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Asimov's Yeast Vats May Be the Real Future of Food

Isaac Asimov and other classic sci-fi writers envisioned a future in which great vats of yeast or bacteria could feed humanity. We’re not there yet, but today’s startups are using yeast cultures to produce milk, egg whites, and even coffee. And if you’re not sure about yeast-brewed egg whites, you can always try… »8/02/15 5:00pm8/02/15 5:00pm

Cooking food in a pan cut in half shows the magic of induction cooking

Induction cooking is sorcery masked as science through the power of magnets. That’s what I believe in my heart, at least. The heat is created from magnetic induction (as opposed to a gas stove flame or electric heating) which means without the right type of pan, you won’t be able to cook anything, even if the stove is… »7/16/15 2:30am7/16/15 2:30am

I Tried Some Aphrodisiacs, and Didn’t Even Get a Stupid Placebo Effect

People have ascribed sexual powers to certain foods for centuries, but there’s absolutely no scientific evidence any of them will actually give you anything beyond calories and vitamins. But what the hell? Every so often, I’ll try some out and let you know what they’re like. As you read, imagine that I take a bite and… »7/07/15 8:09pm7/07/15 8:09pm

How good salt is made the old and simple way

I’m really enjoying Zagat’s short doc series that focuses its camera on something and examines in detail how it is made. This time they take a look at salt to find out where good salt comes from. They visited J.Q. Dickinson Salt-Works in West Virginia and Jacobsen Salt in Oregon to see how two small salt shops make… »6/26/15 3:40pm6/26/15 3:40pm