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We Now Know Which ‘Game Of Thrones’ Death Was The Most Expensive To Film

<i>Game of Thrones</i> is filled to the brim with memorable and macabre murders, but have you ever wondered which one cost the most to film? Probably not, unless you’re an accountant or an aspiring horror movie maker looking to crib some ideas from the masters of death. But it’s still an intriguing …

Entertainment

Homeland recap: season six, episode 10 – The Flag House

Information is weaponised as Saul has a change of plans, Quinn revisits his past and Dar Adal makes it personal<p>It’s family first this week, as Dar Adal targets both Elizabeth and Carrie in their most vulnerable spot. In a season when he has made an art of going too far, he still manages to go that …

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Homeland Season 6, Episode 10 Recap: "The Flag House"

Like a parent stepping back with pride as their child grows up and matures into an adult, such is the feeling after Sunday night’s (March 26) episode, “The Flag House.” Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) has always had one objective in life, to tirelessly fight for the rights and safety of innocent …

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'Homeland' recap: 'The Flag House'

We gave it a <b>B</b><p>Two episodes ago, Quinn admitted he couldn’t return to the way he was. And this week, he finally got proof his past is no longer his present. In fact, it’s his own worst enemy.<p>After tracking Dar’s call to the mystery man to a location in Queens, Quinn pulls up outside a diner he …

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‘Homeland,’ Season 6, Episode 10: The Facts vs. What People Want to Believe

There’s a lot to sort through and digest this week, so let’s jump right in:<p><b>Dar Adal has declared war.</b><p>Not that he hadn’t, by other means, before. But now it’s overt. “Don’t go to war with your own national security establishment,” he has intoned. “It’s a war you won’t win.”<p>He has O.K.’d the nuclear …

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Paul A. Young’s homemade chocolate spread recipe

In our Ultimate Chocolate Recipe video series, Master Chocolatier Paul A. Young demonstrates eight deliciously decadent recipes to satisfy your sweet tooth, from stacks of chocolate pancakes to an indulgent chocolate tiffin.<p>In the video above, Paul shares his recipe for creamy chocolate spread made …

Dessert

Every day is a good day for pie — even during Passover

On this eight-day Jewish holiday, which begins sundown April 10 this year, those who observe its dietary restrictions do not eat any foods made from wheat except for matzoh, and that prohibition includes oat, rye, barley and spelt. For generations, Passover ­desserts got a bad rap because bakers …

Baking

7 no-bake chocolate desserts you cook in 20 minutes or less

The next time you have a hankering for chocolate (probably right now), you can make an easy homemade treat without ever turning on the oven.

World at risk from new tuberculosis threat as disease becomes resistant to drugs

Tuberculosis poses a global health threat because it is quickly becoming resistant to drugs, experts have warned.<p>Decades of progress in combating …

Doctors in Liberia test new Ebola vaccine

It has been three years since the United Nations declared an Ebola outbreak in parts of West Africa. Yet doctors still do not know how the virus was passed from animals to humans.<p>It has been three years since the United Nations declared an Ebola outbreak in parts of West Africa.<p>Yet doctors still do …

Ebola

Homeland: season six, episode nine – Sock Puppets

Quinn goes on the warpath and we discover who has been feeding the trolls in an episode that proves the espionage drama still has its finger on the pulse<p><i>Spoiler alert: this blog is published after Homeland airs in the US. Only read on if you’ve watched series six episode nine, which airs in the UK</i> …

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‘Homeland’ Recap: Plot Contrivances Strain Credibility in Episode 9, ‘Sock Puppets’

“Homeland” delivered its strongest episode of season six to date last week with the paranoia-fueled romp “Alt.Truth.” This week’s installment, “Sock …

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Homeland Recap: A Doomed Man

Homeland<p>Sock Puppets Season 6 Episode 9<p>Editor's Rating 4 stars<p>The writers of <i>Homeland</i> have been building to “Sock Puppets” for some time. Think about …

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'Homeland' recap: 'Sock Puppets'

We gave it a <b>B+</b><p>Carrie has a confession to make: During her latest session with the court-ordered shrink, she admits that her relationship with Franny’s father was “unusually intense,” and that she had always feared Franny would be a reminder of him, of Brody. But it’s not just the fact that Franny …

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Homeland Season 6, Episode 9 Recap: Quinn Is BACK

We weren’t expecting the March 19 episode "Sock Puppets" to be the most frightening hour of <i>Homeland</i> thus far. It’s a nail-biting thriller when Quinn (Rupert Friend) steals an arsenal of guns and breaks into Dar Adal’s (F. Murray Abraham) home. It’s crazy when Adal flips his own allegiance, and with …

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‘Homeland,’ Season 6, Episode 9: Why Is Everyone Stating the Obvious?

This episode is a tough one.<p>On the one hand, there are some welcome developments: Quinn is back doing spy craft again: walking better, running in a reasonable sort of a way, outsmarting local law enforcement, creating a diversion, securing a private arsenal, breaking into Dar’s house (Pardon the …

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New Vaccine Could Slow Disease That Kills 600 Children a Day

A new vaccine against a diarrheal disease that kills about 600 children a day worked well in a large trial in Africa and appears to be a practical way to protect millions of children, scientists said on Wednesday.<p>The new vaccine against rotavirus, the most common cause of death from diarrhea in …

Public Health

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Why Kids Shouldn’t Sit Still in Class

Sit still. It’s the mantra of every classroom.<p>But that is changing as evidence builds that taking brief activity breaks during the day helps children learn and be more attentive in class, and a growing number of programs designed to promote movement are being adopted in schools.<p>“We need to …

Education

The Sooner You Expose A Baby To A Second Language, The Smarter They’ll Be

A new study shows that babies raised in bilingual environments develop core cognitive skills like decision-making and problem-solving -- before they …

How Much Screen Time Is Safe for Teens?

Almost every time I give a talk, somebody asks me how technology affects children. What starts out as a question almost always turns into an emphatic statement that technology is irreparably harming children’s development. The idea that computers, smartphones and videogames gravely harm young …

Psychology

Behind The Tutus, Ballet Is A Boys' Club. This Ballerina Wants To Fix That.

The ballerina may be the visual symbol of the art form, but men wield most of the creative control.<p>Ballerina Ashley Bouder is crying. She’s standing alone in a rehearsal studio in front of 20 or so dance journalists and several funders of her small self-titled ballet company, and she’s crying. And …

Gender

Homeland Review: Trust Issues

In “Imminent Risk,” <i>Homeland</i> nearly lost its balance, steadying itself against its allusions to the past. “Alt.Truth,” in which the series sways on …

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Homeland Season 6 Episode 8 Recap: "Alt. Truth"

There’s no longer any question as to who’s the bad guy of <i>Homeland</i> this season. The fear of losing his autonomous power as CIA director has turned Dar Adal (F. Murray Abraham) into an alarmingly sinister figure. He’s a home-grown domestic terrorist, and the amount of power and access he wields in …

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Homeland Recap: Black Dog

A frustrating season of <i>Homeland</i> improved a bit this week by focusing on the vulnerabilities of four of its most interesting characters: Carrie …

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'Homeland' recap: 'Alt.Truth'

We gave it a <b>B-</b><p>Judging by the long, <i>long</i> stretch of time between Quinn’s fall into the water at the end of the episode and his triumphant rise back to its surface, we’re supposed to watch his miraculous survival with our jaws dropped to the ground and respond with a cheer.<p>Yet, I sighed at the end of …

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‘Homeland,’ Season 6, Episode 8: The Never-Ending Trials of Quinn

Well, now I’m upset. And not in a good way.<p>Astrid’s (presumed) death feels wrong to me. It feels sadistic. Not toward me, of course (though I needed this loss like a hole in the head), but toward Quinn who, as Astrid herself noted, has lost so much already.<p>He no doubt deserved some degree of …

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Research shows: nagging moms have more successful daughters

Between 2004-2010, researchers in the UK followed 15,500 girls aged 13 and 14.<p>They found that setting high standards reduces the risk of teenage …

Parenting

28 Ways to Take Better Vacation Photos

Spring break is here, and so are terrible vacation photos. You know the ones: The honestly pretty-underwhelming sunset. The pals in a dim restaurant who look like looting raccoons, caught in the act.<p>People love telling me their phone’s camera stinks and that’s why they’re going to upgrade. I …

Photography