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Timeless Classic: Chocolate Espresso Coffee Cake

Instructions<p>Preheat oven to 325-degrees and butter and dust with cocoa powder a 6-cup fluted tube pan or bundt pan.<p>Sift flour, cocoa powder, baking …

The Electoral College Was Meant to Stop Men Like Trump From Being President

The founders envisioned electors as people who could prevent an irresponsible demagogue from taking office.<p>Americans talk about democracy like it’s sacred. In public discourse, the more democratic American government is, the better. The people are supposed to rule.<p>But that’s not the premise that …

Political Science

These Gateway Drinks Will Up Your Cocktail Game Dramatically

Staring down the menu at a cocktail bar can be an intimidating prospect for the uninitiated. What’s the difference between “Martini” and a martini? What’s an old-fashioned no. 1 versus a no. 2? What makes a daiquiri a daiquiri exactly? And it never helps that every bartender in the country makes …

Martinis

100 Time-Saving Search Engines for Serious Scholars (Revised)

100 Time-Saving Search Engines for Serious Scholars. It’s been an incredible resource, but now, it’s time for an update. Some services have moved on, …

What We Got Wrong About Nazis And Terrorists

<i>"Terrorism, the Skorzeny Syndrome, is flourishing in the modern world, a reminder that Hitler and Nazism are still taking their toll more than three decades after the Third Reich collapsed."</i><p>-- Glenn B. Infield, biographer of Nazi commander Otto Skorzeny<p>On November 28, 1941, Adolf Hitler and Arab …

How to inoculate people against Donald Trump's fact bending claims

A potential Donald Trump presidency terrifies people worldwide. His racism, bullying, and enthusiasm for violence are a great concern for …

Critical Thinking

Study finds that most people suck at Rock, Paper, Scissors

The game of Rock, Paper, Scissors (RPS) seems pretty straightforward, right? Well, according to this study, a host of psychological effects come into …

What’s Up With the Bacteria In Your Gut?

We’ve known for decades that that the lush collection of bacteria that populate our guts plays a part in digestion. The famous after-effects of bean-eating—tactfully known in the 16th century as “windinesse”— are due to our resident microbes, chomping up an assortment of bean oligosaccharides …

Replacing Antonin Scalia will be a profound test of the American political system

Justice Antonin Scalia's death is a test for the American political system — a test it's unlikely to pass.<p>The test is simple. Can divided government actually <i>govern</i>, given today's more polarized parties? In the past, it could. In 1988, a presidential election year, a Democratic Senate unanimously …

Political Science

Bagpiper Millin: Some Germans who claimed to have seen him didn't shoot because they believed he was crazy!

Bill Millin, aged 21, was considered to be unarmed on June 6th, 1944 as he jumped from the landing slope in Normandy on Sword Beach. The rest of his …

Chris Bailey: Slacker success: Why working 20 hours a week is more effective than 90

Before I started A Year of Productivity, whenever I had more work to do than I had time to do it in — which was pretty much all the time — I would …

Time Management

Blindsight: the strangest form of consciousness

Some people who have lost their vision find a “second sight” taking over their eyes – an uncanny, subconscious sense that sheds light into the hidden depths of the human mind.<p>When Daniel first walked into London’s National Hospital, ophthalmologist Michael Sanders could have had little idea that he …

Oxford University sleep expert reveals ideal times for you to wake up and exercise

What's the best time for you to make love? An Oxford University sleep expert reveals the ideal times for you to wake up, exercise and do the …

Is another human living inside you?

You may think your body and mind are your own. In fact, you are a fusion of many organisms - including, potentially, another person. Words by David Robson, photography by Ariko Inaoka.<p><i>This story is part of BBC Future’s “Best of 2015” list, our greatest hits of the year.</i> <i>Browse the full list.</i><p><i>-</i><p>Once …

Genetics

The amazing significance of what a mother-to-be eats

<b>New research reveals the extraordinary impact that your mother's diet at the time of your conception has on the rest of your life, writes Michael Mosley.</b><p>A couple of months ago, I found myself in a small village in Keneba, in The Gambia, chatting to a perky 90-year-old, Karamo Touray, surrounded by …

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