Mysti Hovhannisyan

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An 80-Year-Old Prank Revealed, Hiding in the Periodic Table!

You wouldn’t know it, because it’s hiding down there at the bottom of the periodic table of elements, but it’s a prank—something a five-year-old might do—and the guy who did it was one of the greatest chemists in America. It’s pure silliness, staring right at you, right where I’ve drawn my circle, …

You Can Go To Jail For Doing Citizen Science In Wyoming

Take no pictures, leave no footprints<p>The Internet has been in an uproar since news broke on <i>Slate</i> that a new law in Wyoming would make collecting data illegal. Illegal, that is, if you collected those samples with the intention of turning them over to a federal or state agency that could actually …

For a real taste of fall, skip the pumpkin spice latte and fry some maple leaves instead

In France, autumn is the time for the chestnut harvest; in India, it’s Diwali, the festival of lights. Here in New York City, where Quartz’s office is located, it’s pumpkin spice everything. I decided I could do better this year by borrowing a seasonal specialty from Japan.<p>Deep-fried maple leaves …

New York City

Brown Butter Apple Tart

Servings<p>How to improve on a basic apple tart recipe? Add brown butter, of course.<p>November 2012Print<p>Ingredients<p>Crust<p>Nonstick vegetable oil spray<p>1 cup (2 sticks) plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature<p>1 cup sugar<p>1/4 teaspoon kosher salt<p>1 large egg, beaten to blend<p>2 tablespoons heavy cream<p>…


Crispiest Potato Chips

6 Servings<p>Keys to great potato chips: A lower frying temp gets the moisture out; a vinegar soak ensures they're crisp.<p>October 2014Print<p>Ingredients<p>1½ pounds russet or purple potatoes<p>½ cup distilled white vinegar<p>Vegetable oil (for frying; about 8 cups)<p>Kosher salt or Nori Salt (click for recipe) or …


How to Photograph the Moon (Part 1)

Ever since I’ve owned a camera I’ve wanted to take photos of the night sky. When I first got a DSLR camera 5 or so years ago I thought getting decent …

The great tradition of kitchen gardens

Bursting with fresh fruit, veg and herbs, there’s no more vital a part of a country house than the kitchen garden<p>Flower beds may be the frilly petticoats around a country house, but to me the heart is its kitchen garden – and a recent visit to Gravetye Manor, in West Sussex, produced a real plum. …


Often creating a WOW interior is less about the "stuff" and more about an inspiring idea. Here are 5 to help you make your rooms even more memorable...: Game Changers: 5 Small Ideas That Make a BIG Difference in Your Home's Decor

The Best Things to Buy in October

We are well into fall, but infamous Black Friday isn’t too far away either. What should you buy this month, versus hold off on until November? Here’s …

10 Pumpkin DIYs That Use Everyday Items


The 7 Biggest Decor Mistakes That Drive Designers Crazy

Pros reveal what they always want to change when walking into a room.<p>Pros reveal what they always want to change when walking into a room.

Home Decorating

10 Life-Changing Kitchen Cleaning Hacks

Break out the lemons!<p>Cleaning the kitchen is never going to be as fun as, say, a weekend at the beach. But it's gotta get done. And even if you don't have a single cleaning product in your home, you can still totally make your kitchen sparkle. Plus, there's a certain feeling of pride you'll get …

Lemon Juice

Brown Sugar-Bourbon Ice Cream

1 quart<p>December 2012Print<p>Ingredients<p>1 cup whole milk<p>3/4 cup heavy cream<p>1/2 cup (packed) dark brown sugar<p>6 large egg yolks<p>2 tablespoons sugar<p>1/8 teaspoon kosher salt<p>1 tablespoon (or more) bourbon<p>1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract<p>Special equipment<p>An ice cream maker<p>Recipe Preparation<p>Stir milk, cream, and …