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Million Dollar Pound Cake

How to Make It<p>Step 1<p>Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. (The butter will become a lighter yellow color; this is an …

Dessert

Amid Opioid Crisis, Insurers Restrict Pricey, Less Addictive Painkillers

<i>This article was written through collaboration between The New York Times and ProPublica, the independent, nonprofit investigative journalism organization.</i><p>At a time when the United States is in the grip of an opioid epidemic, many insurers are limiting access to pain medications that carry a lower …

Prosthetics

Want to go grape stomping? Here are three spots that go all out

Got wrath? Stomp it out on innocent little grapes this fall at grape-stomping and harvest events in Napa Valley and the Amador County wine …

Napa Valley

Amish Milk Bread Recipe

The Amish people make some of the best breads in the United States. This Amish milk bread tastes delicious and has a fantastically moist texture. You …

Boy Bait To Banana Bread: 8 To-Die-For Breakfast Cakes

Cake for breakfast? Yes, please! From blueberry coffee cake (aka boy bait) to marbled chocolate banana bread, these recipes will motivate you to jump out of bed and start your day.<p>1. Blueberry Coffee Cake (aka Boy Bait)<p>The recipe for this old-fashioned blueberry coffee cake traces back to a 1954 …

Dessert

A Beginner’s Guide to Keeping a Journal

I’ve always been bad at journaling. All my childhood diaries include major gaps: In one entry, I’m 8, visiting my aunt. In the very next, I’ve …

Researchers find a chemical solution to shrink digital data storage

Chemists at Case Western Reserve University have found a way to possibly store digital data in half the space current systems require.<p>From …

Case Western Reserve University

12 Recipes You Can Make From Alton Brown's Latest Cookbook

Alton Brown's <b>Everyday Cook</b> is intended to be filled with easy, doable recipes for the at-home cook. So what are his fans cranking out at home? Take a look at some of his recipe IRL and if you don't have the cookbook, we've linked to some of the recipes so you can try them out at home! You'll …

How to Bake Bread

Follow this 101 primer to bake your own loaves with ease.<p>2015 Food Network<p>Baking bread is a lot easier than it seems. It's possible to get lost in …

Strangers in Their Own Land: The 'Deep Story' of Trump Supporters

Researchers have long been confused by what seems like a paradox: many people in America vote against their economic self-interests. Whether it's the working class conservative who wants a tax cut for the wealthy, or a member of the liberal elite who fights for safety nets that raise his own taxes …

Radio Industry

10 under-the-radar destinations to visit, according to the youngest person to travel to every country in the world

Planning a trip is an opportunity to see something unique, and to discover people, places, cuisines, and scenery you didn't know existed.<p>We asked James Asquith, the youngest person to visit all 196 countries, which places around the world are being overlooked — and which ones people should be …

National Parks

The Best Hot Springs in California: Big Sur, Ojai, and Beyond

When thinking of idyllic ways to pass time, a body of water and a beautiful view will suit just about every agenda. And the ultimate body of water to find “out there” is a hot natural spring, one that you can soak in for a few hours before the time comes to mosey back home. A hot spring has healing …

5 Mental Habits That Will Make You Much Smarter, According to an MIT Neuroscientist

IQ is largely fixed, but intelligence depends on context and approach.<p>Give a person an IQ test in elementary school and again when he or she is a senior citizen and science suggests the score will remain largely unchanged. Which means, like it or not, our sheer mental horsepower is largely …

Note-Taking

Nix Homework to Help Students? What the Science Says

A Texas teacher's note to parents about her newly implemented "no formal homework policy" in her second-grade class went viral last week, opening up …

Teaching

How to Pickle Basically Everything

Savor summer produce by pickling cucumbers, jalapenos, carrots, corn and more with recipes from Food Network.<p>Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food …

Bobby Flay

Why Einstein and Many Other Scientists Have Been Such Prominent Supporters of World Peace

Why Earth’s Preciousness Inspires Efforts to Prevent Global War<p>Some of the most active advocates for peace have been scientists. Albert Einstein, …

The science behind having a happy family holiday

My most memorable moments on holiday include: crashing a car while entering a supermarket car park; having to wear my husband’s underwear after my bag was lost by the airline (and thank goodness it was my bag that was lost and not his); and ending up in hospital after being repeatedly stung by a …

How to survive the ultimate national park road trip

Our teens had visited the top theme parks in the country, but they hadn’t experienced the grandeur of our national parks in the West. With the National Park Service commemorating its Centennial Anniversary on Aug. 25, this was the perfect year to take them. So we piled into an RV and saw three …

National Parks
SF Guide

Heart doctors are listening for clues to the future of their stethoscopes

The stethoscope is having a crossroads moment. Perhaps more than at any time in its two-century history, this ubiquitous tool of the medical profession is at the center of debate over how medicine should be practiced.<p>In recent years, the sounds it transmits from the heart, lungs, blood vessels and …

Medical Technology

Books on Books

By Michael Dirda<p>March 30, 2012<p>I never collected books in a serious way until my mid-20s. On a long-ago trip through upstate New York, my …

Books

“Secret Space Escapes” Reveals The True Dangers Of Spaceflight

Still dream of being an astronaut? Watch this first.<p>Just in time for NASA’s call for astronaut applications comes a series that may have you reconsidering that secret childhood fantasy—not to mention a sobering reminder that spaceflight is a pretty dangerous business.<p>The Science Channel’s <i>Secret</i> …

10 Small Art Museums with Giant Collections

Since my bestselling novel, <i>Oil and Marble</i>, is art historical fiction, a lot of fans ask about my favorite museums…<p>I love giant art museums — the …

Museums

My 15 Favorite Vegetarian Recipes for Entertaining

I've been a vegetarian my entire adult life, so when it comes to cooking, that's all I really know. And while I love the challenge of a complicated …

Cooking

Books Mark Zuckerberg thinks everyone should read

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg reads alongside his dog, Beast.Facebook/Mark Zuckerberg<p>Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has made a tradition of dramatic New Year's resolutions, and this year he decided that he'd read a book every two weeks.<p>He wanted his selections to focus on "different cultures, beliefs, …

Books

Best Ever Apple Pie

Connect with Us<p>On Pinterest<p>Best Ever Apple Pie<p>Apple pie is one of those timeless, treasured dishes that generally evokes memories of togetherness and …

New Neuroscience Reveals 4 Rituals That Will Make You Happy

You get all kinds of happiness advice on the internet from people who don’t know what they’re talking about. Don’t trust them.Actually, don’t trust …

Self-improvement

Quick Bread from Four & Twenty Blackbirds—and 14 Other Loaves

<i>We're the kind of people who have to eat every three hours, and Pure Leaf Iced Tea is here to help with that.</i><p><i>Today: A quick bread recipe from Four & Twenty Blackbirds—and our next Instameet!</i><p>Quick bread is the catch-all loaf, the one you can make by just rummaging thorugh spice jars and half-empty …

Morocco's Best-Kept Secret Is This All-Blue Village

Tucked high in Morocco’s Rif Mountains, the all-blue town of Chefchaouen is a calming respite from the overwhelming frenzy of Marrakech and Fez. Photographer and writer Lucy Laucht takes us on a tour of Morocco's hidden gem.<p>Painted in a palette of mesmerizing blue hues, Chefchaouen's ancient medina …

Travel Photography