Here's the kind peer-reviewed scientific study and journal article that we can all get behind: how to make your whiskey taste better. This year, scholars Björn C. G. Karlsson & Ran Friedman took a look at the molecular makeup of whiksey, and specifically, how dilution with water affects the presence of flavorful compounds that make the sipping experience even more enjoyable.
Let's face it: modern hardware leaves a lot to be desired. Sure, it's inexpensive and abundant, but visually, it looks...well, cheap. No character. You spend weeks on a project, choosing wood grain carefully, sanding and planing to a glass smooth finish, and then you're forced to add some blindingly shiny yellow brass or bright blue metal to finish your project.
Of course, there are high-end hardware makers out there producing specialty hinges and components for period furniture, but I wanted a less expensive way to transform general home center hardware into something I actually want to use on my projects.
So, I called my dad.
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.
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
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?"
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.
Scientist take a serious look at what's actually happening when you mix orange juice and toothpaste, and why it tastes so very, very bad.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.