Heidi Hoffmann

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Seattle researchers make science history by encoding Miles Davis, Deep Purple songs onto DNA

In a first for science, researchers from the University of Washington, Microsoft and Twist Bioscience have stored archival-quality recordings of …

The 14 best public colleges in America

Business Insider recently released its annual list of the 50 best colleges in America, which emphasized schools with high graduation rates, early-career earnings, and top-notch student life experiences.<p>The ranking also took into account the annual net cost of each school — the average cost of …

Harvard professor compares Donald Trump's rise to Hitler's

"Like any number of us raised in the late 20th century, I have spent my life perplexed about exactly how Hitler could have come to power in Germany," professor and political theorist Danielle Allen wrote.<p>"Watching Donald Trump's rise, I now understand," she added.<p>She then went on to explain "how a …

The 5 Scariest Cults in Modern History

Some terrifying cults are so well-known they can be described with a single word: Manson, Waco, Jeffs, Jonestown. Others may not be as iconic—at …

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Witches of Seattle Tell Us About the Appeal of Magic

"I would define magic as the purest form of love and joy and sharing it in a way that is intentional, that thrives."<p>Photos by Allyce Andrew<p>Surrounded by sage smoke and honking geese at the base of Mount Si, we spread our arms out like crosses as Aubrey Rachel Violet Bramble, a witch dressed in an …

Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows: August 9

The news shows served as ground zero for GOP debate fallout Sunday.<p><i>By Linda Qiu, Jon Greenberg and Katie Sander</i><p>The news shows served as ground zero …

13 jaw-dropping moments of the 2016 campaign

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Even by the colorful standards of presidential primaries, the 2016 election cycle has been filled with jaw-dropping, head-scratching moments.<p>And though the Summer of Trump -- featuring brawls over immigration, John McCain's war-hero status, Megyn Kelly's debate moderating skills …

Randy Rogers Opens Up About the Death of His Newborn Daughter: 'It Was Heart-Wrenching'

When Randy Rogers’ baby girl, Rumer Rain, came into the world on June 3, he and his wife, Chelsea, were positively over the moon – and completely …

Utah officers say mysterious voice called them to rescue baby trapped inside car

Four police officers rushing to an overturned car in an icy Utah river say they all heard the same thing: a mysterious female voice calling out “Help,” from inside the vehicle.<p>But the driver of the car was dead and her 18-month-old daughter, while still alive, couldn’t have been the speaker.<p>It was …

Demystifying Tempura Batter

I've gone tempura crazy! Why, because I LOVE it. Tempura is a great way of frying seafood and vegetables, without the oil that frying them would add. Both get cooked perfectly on the inside, while being encased in a crunchy, crispy outer layer, while the flavor of each vegetable is enhanced. I …

Police: Child sex offender says he left Maryland mall with sisters on day they vanished 40 years ago

A convicted child sex offender behind bars has told cops he left a suburban Washington mall with a 10-year-old girl and her older sister the day they vanished without a trace 40 years ago.<p>Lloyd Welch, a “person of interest” in the disappearance of the two girls, also told cold case detectives that …

3 places better than Craigslist to buy and sell used items

When you want to buy or sell something used online, your first thought might be to use Craigslist. After all, it's the site that brought the newspaper classifieds into the digital world and today has nearly 40 million new listings every month.<p>Of course, using Craigslist does have valid concerns. …

How to make a million dollars on Etsy — buy from Alibaba and run your store like eBay

Online marketplace Etsy is known as a place to buy home-made items, clothing, artworks, and jewelry created by individuals or produced in limited runs by small businesses. But not everyone using the site ascribes to this folksy philosophy. Others, such as Alicia Shaffer, are using Etsy like eBay, …

40 Clever Life Hacks to Simplify your World

Back in January the Sifter posted <i>50 Life Hacks to Simplify your World</i>. The post went on the be one of the most shared articles in the history of the …

9 Utterly Ridiculous Conspiracy Theories

Moon landing deniers have nothing on these people.<p>From lizard people to the Denver airport being a portal to Hell, some of our favorite far-out conspiracy theories.

10 Clearly Unscripted Moments from Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

As Jimmy Fallon gets ready to yield his beloved 12:35am EST time slot to Seth Meyers, it’s a good time to look back at what we loved about <i>Late Night</i> …

New Year Resolutions Apps | Best Apps - Consumer Reports News

While more than four in 10 Americans will make a New Year’s resolution, nearly a third of those will fail to keep them—that is, if last year’s …

Homemade Caramel Made Right Every Time

<i>Dawn Perry, photos by Zach DeSart</i><p>A salted caramel always makes for the ideal winter fix. With a few tips from the BA Prep School, you can have homemade caramel candies in your dessert arsenal.<p><b>SEE MORE:</b><b>Ingredients We Can't Cook Without</b><p>Undercook your caramel mixture and you'll end up with a stiff …

See These Heartbreaking Photos Of The World’s Disappearing Cultures, Before They Fade Away

In the new book Before They Pass Away, photographer Jimmy Nelson has captured a series of gorgeous pictures of 31 remote cultures that are on the verge of disappearing.<p>Over the last three years, British photographer Jimmy Nelson traveled around the world–from Namibia to Papua New Guinea to …

Incredible Panoramas Of The World's Most Beautiful Places

AirPano is made of eight team members, who have wide-ranging backgrounds (civil engineering and medical cybernetics, among others). The amateur photographers are currently traveling around the world, shooting major cities and other sites of interest.<p>The group mainly shoots from helicopters, using a …

31 Flawless Photos Of Jackie Kennedy

The first lady was a fashion icon.

APOD: Creature Aurora Over Norway 2013 Nov 06) Image Credit & Copyright: Ole C. Salomonsen (Arctic Light Photo) http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap131106.html Explanation: It was Halloween and the sky looked like a creature. Exactly which creature, the astrophotographer was unsure (but possibly you can suggest one). Exactly what caused the eerie apparition was sure: one of the best auroral displays in recent memory. This spectacular aurora had an unusually high degree of detail. Pictured above, the vivid green and purple auroral colors are caused by high atmospheric oxygen and nitrogen reacting to a burst of incoming electrons. Birch trees in Tromsø, Norway formed an also eerie foreground. Many other photogenic auroras have been triggered by recent energetic flares on the Sun. http://www.arcticlightphoto.no/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=131106 #APOD

Blooming tiny: nano flowers, ferns and gold stars – in pictures

Courtesy of Adrianus Aria/California Institute of Technology/Materials Research Society Science as Art Competition<p>These "poppies" are carbon nanotubes (CNTs), bundled together and pulled inwards into tiny pillars. Researchers have proposed the use of CNTs in numerous applications because of their …

Poverty can sap brainpower, research shows

Whether you're a New Jersey mall rat or a farmer in India, being poor can sap your smarts. In fact, the mental energy required to make do with scarce resources taxes the brain so much that it can perpetuate the cycle of poverty, new research shows.<p>The findings, published in Friday's edition of the …

The Week In Numbers: A Planet That Rains Glass, NASA's New Hunt For Life, And More

<b>63 light-years</b>: the distance from Earth to the blue exoplanet HD 189773b, which looks like a cozy place to live—except its surface temperature is 1,000 degrees Celsius and it rains glass. Sideways.<p><b>5.5 million square feet</b>: the floor space of the new world's largest building, which could fit 20 …

First Known Four-Quark Particle Pops Up In Japanese Collider

This new finding confirms the particle exists.<p>Physicists have observed what they're confident is the first known particle with four quarks.<p>This isn't the first time the Belle detector, housed with the High Energy Accelerator Research Organization in Japan, has appeared to observe a four-quark …

Ariel Castro: Ohio prosecutors may seek death penalty for kidnap suspect

Prosecutors in Ohio have said they may seek the death penalty in the case of the former school bus driver accused of the kidnap and rape of three …

Jimmy Savile: police apologise for blunders that left him free to abuse

West Yorkshire police have apologised to victims of Jimmy Savile for the force's mishandling of intelligence and its "over-reliance on personal …