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Soil Inspired Cuisine

I'm fascinated by the biology of soil and the history of "dirtiness"--where dirt and bacteria are allowed to be and where we must clean them away. Mary Douglas defines dirt in her classic book Purity and Danger: An Analysis of Concepts of Pollution and Taboo as "matter out of place": [Dirt] is a relative idea...

April 15, 2013 — Christina Agapakis

In Defense of Working Memory Training

One minute we're being told that brain training makes you smarter, and the next minute we're told it's all bogus. Confused? I don't blame you. The research literature on brain training is confusing and even sometimes contradictory...

April 15, 2013 — Scott Barry Kaufman

Look, Ma, I'm on NASA!

Thanks to my friend and cantina regular RQ, Rosetta Stones finds itself highlighted on the NASA Earth Observatory website. Yowza! Note this tweet from EO's Rob Simmon: Update to my recent Tolbachik Volcano caption earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards… with info from @dhunterauthor— Rob Simmon (@rsimmon) April 12, 2013 [Update to my recent Tolbachik Volcano caption http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=80861 … with info from @dhunterauthor]  I was a bit taken aback, to say the least...

April 15, 2013 — Dana Hunter

MORE Magnetic Putty Magic

Everyone has gone crazy for magnetic putty in the past few weeks. I wrote about the virality of a gif of the iron laden putty consuming neodymium magnet recently and the original video from which that was made has been shared far and wide.Joey Shanks from Joey Shanks FX in collaboration with PBS Digital Studios has made a great piece of creative film using the putty, magnets and other additives and objects to fabulous effect...

April 14, 2013 — Joanne Manaster

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