Shivani Bhandarkar

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Barack Obama Will Try to Outrun History at 2014 State of the Union

Once upon a time, Barack Obama could deliver a game-changing speech. His 2004 Democratic National Convention keynote address thrust him into national …

Star-Studded Timelapse Video From Chile’s High-Desert

<b>When stargazers dream of the ultimate destination for looking up at the heavens, the high-altitude Atacama Desert in northern Chile likely stands at the top of the list.</b><p>Nature videographer Nicholas Buer recently shot this stunning film, taken over 12 days while he camped out in the San Pedro de …

Brain-dead pregnant woman to be laid to rest after being disconnected from life support

A pregnant woman who lapsed into a brain-dead state late last year was removed from life support on Sunday after a Texas hospital complied with a judge's order to disconnect her from the machines keeping her alive.<p>Marlise Munoz stopped receiving life-sustaining treatment at around 11:30 a.m local …

The Scientific Sherlock Holmes - book review

After eagerly -- and enviously! -- reading people's reactions to Sherlock Holmes' third season now airing on television in both the UK and the USA, I just received word that my long-awaited pre-ordered DVDs of Benedict Cumberbatch's "Sherlock" are on the way! O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay! I …

Sloth Fur Might Yield New Drugs

Microbes living in the beasts' coats could be deadly to malaria and cancer cells.<p>Sloths are cute. Take this video of baby sloths being washed:<p>Until today, this video might represent sheer joy. But a new study causes a different reaction: NOOOO! DON'T KILL THE FUR FUNGI!!!<p>New research, you see, has …

Microbiology

Where the Swastika Was Found 12,000 Years Before Hitler Made Us Uncomfortable About It

The earliest known swastika was found in 10,000 B.C. in the Ukraine, carved on mammoth ivory.<p>Its meaning has been a good one for thousands of years. …

Ancient Civilization

Tested: An App That Authenticates You By The Shape Of Your Ear

A taste of the biometric future<p>How unique are your ears? Maybe only Mom ever noticed them before, but, according to Michael Boczek, the particular way your ear touches your phone when you use it is unique to every person. Boczek's startup, Descartes Biometrics, has developed an app that lets you …

Men forget more than women do, says study

Nine out of 10 men have problems with remembering names and dates, according to new study on gender differences in memory.<p>If your husband is …

The Brain

Archaeologists find remains of previously unknown pharaoh in Egypt

The 3,600-year-old remains of a forgotten pharaoh unearthed this month in southern Egypt may be the first of several significant discoveries in a previously ignored burial ground that rivals the Valley of the Kings, the find's lead archaeologist said on Wednesday.<p>The discovery of King Senebkay is …

Byzantine-era church uncovered in Israel

A 1,500-year-old church complete with a sophisticated mosaic was uncovered by archaeologists in southern Israel.<p>The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) say the Byzantine-era structure "probably served as a center of Christian worship for neighboring communities."<p>The discovery was made during a …

Failing To Get Off The Couch May Contribute To Heart Failure

The more we learn about sitting, the more perilous it seems to be.<p>Flabby muscles, fuzzy thinking and all manner of cardiovascular disease can get started or get worse when we're hanging out on the couch, stuck in traffic or just parked in a chair for too long.<p>Now there's evidence that heart failure …

Rabbit in Mandela statue's ear has to go, South African officials say

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- When<p>Nelson Mandela's sculpture was unveiled at the seat of government in Pretoria after his burial last month, no one noticed one small detail: a bronze rabbit nestled in his right ear.<p>The Department of Arts and Culture has ordered the removal of the rabbit in order to …

South Africa

2013 one of the hottest years on record

While parts of North America are in the middle of a deep freeze, there is new evidence that overall temperatures on the planet continue to rise.<p>Data from the US National Ocean and Atmospheric Agency has concluded that 2013 tied with 2003 as the fourth warmest year on Earth since records began in …

Richard Sherman: I'm no villain

RENTON, Wash. -- Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman said Wednesday that his postgame comments Sunday were ''misdirected and immature" but he …

Apple’s computers for everyone are 30 years old. Look at how far they’ve come

On January 22, 1984, Apple aired an ad promising that personal computing would save us from a totalitarian future. While it’s debatable if they actually saved us from a dystopia, they’ve certainly made good on their promise to bring computers to the masses. To show how far the company has come, …

iPhone

Brrrr: Cold lingers, with chance of more snow ahead

A wind-whipped winter storm that dumped a foot of snow or more through Wednesday morning in parts of the Northeast has left a trail of bitter cold that will linger into the weekend.<p>Anyone living east of the Rockies can expect “reinforcing shots of cold air,” said Bob Oravec, a National Weather …

Mystery white rock inexplicably appears near NASA Mars rover | Reuters

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - Scientists are stumped as to how a rock mysteriously appeared in images taken two weeks apart by NASA’s Mars rover Opportunity.<p>A NASA combination handout photograph shows the surface of Mars in front of the Mars rover on December 26, 2013 (L) and on January 8, …

Bill Gates predicts 'almost no poor countries' by 2035

As snowy Davos becomes engulfed in the hustle and bustle of another World Economic Forum, Microsoft founder Bill Gates took the opportunity to deliver an upbeat message in his annual newsletter.<p>The 25-page report, written by Gates and his wife Melinda, who are co-chairs of theBill & Melinda Gates …

Bill Gates

Cranberry Walnut Chocolate Chunk Cookies

January 20, 2014<p>I’ve been craving chocolate chip cookies lately. And when I say lately I mean always. They’re my “I need a chocolate feel-good fix.” …

Dessert

Seriously Asian: How to Make Mochi by Hand Recipe

This Sunday marks the <b>Lunar New Year</b> for the Chinese, Vietnamese, and Korean cultures. While no single dish can represent the diverse practices of each cuisine, rice is a common thread, a symbol of wealth and plenty. This year, I'm making <b>mochi,</b> which is always fashioned from <b>glutinous sweet rice.</b> The …

40 Thai dishes and where to eat them in Bangkok | CNN Travel

(CNN) — Given that one of the first things Thais ask each other when they meet up is "Have you eaten yet?" it's clear this is a nation that's extremely passionate about its eats.<p>You want to know how good a Thai restaurant is? Don't look at the menu, the decor or even the prices. Look at the number …

Asia Travel

Hong Kong Style French Toast And Iced Milk Tea Recipe (PHOTOS)

There's a reason why Hong Kong French toast makes most delicious lists, and why iced milk tea or "dong lai cha" is on nearly ever street corner in Hong Kong. They are the greatest foods ever created by man.<p>Both Hong Kong style French toast and the perfectly accompanied iced milk tea are authentic …

Western Maharashtrian Food and Recipes - Indian Food Trail

Maharashtrian food culture of the Western ghats of Maharashtra ~ Indian Food Trail<p><i>Today we have Minoti (aka Mints) of Vadani Kaval Gheta share her</i> …

paneer pakora recipe | paneer pakoda recipe | how to make paneer pakora

Read This Recipe in -> Hindi<p><b>paneer pakora recipe</b> with step by step photos – these tasty paneer pakoras are crisp from outside and soft from</b> …

Cheese

Aloo Pudina Chat, Indian Snacks

Chat is Indian salad; it is usually eaten as a snack or appetizer. There are basically two types of chat: one made with vegetables such as potatoes …

orange kheer recipe, how to make orange kheer | kheer recipes

<b>orange kheer recipe</b> with step by step photos <b></b>– oranges and milk<b>…. do you like this combination?</b>… some of us won’t like the combination of a citrus …

A Good Winter Salad

This is the salad I made on Thursday. My intent was to assemble a big, green salad. It would be the sea of green on the Thanksgiving table. There was …

Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes

This is the week each year I get asked for vegetarian Thanksgiving recipe ideas, so I thought I'd update my list of favorite recipes and ideas from …

Food