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25 Essential Cookbooks for the Home Kitchen

Cooking is one of life’s pleasures: it’s therapy after a day at work, it’s rewarding to provide for friends and family, and it’s just plain enjoyable …

French Food

Meow Mix—Why Scientists Have Created Music for Cats

Most animals don't groove to human beats, but they will respond to music that's tailored to their hearing abilities, ongoing research shows.<p>I once had a friend in an experimental jazz group. When asked what instrument he played, he replied, "It's not that kind of band."<p>That's the vibe behind the …

The myth of universal beauty

Would you have been beautiful in another era? David Robson discovers that attractiveness is more malleable and subjective than we might imagine.<p>The plus-sized comedian Dawn French would be unlikely to describe herself as a sex symbol, but was she simply born at the wrong time? “If I had been around …

Psychology

Do You Have A Mellow Music Brain Or An Intense One?

Cognitive style linked to preference in pop music<p>You truly believe that Kanye is the best musician on the planet. Is it simply a matter of taste, or is something else going on?<p>Although there’s no doubt that music preferences change over time and are shaped by social factors like what our friends …

17 Graphs Introverts Will Totally Understand

Today, I was at a large workplace lunch. It required great concentration because I had to pretend to be normal for over an hour. I think that I did …

Sold at Auction: Props from Mad Men

When <i>Mad Men</i> ended after 7 seasons, it was time for the production studio to dispose of the many props featured on the show, some for several seasons. …

Coconut cream Bundt cake

A boxed cake mix doctored up with sour cream and coconut pudding makes short work of this coconut Bundt cake. Topped with toasted coconut, this cake …