Eric Zwerling

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Thanksgivukkah Watch: Pumpkin Custard Kugel

The Tale of Two Cornbreads

<i>Beth Kirby of Local Milk carries her Southern heritage -- and the ingredients, dishes, and recipes that come with it -- with her wherever she goes. Every other Monday, that place is here.</i><p><i>Today: Two quick cornbreads -- one vegetarian, one not -- good enough to keep the Southern tradition alive.</i><p>This …

Condiments That Should Replace Heinz Ketchup at McDonald's

McDonald's is ditching Heinz ketchup in its restaurants, so we're suggesting 15 awesome condiments to take its place<p>We love Heinz ketchup. In fact, it made our 2012 Seal of Approval. But, after former Burger King CEO Bernardo Hees took the helm at Heinz, McDonald's announced it would end its …

Cooking

Autumn feast: cooking with squashes and pumpkins

The fleshy delights of pumpkin and squash seem made for autumnal fare.<p>Sometimes I think that growing up in an era before every conceivable food was available is what made me a keen cook. I have made so many dishes by compromising, substituting and imagining. Hard though it is to believe, there were …

New Kit Kat recipe to be 'as healthy as possible'

Michelle Roberts, Head of Nutrition at Nestle, has said the company spent three years researching the new recipe to make Kit Kats "as healthy as possible.".<p>Nestle are one of several companies including supermarkets Tesco and Morrisons to have signed up to a pledge to reduce the amount of saturated …

Is Rebuilding Storm-Struck Coastlines Worth The Cost?

One year ago Tuesday, Hurricane Sandy bore down on the East Coast, devastating shoreline communities from Florida to Maine.<p>Many of these areas have been rebuilt, including the Long Beach boardwalk, about 30 miles outside New York City. Officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new boardwalk …

European Mars rover prototype takes big test drive in Chile desert

Europe's mock Mars rover "Bridget" during its trial in the Atacama Desert in Chile earlier this month.<p>A disruptive dust devil did not stop a European Mars rover prototype from finishing its work in the Chilean desert recently, though the wind storm did force researchers to take shelter as it …

Remote Controls

Lasers and robots explore ancient Rome’s hidden aqueducts

With the help of precision 21-century technology, archaeologists are mapping a dozen tunnels that were carved by Roman engineers into the mountains east of Rome in order to supply the ancient city with water<p>Hacking through thickets of overgrown bushes, reeds and stinging nettles, Alfonso Diaz Boj …

Archaeology

Step Inside the Russian Spacesuit Factory

PopMech travels to Tomilino, Russia, to a factory that has been building Russian spacesuits for 60-plus years.<p>PopMech travels to Tomilino, Russia, to a factory that has been building Russian spacesuits for 60-plus years.

Space Exploration

What Lies Beneath

Deep below the streets of New York City lie its vital organs—a water system, subways, railroads, tunnels, sewers, drains, and power and cable lines—in a vast, three-dimensional tangle. Penetrating this centuries-old underworld of caverns, squatters, and unmarked doors, William Langewiesche follows …

Where did syphilis come from?

Did Columbus bring the disease back with him from the New World, or was it in Europe all along? Katherine Wright, winner of the Wellcome Trust science writing prize 2013, investigates<p>Last month, Katherine Wright was awarded the Wellcome Trust science writing prize at a ceremony at the Observer's …

Why We Live 40 Years Longer Today Than We Did in 1880

The golden age of medicine—in one chart<p>The late 19th and early 20th centuries were a golden era of American health innovation. Breakthroughs like germ theory, antibiotics, and widespread vaccination, as well as major public-health advances in sanitation and regulation, neutralized many long-leading …

The human brain, its nervous projections, layers,... - Biomedical Ephemera, or: A Frog for Your Boils

<b>The human brain, its nervous projections, layers, and cortical blood vessels</b><p>Though we’re probably subconsciously aware of our brains on a day-to-day …

The science and magic of wine-making

Watching a cloudy, sweet liquid turn into a clear, alcoholic one – accompanied by the hiccupping of an airlock – is a treat<p>… a new friend is as a new wine; when it is old, thou shalt drink it with pleasure. <i>Ecclesiasticus 9:10</i><p>I grew up on tales of my Dad's 1970s homemade hedgerow wines. Their fruity …

The gravitational orbit of any moon, planet, star or galaxy forms a helix, when you view it traveling through a time dimension

<b>The gravitational orbit of any moon, planet, star or galaxy forms a helix, when you view it traveling through a time dimension.</b> A 3-dimensional helix is a ‘slice’ of the 4-dimensional shape of the orbit of a planet; Y is a time dimension, X and Z are space dimensions. One 2D slice of a 3D helix is a circle, another is a wave. One 3D slice of a 4D helix is a sphere; a planet in a specific moment of time.<p>Interesting patterns are revealed when you start thinking about the 4-dimensional shapes of …

The Week In Numbers: The Farthest-Ever Confirmed Galaxy, NASA's New Moon Laser, And More

<b>7.5</b>: the redshift of light from the farthest-ever confirmed galaxy (it's so distant, it shows us what was happening just 700 million years after the Big Bang)<p><b>21 days</b>: the time these "pillownauts" spent lying in bed to help scientists study the effects of spaceflight on the human body<p><b>622 megabits</b> …

The Energy Fix: How To Clean Up Fracking's Bad Rep

If fossil fuels are to remain a large part of the nation’s energy mix, engineers need to reduce their environmental impacts.<p>Hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling have opened up huge reservoirs of oil and gas across the U.S. The Energy Information Administration predicts that production of …

In Season: NY 428 Apples With Yogurt Mousse and Licorice Caramel

The name of this sweet-tart apple (available at Greenmarket’s Samascott Orchards stand) does not say it all. It’s a cross between an Empire and a …

In Praise of Quince

Late October brings an interesting addition to stands heaped with orange squash and red apples at the Farmer's markets of New York: a strange green fruit, seemingly under-ripened, knobby and oddly leathery, with just the faintest, unidentifiable scent of sweetness. Few farmers carry this elusive …

Fruit

10 Foods We're Stockpiling for a (Zombie) Apocalypse

If the world were to end tomorrow, these are the 10 foods our editors would grab before they started running for dear life.<p>We're now more than a solid week into October, a month famous for pumpkins, costumes, way too much candy, and now, of course, the season premiere of AMC's <i>The Walking Dead.</i> …

Food

A City Or A Swamp? One Year Later, Hoboken Still Struggling With Sandy

Ordinarily, Jessica Nearhoof would love unearthing her sweaters and scarves from the back of her closet, signaling the oncoming blustery weather and …

Rhetoric Over Climate’s Role In Australian Bushfires Heats Up As Blazes Burn On

Shortly after his “24 Hours of Reality: Cost of Carbon” event wrapped up on Wednesday, Al Gore was back onscreen entering into the heated debate that …

How Ken Cuccinelli’s Position On Sodomy Could Set Numerous Sexual Predators Free

Shortly after the Supreme Court rejected Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s (R) effort to revive parts of his state’s anti-sodomy law, …

How The Department Of Energy Is Working To Reduce The Cost Of Solar By 75 Percent

It’ll soon take just one day to get a solar permit in Chicago, thanks to a $750,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy.<p>That’s down from the …

Fracking Goes To Sea: California Regulators Startled To Learn Of Offshore Hydraulic Fracturing

It still surprises many Americans when they learn that California, a state with perhaps the greenest of environmental reputations, remains home to …

The EPA Is Touring The Country For Recommendations On Cutting Carbon

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) set off yesterday on an 11-city “listening tour” to get public comments on its plan to craft carbon …

Nebraska Scientists Refuse To Conduct Climate-Denying Study

Climate denier language added to a Nebraska bill may force scientists to neglect the role humans play in a state-commissioned study. That’s because …

Land-Locked Texas Congressman Tacked On Amendment Upending National Ocean Policy

For the third time in the past year, Representative Bill Flores (R-TX) has succeeded in getting an amendment passed in the House that would obstruct …