MNN's week in review: From designer doghouses to simple soups
Don't miss our always interesting roundup, including ways smart cities are reusing old malls and much more.
Fri, Feb 10, 2012 at 06:01 PM
• If money were no object, what kind of house would you build ... for your dog? These drool-worthy doghouses are a fun place to start your architectural daydreaming.
• The chill of winter has finally reached MNN headquarters. Next week, we'll start complaining about the weather, but for now, let's embrace the cold with these easy-to-make soup recipes.
• When's the last time your local forecaster took his shirt off? For laughs, we've rounded up America's hottest weather forecasters, including the bare-chested Mike Woods of WNYW in New York City, pictured above on assignment in Hawaii.
• The stunning image at left is from Mount Redoubt in Alaska's Cook Inlet. See this and other explosive images of volcanic activity in this explainer.
• In Taipei, Taiwan, visitors get the best of nature and the big city with hot springs, night markets and a progressive environmental attitude.
• A limited diet doesn't have to be boring. Our food blogger offers recipes and general rules to a friend who had to make a big lifestyle change. Her tasty tips can help regular eaters as well.
• What if we looked at aging retail spaces and shopping malls through a new lens? Starre Vartan explores them as new community spaces for sports — even urban gardening.
• Forget tiger mothers. A new book says American parents should emulate the French style of bringing up baby.
• Superbugs in Antarctica? It's true. A multidrug-resistant strain of E. coli, potentially even more dangerous than the superbug MRSA, has been discovered living in Antarctic seawater.
• And let's wrap up the week with a curious question: Can the cinnamon challenge kill you? (And if you don't know what it is, all the more reason to read this story.)
Plus: Don't miss the catch-your-breath cliff diving image in the week in photos.