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Michelle Obama, Race and the Ivy League

The education of a future first lady.<p>In 1988, a group of black students at Harvard Law School compiled a report designed to recognize the growing achievements of black students on campus and share their wisdom with newcomers. The longest essay in the 50-page newsletter was written by a 24-year-old …

20 Healthy, Protein-Packed Smoothie Recipes

Blend up one of these concoctions for a quick nutrition fix<p>Smoothies are a great way to get a nutrient-packed meal or snack, stat. They can provide everything you need—protein, healthy fats, vegetables, and fruits—all in a to-go cup.<p>(For a versatile, ultra-nutritious protein you can use in these …

The hidden tricks of powerful persuasion

Are we always in control of our minds? As David Robson discovers, it’s surprisingly easy to plant ideas in peoples’ heads without them realising.<p>Are we all just puppets on a string? Most people would like to assume that they are free agents – their fate lies in their own hands. But they’d be wrong. …

The Best Laptops You Can Buy

Maybe it's a bit more clunky than you thought when you carry it in your bag during a commute. Perhaps the screen is too reflective for your liking when you're watching Netflix. And worst of all, what if the battery life is much shorter than you expected?<p>We've researched some of the best laptops on …

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A Small, Elegant Manhattan Apartment in Blue

Glamour in bare-bones space.<p>Designer Kelly Giesen brought chic glamour to her bare-bones, 725-square-foot Manhattan apartment by adding elegant moldings, French doors, sparkling mirror, and a fresh blue and white palette.

A 100-Year-Old Hollywood Farmhouse Goes Modern With a Neutral Palette and Mirrors Everywhere

A house with a neutral palette and a lot of shine.<p>Designer Tobi Tobin updated her Hollywood Hills cottage with mirrors, a neutral palette with pops of high-gloss black, and strong wallpaper. The result is a modern design with a lot of shine. Read the interview with the designer.

17 Indoor Herb Garden Ideas That'll Perk Up Your Kitchen

Click and grow? Don't mind if we do!<p>A lack of outdoor space shouldn't stop a green thumb. Grow your basil and parsley right by the stove using one of these inventive solutions.

Have you tried the Mason jar blender trick yet?:

Cook Like a Pro: 11 Ways to Make a Restaurant-Quality Meal at Home

Ever wonder how restaurants bring that extra oomph to every dish? We asked the country's best chefs to spill their secrets. Your home cooking will never be the same again<p><b>Burnt Citrus:</b> For cocktails, char thin slices, then muddle (and garnish) as normal.• <b><br>Toasted Barley Risotto with Spinach and Herb</b> …

This Week's Top Restaurant and Food News

6 Kitchen Treats to Bring Home from Paris: Picks from Jane Bertch of La Cuisine Paris

When I was in Paris last week I hung out with Jane Bertch, the wonderfully warm and knowledgeable proprietor of La Cuisine Paris, a cooking school. …


Watch a Preview of A Chef's Life, a New Series on PBS

James Beard Award semifinalist <b>Vivian Howard</b> (of Kinston, North Carolina's <b>Chef & the Farmer</b>) gets the documentary treatment in the upcoming PBS show <i>A Chef's Life</i>. The 13-episode series follows Howard and her husband <b>Ben Knight</b> as they run a farm-to-table restaurant in "one of the <b>poorest Congressional</b> …

Los Angeles: We Tried Every Taco at the Tacolandia Taco Festival

GalleryLos Angeles: We Tried Every Taco at the Tacolandia Taco Festival<p>Last Sunday saw the first annual <b>Tacolandia Taco Festival</b>, a celebration of the best of Los Angeles' booming taco culture. Of course, there were a few notable out-of-towners from San Diego, Tijuana, and beyond, but most of the … Wallace Ridge by Whipple Russell Architects

Fifty Shades of Grey: Design Ideas and Inspiration

<b>Gray</b> is definitely one of the hottest interiors colors of the recent past. Available in a multitude of hues and shades, gray has become the ‘go to’ …