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Garlic Herb Grilled Chicken Breast | Low Carb Maven

Bring the chicken to room temperature by leaving it on the counter for at least 20 minutes before beginning.<p>Dry off the chicken breasts. Coat the …

​Appliance Science Experiments: Mapping your microwave hot spots

Microwaves are tricky things: when you reheat your dinner in one, sometimes they make your food too hot, or bits of it stay cold. That's not really the fault of your microwave oven: it is more to do with the way that microwaves (and all electromagnetic radiation) behave. As these waves bounce …

What you need to know about the FCC's 2015 net neutrality regulation

<b>Editors' note:</b> On Dec. 14, 2017, the FCC, under a new chairman, voted to roll back the regulations described below. For more on the 2017 action and what it means, see this story: "What you need to know about the FCC's net neutrality repeal."<p>Two weeks after voting to preserve the open Internet (also …

How a Mid-Sized Tennessee Town Took on Comcast, Revived Its Economy, and Did It With Socialism

Chattanooga, Tennessee, has provided a model for all American towns who want to see their economies and populations grow quickly. And that model is simple: give sub-par internet providers like Comcast some legitimate competition with publicly-owned municipal broadband networks.<p>"People understand …

5 Lessons I Learned About Myself From My Ex-Husband

My marriage may have failed, but all is not lost from the eight years I spent with my ex-husband. Not only did I gain a daughter, but I also learned a lot about myself that I didn't truly know before I met him. Thanks to my failed marriage, I grew up and grew on.<p>My marriage may have failed, but all …

Stand Up Comedy

I wore the same shirt for a month, and now I feel better

We writers have to deal with a lot of pain. No, not just the soul-searching, "my childhood sucked" kind of pain you often hear writers talk about. I'm referring to actual, physical pain. Tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, neck pain, low back pain, eye strain and lots of other niggling ailments …

Birthright citizenship: Error or example of American exceptionalism?

Until this week, the letters responding to our editorial series exploring the meaning of U.S. citizenship in the 21st century have nearly all been so thoughtful and civil for a topic that stirs great emotion. We've heard from immigrants on their own experiences and natural-born U.S. citizens who …

The War Of Zeros And Ones

Military operations around the world are quickly expanding into the digital realm. With cyberwarfare, we’re all in the line of fire.<p>Like so many stories in the world of digital security, this one began with simple human carelessness. In 2006, a senior official in the Syrian government brought his …

Get 75 percent off an online class at Udemy

To paraphrase a great philosopher, the key to happiness (to say nothing of success) is having lots of skills. Design skills, programming skills, marketing skills -- the more you have, the more employable you'll be. And mo' employable typically means mo' money.<p>Ah, but how you can learn these skills …

Addressing wealth gap is complicated

President Obama is dead right.<p>He's right to say that under his watch there is "almost no economic metric by which you couldn't say that the U.S. economy is better," he told the Economist in a lengthy interview last week.<p>He's equally correct, responding to the trope that he's no friend of business: …

Income Inequality

Electrifying whale sightings in Monterey Bay (gallery)

<b>At the dock at Moss Landing, you could smell whale breath in the air. It was like a mix of fermented broccoli and rotten anchovies.</b><p>“They’re here and they’re close,” said Giancarlo Thomae, a marine biologist and my kayak partner for the day, as we pushed our kayak from the dock at Elkhorn Slough.<p>It …

Diabetes: Let Food Be Thy Medicine

The medical community should be in the forefront of directing patients toward better, natural foods, and, if need be, advising that any diabetic contact a certified nutritionist to help guide them away from diabetes.<p>Type 2 diabetes can be cured! There! I've said it. Why, in our modern society where …

Diabetes

3 Psychological Theories to Help You Communicate Better with Anyone

Psychological theories often feel a bit too complicated for me (I'm sure there's a theory that explains why that is) but I've come across a few that are simple enough to understand and that I think of often, particularly when dealing with other people.<p>I thought it might be fun to take a brief look …

Psychology

The Duke Porn Star Isn't as Empowered as She Claims

If you haven’t heard, there’s a freshman at Duke University who moonlights as a porn star. During school breaks, Belle Knox (that’s her porn name — …

America's Gargantuan Share of Global Wealth, in One Map

How does the U.S. economy measure up to the rest of the world? You could find out by poring over a table of GDP figures, or you could get a snap …

How to research your doctor's ratings and record

Americans love their doctors. But Michele Monserratt-Ramos says love isn't always enough. When it comes to choosing a medical professional, she says, information is power.<p>As a patient advocate and Torrance-based activist for open records, she stresses the need for consumers to look beyond a …

The Myth of the "Deadbeat Dad" Label

The scornful term of "deadbeat dads" has become increasingly popular in describing fathers who do not uphold their legal responsibility of supporting their children after divorce.<p>These days, the derogatory title comes with the attached connotations drawing to mind images of fathers who abandon …

The best tech values today

Everybody likes a good deal, which is why we've decided to round up a bunch of gear we think is well priced and delivers a lot of bang for the buck.<p>Updated:March 31, 2014 Caption:David CarnoyPhoto:Lori Grunin/CNET<p>GoPro's higher-end models offer superior image quality, but the<p>Updated:March 31, 2014 …

Portable

Samsung and Google sign a 10-year cross-licensing deal

Agreement covers current patents and any filed during the next decade<p>Some pretty heavy hitting news of a patent nature this fine Sunday evening, with …

My Journey Into America's Divide

For most of 2010 through 2012, I was trying to figure out answers to these questions: Why are the American people so divided, and hostile to one another? How will we meet the many challenges we face when there is conflict among the people and gridlock in Washington?<p>I worried at times that we were …

6 Legit Ways to Make Money From Home That You've Never Heard Of

With all the unique money-making opportunities available, many people are finding that they can earn a few extra hundred dollars a month by thinking a little outside the box.<p>These days more and more people are finding that they aren't limited to a single source of income. With all the unique …

10 Ways Cheaters Avoid Getting Caught, According To The Cheaters Themselves

If you're a cheater who wants to remain married, simply wiping the lipstick off your collar isn't going to cut it any more. These days, cheaters put <i>a lot</i> more effort into keeping their affairs under wraps, according to the infidelity experts over at AshleyMadison.com.<p>How do they know? The dating …

Teenager Teaches Himself Computer Programming In 3 Days, Creates App (VIDEO)

Tywan Wade Web Chat: Introducing Shortly... from Tywan Wade on Vimeo.<p>At the start of this project, I emailed 127 college professors from universities around the world with only 83 of them responding. They all told me that what I was trying accomplish couldn't be done. Some told me to be …

Put These Quarter-Sized GPS Trackers On Everything

They'll go on phones, bicycles, teenagers—anything!<p>Misplaced your phone? Dropped your keys? Lost your dog? This crowdfunded project would let you locate basically anything with tiny GPS trackers that are accurate to within 5 feet.<p>Retrievor is GPS disk that's barely more than an inch in diameter and …

12 Tips for Perfect Fried Chicken, Plus a Master Recipe

<i>Sunday Dinners comes to us from our own chef/photojournalist/farmer/father figure Tom Hirschfeld, featuring his stunning photography and Indiana farmhouse family meals.</i><p><i>Today: The slow art of fried chicken -- with 12 tips and a master recipe.</i><p>Frying chicken, at its best, is a state of mind formed …

Recipes

FYI: Why Do I Poop More When I Have My Period?

I mean, it's not just me, right?<p>The answer is prostaglandins. These are the chemical signals girls' and women's bodies make and send to the uterus to tell it to contract, thus expelling the uterine lining at the end of the menstrual cycle. Prostaglandins aren't super picky about whom they talk to, …

Got Nasty Neighbors? 10 Tips for Defusing the Situation

We've all been there. The party animals who live next door keep you up all night with their loud music or the grumpy old neighbor who refuses to mow …

How I Did It: I Applied for 100 College Scholarships

<b>By Yelena Bosovik</b><p>How and why did I wind up applying for 100 scholarships to go to college? For me, it was my goal of living the American Dream.<p>My mom had dreams of being an architect, but instead worked long shifts sewing school uniforms in a factory; back where we came from, my dad worked in …

How posture influences mood, energy, thoughts

In Erik Peper's holistic health class at San Francisco State University, every half hour or so he stops lecturing and encourages his students to "get up and wiggle."<p>The exercise is intended as more than a simple mental break. It is deeply rooted in an idea the Dutch behavioral scientist has spent …

San Francisco

How to remove old Android devices from the Play store

Similar to how it keeps track of your downloaded and purchased applications, Google also keeps track of your Android devices. Each smartphone or tablet you register to your Google account is automatically synced with the Play store, giving you the ability to install new apps from your Web …