The Science of Caffeine: The World’s Most Popular Drug

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Here’s a quick shot of science to start your day. The American Chemical Society, an organization representing chemists across the US, has released the latest in a series of Reactions videos. Attempting to explain the science of everyday things, previous Reactions videos have demystified the chemistry of Sriracha, Love, Pepper and more.


Science & Cooking: Harvard’s Free Course on Making Cakes, Paella & Other Delicious Food

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I can hardly think of a more appealing nexus of the sciences, for most of us and for obvious (and delicious) reasons, than food. Add a kind of engineering to the mix, and you get the study of cooking.


The Coffee Pot That Fueled Honoré de Balzac’s Coffee Addiction

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Last fall, Ayun Halliday revisited Honoré de Balzac’s Humorous Essay, “The Pleasures and Pains of Coffee,” and His Epic Coffee Addiction. Last night, one of our friends on Twitter — @thegliterati — sent this our way: A snapshot of Balzac’s coffee pot.


Hipsters Ordering Coffee

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“Cappuccino small, low fat, extra dry.” Sorry to say, but that’s my line 2-3 times per day. That makes me almost as bad as the coffee-ordering hipsters in this new video by Nacho Punch. Let the video roll for a bit. It has its funny moments.


Julia Child Shows How to Edit Videotape with a Meat Cleaver, and Cook Meat with a Blow Torch

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Julia Child changed the way Americans eat. Before Julia, French cooking was seen as something reserved solely for fine restaurants. Recipes for home-cooked meals stressed hygiene and convenience over freshness and taste.


A Playlist of Music Scientifically-Proven to Increase Cows’ Milk Production: REM, Lou Reed & More

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Let’s test our agriculture math skills with a little dairy industry story problem:
If an 8-ounce glass of whole milk provides 149 calories, 8 grams of protein, 276 milligrams of calcium, 8 grams of fat, 4.


Salvador Dalí’s Melting Clocks Painted on a Latte

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In 1931, Salvador Dalí painted The Persistence of Memory, a landmark piece of surrealist art that used melting pocket watches to symbolize the relativity of space and time in dreamscapes. (More on that below.


The Reader: A Touching South African TV Commercial Celebrates Literacy and Scotch

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In the world of advertising, books and booze rarely go together, especially if you’re selling beer in America. But when it comes to scotch and whisky, you’ll find some exceptions. Last year, Dewars channeled the ghost of Charles Bukowski to sell its scotch.


1967 Cookbook Features Recipes by the Rolling Stones, Simon & Garfunkel, Barbra Streisand & More

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Am I alone in thinking that the “dozens of nutty, turned-on, easy-to-prepare recipes” in 1967′s Singers and Swingers in the Kitchen bear more than passing resemblance to the festively photographed dishes in Betty Crocker’s 1965 New Boys and Girls Cook Book?

Could Sonny and Cher, Simon and Garfunkel, and Herman’s Her


How Cooking Can Change Your Life: A Short Animated Film Featuring the Wisdom of Michael Pollan

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Michael Pollan, the bestselling author who describes himself jokingly as a “liberal foodie intellectual,” published Food Rules in 2009, a handbook that offers “straightforward, memorable rules for eating wisely.” The one I remember best is Rule #2.


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