Why Doesn’t the Living Human Body ‘Go Bad’ Like Leftovers on the Counter?

• Despite existing in the food safety danger zone, the living human body does not go bad. • Like in a tower defense game, our body is picking off invaders on multiple fronts at all times. • The mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell. I’ve never been a Reddit user myself, but I’m at least familiar with famous subreddits like r/Showerthoughts, where users have mini epiphanies or ask other netizens questions they’ve been pondering about. Recently, I’ve had a recurring “shower thought” of my o

Baking in Space Will Pose a Major Challenge

Here on Earth, preparing food is a universal activity. We do it every day, or pay for food that others have prepared. But preparing food in space presents unique challenges at almost every turn. American astronauts eat a combination of rehydrated freeze dried foods, traditional dried foods like jerky and fruit, and some foods that come in carefully prepared envelopes. There are also some foods that can occasionally be sent fresh, like garlic and onions. But will it ever be possible to bake in s

Hyperrealistic Cakes, With Regular Hardware Store Stuff

Hyperrealistic cakes (like the one pictured above) have been all the rage the last few years, from massively popular TikTok and Instagram accounts to Netflix’s 2022 competition show Is It Cake? The skilled and patient people who create these sweet treats strive for them to look just like everyday objects. But you may not know that many of the tools of the realistic cake trade (and of cake decorating, in general) aren’t from a fancy specialty shop—they’re from your local hardware store. With tha

Cooking the Burgess Shale with Mythical Kitchen

The in Victoria, British Columbia, is one of history’s most iconic fossil sites, bringing together a large collection of creatures from the Cambrian Period, 500 million years ago and an entire evolutionary world away. Charles Doolittle Walcott, a paleontologist and then-leader of the Smithsonian, discovered the fossils while on an expedition with his family. (During his life, he also started a catastrophic beef with the Wright brothers. I couldn’t believe the same guy did both things.) These cr
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