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The Science of Fat-Washing Cocktails

Fat-washing: it might sound like a process for getting rid of bacon grease on your shirt, but it's actually a clever cocktail technique that adds savory flavor to spirits. To fat-wash your alcohol, you just add a liquid like sesame oil or melted butter to a spirit at room temperature. Let it sit …

Women in Science: Einstein’s Advice to a Little Girl Who Wants to Be a Scientist

Although researchers have found that “psychological androgyny” is essential for creativity, the history of human creative and intellectual endeavor is strewn with gender imbalances — nowhere more so than in science. This systemic problem is solved not simply by putting more women in the Science …

Science Discovers the Truth About Blondes

Talk about blonde ambition: after more than a decade of research, scientists have isolated the gene that determines a person’s hair color. …

The Science Behind Graduating A Class With Majority Women Engineers

A few weeks ago at Harvey Mudd’s annual commencement, we broke a record: we graduated more female engineers than male. In the class of 2014, 56% of students receiving engineering degrees were women. This is certainly the first time in Harvey Mudd’s history that we’ve had a class with more women …

Why Facebook Is Blue: The Science of Colors in Marketing

<b>Why is Facebook blue?</b> According to The New Yorker, the reason is simple. It’s because Mark Zuckerberg is red-green colorblind. This means that blue …

Amanda Cook Doubles Down with Food Science and the Culinary Arts

"I think creating and making people happy is the most gratifying part of the job."<p>Amanda Cook was <i>so</i> not expecting a James Beard nomination in 2010 that when a friend texted, "Congratulations on your JB nomination," she assumed it was a local Washington DC award and texted back, "What's that?"<p>But …

John Stossel

video<p>FBN's John Stossel on CNN's report on the potential disaster between the new head of the EPA and the CEO of Pebble Mining.<p>video<p>Fox News Correspondent John Stossel gives his thoughts on climate change ahead of Earth Day on April 22.<p>video<p>FBN's John Stossel on Oregon's free-tuition program and …

The World’s Oldest Living Things: A Decade-Long Photographic Masterpiece at the Intersection of Art, Science, and Philosophy

<i>“Our overblown intellectual faculties seem to be telling us both that we are eternal and that we are not,”</i> philosopher Stephen Cave observed in his poignant meditation on our mortality paradox And yet we continue to long for the secrets of that ever-elusive eternity.<p>For nearly a decade, …

How Gross Is Your Phone? A Motherboard Science Experiment

Culturing bacteria in our office mortified a couple responsible scientists.<p>All images: Derek Mead<p>All I wanted to do was recreate a relatively simple study I had just written about. Instead, I ended up creating something vaguely dangerous, which mortified the director of a local DIY biology lab. …

Biology

The Science of Dreams and Why We Have Nightmares

<i>“The interpretation of dreams is the royal road to a knowledge of the unconscious activities of the mind,”</i> Freud argued in his influential treatise <i>The Interpretation of Dreams</i> in 1900. <i>“The earth is heavy and opaque without dreams,”</i> Anaïs Nin wrote in her diary in 1940. <i>“In the olden days, people</i> …

Would Jesus Accept Climate Science?

Climate change is one of the biggest and most divisive environmental issues we've faced. Not only is the science scary and the challenge daunting, but it calls into question the very way we live our lives.<p>Perhaps that's why climate science is causing a schism of sorts among American Christians. On …

Climate

Mary Roach on the Science of Masturbation and the Outrageous Vintage Pseudoscientific Techniques for Controlling It

Human sexuality has a long history of intellectual fascination, from the first ejaculation on Earth to Malcolm Cowley’s parodic vintage prediction for sex in the techno-future to Susan Sontag’s poignant meditation on the gap between love and sex. But the recent perusal of Mark Twain’s entertaining …

Best science photography of 2013

<b>FINALISTS FOR THE EUREKA</b> Prize for Science Photography have been announced for this year, and they are as captivating as ever.<p>The <i>New Scientist</i> Eureka …

7 Essential Books on the Art and Science of Happiness

If you, like me, are fascinated by the human quest to understand the underpinnings of happiness but break out in hives at the mere mention of self-help books, you’re in luck: I’ve sifted through my personal library, a decade’s worth of obsessive reading, to surface seven essential books on the art …

Survival of the Prettiest: Harvard Cognitive Scientist Nancy Etcoff on the Science of Beauty

<i>“That is the best part of beauty, which a picture cannot express,”</i> Francis Bacon observed in his essay on the subject. And yet for as far back as humanity can peer into the past, we’ve attempted again and again to capture and define beauty. For Indian philosopher Tagore, beauty was the Truth of …

The 13 Best Science and Technology Books of 2013

On the heels of the year’s best reads in psychology and philosophy, art and design, history and biography, and children’s books, the season’s subjective selection of best-of reading lists continues with the finest science and technology books of 2013. (For more timeless stimulation, revisit the …

Science vs. Religion: 50 Famous Academics on God

The dialogue between science and religion is among humanity’s oldest and most controversial, drawing each era’s greatest thinkers into some of history’s most heated debates. We’ve previously looked at a BBC documentary on the complex relationship between the two and 7 essential books on the …

Cognitive Science Honors Its Pioneers And Leaders

Every year in mid- to late summer, cognitive scientists from around the world gather expectantly in a hotel foyer or a university courtyard, eager to learn that year's winner of the David E. Rumelhart Prize. Established in 2001, the yearly award honors "an individual or collaborative team making a …

Hay Festival: the science behind Star Wars

Author Mark Brake and astrophysicist Jon Chase explain why the unworldy planets depicted in the Star Wars films may not be light years away from the truth<p>Appearing at the 2014 <b>Hay Festival</b>, science enthusiasts Mark Brake and Jon Chase explained how some of the astrophysics and technology on show in …

Franchising

Slide Show: The Art and Science of Modern Cuisine

While “Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking,” the encyclopedia published by Nathan Myhrvold’s Cooking Lab, has been widely heralded for its innovative, science-and-technology-driven recipes, the project’s photography is just as dramatic. It is the focus of a follow-up book, “The …

Food Photography

Men's Fashion, Style, Grooming, Fitness, Lifestyle, News & Politics

Shoes<p>Fancy rich-guy designer slippers aren't just for fancy, rich, designer-wearing guys anymore.<p>By Matt Sebra1 day agoView More<p>Gift Ideas<p>All …

Fitness

30 Days of “Quantum Poetry” Celebrating the Glory of Science

<i>“The ideal scientist thinks like a poet and works like a bookkeeper,”</i> the influential biologist E.O. Wilson said in his spectacular recent conversation with the former Poet Laureate Robert Hass, exploring the shared creative wellspring of poetry and science. A beautiful embodiment of it comes from</b> …

The Science and Philosophy of Friendship: Lessons from Aristotle on the Art of Connection

<i>“A principal fruit of friendship,”</i> Francis Bacon wrote in his timeless meditation on the subject, <i>“is the ease and discharge of the fulness and swellings of the heart, which passions of all kinds do cause and induce.”</i> For Thoreau, friendship was one of life’s great rewards. But in today’s cultural …

The Best Way To Work Your Biceps, According To Science

<i>By Rachel Grumman Bender for YouBeauty.com</i><p>If you wish that you had stronger, more sculpted biceps -- and really, who doesn't? -- but you're not seeing results from your regular strength training routine, science just came to the rescue: The American Council on Exercise (ACE) commissioned a study to …

Health

How To Be Sexy (According To Science)

Because if anyone knows what's sexy, it's someone with a lab coat and a clipboard.<p>2<p>SHARES<p><b>Get A Hot Mom</b><p>A group of horny mice moms (shut up, that's …

Forrest Gump

Nine Steps Closer to Safe Science

Most of us will never handle a potentially lethal chemical. But across the U.S. scientists experiment with sensitive and dangerous chemicals every day while conducting important research. Sometimes those experiments turn deadly.<p>A new study released July 31 by the National Research Council may help …

College & University

'Life Keeps Changing': Why Stories, Not Science, Explain the World

Author and journalist Jennifer Percy was a committed physics major until a Lawrence Sargent Hall story showed her a more satisfying way to approach life's complexities.<p><b>By Heart is a series in which authors share and discuss their all-time favorite passages in literature.</b> <b>See entries from Jonathan</b> …

Science