Apple Pie, Hold the Apples

Apple Pie, Hold the Apples

There aren’t many foods that are as closely tied to American identity as apple pie. In fact, Americans love apple pie so much that, at times, we’ve felt compelled to make it even when we don’t have any apples. I’ve heard about a recipe for apple-less apple pie from a number of people over the years, but I’ve never talked to anyone who’s actually eaten it. So this past weekend, I decided to give it a try.

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Part 2: The Vasa Resurrected

Part 2: The Vasa Resurrected

The Vasa is a massive Swedish warship that sank during its maiden voyage in 1628. The entire ship is now on display at a museum in Stockholm. How did it get there? How was a nearly 400-year-old shipwreck preserved?

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Part 1: The Vasa Lost and Found

Part 1: The Vasa Lost and Found

A 17th century Swedish warship sinks less than a mile into its maiden voyage and is lost for over three hundred years.

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A True Tale of Maritime Loss and Redemption in Two Parts

A True Tale of Maritime Loss and Redemption in Two Parts

When two of my friends returned from a late-summer vacation in Stockholm with an idea for a blog post about a 17th century Swedish shipwreck I jumped at the idea. It’s a story, spanning four centuries, that has everything: tragedy, underwater archaeology, perseverance, cultural heritage, 17th century Swedish politics.

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Clues to Copper's Past

Clues to Copper’s Past

Our past relationship with copper was dramatically brought to light, quite literally, on a bright autumn day twenty years ago when two tourists hiking in the Tyrolean Alps stumbled upon a desiccated corpse protruding from a receding glacier.

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Buried Alive!

Buried Alive!

A fear of being buried alive was a Victorian fixation, but were people actually buried alive?

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Bless This Mess

Smells Like Science is turning one year old this month, and in honor of the anniversary I’ve decided to make some changes to the blog’s layout.

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Sound in Flames

Sound in Flames

How to use fire to visualize sound waves

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Vote for the 3 Quarks Daily Science Prize

The voting round for the 2011 3 Quarks Daily Science Prize is now open.

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