Why blend? Exploring the art and science of blending

Humans are the blending species, says philosopher of the senses Barry Smith, but what makes some blends work when others don’t? What does the skill of a good blender consist in? And is blending an art or a science? Whether your favourite drink is tea or coffee, champagne or Scotch whisky, you may be surprised to learn that what you’re drinking is probably a blend. Whisky lovers often prize single malt whiskies more highly than the blended Scotch that combines them, but even single malts will be mostly blends of spirits from different casks. The urge to blend, it seems, is everywhere, and it is also a distinctly human act. We alone go in for these repeated experiments of combining …

Australian Commentator’s Answer To Climate Science Is Astrology

As the world heats up, ice melts, and species are lost, those seeking to delay action on climate change get ever more desperate. No longer content with alleging weather bureaus are faking data to make it seem hotter than it is, one of Australia’s more prominent conservative commentators gave a platform to an astrologer to blame heatwaves on other planets. Rowan Dean is the editor of The Spectator Australia, an offshoot of the UK magazine of the same name. He also hosts a TV show on Sky News. Despite the show’s small ratings, it hosts the most prominent right-wing commentators in the Australian (and sometimes global) media. What is discussed there often leads, and possibly sets, the agenda for columns …

How to Cook With Weedand a Dash of Tasty, Tasty Science

Mac and cheese. Peanut butter and jelly. Asparagus and … cannabis oil with a citrusy terpene profile? Welcome to food pairings in the heady era of cannabis legalization. A new breed of chef is thriving, experimenting with how to infuse dishes with weed, whose various strains might smell and taste of lemon or mushroom or grain. And, of course, they can complement that taste with the intoxicating experience of THC, like traditional chefs might pair foods with particular wines. It’s all nerdy as hell, and it just so happens that one of the top cannabis chefs in America, Michael Magallanes, is also a chef in WIRED’s San Francisco office. (To be clear, the food he cooks for us is great, …

Stop letting your kids stare at iPads in restaurants, science says

(CNN)I try to be restrained in my judgments of other parents. We have so many obligations and pressures when it comes to parental duties that it’s probably more detrimental to kids if their parents are further stressed by worrying that they’re doing it all wrong. Go Ask Your Dad is parenting advice with a philosophical bent as one dad explores what we want out of life, for ourselves and our children, through useful paradigms and best practices. It considers old problems in new ways, and new problems that previous generations didn’t face. I definitely appreciate the need for breaks from parenting, the desire to have a peaceful meal and adult conversation, and the need to find solutions when kids act …

Serial thrillers: the science behind our box set addiction

Hour after hour, were glued to the TV as the latest series unfolds. It feels like a thoroughly modern phenomenon. But, as Will Storr reveals, what keeps us gripped goes right to the heart of what it is to be human Not long ago, I was bingeing on the second series of Jill Soloways award-winning television series The Domesticated Brain, has left us with brains that are exquisitely engineered to interact with other brains. Wed become brilliantly expert at controlling an environment of other human minds. And thats who we are today. If dogs live principally in a world of smell, and moles in a world of touch, then the human realm is that of other minds. In order to …

George Clooney made a hilarious PSA about anti-science dumb-#$%^;*

Hello, friend! Are you ready for your weekly reminder that the world is going up in flames? Well, I’m sorry to be the one to break the news to you (again), but aren’t you glad that at least you’re hearing it from someone who already considers you a pal/confidante? The UN has reported that we are in the middle of the fastest extinction cycle this big ol’ rock we call home has ever seen. Animals are disappearing at alarming rate, in fact, there are hundreds upon hundreds of animals that we won’t ever get to see again. “You mean like from the dinosaur era?” you ask. No, like from 1500 on. Things are grim. But there’s something that might make …

How a viral image of breasts exposes science’s obsession with the male body | Jill Filipovic

An image of female anatomy has highlighted the far-reaching effects of treating the male of the species as the default It has taken a viral Artist formerly known as Byeonce (@lemonadead) I just realized I never saw a photo of a female muscle system. This is NOT what I imagined milk ducts to look like. April 21, 2019 Just think about the images of skeletal, nervous and muscular systems youve seen before. Without skin (and a face) its not immediately obvious that youre looking at a man. And yet its also clear that the default is a man. Even without milk ducts, the scientific images of human bodies that we typically see have male builds and musculature. Troublingly, we dont …

Why did last nights Game of Thrones look so bad? Here comes the science!

Last night’s episode of “Game of Thrones” was a wild ride and inarguably one of an epic show’s more epic moments — if you could see it through the dark and the blotchy video. It turns out even one of the most expensive and meticulously produced shows in history can fall prey to the scourge of low quality streaming and bad TV settings. The good news is this episode is going to look amazing on Blu-ray or potentially in future, better streams and downloads. The bad news is that millions of people already had to see it in a way its creators surely lament. You deserve to know why this was the case. I’ll be simplifying a bit here because …