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Quanta Magazine – Illuminating Science | Quanta Magazine

An ambitious study in yeast shows that the health of cells depends on the highly intertwined effects of many genes, few of which can be deleted …

The AutoWok makes the perfect fried rice of my dreams

This industrial cooker is able to achieve the magical "wok hei" flavor that Chinese chefs rave about.<p>As I was roaming the halls of the Food and Hotels Asia exhibition in search of technology used in food preparation, I stumbled upon what is probably the most life-changing (for me at least) cooker: …

Food & Dining

Three of the best ways to read books to kids, backed by science

From timeless classics like <i>Goodnight Moon</i> to contemporary favorites like <i>Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus</i>, one of the best things that parents can do for their kids is cuddle up together with a book. It’s not just the one-on-one time that matters—story time helps develop children’s reading skills …

Kids

7 books you must read to be a real software developer

Congratulations on finishing your four-year computer science degree in two years with no actual practical software development experience or …

Programming

Converting to Buddhism as a Form of Political Protest

Low-caste Indians are leaving Hinduism en masse—partly to stick it to their prime minister.<p>SHIRASGAON, India—More than 500 low-caste Hindus filled the Veera Maidan, an open field at the edge of a dusty Maharashtra village, on a recent Sunday night. Neighbors openly gawked from porches as the …

India

Beyond Tokyo: 8 of Japan's best foodie destinations

<b>(CNN) —</b> We all know about Tokyo 's amazing sushi, ramen and tempura.<p>Japan's capital is a gastronomic wonderland -- that comes as no surprise.<p>But if you want to really experience Japan's rich culinary canon, you'll need to get out of Tokyo and eat your way across the country.<p>"Japan has one of the …

Japan

Want to Get Smarter? Read Something on This List

There’s a lot of hope today that playing mindless brain training games will make you smarter. But instead of trying a quick fix, why not read …

Take Me Away: Vienna’s lush palaces and coffee houses

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Gustav Klimt and Sigmund Freud. They were all geniuses in their own fields, and all with wonderful ties to Vienna. But how did they get their inspiration? Well, I think it had a little something to do with getting their caffeine fix at one of the many beautiful Viennese …

European Travel

How to encourage your children's passion for learning

"Look! When I mix these paints, I get a whole new color!" Hearing your kids get excited about learning feels like glitter bombs exploding in your heart. And it's confirmation that school and report cards are really only one sign that your kids are learning. While grades and test scores are …

Kids

Quantum physics made fun

Clifford V. Johnson adopts the graphic novel approach, while Philip Ball decides which myths need busting<p>We all know that physics and maths can be pretty weird, but these three books tackle their mind-bending subjects in markedly contrasting ways. Clifford V. Johnson’s <i>The Dialogues</i> is a graphic …

Coca-Cola Will Release Its First Ever Alcoholic Drink

Coca-Cola is undergoing a renaissance: First of all, the company is trying to rebrand as a healthier soda option, replacing Coke Zero with Coke Zero …

The Crispiest, Juiciest, 30-Minute Roast Chicken

Think a succulent roast chicken has to be reserved for lazy Sundays? Think again. I came up with the fastest, easiest, juiciest roast chicken and …

Five brilliant science books for kids out this World Book Day

There are plenty of children running around dressed as Harry Potter and the Gruffalo, but we reckon there are a few budding scientists who would love …

This Is The Turkey Burger Recipe You've Been Waiting For

It's the juiciest, most flavorful turkey burger we've ever had. (And we've had a lot of turkey burgers).<p>Turkey burgers receive a fair amount of disparagement, and it’s not unfounded. Usually, turkey burger recipes result in something so lifeless and tasteless that drowning one in ketchup (that most …

Cooking

Singapore Challenges the Idea That Democracy Is the Best Form of Governance

The American Declaration of Independence asserts that "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" are fundamental, unalienable rights of all human beings -- endowed to us by our Creator. According to the Declaration, the primary purpose of government is to establish conditions in which citizens …

Japanese anime blows minds with detailed depictions of landmarks in Singapore like The Merlion and Maxwell Food Centre

For those of you who aren’t into Japanese anime, there’s a television series called <i>A Place Further Than The Universe</i> (<i>Sora yori mo Tooi Basho</i>) that …

Anime

It seems like every week we're finding new uses for drones. Here's some of the most interesting out there today.

Drones

Quantum Algorithms Struggle Against Old Foe: Clever Computers

The quest for "quantum supremacy" – unambiguous proof that a quantum computer does something faster than an ordinary computer – has paradoxically led …

Quantum Mechanics

How to Cook Sausages So They're Not Weirdly Raw Inside (or Burnt)

By Alex Delany<p>Know how to cook sausages? So they're not weird and maybe raw in the middle? No? We got you.<p>Sausages are tricky. Well, they <i>were</i> tricky, until we learned how to cook sausages properly. Before we found The Method, whenever we made sausages they would end up charred on the outside but …

BBQ

Japanese Cheesecake

This Japanese version of the crowd-pleasing dessert combines cheesecake flavor with a souffle-like, cakey texture that jiggles like jelly but tastes …

Fifty Years of BASIC, the Programming Language That Made Computers Personal

Knowing how to program a computer is good for you, and it’s a shame more people don’t learn to do it.<p>For years now, that’s been a hugely popular …

3 Simple Steps to Mastering Any New Subject, According to a Nobel Prize-Winning Physicist

Learn anything faster using the Feynman Technique.<p>As we get older, learning something new becomes more complex, tedious, and time-consuming than …

Elon Musk Tweets An Excellent Example Of Tech Ethics

As I track examples of Silicon Valley’s unique political ideology, I’m always delighted to find ones that are short and sweet. Elon Musk recently gifted us with a great example.<p>In an exchange on Twitter, Musk shot off an innocent science-friendly argument,<p>“It is high time that humanity went beyond …

Tesla

FREE Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Street Photography

HAPTIC presents the Ultimate Beginner’s Guide for Street Photography Series — visualizations of essential photography lessons and tips by ANNETTE …

Street Photography

One Easy Trick That’ll Make Your Chicken, Turkey and Pork Extra Juicy

Nothing’s worse than a dry piece of meat. Brining, or submerging in a saltwater bath, allows any lean type of poutry or pork (like a whole chicken or …

9 Tips for Better-Than-Delivery Fried Rice

By Alex Delany<p>If you've got some almost-stale rice you're halfway there.<p>Fried rice is that takeout staple that everyone from hungover college students to too-tired-to-make-dinner-tonight professionals can agree is delicious. It's a wonderful food, but figuring out how to make fried rice at home …

Onions

Crisp Pork Cutlets with Citrus Salsa Verde

<i>Jenny is in perpetual search for easy, weeknight recipes to attempt to feed her family. When they balk, she just eats more.</i><p><i>Today: Put some June in your November.</i><p>Pork is the friend of the weeknight cook. It cooks quickly, produces a richer, more satisfying dinner than its speed-cooking-white-meat …

Salsa

Man Buns

10 Servings<p>This will make more pulled pork than you’ll need, but who would be sad about that? Use the leftovers to make tacos, pulled pork sandwiches, pork stew—whatever your heart desires, really<p>Print<p>Ingredients<p>Beer-braised pork shoulder filling<p>2 lb. boneless pork shoulder (Boston butt)<p>2 teaspoons …

Baking

7 Dishes You Have to Eat in Iceland

Everyone knows about Iceland's dramatic natural beauty—from the cascading waterfalls thundering down the jagged mountain cliffs to the vibrant, colorful dancing auroras illuminating the Arctic sky, to the icy fragmented glaciers flanked by black sand beaches and rugged lava rocks. But most people …

European Travel

This Cinnamon-Sugar Pancake Casserole Is Made for Sharing

Cinnamon Sugar Dutch Baby Casserole<p>Serves 6 to 8<p>1 cup all-purpose flour <br>1 cup whole or 2% milk <br>4 large eggs <br>1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated …

Breakfast