that even a small drop in hydration levels can massively affect performance so you need to keep hydrated with whatever …

Wellness

To understand the shutdown, you have to grasp the mindset of the Republican base

It’s widely understood that the government has been shut down by a relatively small number of Republican lawmakers who represent deeply red …

As U.S. struggles with health reform, the Amish go their own way

The debate over U.S. healthcare reform that has gripped the nation and led to a government shutdown is of small concern in rural Pennsylvania's Amish country for a very simple reason.<p>Along with eschewing cars and many other modern technologies, the descendants of 18th-Century German immigrants who …

Health Care

Phony balance, manufactured conflict: The media just confuses the truth

By feasting on controversy and focusing on the trivial, the media misinforms us about policy and misserves us all<p>Reporters are drawn to conflict, as is the news audience. “Everyone loves a fight” is how one scholar put it. With “he said, she said” journalism, reporters don’t have to wait for …

White America says “Let the Fire Burn”

What the Philadelphia firebombing of 1985 can tell us about the culture of white rage that led to the shutdown<p>In Jason Osder’s disturbing and extraordinary new documentary “Let the Fire Burn,” which entirely consists of archival footage, we see a Philadelphia police officer named James Berghaier …

Our Founding Fathers included Islam

Thomas Jefferson didn’t just own a Quran — he engaged with Islam and fought to ensure the rights of Muslims<p><i>[He] sais “neither Pagan nor Mahamedan [Muslim] nor Jew ought to be excluded from the civil rights of the Commonwealth because of his religion.”
 — Thomas Jefferson, quoting John Locke, …

University Of Texas Conservative Students Hold Affirmative Action Bake Sale

A group of conservative students at the University of Texas at Austin held a bake sale on campus last week, charging different prices for brownies based on the customer's race. The group said it wanted to show why affirmative action is a terrible policy.<p>The affirmative action bake sale, held Sept. …

10 grammar rules you can forget: how to stop worrying and write proper

Guardian Style Guide author David Marsh set out to master perfect grammatical English – but discovered that 'correct' isn't always best. Here are the 10 grammar laws you no longer need to check<p>• Plus: five rules you should remember • What pop music can teach you about building sentences • A few …

House Republican Hostage Takers Are Unfit to Govern

They’re threatening a calamitous shutdown. So let’s call these House Republicans what they are, says Jon Favreau.<p>The most terrifying speech I ever …

Right-wing extremists “are guilty of murder,” Sen. Angus King tells Salon

In an interview with Salon, Independent senator unloads on conservatives who urge young people to remain uninsured<p>Tuesday begins a 6-month race to enroll as many uninsured people as possible in the Affordable Care Act's insurance exchanges. For the markets to be effective, they need millions of …