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Feb. 07, 2014

Out of the Bottle: Wine Psychology

In the third episode of our wine science series, "Out of the Bottle," Dr. Brian Wansink, Director of Cornell University's Food and Brand Lab, explains how expectations, environment, and social cues can fool us into believing that our wine tastes ...

Jan. 03, 2014

Out of the Bottle: Tricks of the Trade

In the second episode of our wine science series, Out of the Bottle, Dr. Gavin Sacks of Cornell University's Viticulture and Enology Program translates popular wine jargon such as "breathing," "corked," and "wine tears" into chemistry you can und...

Dec. 19, 2013

Out of the Bottle: Wine Flavor

From smoky to citrusy to peppery, the unique flavor profiles of wines are scrutinized and celebrated perhaps more than any other beverage's. In the first episode of our wine science series, Dr. Gavin Sacks of Cornell University's Viticulture ...

Mar. 31, 2011

Bug Out

Crocuses, robins, spring peepers aren't the only creatures to signal spring. We visited the "Insect Compactor" at the American Museum of Natural History in New York to learn about which bugs to look out for as the weather warms. Keep your eyes on the will...

May. 22, 2009

Belting Out A Physics Lesson

High school science teacher Sam Terfa wanted to demonstrate a fundamental physics principle: resonant frequency. To do so, he found the best singer at Minnehaha Academy and had him serenade a wine glass. It did not turn out well for the glass.

Jul. 10, 2009

Ready To Cut Out Grass? Try Moss

Summertime doesn’t have to mean hours behind the lawn mower, at least for shade-dwellers. David Benner, horticulturist and moss enthusiast, cut grass out of his life 40 years ago. In its place, he cultivated moss. He now has 25 different species of moss g...

Dec. 10, 2010

Growing Snowflakes In A Bottle

Are you dreaming of a white Christmas? Try making your own winter wonderland. Ken Libbrecht, Caltech physicist and author of The Secret Life of a Snowflake, devised an experiment to grow a snow crystal in an old plastic bottle. Dry ice required. Or ...

Jun. 14, 2013

Bamboo Bicycles Roll Out

Based outside of Seattle, Valid Cycles specializes in handcrafted bamboo bicycle frames. For bamboo to be bike-ready, it must be cooked in an oven, stripped, and sealed. But after that, the founders of Valid Cycles say the bikes last as long as metal...


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