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The fact that Father's Day just happens to fall at the beginning of the barbecue season sure does work out nicely for dads who love a barbecue (and really, what dad doesn't like an easygoing, outdoor eating extravaganza?). Cristina Ferrare, whose risotto Oprah has happily made, shares her recipes for Baby Back Ribs and Barbecued Baked Beans. They're sweet and savory, thanks to a tasty new barbecue sauce Cristina found recently. Make them this Sunday for Dad, but keep the recipes handy for barbecues all summer long.
In 1999 Chad Moore was working as a park ranger near California's Salinas Valley, monitoring falcons' nests and hiking back to the station after dark. "But it wasn't really dark," says Moore. "The glow from nearby towns was drowning out the stars."
Since then Moore and his team have used a specialized camera to take photos at more than 86 national parks and found that in most, vibrantly starry skies—like the stunner that inspired Van Gogh—are fading, thanks to suburbs and illuminated highways.
But there's more at stake than constellations: Light pollution can cause depression in humans and disrupt animal migration. In that sense, dark skies are a natural resource that needs protecting, just like the oceans. Moore's research inspired the National Park Service to create the Night Sky Program, which covers park lamps so that less light escapes and educates nearby homeowners, since light can affect areas 200 miles away. "When you realize the consequences of leaving your porch light on," says Moore, "you might turn it off."
The old rule: Sunscreens are stamped with an SPF value (anywhere from 4 to, in recent years, 100+). This number tells you only how effectively a sunscreen can protect you from UVB rays (the ones that turn your skin red and cause skin cancer). Many sunscreens are also labeled "broad spectrum"—meaning they protect against UVA rays (the ones that age the skin and cause cancer) as well. Manufacturers don't have to prove this claim, though, so the protection may not be adequate.
The new rule: Only sunscreens that pass a new test of UVA protection can be labeled "broad spectrum," a claim that will indicate that the product protects equally against UVB and UVA rays. Sunscreens with an SPF over 15 that earn the "broad spectrum" designation will be allowed to claim to reduce the risk of skin cancer and slow down the skin aging process when used properly (applied 15 minutes before sun exposure and reapplied every two hours). Sunscreens with an SPF under 15, or that do not give equal UVB and UVA protection, will have to carry a warning that they haven't been shown to slow skin aging or help prevent skin cancer.
Next: Will "sweatproof" SPF disappear?
[After the jump, hearts that don't have a beat and songs that barely have a pulse.]
Imagine someone tells you a joke—in two separate languages—and not only do you not get it, but it seems like maybe you're the butt of it. It's an age-old problem, and last week it happened to the Dalai Lama on Australian TV.
Once again, His Holiness the Dalai Lama shows an uncanny knack for handling an uncomfortable situation. His response: Laughter always helps. It's a graceful demonstration of compassion for the journalist who looks desperate for a time machine, and it helps us forget that we've just heard a groan-worthy punch line.
It made us remember what the Dalai Lama once told Oprah: "I don't take myself too seriously! That makes me happy." Today it makes us happy too.
(via The Hairpin)
Watermelon Knife, $25. A green handle and red blade will make this the cutest tool in your kitchen, and the nonstick serrated blade and seed-shaped cutouts (which let air in) help the fruit fall neatly onto your cutting board.
Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips, $9. Dress up nails fast (minus the dry time) with these press-on polish strips from Sally Hansen. From denim patterns to chic lace designs, your fingers will get a fashion upgrade in no time.
Hail Merry Blonde Macaroons, $4.99. They're made with coconut oil, which melts at 76 degrees. That means you need to store these cookies in the fridge—but it also means they dissolve in your mouth in a most delicious way.
Pressa Hanging Dryer, $4.99. Compact and cute, this hanging dryer offers an easy way to dry the entire family's swimsuits. Or, on a rainy day, have your kids create works of art and display them in their rooms like a mobile.
The World's Smallest Post Service, $22.95. A new kit designed by artist Lea Redmond lets you send tiny—and next-level-adorable—messages to your loved ones.
Every week, we'll be letting you know about new releases the editors at O and Oprah.com couldn't stop reading. On sale today...
By Kate Christensen
The title: It's a Brooklyn apartment building where Christensen's main character Harry lives, until his wife kicks him out for an affair he isn't having.
Why you'll care: In the face of lost love, Harry (who is a poet) finds joy with a group of aging bohemians.
Truth in fiction: Relationships are complicated, which means you learn something important from every single one.
Read the full review and browse our complete summer reading list here
Amy's Bread by Amy Scherber
"Amy has a no-nonsense way of explaining how to make simple breads and pastries that have guided me for years. If you're starting a cookbook collection, this book will make you feel Amy's passion and spirit for bread baking. She's not hoity-toity. She's more like, 'Hey, this is my bakery, and here are the breads that we make—and you can make them too.' Bread is something a lot of people shy away from, but Amy makes it approachable."
The Cake Bible by Rose Levy Beranbaum
"This is an introductory book that has enough in it that even professionals who've been baking for years will find it useful. Rose is famous within the pastry world for her exacting testing and measurements. She isn't a restaurant pastry chef, but you're not going to make restaurant deserts in your kitchen—you're going to make cakes for your family. (But we use this book almost daily at my bakery, Flour, and a variation of her sour cream coffee cake is on the menu.)"
Next: More of Joanne Chang's indispensable cookbooks...