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.
This weekend is shaping up to be another cold and blustery, snow-filled couple of days. The kinda weekend where you never manage to actually put on shoes, cause there's no way you're going outside. The kind of weekend where you take on an indoor project with all kinds of immediate rewards...like perfecting the ultimate chocolate chip cookie.
Look...I'm totally willing to admit that this has nothing to do with crafting...or men...or DIY stuff. But, it's one of the more fascinating things that's captured my attention in a long while, and I think you'll enjoy it too.
The question is: If dinosaurs ruled the earth for 130 million years, they had to reproduce. And since they have some of the least babymaking features, how, exactly, did they do it?
Animation is nothing more than arranging relatively stable things, taking a picture, and then moving and doing it again, frame by frame. Some artists use pen and ink, some clay, some real world objects. This creative team of IBM researchers decided to use atoms. Atoms!? A. toms.
You know when someone asks you what your thinking about, and you just can't find the term? Or, when you're asked how you feel about something, and you have to start it with a caveat or an "I don't know" before searching for the best approximation?
Chances are, there are words for those situation, they're just likely not in the English dictionary.
If you've ever forked up the dinero for a great steak at a high-quality steakhouse, and noted how much better it tastes than the ones you whip up on your own backyard grill, you're probably right. And it's not cause they're all that much better at cooking it than you are. It's because they likely started with another piece of beef altogether: a dry-aged steak.
Concrete is amazing stuff, and fun to work with in your own art and DIY projects. But, if it suffers a crack, the surrounding material will begin to disintegrate.
So, a team of scientists in the Netherlands have a created a new mix that can regenerate itself with the help of handy nutrient-munching bacteria.
Whether by urban legend or repeatable data, anyone that grew up with a Nintendo Entertainment System was aware of the, "when the game won't load, you show blow into the catridge, and even the system," particularly on pesky games like the metallic cased "The Legend of Zelda." I'm even willing to bet that that characteristic soundbite of forced air rushing around a 4x1" plastic hollow would be instantly recognized by anyone born from 1975-90.
But...did it actually work?
Many squids, octopuses, and other mollusks (as well as some fish, amphibians, and reptiles) have chromatophores, specialized cells containing pigmentsthat can change the color of the skin. These cells respond to electrical impulses from the muscles, which means they can also respond to specific frequencies in the audible spectrum, namely 100 hz, or the bass frequencies of musical instruments.
Which means...a squid's chromatophores will react and change color with the beat of some deep, grimey beats! To see it in action, check out this amazing video:
Michael Stevens of VSauce explores the idea of what might happen if every person on earth - all seven billion plus of us - jumped into the air at the same time.
Newton's cradle (otherwise known as that swinging, hanging ball thing that people put on their desks and kids play with at the novelty gift store at the mall) demonstrates Newton’s third law of motion - "when two bodies interact by exerting force on each other, these forces are equal in magnitude, but opposite in direction."
Swiss photographer Fabian Oefner creates these bold, eye-popping images by mixing water color and ferrofluid, then puts it in a magnetic field.
As you've certainly heard, last week, scientists annouced the discovery of a subatomic particle that is "consistent with" the Higgs boson, which may show how massless subatomic particles can acquire mass.
Equally fascinating is this incredible machine, the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland, a four billion dollar "machine" which consists of 17 mile tunnel, whose "synchrotron is designed to collide opposing particle beams of either protons at up to 7 teraelectronvolts (7 TeV or 1.12 microjoules) pernucleon, or lead nuclei at an energy of 574 TeV (92.0 µJ) per nucleus (2.76 TeV per nucleon-pair)." Duh.