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Illustrated Anatomy: Third Edition

We’re sticking close to home with today’s edition of Illustrated Anatomy and telling the story of a new tattoo on my arm, designed by my fellow contributor Brian G! As I was falling asleep one foggy San Francisco night last July, I was thinking about a particularly inspirational quote from …

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Baking Gluten-Free Bread, Part 2

Last week, I wrote about the science of baking and what it means for gluten-free bread. Today, I’ll share some experiences of actually baking the stuff! This post was generously sponsored by Donnie as part of the SkepchickCON 2013 fundraiser. Thank you, Donnie! I tried two different bread recipes from …

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Baking Gluten-Free Bread, Part 1

I think we can all agree that bread (and its many cousins like pizza dough and bagels) is pretty delicious and amazing. Consequently, people who avoid gluten in their diets can miss out on some pretty tasty foods. But this does not have to be so! This post was generously …

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Bare Paint: Conductive Paint

Bare Paint is the result of collaboration between artists and engineers at the Royal College of Art in London. While the idea of conductive paint is not new, this product is the first meant for home users and is non-toxic and easy to use. With it, you can turn pretty …

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AI: Give your money to whomever you like on Kickstarter

My fellow contributor Seelix shared an article with us this morning called “Stop Giving Your Money to Rich People on Kickstarter” in which the author criticizes a) people who contribute to Kickstarter campaigns like those for the recent Veronica Mars movie and now Zach Braff’s new film, b) people like Zach …

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The Physics and Chemistry of Emulsions and Blender Mayonnaise

I am a big fan of mayonnaise. I like it on my fries, on my burgers, and combined with different ingredients to create a variety of amazing sauces. Even if you don’t like mayo, I think you should agree with me that there is something magical about how egg yolk …

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Vostok Fuel: a Cocktail for Yuri’s Night

Tomorrow, April 12th, we celebrate Yuri’s Night, the anniversary of the first manned spaceflight by Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin in 1961. More than 300 parties are taking place in over 50 countries (find one near you here!), and all of those revelers are going to need something to drink. Time …

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Tired of eating food? Here’s an alternative

If you could get all of the nourishment your body needed by consuming a carefully proportioned mix of vitamins and minerals, would you do it? And would you give up regular food? That is what 24-year software engineer Rob Rhinehart is trying to do with Soylent (yes, Soylent), a concoction …

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