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The best train journeys in Australasia for 2018

Our rail experts suggest the best train journeys in Australia and New Zealand for 2018.<p>1. The Indian Pacific<p>This 2,687-mile (4,325km), four-day/three-night Perth to Sydney journey offers passengers a choice of excursions from the train: a tour of Kalgoorlie and its deep gold mine; wandering around …

Detect Lightning with a Simple Circuit

While doing some research on very low frequency (VLF) receivers and radio propagation, I came across an amazing website curated by Charles Wenzel. It is called Technical Library, or TechLib for short. It has all kinds of interesting electronics projects and experiments, and I highly recommend …

Homemade Ginger Syrup and the SodaStream Soda Maker

Ginger and Spice<p>Over a year ago I was reading an article in the LA Times about reducing the carbon footprint of the food we eat. It occurred to me …

Shakshuka

Cropping up a lot on café brunch menus in the last year or two, this Middle Eastern egg dish is equally worthy of a place in your kitchen on a weekday evening. The eggs are gently poached in a rich and smoky tomato sauce with plenty of herbs and spices.<p>It’s a perfect sharing dish. Serve it at the …

Marrakech express: the Red City by motorbike

A tour on a vintage motorbike offers a fresh view of Marrakech, the medina and beyond<p>Next to me, a battered old van is vibrating gently. Its driver, a wrinkled, toothless man wearing a white <i>taqiyah</i> (prayer cap) leans out of the window and grins at me. I gamely smile back and wave. He gives me a …

everyday meatballs

If you’d told me as a spaghett-and-meatballs loving kid that in Italy, these two things are never served together, I wouldn’t have believed you. …

Italian Food

Make a Better Baked Pasta With These Can't-Ignore Tips

Baked pasta is always good—but with these tips, it can be a whole lot better.<p>Baked pasta is, hands down, one of the best comfort foods we know. Done right, this classic is the perfect combination of cheesy, starchy, saucy, hot, and salty. Pair it with a bottle of red, and you’ve got a darn fine …

Steven Weinberg: the 13 best science books for the general reader

If you had a chance to ask Aristotle what he thought of the idea of writing about physical science for general readers, he would not have understood what you meant. All of his own writing, on physics and astronomy as well as on politics and aesthetics, was accessible to any educated Greek of his …

15 Phenomenal Indoor Herb Gardens

Whether you live in a big city or someplace that gets cold 9 months out of the year, indoor herb gardens provide so many benefits. They purify the …

Coconut Macaroons

Review of the Fujifilm x100s for Street Photography

<i>Disclosure: Fujifilm gave me a Fuji x100s for this review. I haven’t been paid to write this review, and will try to make it as non-biased as</i> …

Lemon, Ricotta and Almond Flourless Cake

This is a light lemony flourless cake that will be perfect on a beautiful summer/spring afternoon (although it’s winter in Australia now). The cake …

Ultimate meringue

Perfect your whisking skills for these light baked meringues - a blank canvas for tasty flavour combinations<p>Ingredients<p>4 large organic egg whites, at …