Andra D. Sparks

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What Travelling to 66 Countries Has Taught Me

While I don't covet passport stamps and don't really pay attention to my little blue book anymore, I hit a travel milestone a couple of weeks ago that I couldn't ignore. My trip to Montenegro and Bosnia marked the 65th and 66th countries I've set foot in: a fact that floors me since I never …

How Short Ribs Make You A Better Cook

If you're looking for a restaurant-quality meal you can make with ease in your own kitchen, short ribs are the answer. This flavorful cut of meat slowly cooks down into a dish so tender you could eat it with a spoon. (Bonus: for a meal with so much flavor, short ribs are perfectly affordable, too.) …

How to Make Perfect Paella Every Time

<b>By Martha Rose Shulman</b><p>I was so saddened by the recent death of food writer Penelope Casas. I never met her, but I've long depended on her work for my own research. Her first cookbook, <i>The Foods & Wines of Spain</i>, was published in 1979 and was for decades the only act in town if you wanted to know …

Thai Steak Salad with Roasted Chili Mango Vinaigrette

To prep steak, whisk together marinade ingredients (the coconut milk through the chili sauce) in a large bowl. Season the steak with salt and pepper …

A Different Sort of Egg Salad

<i>Each Thursday, Emily Vikre (a.k.a fiveandspice) will be sharing a new way to love breakfast -- because breakfast isn't just the most important meal of the day. It's also the most awesome.</i><p><i>Today: Sometimes, a girl's just gotta feel French.</i><p>It’s one of those facts of life – sometimes a girl’s just …

The 10 Salad Dressings to Know

Without dressing, salad would be extremely dry (and boring). Having a repertoire of dressings on hand can save your leafy greens and give them a bit of personality. Here are the 10 essential salad dressings to know -- just add lettuce.<p>More from Food52<p>• 9 Summer Salads<p>• Quinoa and Vegetable Chorizo …

Pumpkin Pie Stuffed Baked Apples & Crock-Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup

Mustard-tarragon zucchini pasta salad with smoked salmon and peas, ginger soy pork chops, and pumpkin pie-stuffed baked apples (ah!) in today's …

Elephant Crisis: An International March, As Warning and Call to Action

Changing Planet<p>By Daphne Sheldrick<p><b>Elephants have captured the imagination of individuals across the world. Majestic beings, they have enthralled even those who may never have enjoyed close contact with them.</b><p>It’s this empathy that has led thousands of people worldwide today to join the International …

What World War II Soldiers' Dreams Were Made Of

British soldiers who were captured by the Germans during the Battle of France dreamed about lots of food, and not that much violence.<p>Endless meals. Family. Escape. These were the dreams of 79 British soldiers who were captured in an early World War II battle and imprisoned in Germany, according to …

Giant Hornets Kill Dozens In China; Warm Temps Might Be Cause

Asian Giant Hornets have killed more than 40 people and injured 1,600 in central China in recent months, forcing the government there to mobilize a special medical response team.<p>Xinhua News Agency reports that the attacks have occurred in Shaanxi province. In the city of Ankang, 19 people have …

In US, racially mixed neighborhoods are on the rise

The number of mixed neighborhoods—areas where no racial-ethnic group constitutes a majority of residents—has more than quadrupled in US metro …

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London Dig Uncovers Roman-Era Skulls

Subway tunnelers uncover first-century skulls of Londoners.<p><b>Tunnelers expanding London's Underground (Tube) stations have stumbled on a cache of more than two dozen Roman-era skulls. The skulls likely date from the first century A.D. and may possibly—just possibly—be victims of the famed Queen</b> …

Mystery Animal Contest: Who Is This Long-Beaked Surveyor?

Guess the species (either common or Linnaean) by tweeting at us--we're @PopSci--and get your name listed right here! Plus eternal glory, obviously. Update: We have a winner!<p>So, here are the rules: To answer, follow us on Twitter and tweet at us with the hashtag #mysteryanimal. For example:<p><b>Hey</b> …

Meet Cady Coleman, The Astronaut Who Taught Sandra Bullock How To Look Cool In A Spacesuit

Like Sandra Bullock’s character in the movie <i>Gravity</i>, Cady Coleman is both an astronaut and a scientist—which made her the perfect person for Bullock to consult on the realities of life in space. Coleman studied polymer chemistry and worked in the US Air Force research lab, where she developed new …

Artist Collaborates with her 4-Year-Old Daughter to Create Amazing Illustrations | Colossal

<p>In one of the best collaborations this blog has seen in ages, professional illustrator Mica Angela Hendricks has been collaborating with her …