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The Cool Trick for Making Grease-Free Hot Buttered Rum

Too often hot buttered rum arrives topped with an unappetizing, shimmering oil slick. Bartender Duane Sylvestre of Bourbon Steak DC has a fix: …

We're Last! Again! U.S. Health Care Ranks Poorly

The latest look at the U.S. health care system compared to other rich countries shows — yet again — that the United States comes in dead last.<p>Americans spend far more per person on medical care, yet are less healthy than people in 10 other countries. The system is less fair than systems in other …

Health Care

Blizzard to fund competitive gaming at the college level

The world of competitive gaming revolves around young players, but it's not always easy for them to participate -- many of them are college students without the resources to host large tournaments. They'll soon get a helping hand from Blizzard, however. The <i>StarCraft II</i> developer is now promising …

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Mysterious Ancient Indian Metal Works Surpass Modern Technology

What is amazing about the Iron Pillar of Delhi is that, in spite of being at least 1,500 years old and possibly much older, it is so impenetrable to …

Archaeology

Video games change the way you dream

Those hours in an alternate reality are messing with our minds<p>Maybe you're meandering, alone and lost, through an abandoned castle surrounded by a crocodile-filled moat. Suddenly, a flame-breathing dragon hurls towards you, snarling and gnashing its teeth, coming in for the kill. Do you wake up …

Cinema-goer dies after being shot in Florida texting row

A US cinema-goer died after being shot by a former police officer in a row about texting, officials say.<p>Curtis Reeves, 71, opened fire after asking a man in front of him to stop sending texts, a police spokesman said.<p>The victim, Chad Oulson, 43, died in hospital.<p>The men were at a screening of new …

Amsterdam community project pays alcoholics with beer to clean streets

A group of alcoholics has been hired to clean the streets of Amsterdam.<p>In return for a day’s work, they’re paid 10 euros, one hot meal, half a packet of cigarettes and five cans of beer.<p>Many of the men have lost careers and marriages to alcohol addiction and are happy to find some companionship and …

West Virginia puzzled, outraged over chemical leak

Few people in West<p>Virginiahad any idea that an obscure company was storing a mysterious coal-washing chemical in tanks overlooking the Elk River, just upstream from a major water treatment plant.<p>Nor did many realize that no agency had conducted regular inspections of those tanks, even though they …

The Congressman Who Went Off the Grid

Roscoe Bartlett spent 20 years on Capitol Hill. Now he lives in a remote cabin in the woods, prepping for doomsday.<p>When Roscoe Bartlett was in Congress, he latched onto a particularly apocalyptic issue, one almost no one else ever seemed to talk about: America’s dangerously vulnerable power grid. …

Stop coddling your dog—he’s 99.9% wolf

SANTA CLARITA, California—Cesar Millan crosses the road to meet me. Two pit bulls, a Chihuahua, and a Yorkshire terrier—named Junior, Taco, Alfie and Kaley Cuoko—follow. Off leash and at heel, the dogs are calm, almost languid. If Millan communicates with them, I do not notice.<p>For the past few …

Pets

How Walmart's Low Wages Cost All Americans, Not Just Its Workers

<b>Bloomberg View:</b> Yesterday, we looked at the benefit to McDonald's of having its workers subsidized by state and federal aid. Today, its Wal-Mart’s turn. Recall our discussion last month on the related subject of "How McDonald's and Wal-Mart Became Welfare Queens." We learned that employees of these …

Testosterone may make men likely to get the flu, study finds

Just in time for flu season’s peak, science may have figured out a reason why some men make wimpy, needy patients compared to women when it comes to infectious diseases.<p>A report released today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) links testosterone levels with response to …

Flu Vaccine

Google Glass: What You're Not Supposed to Do

There are certain things you won't be encouraged to do wearing one of these. Those are the things I did.<p><i>Published in the December 2013 issue</i><p><b>Google Glass</b> mayor may not transform the future. But one thing is beyond question: It elicits mighty strong reactions in the present.<p>The first week I got my …

Google Glass