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Ultra-Cold Atoms Recreate the Expanding Universe in Tabletop Experiment

Eerie similarities unite vastly different scientific ideas in sometimes utterly surprising ways. One of these similarities may have allowed …

Physics

21 Summer Appetizers Your Party Guests Will Love

Bagna Cauda<p>Dunk fresh, crisp vegetables into this warm, buttery dip just like you would with fondue.<p><b>Recipe:</b> Bagna Cauda<p>Rainbow Tomato Bruschetta<p>One …

Food

Rachel Roddy’s recipe for pickled garden vegetables

I want pickles most when we don’t have any. It is almost always the same: while making some sort of frittata or savoury pie – probably a potato, leftover greens, egg and cheese combination – it crosses my mind that it is going to need contrast, crunch, a jolt, a rush of sour and sweet. In short, …

Food Preservation

Who was here first? A new study explains the origins of ancient Indians

A new paper authored by 92 scientists from around the globe that was posted online this weekend could settle some major questions about the subcontinent’s history and what that means for various theories of Indian civilisation. The paper, titled “The Genomic Formation of South and Central Asia,” …

Anthropology

This Awesome Periodic Table Tells You How to Actually Use All Those Elements

Americium could save your life.<p>Thanks to high school, we've all got a pretty good idea about what's on the periodic table.<p>But whether you're looking …

Chemistry

These Quick Lime-Pickled Onions Taste Like Summer

By Aliza Abarbanel<p>Catch me putting them on everything I make until June. (And probably after, TBH.)<p><i>Welcome to Never Fail, a weekly column where we wax poetic about the recipes that never, ever let us down. This week: the quick pickled onions that editorial web assistant Aliza Abarbanel just</i> …

Food Preservation

5 Ways to Use Miso That Don't Involve Soup

By Alex Delany<p>There's more to miso than soup. A tub of the good stuff can upgrade most weeknight dinners instantly.<p>No one puts miso in a corner. Well, that’s not true. A lot of people do. But they shouldn’t, because they probably don't know how to use miso paste. You can’t just label miso as a soup …

Cooking

The Best Way to Cook Steak Involves Brown Butter

We’re flipping the traditional sear on its head.<p>When you think about flipping, you probably think of pancakes, burgers, and the bird. But flipping is also the key to the best way to cook steak. You should flip it good. Every two minutes. And then baste with brown butter, garlic, and rosemary.<p>The …

3 Genius Ways to Transform Cauliflower Rice

1<p>Cauliflower Flatbread With Hummus and Artichokes<p>This Mediterranean-style flatbread—topped with hummus, veggies, and cheese—will give cauliflower …

Food

Book Review: God's Word or Human Reason? An Inside Perspective on Creationism

The claims of young-Earth creationists are easily checked and easily countered. And a new book—written by former creationists themselves—does this in …

Evolution

Here’s how to cook quinoa and why is it so good

Organic India recently introduced its gluten-free quinoa.<p>An incredible superfood which is abundant in nutrients and antioxidants, they are a good …

Food

How To Cook A Precooked Ham

If an Easter ham is the crowning glory of your table every spring, it may be time to dress it up in a better outfit this year.<p>Most holiday hams that Americans buy at the supermarket are known as city hams, which are precooked. They’re wet-cured hams that are technically safe to eat as-is, without …

Cooking

Scientists Discover that Everything — from Rocks to Molecules — Is Conscious

Tweet<p><b>Consciousness permeates reality. Rather than being just a unique feature of human subjective experience, it’s the foundation of the universe,</b> …

Consciousness

10 scientifically proven tips to beat stress

Forget taking a chill pill, these science-backed techniques will help you protect your body and your brain from the daily grind.<p>Heart racing? …

Wellness

Infographics Show How the Different Fields of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics & Computer Science Fit Together

Ask anyone who's pursued a career in the sciences what first piqued their interest in what would become their field, and they'll almost certainly …

Infographics

Old Italian Meat Sauce Recipe

"A robust hearty Italian meat and mushroom pasta sauce. Serve with your favorite pasta, if desired."<p>Ingredients<p>2 pounds lean ground beef<p>1 pound …

Food

The Authentic Italian Way to Make Alfredo Pasta Is the Opposite of What You Think

When you think of alfredo pasta, you might think of using heavy cream, milk, flour, and cheese. And you'd be doing it wrong. Allow me to introduce …

Italian Food

27 Easy Pasta Recipes That Don't Use Sauce From A Jar, Because You Deserve Better

You want to make dinner with your eyes closed and both hands tied behind your back, right? It’s just a guess, based on the internet’s mass hysteria over sheet pan dinner recipes and 3-ingredient weeknight wonders.<p>There’s only one problem with recipes prepared by blindfolded, shackled cooks: They …

Cooking

Breakthrough study reveals how LSD dissolves a person's sense of self

A fascinating study led by scientists at the University of Zurich has uncovered key insights into the mechanisms behind how our brain generates our …

Neuroscience

Video of DNA Mutating in Real Time Offers Surprisingly Comforting News

Not all mutations are as bad as they seem.<p>The word “mutation” carries some pretty negative connotations. In the world of human biology, mutation …

Biology

2 Great Resources for Science Teachers

Here are two good science websites to use with your students in class. Both of these websites have been featured in Common Sense Education’s ‘Best …

Education Technology

A primer on the primal origins of humans on Earth

Our history is complicated. Our pre-history, even more so.<p>How on Earth did we get here? No, not whatever political or environmental or existential crisis just sprung into your mind. How did we, as humans, end up where we are today?<p>Discoveries pushing back milestones in human development happen all …

3 Easy Ways to Cook Beans If You Don’t Have an Instant Pot

Instant Pot bean recipes seem to be taking over the internet, but how do you cook them if you (*gasp*) don’t have the appliance? Thankfully, there’s more than one way to add as many protein and fiber-rich legumes to our diet as possible.<p>For the best results with all cooking methods, start the same …

Cooking

Seven Magic Sauces you Should Know About

What is a magic sauce? It's a simple sauce you can use a hundred different ways. And you should absolutely have one or two in your repertoire! Here …

Cooking

This Hack Will Forever Change the Way You Peel Potatoes

Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Nicole Perry<p>When I saw a trick for removing potato skins by slipping them off without using the dreaded vegetable …

Cooking

The key to Leonardo da Vinci's genius is a practice that anyone can learn

In late 2017, <i>Salvator Mundi</i>, one of Leonardo da Vinci's paintings, sold for $450.3 million.<p>For a child born out of wedlock in the 15th century, that's quite an accomplishment. And yet, many would argue that this isn't even close to being his greatest contribution to humanity.<p>When the word</i> …

Creativity

How to Hack Evolution

As the director of the Sculpting Evolution Group at the MIT Media Lab, Kevin Esvelt (K.E.) spends every day thinking about extinction. Esvelt is a …

CRISPR

Six of the best pickles and ferments

<b>Celeriac, apple and mustard seed kraut</b><p>One of our favourite ferments at Little Duck: the combination of ingredients make it a brilliantly unusual alternative to typical cabbage kraut – but it’s just as simple.<p>Prep <b>15 min</b><br>Ferment <b>Up to 2 weeks</b><br>Makes <b>About 500g</b><p><b>1 celeriac,</b> sliced on a mandolin<b><br>1 apple,</b> …

Food Preservation

The Garlic Broth Recipe That Brought Me Back to Health

This soup has just three other ingredients, but garlic is the one that matters.<p><i>This story is part of the Healthyish Guide to Feeling Better Already, a collection of recipes, remedies, and distractions to get you back on your feet.</i><p>Before there was this garlic broth, my sick-day cooking was pretty …

Food Preservation

Carl Sagan’s “Baloney Detection Kit”: A Toolkit That Can Help You Scientifically Separate Sense from Nonsense

It's probably no stretch to say that mass disinformation campaigns and rampant anti-intellectualism will constitute an increasing amount of our …