You’ve seen labels advertising “unbleached” flour. Few labels announce that their flour is “bleached,” but that’s exactly what happens to most white flour. It’s not just about the color, though—it’s an actual chemical change. Here’s how it works and why your cakes just wouldn’t taste the same without it.
What is this magic, which allows heat to be made in a small packet, without flame or electricity? Surely it is made by wizards! Ah, but no. It's science!
Rust is the worst enemy of any classic car owner, but it's also evidence of nature in the industrial age—an urban rot with occasionally beautiful side effects.
Rust. It's the product of metal oxidation, which we interpret as everything from a ruined car to a highly sought antique patina. And for this week's Shooting Challenge, you'll capture the beauty (or horror) of rust.
In a warehouse at the Oregon State Hospital (originally called the Oregon State Insane Asylum) contains an unusual library, one comprised not of books, but of copper canisters of unclaimed human remains. Photographer David Maisel has photographed what is left of the deteriorating portions of the asylum, as well as the…
It always pleases me when I find science projects that I haven't done yet. This one, which allows people to use a couple of kitchen ingredients and a few pennies to make copper plating, seems especially promising. Just a little vinegar and you can feel like an old-fashioned alchemist.
You crack that frosty brew. It's a hot day. You're salivating. You take a deep swig and... what the hell is that? Pepé Le Pew? A flatulent egg farmer? No. It's your precious beer, and it's gone bad—skunked beyond recognition. How could this happen?
Thanks to some photoshop wizardry, we have a picture of what the Statue of Liberty looked like in her younger years. Which is to say, very penny like! But no matter what color her dress is, she's still a beaut.