Blog Posts by Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer

  • How to Cook the Perfect Hardboiled Egg


    Eggs benefit from gentle handlingEggs benefit from gentle handlingEggs are a traditional symbol of spring and have a special place on both the Easter and Passover table. Unfortunately, the delicious simplicity of a hardboiled egg is frequently marred by a cracked shell, greenish yolk, or sulfuric odor. With the holidays around the corner, wouldn't be it be nice to have a perfect dozen (or more) to decorate, display, and eat? It's easy if you follow these steps:

    1. Buy eggs that are about a week old.

    This is one time to purchase less-than-fresh food. Food science writer Harold McGee says that older eggs firm up more smoothly and peel easier. If you can only find super fresh eggs, add a half-teaspoon of baking soda per quart of water.

    2. Start with room temperature eggs.

    Eggs that have been sitting on the kitchen counter for up to an hour are less prone to cracking when the cooking water rapidly heats up than ones that come straight from a cold fridge. The USDA says don't keep raw eggs out of the refrigerator for more than two hours.

    3. Cook eggs in

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  • Rooney Mara Cast as Tiger Lily: Another Case of Hollywood Whitewashing?

    Rooney Mara, Disney's new Tiger LilyWhen Variety broke the news yesterday that Rooney Mara had been cast in the role of Tiger Lily in an upcoming "Peter Pan" revamp titled "Pan," the backlash was swift and fierce. “Great to see Hollywood so thoughtfully responding to criticism that it woefully under- and misrepresents indigenous people!” snarled Jezebel. Referring to the controversial "Lone Ranger," Entertainment Weekly wrote that in the wake of Johnny Depp’s Tonto, “With Mara’s casting, it feels like a giant step backwards. Both could have been great opportunities to cast working Native American actors.”

    Twitter also lit up with angry and disappointed tweets like:

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  • This Tortoise the Oldest Creature on the Planet. Respect

    Jonathan in front of Plantation House (Getty)

    Just what do you get a 182-year-old for his birthday? Well, if its Jonathan the giant tortoise, thought to be the world's oldest living land animal, a bunch of bananas or a few carrots would be perfect. But not too many, overindulging on anything but grass gives him a tummy ache.

    More on Yahoo: Belgian Shepherd Dog Sniffs Out South Africa's Rare Tortoise

    Jonathan lives on St. Helena, a remote British-governed island in the South Atlantic where Napoleon was exiled in 1815 and died in 1821. No one knows precisely how he got there. His species, Dipsochelys hololissa, is native to the Seychelles, located in the Indian Ocean-thousands of miles away, around the horn of Africa. Driven to near-extinction in the mid-1800s, there are fewer than 15 Seychelles tortoises left, all in captivity. According to a recent profile of the Jonathan by the BBC, tortoises were once stacked on trading ships as a convenient source of food. He managed to escape becoming a sailor's dinner and ended up

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  • Delaware Grandfather’s Wise, Hilarious Obituary Goes Viral

    Walter George Bruhl, Jr. who died on Sunday at the age of 80, sounds kind of guy I would have liked. He adored his wife Helene (married for 57 years!), and his kids and grandkids, not to mention a tumbler of Jack Daniels and watching South Park. Apparently, I'm not his only posthumous fan. On Monday, when his grandson Sam posted Bruhl's self-penned obituary-which the family only discovered after he passed away-it shot to the top of Reddit, with complete strangers offering their condolences, promises to pay it forward as Bruhl had requested in lieu of flowers, and memories of their own granddads.

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    "Typical of my PopPop," Samuel posted on Facebook on Monday. "He cut out the middleman and wrote his own damn obituary. He's the only man I've ever known to be able to add his own humor like this. So glad I got to read one more thing from my favorite writer."

    It's worth taking a few minutes to read the full text, which is brimming with lessons on how

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  • Photographer Uses Technical Wizardry to Help Rescue Animals Find Homes

    Self-taught Hungarian photographer Sarolta Bán is best known for her surreal landscapes which have been displayed in galleries across Europe. She creates dreamlike scenes, often populated by magical beasts, with digital manipulation and Photoshop, sometimes layering as many as a 100 individual images. Now she's using her skills to help real-life abandoned animals around the world find homes. She invited her more than 100 thousand Facebook fans to submit photos of rescue pets, and she is transforming them into evocative, majestic portraits. She's received entries from as far away as India, and a number of shelters in the United States have submitted photos. "Abandoned dogs sadly have really few chances to appear on a photo that will help them get out of the shelter. A photo that stands out from the crowd, and 'speaks' to a person," she writes on the project page. "I would really like to help sheltered animals, and for sure a good picture can be worth a thousand words." The project

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  • Do Different Types of Shampoo and Conditioner Actually Work?

    (photo by Getty)

    My mother's hair is coarse and curly, mine is fine and straight: if we switched our favorite shampoo and conditioner, would one of us end up looking like the Bride of Frankenstein? A walk down the aisle of any drugstore yields a head-spinning array of hair care choices. There are anti-frizz solutions, promises of diamond-like shine, formulas for every type of hair from pizza-greasy to old hay, not to mention a veritable Carnival cruise buffet table of fruit, vegetable, protein, and herbal additives.

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    It's easy to be skeptical about all the claims on the labels, but Zoe Draelos, MD, a practicing dermatologist, author, and expert on the safety and efficacy of over-the-counter cosmetics, tells Yahoo Shine, "There is a lot of sophisticated science that goes into research and development." She describes how major hair care companies have large climate controlled rooms where they hang "1000s of tresses of cut

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  • March 9 is Daylight Savings Time (Cue Music from 'Jaws')

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    Last Saturday night, I scurried around the house turning all my clocks forward for Daylight Savings Time and warning my husband and kids that they would be losing an hour of sleep. We dutifully pulled our covers up under our chins by 10:30 (now 11:30!-or so we thought-go to bed!). The next morning, March 3, when I rousted everyone to get up for their Sunday activities and then discovered that Daylight Savings occurs, in fact, this coming this weekend, on March 9, I was not a popular mom. "The good news is you are starting your morning bright and early," I said sheepishly. Groans all around.

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    Who out there likes Daylight Savings Time? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Not the citizens of of Arizona or Hawaii who never adopted the practice. Nor the citizens of the Twitterverse, who have been griping about it since at least last weekend when I checked out the hash tag, AbolishDayLightSavings (#DownWithDST is also a popular call

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  • What the New HIV Breakthroughs Mean for the Future of the Disease

    Photo: Getty ImagesThere was exciting news this week in the battle against HIV/AIDS, much of it coming out of the annual Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI), which took place in Boston. But perhaps the biggest story was that, for the second time in history, a baby born with HIV has been declared free of the virus after early, aggressive treatment.

    While “baby cured of HIV” is, for sure, a thrilling headline, scientists are more cautiously hopeful than some media outlets would suggest. “That case is definitely intriguing,” Reilly O’Neal, editor of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation’s blog BETA, who attended the conference, tells Yahoo Shine. “The baby was tested with incredibly sensitive tests. The case supports the idea that very early treatment has the potential to dramatically reduce HIV reservoirs [the genetic code of the virus that 'hides' in the body], which are a major obstacle in curing HIV.”

    More on Yahoo: Doctors Hope for Cure in a 2nd Baby Born with HIV

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  • Who’s Puppy is This? Dog Caught in Ugly Adoption Battle

    Where's Raffiki?/Facebook

    Accusations of selling a stolen puppy are threatening to damage the reputation of a well-respected animal shelter in southern California. On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Times posted a column about the dog, which has ignited intense debate on social media. It tells the story of Rosa Torres and her 4 year-old-son who live in Panorama City whose 8-month-old Rhodesian Ridgeback named Raffiki went missing from their backyard on February 13. Torres says she has no idea how she escaped the fenced enclosure. The puppy was not wearing tags, nor was she micro-chipped or spayed.

    More on Yahoo: 3 Years and 120 Miles Later, Missing Dog is Found

    Torres put up fliers, contacted the East Valley Shelter, the nearest public shelter to her home, and posted on Craigslist and Facebook. A week later, she learned the dog was listed online for adoption at Karma Rescue, a non-profit, no kill shelter. Turns out the dog had been picked up by a stranger and driven to a public shelter about 10 miles away

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  • Why Ballerina Misty Copeland is Our Hero (and Should Be Yours)

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    Biography is not destiny. Misty Copeland's inspiring new memoir, Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina, chronicles her improbable path to becoming one of the world's elite dancers and the first African American in twenty years to be a soloist with the world renowned American Ballet Theater. Now 31, she describes in the book how when she was two, her mother, Sylvia DelaCerna, left her father, hustling her and her two older brothers and sister onto a Greyhound bus. She writes,"0ur family began a pattern that would define my siblings' and my childhood: packing, scrambling, leaving-often barely surviving." Her mother had a series of boyfriends and husbands-some drank or were abusive-and two more babies arrived adding to the financial struggles.

    More on Yahoo: Misty Copeland: "Ballet Was The Light That Saved Me"

    The family eventually settled in San Pedro, California, and Copeland and became a driven, anxious student and the captain of her school's drill team. She was also naturally

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