Burger King's all-black burger looks absolutely disgusting in real life

To no one's surprise, Burger King's all black burger looks like a disgusting turd in real life. Actually, it might be even worse than some turds. It looks like it tastes like ash. It looks like it's made from burnt cardboard. It looks like it'll bring death to anyone who dare eats it. » 9/19/14 8:07pm Friday 8:07pm

The Design of Spoons and Knives Can Change the Way We Taste Food

Chances are, you've spent more time thinking about the specs on your smartphone than about the gadgets that you use to put food in your mouth. But the shape and material properties of forks, spoons, and knives turn out to matter—a lot. Changes in the design of cutlery have not only affected how and what we eat, but… » 9/19/14 9:20am Friday 9:20am

A Chemistry Set Spice Rack Puts Science in the Spotlight At Supper Time

Even something as simple as making toast involves a whole lot of complex science that most of us don't even think about. But when dinner preparation involves a chemistry set full of spices, you'll be hard pressed to not wonder about all the chemical reactions going down in your dinner. » 9/17/14 5:00pm Wednesday 5:00pm

Scientists Are Reinventing Photosynthesis to Grow More Food

What if we could grow rice and wheat with the same amount of water and fertilizer but end up with 50 percent more food? Sound like magic? Bad accounting? No, just some chemistry and genetic engineering. Scientists have recently figured out the second of three steps to make photosynthesis a whole lot more efficient in… » 9/17/14 3:17pm Wednesday 3:17pm

Make Meals from Scratch Using This Turntable Grater

There are some that believe that even cracking a smile in the kitchen is an insult to the culinary arts. For the rest of us, the internet's a treasure trove of fun, but often useless, gadgets for the kitchen. This DJ Grater manages to be both whimsical and useful, letting you grate cheese like you were spinning on the… » 9/16/14 1:27pm Tuesday 1:27pm

Roll a +18 Frosting With This Twenty-Sided Die Cake Pan

What's a rousing game of Dungeons & Dragons without a healthy supply of snacks at the ready? But since no one wants to venture into a dungeon full of mythical beasts with daintily decorated pastries, what you need are edible d20 dice made with this silicone mold from ThinkGeek. It lets you use your favorite instant… » 9/12/14 9:21am 9/12/14 9:21am

Watching a master chef make noodles by hand is absolutely mesmerizing

I'm not sure if this is considered just cooking or if it can be classified as high art or even a musical performance but whatever it is, it's an absolute joy to watch. What you're seeing is soba master Tatsuru Rai, owner and chef of Sobatei Rakuichi in Niseko, Hokkaido, making his soba noodles in complete silence. » 9/09/14 1:27am 9/09/14 1:27am

An Egg Spinning Contraption That Pre-Scrambles Them In the Shell

It turns out the term 'pudding' has different meanings all over the world. In North America it's usually a creamy dessert treat, in the UK it's a soggy bread mess, and in Japan it's a pre-scrambled boiled egg that's drizzled with caramel sauce. And now the Japanese version is a lot easier to make with this whimsical… » 9/02/14 2:00pm 9/02/14 2:00pm

Switzerland Puts Secret Bacteria in Cheese to Catch Knockoffs

In parts of Europe, where cheese is taken seriously as a source of national pride, entire labs are devoted to spotting knockoff Emmental and Gruyere. Switzerland has what may be the most impressive strategy yet: secret cocktails of bacteria, sent only to licensed cheesemakers, that work as living biological tracers. » 8/28/14 3:46pm 8/28/14 3:46pm

Scented Duct Tape For Half-Assed Repairs That At Least Smell Good

At one time duct tape only came in a single color: silver. It made the material seem like some kind of NASA-engineered, space-age, super tool, but eventually mankind demanded more. Colors and patterns were introduced, but that still wasn't enough to satiate humanity's desire for choice. So Duck Brand is now… » 8/27/14 5:43pm 8/27/14 5:43pm

Nutella consumes 25 percent of the world's hazelnut crop

Bad news, dudes. After unwelcome spring frost in decimated nearly a quarter of Turkey's hazelnut crop, there is real fear that we're now facing a Nutella shortage. That's because the production of Nutella consumes 25 percent of the world's hazelnut crop. And naturally, less crop means less Nutella. » 8/19/14 1:55pm 8/19/14 1:55pm

The Beef Jerky-Potato Chip Hybrid Is Real, and We Taste-Tested It

When we first wrote about Cherkees—the beef jerky potato chip hybrid—we called it "the pinnacle of human innovation." Granted, we may have gotten slightly carried away, but the concept of getting our required daily dose of jerky and chip simultaneously? What an amazing time-saver! Unfortunately, delays plagued these… » 8/19/14 12:20pm 8/19/14 12:20pm

The Simple Reason We Like Buying Food In Clear Packaging

Back in the olden days, most food packaging was thick and opaque—all the better to keep out elements like light and moisture which could potentially spoil our Funyuns. Now Americans are gravitating towards packaging that lets us actually see the food we're buying. And it makes sense why this trend is gaining momentum… » 8/14/14 12:44pm 8/14/14 12:44pm

1931's Remote-Controlled Farm of the Future

The March 1931 issue of The Country Gentleman magazine included this advertisement for Timken bearings. With the bold headline "100 YEARS AHEAD" the ad promises that the farmer of the future may be unrecognizable — thanks to Timken bearings, of course. Our farmer of tomorrow wears a suit to work and sits at a desk… » 8/14/14 11:21am 8/14/14 11:21am

Lobsters were once only fed to poor people and prisoners

That Surf and Turf now costs an arm and a leg thanks to lobster's recent resurgence in popularity. But, as David Foster Wallace's famous essay, Consider the Lobster illustrated, throughout Colonial-era America, the crustacean was considered among the least desirable foods one could put in their face—a garbage meat fit… » 8/13/14 6:45pm 8/13/14 6:45pm