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No Packets Allowed: Hot Chocolate You Actually Want to Drink

Whether you like it classically creamy, bittersweet, spicy, or spiked—we've got just the recipe.<p>We drink hot chocolate because it’s rich and creamy, warm and luxurious. It's a comfort food, to pick you up when you're feeling down, or when you're just really cold. It's best served next to a skating …

Dessert

Rebecca Solnit hits back after male commenters 'explain Lolita' to her

Writer’s new essay explains how she ‘kicked the hornet’s nest’ by saying that she identified with Nabokov’s character<p>The writer and essayist Rebecca Solnit has said in a new essay entitled Men Explain Lolita to Me that she “sort of kicked the hornets’ nest” when she recently wrote that she …

Literature

Stand in Your Own Light

The Best Drone Photos of 2015

The world from a different perspective.<p>Drones aren't just used for fishing, warfare, and target practice. As the remote control flying machines grow in popularity, so does the amount of jaw-dropping aerial imagery being produced.<p>"There literally are no physical limits as to where a shot can take …

Drones

Abstract Portraits Re-Imagined as Real People

<i>The real life models</i> is a project by 19-year-old photographer F Borsi that explores a world where abstract portraits are actually realistic depictions of people with distorted features. Her series takes the idea of painters using real life models as an anatomical reference for their portraits and …

Art

'Black Hermione' Backlash Proves Outrage Is About Race, Not Canon

The producers of the hotly anticipated play “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” following Harry and his two best friends in adulthood, announced Monday that the lead female role of Hermione Granger would be played by a black actress, Noma Dumezweni.<p>The announcement drew angry outcry from certain …

Books

Artists Share "Before and After" Evolution of Their Drawing Skills with Years of Practice

Drawing, like all things, requires dedicated practice to master the craft and create amazing works that wow a wide audience. Although many people dabble in art when they're younger, few people choose to hone their skills into their teens and adulthood. Those that do work on improving themselves …

Drawing

Stop Being So Self-Conscious

It may make you happier.<p>Can psychological research change your life? Most of the time, no—findings by psychologists don’t usually bear on everyday concerns. My colleagues at Yale, for instance, study topics such as the neuroscience of memory, how babies reason about social groups, and …

Self-awareness

Andrea Levy's Jamaica has vivid colours, but many shades of grey

The Long Song provides a sharp picture of the cruelty and injustice of slavery, but it is always nuanced<p>Early on in The Long Song, the narrator promises that this will not be a book that dwells on the Caribbean landscape. She says she has “little ink” and that:<p>Waxing on the nature of trees when all …

Books

Which books cheer you up?

Today is Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year – so we’re on the look-out for books to beat the winter blues. Here are some that warmed us over at the Books desk. But what are yours?<p>It happens once a year, but the Winter Solstice – the shortest day of the year – got us thinking about books …

Books

New flow battery offers lower-cost energy storage: Organic battery will be cheaper than standard vanadium flow battery

Organic battery will be cheaper than standard vanadium flow battery<p>Renewable energy can be stored for less with a new organic aqueous flow battery, …

Clean Energy

Renée Zellweger: 'It's right to tell a story about Bridget Jones's Baby'

As filming gets underway for Bridget Jones's Baby - the third instalment in the Bridget Jones series and one of the most highly anticipated romantic comedies of 2016 - leading lady Renée Zellweger has expressed her excitement at becoming reacquainted with her hapless but loveable Bridget.<p>"This is …

R Kelly storms out of interview after questions about underage sex allegations – watch

R&B singer has been accused of multiple sex offences in the past<p>R Kelly has walked out of a live interview after being questioned about allegations …

Steak Soup Recipe

"This is an extremely hearty soup that only gets better in the fridge! It is one of the only soups you will not have to jazz up on your own, and …

Food

Scientific Santa Facts That Will Ruin Christmas

His sleigh would explode with the force of 500 billion tonnes of TNT, killing an estimated 100 million people.

Actually, the right invented the “War on Christmas”: The real history behind today’s phoniest persecution

Say “happy holidays” and Bill O’Reilly will howl. Christians, though, fought to suppress the holiday for centuries<p>In November 2007, the American Family Association found itself in a state of panic. The collective cold sweat came after the self-proclaimed culture war crusaders saw that the word …

Church of England

The Destructive Power of Borderline Personality Disorder

Self-harm and suicidal thoughts are a troubling part of many mental illnesses, but for those struggling with borderline personality disorder (BPD), …

Mental Health

25 Gift Ideas for the Creative People in Your Life

The holidays are a great time to check out the interesting and innovative products currently on the market. When browsing through the endless selection, one thing becomes clear: there's no shortage of unique gifts for the creative people in your life. From a hi-tech pen that doodles in 3D to …

Crafting

One Bowl Baking

• <b>One Bowl Baking</b><p>One Bowl Baking One Bowl Baking: Cheesecake Streusel MuffinsYvonne Ruperti<p>One Bowl Baking One Bowl Baking: Coconut Oatmeal CakeYvonne Ruperti<p>One Bowl Baking One Bowl Baking: Easy Coconut CupcakesYvonne Ruperti<p>One Bowl Baking One Bowl Baking: Honey Corn MuffinsYvonne Ruperti<p>One Bowl …

Dessert

Tag: Garden Visits

Letter from California: Lotusland Survives Fire and Fury in Montecito<p>by Kendra Wilson<p>Before & After: An Airy Gravel Garden for a Midcentury British …

This Holiday, Make the Roast With the Most

Making a show-stopping holiday roast is easier than it looks. This video shows you how.<p>Pulling off a show-stopping holiday roast can seem intimidating. It's an expensive cut of meat, and anxiety about serving an undercooked piece of meat to your friends and family can often lead to dry, stringy …

Cooking

Pouring Hot Tea At -40C Near The Arctic Circle During Sunset

Science tells us that hot water turns into a cloud of ice crystals when tossed at subzero temperatures, but Ontario based photographer Michael Davies …

Meet Los Angeles’ Homeless People

“I kind of get support from my family sometimes but I’m homeless until I get my own place. I just found out too that...<p>... VIEW MORE<p>Martin Schoeller<p>1 …

New York City

Adorable Portraits of Different Dog Breeds at 6 Weeks Old

UK-based pet photographer J. Nichole Smith's book <i>Puppyhood: Life-size Portraits of Puppies at 6 Weeks Old</i> is the epitome of cuteness, featuring page after page of the most adorable puppy photos. Smith, who recently opened the pet boutique Little & Large in London, photographed 25 breeds of dogs …

Pets

Extremely Intimate Portraits of Polar Bears Swimming

Seattle-based photographer Paul Souders recently won the “Animals in Their Environment” category in the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition for his incredible image of a polar bear submerged in water. We were pleased to discover that the wildlife photographer had plenty more …

Wildlife

The Best, Easiest Sugar Cookie Recipe Has Only 4 Ingredients

<i>Posie Harwood, who finds the best back-of-the-box recipes in the grocery store, finds the best four-ingredient holiday cookie.</i><p>I've never met a sugar cookie I didn't like. It's hard to go wrong with such a simple, classic recipe.<p>But come holiday time, there are more sugar cookie recipes floating …

How to Make Creamy, Melty Fudge (The Best Last-Minute Gift)

Many people have something that comes naturally to them in the kitchen. Full disclosure: Candy wasn’t mine. While I now boil sugar syrups with ease and whip up marshmallows on the reg, this wasn’t always the case.<p>In pastry school, I was regularly seeking help from a friend who was a candy natural …

More Gorgeous Portraits of Women with Wild Animals by Katerina Plotnikova

Moscow-based photographer Katerina Plotnikova consistently produces gorgeous portraits of young women cradling exotic animals as if they're pets. Since we last shared her images that featured the likes of giraffes, elephants, and elk, she's created more stunning photos. Beautiful figures donning …

Photography

Courageous Cancer Patient Recreates the "Birth of Venus"

Washington DC-based portrait photographer Jonathan Thorpe captures an incredible image of his friend and model Heather Byrd, in which the young woman (who also happens to be a cancer patient) is at the center of a thought-provoking recreation of Botticelli's <i>Birth of Venus</i>. Standing in as the …

Art