Water on Mars

Water on Mars

The images that NASA’s Mars rovers have beamed back to Earth show a desolate landscape of barren craters, windswept rock outcrops, and red dust. But Mars hasn’t always look like this.

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What was Sour Becomes Sweet with Miracle Fruit

What was Sour Becomes Sweet with Miracle Fruit

Imagine mistaking vinegar for apple juice, Guinness for a chocolate milkshake, pure lemon juice for lemonade, Jose Cuervo for real tequila. According to those who have tried it, this is exactly what happens after you eat a small red berry called miracle fruit.

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Bread, Beer, and the Science of Yeast

Bread, Beer, and the Science of Yeast

Baking bread, brewing beer, producing biofuel, getting a gross skin infection. What do all four activities have in common? Yeast.

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Recipe: Cilantro-Lime Salmon Cakes

Recipe: Cilantro-Lime Salmon Cakes

Cilantro and lime make for a delicious combination in these salmon cakes.

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In Defense of Cilantro

In Defense of Cilantro

Cilantro is a divisive herb. Some love it. Others hate it. What gives it its distinctive flavor?

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Recipe: Chiles Rellenos

Recipe: Chiles Rellenos

Spanish for “stuffed peppers”, chiles rellenos are a traditional, central-Mexican, vegetarian dish made from mild poblano chile peppers stuffed with cheese and fried.

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Some Like it Hot

Some Like it Hot

Why are chile peppers hot? Why do we love to eat them anyway?

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Food for Thought (And for Eating)

Food for Thought (And for Eating)

An ongoing series of articles about science in the kitchen – with recipes!

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Witchcraft or Psychedelic Trip?

Witchcraft or Psychedelic Trip?

Were the Salem Witch Trials sparked by toxic hallucinogens?

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