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A Comprehensive Beginner's Guide to Whiskey

Bourbon, Scotch, and rye whiskey, oh my! In the wide world of whiskey, there exist many classifications, styles and origins—and these labels can be hard to grasp, particularly for those who are just beginning to dabble. What separates <i>whiskey</i> from <i>whisky</i>? How do single malts and blends differ? Below, …

When self-driving cars go bump in the street

Cars don't cause accidents. People cause accidents.<p>This is the hope and dream (and, surely, motto) of those involved in designing self-driving cars.<p>The whole idea is built on the nerds' rational nirvana in which incidents below perfection must be the fault of the imperfect human.<p>I'm wondering about …

21 Terms Every Whiskey Lover Should Know

The most important whisky jargon, from cooperage to small-batch, defined.<p><b>1. BEER</b><p>Whiskey is made from beer. Boring, sometimes weird beer, but beer nonetheless.<p><b>2. CASK STRENGTH</b><p>Whiskey bottled at the (high) proof at which it came out of the barrel. More expensive, ounce for ounce, but if you're …

The best cheap Bluetooth headphones

Used to be that cheap Bluetooth headphones didn't sound so good. And by cheap, I mean anything under $100 or so.<p>But that has started to change, as we're seeing more inexpensive wireless headphones that we can recommend from a design and performance perspective.<p>Since we've tested only a fraction of …

6 Things We Managed to Learn While Whiskey Tasting

<i>Today: Last week, the Food52 team toured Kings County Distillery, and learned a thing or two in the process.</i><p>Up until last week, my relationship with whiskey had been limited to my mom's favorite photo-taking demand ("Everybody say 'whiskey!'") and a sorry attempt at an Old Fashioned inspired by a …

Whiskey

Missing Cheese? How to Go Dairy-Free Without Going Flavor-Free

We thought we would put together some of our favorite foods that deliver a similar taste/texture to cheese and other dairy.<p>We were at a holiday function recently, sitting around the table after dinner eating cookies. Everyone wanted milk with their cookies and that got the conversation going about …

Recipes

Robotic glove puts rehabilitation into the hands of stroke patients

Rehabilitation after a stroke can be a long and arduous process -- but a device developed by researchers at the University at Hertfordshire quite literally puts recovery in the hands of the patients. The robotic glove is designed for use at home, to help patients recover strength and movement in …

This Is How to Button Your Suit Jacket The Right Way

The only 6 rules you need to know.<p><b>1. Suits and Blazers</b><p>With one-button, three-button, and double-breasted suits and sport coats floating around, it can be hard to know what to button when. Here are the only rules you need to know:<p><b>The One-Button Jacket</b><p>This one is easy; it should be buttoned while …

Lenovo Releases Tool To Remove The Sketchy Exploitable “SuperFish” Garbage It Pre-Loaded On Laptops

Earlier this week, word started spreading that Lenovo had been pre-installing a sketchy adware program called “SuperFish” onto many of its Windows PCs for months.<p>Then researchers started finding nasty vulnerabilities — namely, that SuperFish was using some pretty ugly hacks to tinker with your …

These are some of the cool things Airbnb is doing to learn more about you

More than 25 million people in 190-plus countries have used its service, helping it reach a massive $13 billion valuation.<p>One of the biggest reasons for its rapid growth is its strong data science technology. By collecting and analyzing its massive trove of data, Airbnb is able to make better …

The History Of The Belgian Waffle, Which We've Apparently Been Eating All Wrong

Waffles or die.<p>"Would you like a little bling with that?" was the last thing I expected to hear when ordering a waffle on Centre Street in Manhattan, but it was a welcome question that resulted in a snowy deluge of powdered sugar on a piping hot Liege waffle. Here in New York, one of the city's …

Waffles

Double Down Hot Dogs Exist. Yes, KFC Has Actually Gone There.

THIS IS OUTRAGEOUS!<p>If you thought the KFC Double Down was one of the most horrifying fast food items you'd ever seen, then you're probably not going to want to see this.<p>Behold, the KFC Double Down Dog:<p>Yes -- it's exactly what you think it is. A fried chicken hot dog bun surrounding a hot dog …

Hot Dogs

Microsoft's HoloLens explained: How it works and why it's different

Microsoft has a vision for the future, and it involves terms and technology straight out of science fiction.<p>But are we actually glimpsing that future? Yes and no.<p>Microsoft's HoloLens, which the company unveiled at its Redmond, Wash., headquarters on Wednesday, is a sleek, flashy headset with …

Many Small Steps for a Man, Giant Leaps for Tech: CES 2015 Highlights

The International Consumer Electronics Show ( CES ) in Las Vegas is like the white whale in Moby Dick: Every time you hear about it, it's getting bigger; you have to travel through oceans of information to grasp it, and if you don't pay close attention it will upend everything before you even know …