Joel Loo

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The Ocean’s Cosmic Lessons

On the southernmost shore of Oaxaca lies the Punta Cometa peninsula, a rocky cape that juts out into the Pacific Ocean in the shape of a cowboy boot. It is a destination popular with tourists, who flock to the region for its spectacular views of the sunset. But to locals, Punta Cometa is known as</i> …

Oaxaca

An Illustrated Tour of Ice Cream Styles Around the World

More<p>Ice Cream<p>Essential flavors and the secrets to the best ice cream you'll ever make.<p>Close your eyes and think of ice cream. What do you see?<p>Depending on where you live, that answer's going to vary. A lot. Because the world of ice cream is far more diverse than most of us think. Think all ice …

Ice Cream

Joël Robuchon’s Legacy Explained in Eight Dishes

On August 3, 2005, at 9:57 a.m., with the summer sun high in the sky, I walked through the front door of L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon in Paris’s 7th arrondissement, my knife kit slung over my right shoulder. I approached the first person I saw — a lanky young man in a chefs’ coat, peering into a low …

mashed potatoes

The Kitchen, Falmouth: ‘Fantastic, unabashed weirdness’ | Grace Dent

The Kitchen in Falmouth has taken on “stuff of legend” status in the Dent 2018 dining chronicles. Each time I tell the story, it becomes hazier, more grandiose, but the core of the memory remains intact.<p>I recently went on a road trip to Cornwall and ended up at 8pm on a Friday night in a dark, …

Libraries

Tamal Ray’s recipe for white nougat with dried apricot and cherry

I used to live near a cafe that had tempting little bags of nougat by the tills, all tied up with shiny gold ribbon. I wasn’t sure what to expect the first time I tried it, but that first richly sweet, airy bite was instantly familiar – the fudgy centre of my favourite childhood chocolate: Milky …

Baking

The Peculiar Math That Could Underlie the Laws of Nature

New findings are fueling an old suspicion that fundamental particles and forces spring from strange eight-part numbers called “octonions.”

Physics

The Swamp Isn’t Easy to Drain

Corruption has been inherent to American government since the Founding Fathers—and acknowledging that is the first step toward containing it.<p>Donald Trump rode to Washington, D.C., on a pledge to “drain the swamp,” but so far his administration has luxuriated in the filth. Trump’s hotels have made a …

ciambellone, an italian tea cake

<b>Make cake:</b> Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Coat bundt or tube cake pan (check notes for size tips) with nonstick cooking spray and coat with granulated …

'Finding Your Passion' Is an Ineffective Way to Live Your Life, Say Scientists

So much for eat, pray, love.<p>When Steve Jobs delivered his commencement speech to Stanford University’s class of 2005, he instructed them to find …

How to: Turn a Raspberry Pi into a VPN server

A guide to building an encrypted connection to your home network from anywhere.<p>With a VPN server plugged into your router, you can create a secure, …

Easy Pork Tonkatsu Recipe

These crispy fried pork cutlets are a Japanese home-cooking classic.<p>Servings: 6<p>Prep: 8-12 hours brining<p>Total: 45 minutes<p>Ingredients<p>1 (2-pound) piece pork loin<p>1 cup granulated sugar<p>1 cup kosher salt<p>1 tablespoon whole coriander seeds<p>1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns<p>2 cups potato starch<p>4 large …

The Great High School Impostor

What Artur Samarin pulled off at a school in small-town Pennsylvania is one of the boldest hoaxes of our time.<p><b>Before putting the plot</b> into motion, before the five-year masquerade, before the honors and the scholarships and the arrests and the deportation, before any of that, he rode into town on a …

School Administration

The Houstonian Hotel Shared the Recipe for Barbara Bush’s “Famous” Chocolate Chip Cookies

The Houstonian Hotel has been whipping up Barbara Bush’s chocolate chip cookies since 2016.<p>“They’re sweet and firm,” Catherine Rodriguez, head pastry …

The Best Pastries in Paris, According to Top Chefs

It’s been the world’s favorite destination for luscious baked goods since forever. Now the French capital is outperforming even itself.<p>By Kate …

How babies learn – and why robots can’t compete

If we could understand how the infant mind develops, it might help every child reach their full potential. But seeing them as learning machines is not the answer. By Alex Beard<p>Deb Roy and Rupal Patel pulled into their driveway on a fine July day in 2005 with the beaming smiles and sleep-deprived …

Robotics

Lemon Cheesecake

The cheesecake has a little lemon in the filling, giving it a lovely hint of tartness. When topped with the velvety sweet curd, the flavors truly …

The Coconut Cake

This cake is like a party in your mouth. The cake itself is very fluffy because of the coconut cream. It's all about coconut, with coconut icing and …

Squidgy White Chocolate Cake (Kladdkaka) Recipe on Food52

<b>Author Notes:</b> This Swedish cake is a thing of beauty, on the inside and out. It's a traditional recipe that you'll find all over Sweden, and every coffee shop or bakery will have their own version. Nearly flourless, it's fudgy and moist on the inside and crackly on the outside, like a really good …

My Formative SFF: Forgotten Classics of the ’70s and ’80s

I’m a nerd from a family of nerds, and I grew up reading a lot of science fiction. Specifically, I grew up reading a lot of my mother’s science …

Books

A Double-Chocolate Cake That's Also Light As Air

Chiffon cake was invented in 1927 by Henry Baker, a Hollywood insurance salesman who catered cakes for private parties on the side. His innovative recipe—using vegetable oil rather than butter or shortening—produced a tall, airy cake that was richer and less sweet than angel food and moister than …

Burning Out: What Really Happens Inside a Crematorium

Four decades ago, less than 5 percent of Americans were cremated. Now that figure stands at nearly 50 percent. This is how cremation actually works, and the story of what happens to a culture when its attitudes about memorializing the dead undergo a revolution.<p>Rosehill Cemetery in Linden, New …

Garage Noodles Are the Rent Week Stir Fry Recipe That's Here to Party

By Alex Delany<p>Kale, mushrooms, onions, and a beautifully bold sauce make instant ramen noodles something to be excited about.<p>I don’t formally endorse walking into a stranger’s garage. But you know how the preachers preach: do as I say, not as I do.<p>I was recently walking through Philadelphia’s …

The Little Rover That Could

We think you can, Opportunity.<p><i>NASA’s Opportunity rover is the longest surviving rover on Mars. On Saturday, February 17, it experienced its 5,000th dawn on a distant planet. It was only scheduled to see 90. But Opportunity's long journey started much earlier, at the height of the space race. With</i> …

Space Science

12 Monster Planes That Dominate the Skies

Double decker, six engines, wingspans longer than football fields—its amazing these monster planes can even get off the ground.<p>The marvel of flight never ceases to amaze, and the spectacle is that much more unbelievable when the aircraft are longer than Olympic pools, heavier than the biggest …

The best recent science fiction – reviews roundup

Elysium Fire by Alastair Reynolds, Senlin Ascends by Josiah Bancroft, Spring Tide by Chris Beckett, The Only Harmless Great Thing by Brooke Bolander, The Feed by Nick Clark Windo<p>Alastair Reynolds excels at world building – his impressive backlist attests to that – but he’s also a master at …

Recipe: How to make Swedish 'raggmunk'

<b>Summary</b><p>Serves: 4<p>Preparation: 5 minutes<p>Cooking: 20 minutes<p>Total: 25 minutes<p><b>Tips</b><p>- Although the batter can be made in advance, don’t grate the potatoes …

Recipes

The Subversive Imagination of Ursula K. Le Guin

The first words I read by the writer Ursula K. Le Guin, who died this week, at the age of eighty-eight, were “Come home!” The plea—a mother’s to a departing child—opens Le Guin’s novel “The Tombs of Atuan.” I was twelve years old and hooked. Home and homecoming were among the most powerful themes …

Literature

Ursula K. Le Guin, Acclaimed for Her Fantasy Fiction, Is Dead at 88

Ursula K. Le Guin, the immensely popular author who brought literary depth and a tough-minded feminist sensibility to science fiction and fantasy with books like “The Left Hand of Darkness” and the Earthsea series, died on Monday at her home in Portland, Ore. She was 88.<p>Her son, Theo Downes-Le …

A Cake to Keep Your Sweet Tooth in Shape

There is banana bread. And there is banana cake. And though the two share many sweet traits in common, they are not at all the same thing.<p>Banana bread, baked in a loaf pan, is necessarily restrained — the kind of thing you feel good about eating for breakfast. Though it might have a thin glaze or …

Dessert