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Nov 23, 2016

How to: The Easiest Way to Make Carbonated Cocktails at Home

Friends, it's time to step up your home cocktail game. But it's not about procuring a special bottle of small batch spirits, or some crafty house-made infusion, or even an obscure, esoteric bitter liqueur made by monks in the mountains of Europe. In fact, it's not about the ingredients of the drink at all. It's about texture.

Carbonating cocktails adds effervescence, tingling the tongue and bringing out new flavors and drinking experiences. Club soda is traditional, and it works, but waters down the drink, and often just floats on top, never fully integrating with the heavier alcohol. 

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Aug 09, 2016

The 50 Best Sci-Fi Films Of The 21st Century (So Far)

With summer blockbuster season in full-swing, and all its explosions and aliens and smashy smashiness, The Playlist decided to take a look at real science fiction films. Those movies that explore the relationships between the organic and technology, opportunities to explore what our moral standards actually are, and what really happens when we encounter the unknown.

I've never been a huge genre fiction person, and for a while, I think I inadvertently dismissed sci-fi for fantasy. It's not, and I know that now, so it's been fun to catch up with some of the better pieces that have stood the test of time. Here's my take: I appreciate world

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Feb 18, 2016

Dinner Party Trivia: This is What the Universe Actually Looks and Sounds Like

Have you ever sat around and asked that question of what it would be like to hear a color or see sounds? Well all synesthesia aside, NASA scientists have done something like that. Only they've answered their own set of questions, "What is the average color of the universe?" and "What do gravitational waves (i.e. the consummation of the marriage between two black holes) sound like?"    

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Nov 05, 2015

The Science of Facial Hair

It’s the official first week of No-Shave-November, Novembeard, etc. and I imagine a lot of us are hitting that grind full-on. Beyond the manly feeling a hearty beard can bring, have you ever considered the social benefits/cost of sporting the scruff? The Science of Facial Hair dissects the social aspects of having a beard and its implication in the workplace and dating market, as well as the personal benefits/costs.   

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Jul 30, 2015

Science Reveals the Secret to the Perfect Vacation

Time off is essential. Being inspired by seeing new things is one of the best ways to take care of your self and fuel your creativity. So, if you're gonna do it, you might as well do it right. 

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Jul 27, 2015

Mapping the Flow of Human Body Hair...In 1902

Any guy can attest. Whether it's your head, your beard, your chest, or, um, anywhere else, your hair has a grain to it... a natural flow that never shifts, no matter how much you have or how long or short it is. 

And, because of course he did, in 1902, Dr. Walter Kidd published "A Chart of the Human Hair Streams, Showing Their Lineage and History."   

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May 11, 2015

Did You See This Article About the Two Key Traits that Identify Long Lasting Relationships?

created at: 05/11/2015

Sorry for the weird post title, but the origins of this piece are from last year, so perhaps you saw it when it was published.

But even if you did, this is pretty good stuff, and it's worth a re-visit.    

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Mar 05, 2015

How to: Make a DIY Food Smoking Gun for Under $20

A countertop cold smoking machine is a great way to add a depth of grilled or barbecued-style flavor to a simple weeknight meal, or to up the excitement of a standard cocktail or a less-expensive dram of whiskey. They're easy to use, relatively small to store, and really can bring a different level to simple plate of roasted vegetables or pan-seared protein, especially in the dead of winter.   

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Dec 10, 2014

Students Build a DIY Wooden Roller Coaster in Center of Campus

A group of MIT students designed and built a handmade roller coaster in their East Campus to demonstrate the physical principles like g-force and the engineering considerations that make these kinds of things actually work...and safe.

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Dec 03, 2014

Blow My Mindsday: December 3, 2014

created at: 04/17/2013

Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.

created at: 12/03/2014Scientist take a serious look at what's actually happening when you mix orange juice and toothpaste, and why it tastes so very, very bad.    

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Oct 14, 2014

Do Try This at Home: It's Impossible to Break an Egg in One Hand

created at: 10/14/2014

You know that folk rumor where you can supposedly only stand an egg on its end during the vernal equinox, and how its totally false and nothing to do with the day of the year?

Turns out, there's another interesting viral-like tale that its impossible to crack an upright egg using only your hand.  

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Oct 09, 2014

How to: Build a Totally Functional DIY Telescope for ~$200 in Hardware Store Parts

created at: 10/08/2014

Thanks to some epic solar flares and the resulting auroras last month, the annual time for me to procrastinate by downloading the NASA Astronaut Application came a little early this year. If the requisite 1,000 hours piloting a jet and/or relevant PhD isn’t exactly your jam, you might try exploring the universe through one of these spectacular homemade telescopes.   

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Oct 08, 2014

Free Download: The Periodic Table of Unspeakable Horrors

A little bit of slightly spooky fun for October - Cartoonist Adam Koford of @ApeLad has created a 

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Jul 31, 2014

Grilling a Steak over 2100°F Flowing Lava

They say the key to a great steak is a great crust. And the key to a great crust is lots of high, direct heat. And the key to lots of high, direct heat? A stream of flowing lava, of course.   

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Jul 02, 2014

The Science of Barbecue: Why Old School Methods Still Make the Best Meat

Truly amazing barbecue - the transformation of tough, chewy cuts into something tender and juicy and full of smoke flavor - is a true artform. And like all craft, it involves a healthy does of science and technique as well.

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May 02, 2014

Weekend Project: Make a Paper Airplane that Flies Forever

A little science-y paper craft project to give a shot this weekend (or to goof off at work on a Friday): a perpetually flying airplane.   

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Apr 25, 2014

How to Drink All Night Without Getting Drunk

 

Esquire's Aaron Goldfarb recently hung out with Jim Koch, the co-founder and chairman of the brewery behind Samuel Adams, and, unexpectedly, learned the brewmeister's trick for being able to taste and drink socially professionally without losing his composure.   

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Apr 08, 2014

The Wonders Within Your Head

There's a lot going on in your head right now.  Your head, my head, all human heads.

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Mar 12, 2014

DIY with a Purpose: To Clean Drinking Water, All You Need Is A Stick

I hate starting blog posts this way, but I'ma exercise my one or two a year: I freaking love this idea.    

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Jan 29, 2014

Blow My Mindsday: January 29, 2014

created at: 04/17/2013

Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.


"Sea is for Cookie"... The internet is amazing. 

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