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Stream New Releases From the Dodos, Natalie Prass, and Young Ejecta via Pitchfork Advance

The Dodos will release their new album <i>Individ</i> on January 27 via Polyvinyl Records (It will be released on Morr Music in Europe and Dine Alone in Canada.) Beginning today, the record is available for streaming via Pitchfork Advance, our online streaming platform designed to emulate the album …

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Tuscan Farro and Bean Soup (Zuppa di Farro alla Lucchese)

<i>Every Tuesday, Italian expat</i> <b>Emiko Davies</b> <i>is taking us on a grand tour of Italy, showing us how to make classic, fiercely regional dishes at home.</i><p><i>Today: This classic farro soup from the Tuscan city of Lucca is comfort in a bowl.</i><p>A treasured recipe of the walled Tuscan town Lucca and the nearby …

A Cranberry Ginger Upside-Down Cake To Steal the Show

<i>Would you like a piece of cake right now? For Goodness Cake is here for you. Every week, we'll be sharing recipes that prove why cake should be its own food group.</i><p><i>Today: A cranberry cake that's ready to be front and center at your Thanksgiving dinner.</i><p>If there's anything you need to know about me, …

How to Make Homemade Cheez-Its

<i>It's always more fun to DIY. Every week, we'll spare you a trip to the grocery store and show you how to make small batches of great foods at home.</i><p><i>Today:</i> <i>Samantha</i> <i>Seneviratne from Love, Cake shows us how to make our favorite baked cheese crackers at home.</i><p>It’s 8 PM and the kids just went to sleep. Not …

How to Make Your Own Egg Replacers for Vegan Baking

<i>Inspired by conversations on the Food52 Hotline, we're sharing tips and tricks that make navigating all of our kitchens easier and more fun.</i><p><i>Today: How to make truly excellent baked goods -- without the eggs.</i><p>There are many reasons why you might need to replace eggs in a recipe. You could be making a …

8 Food Blog Links We Love

<i>We've scoured the web for our favorite food blog posts, and now we're bringing them right to your desktop. It’s hard work, but someone has to do it.</i><p>It's easy to get stuck in food ruts during the week, turning to predictable (and often boring) dishes when you're short on time or energy. But …

How to Make Cinnamon Syrup

<i>When he's not busy running the cocktail program at New York City's Marta, Erik Lombardo is giving us the rundown on all things spirits -- and showing us the best ways to drink them.</i><p><i>Today: Erik shows us how to put the fall in our cocktails.</i><p>There are certain times of the year that are defined by …

How to Make Crumpets at Home

<i>It's always more fun to DIY. Every week, we'll spare you a trip to the grocery store and show you how to make small batches of great foods at home.</i><p><i>Today: If you ever thought crumpet was just a funny word for English muffin, think again. Izy Hossack from Top With Cinnamon is illuminating the</i> …

How to Make Vegetable Stock Without a Recipe

<i>Here at Food52, we love recipes -- but do we always use them? Of course not. Because once you realize you don't always need a recipe, you'll make your favorite dishes a lot more often.</i><p><i>Today: Food52's Assistant Editor, Marian Bull, shows you how to make soups and stews more flavorful with whatever</i> …

The world’s top 10 most unusual and endangered birds - in pictures

Scientists from the Zoological Society of London and Yale University have assessed the world’s 9,993 bird species according to their evolutionary distinctiveness and global extinction risk to produce a list of the world’s 100 most unusual and endangered birds. Here are the top 10

Mini Mobile Robot Is Actually A Printer (video)

If you need to print documents whilst away from your office or home using just your smartphone you might be interested in an innovative …

For 21st-Century Kids, Home Microfluidics And Neurology Kits

Take that, ye olde 1950s chemistry sets.<p>We've seen a lot of nostalgia for ye olde chemistry sets lately. Nobel Laureates have reminisced about playing with them. These days, sets containing radioactive uranium dust or toxic lead are not going to cut it anymore, but that doesn't mean kids can't get …

Stanford scientists make $5 chemistry set inspired by a music box

Manu Prakash, an assistant professor in bioengineering at Stanford University, recently won a $50,000 award for developing a simple way to reimagine the chemistry set for the 21st century. By using parts from a music box, Prakash, with the help of graduate student George Korir, was able to create a …

The Tale of the Travelling Toxigenic E. coli

Along with humans, microbes have a certain knack for worldwide travel. Some, like tuberculosis are well known to hitch a ride in unsuspecting individuals and find a home in faraway lands. Others, including the media-attention grabbing Ebola, are usually more comfortable in localized areas though …

Gardens: soil

The Worldometers website is compulsive viewing. If you watch this "real time world statistics" site ticking, you will see the world's soil disappearing before your eyes. The statistic for land lost to soil erosion ticks over slower than some (the one measuring world population, say, or the number …

Grow your own peas | Make your own

Garden peas are probably the easiest and most rewarding of vegetables to grow at home, whether you've a huge patch or a mere pot<p>If you've never grown veg, you may wonder if it's worth the trouble. Cabbages, carrots, potatoes etc are widely available in shops, when you need them and in the …

Table of Contents: Less Is More

Why did I not realize for so long that less truly is more? Instead I spent whole decades of my life bent on accumulation and dedicated to the premise …

Growing lilac: make way for heavenly scents

Lilacs are often overlooked until their fragrant May flowers put on a show, but they are a worthy addition at any time of year<p>'Just now the lilac is in bloom, all before my little room.”<p>The scent that must have floated into Rupert Brooke’s room, combined with the spring birdsong, made him long for …

Gardening 101: Lettuces

Lettuce, <i>Lactuca sativa: “</i>Backyard Salad Bar”<p>Lettuce season is upon us. Prepare to plant your spring salad; you can sow lettuce seeds in the garden …

April garden masterclass: how to grow Mediterranean plants

Experts from the Royal Horticultural Society share tips for what to do, see and buy in the garden in April<p><b>Plant a little southern sunshine</b><p>Now spring is here, it’s time to plant Mediterranean shrubs and perennials that can sulk if planted in autumn. These are the baskers, sometimes known as the …

Thinking more about our teeth

Most of us only think about teeth when something’s wrong with them — when they come in crooked, break, or begin to rot. But take a minute to consider …

The Worst Places To Get Stung By A Bee: Nostril, Lip, Penis

It started when a honeybee flew up Michael Smith’s shorts and stung him in the testicles.<p>Smith is a graduate student at Cornell University, who studies the behaviour and evolution of honeybees. In this line of work, stings are a common and inevitable hazard. “If you’re wearing shorts and doing bee …

To Fight Climate Change, the Entire World Will Have to Eat Less Meat

What's living with you?

An invisible world of microbes<p>On a recent morning, Noah Fierer, a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, found himself standing 1,000 feet above the farmland of eastern Colorado. He was perched near the pinnacle of the Boulder Atmospheric Observatory, …

4,000-year-old Dartmoor burial find rewrites British bronze age history

Some 4,000 years ago a young woman's cremated bones – charred scraps of her shroud and the wood from her funeral pyre still clinging to them – was carefully wrapped in a fur along with her most valuable possessions, packed into a basket, and carried up to one of the highest and most exposed spots …

The Information Parasites

Parasites can take many forms. Just this week, I’ve written about a giant virus that reproduces inside amoebae (and has survived being frozen 30,000 years in permafrost), along with a wasp that performs brain surgery to zombify hosts for its young. Viruses and wasps are radically different …

Four new gases that harm ozone layer found, despite bans: study

OSLO (Reuters) - Scientists have detected four new man-made gases that damage the Earth’s protective ozone layer, despite bans on almost all production of similar gases under a 1987 treaty, a study showed on Sunday.<p>The experts were trying to pinpoint industrial sources of tiny traces of the new …

Wellcome image awards 2014: life in extreme close-up - in pictures

Beautiful, strange and occasionally alarming pictures from the shortlist for this year’s Wellcome image awards – which celebrate the very best in science photography and imaging – from an x-ray of a bat to a micrograph of a kidney stone. The exhibition opens on 12 March at three science centres and …

How a River Otter Can Bag an Alligator for Lunch

Photos capture an amazing take-down.<p>We've barely recovered from the snake-eats-croc photos, and now this: Photos reveal a river otter in Florida attacking a young alligator, which it then ripped into for lunch.<p>The photos, shot in 2011 in Florida's Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge by a visitor …