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Breaking Food Down

Breaking Food Down

What is food? The Merriam-Webster Dictionary entry says “Something that nourishes, sustains, or supplies.” How beautiful. That statement captures much of the emotion and feeling surrounding food, yet it’s only part of the full definition.

September 4, 2013 — See Arr Oh
Scary subject matter.

Scary subject matter.

This being Hallowe’en, I felt like I should serve you something scary. But what? Verily, we’ve talked about some scary things here: Dangers to life and limb in academic chemistry labs, and the suggestion that lab safety is too expensive.

October 31, 2013 — Janet D. Stemwedel
Why Space Stinks [Video]

Why Space Stinks [Video]

Parts of this supposed vast emptiness smell like rotten eggs or gunpowder.

March 4, 2015 — Josh Fischman
Pumpkin, hold the spice

Pumpkin, hold the spice

Feel that chill in the air? Must be Fall, and with the change in seasons comes the latest food craze: pumpkin spice. Now, I’m hardly the first person to notice this.

October 8, 2013 — See Arr Oh
Falsification and its discontents

Falsification and its discontents

One of the answers to Edge.org’s question “What scientific idea is ready for retirement”? is by physicist Sean Carroll. Carroll takes on an idea from the philosophy of science that’s usually considered a given: falsification.

January 24, 2014 — Ashutosh Jogalekar
Happy New Year – the blog retrospective

Happy New Year – the blog retrospective

Last year, my New Year’s Resolution was to try for a child with my husband. As I’m currently typing while trying to entertain a three month old baby I think I can safely claim that as one of the most successful New Year’s Resolutions I’ve ever made.

January 1, 2014 — S.E. Gould
A Crack Study? Never Again

A Crack Study? Never Again

This post is part of a collaborative narrative series composed of my writing and Chris Arnade’s photos exploring issues of addiction, poverty, prostitution and urban anthropology in Hunts Point, Bronx.

January 30, 2014 — Cassie Rodenberg

Bhopal at 30: Lessons Still Being Learned

In 1989, I was working as an at editor at IEEE Spectrum when I was assigned to write a feature on Bhopal. The thirtieth anniversary of that industrial disaster that killed thousands is tonight.

December 2, 2014 — Gary Stix
Facing Poison Gas, 1915

Facing Poison Gas, 1915

Following the introduction of large-scale gas attacks, one idea to repel gas was to use fans to blow the gas away—a terrible idea, but until the invention of gas masks there was little else that worked anyway

July 31, 2015 — Dan Schlenoff

No Wrapping Required

No Wrapping Required

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