We’ve all seen the grade school science experiment where sticking a couple of electrodes into a potato produces enough current to power a small light bulb. But engineer Marek Baczynski took that experiment several steps further, building what could be the world’s first autonomous potato—and the ultimate housepet.
In 2015, Matt Damon reprised his role of “confused Boston actor” in the sci-fi film The Martian. The We Bought a Zoo star was able to survive for months on the Red Planet thanks to his ingenious decision to grow potatoes for food. Now, a NASA-backed project wants to see if Matt Damon’s potato scheme could actually…
The Martian made space potato farming look, if not quite delicious or easy, then certainly plausible. But if we’re really going to live out in space, potatoes should absolutely not be our first farming choice.
French fries. Baked potatoes. Mashed potatoes. Potato chips. Potatoes are everywhere because they’re easy to grow, nutritious, and totally delicious. But they’re also crucially important to the creation of the world as we know it. The modern world was built on potatoes! Ted-Ed explores the history of potatoes and…
Proving that the world never stops being weird, scientists found an unexpected property in two common household herbs. For some reason, they contain a chemical that stops another plant from sprouting.
French fries. Mashed potatoes. Baked potatoes. Hash browns. Potato wedges. Potatoes are basically always delicious whichever way you cook them. Even if you’ve never had a particular potato dish, if it’s potato-based, you know it’s starchy goodness for you. Here are 14 different ways to cook a potato from Food, People,…
Peeling potatoes is a tedious task. They’re slippery. The skin breaks. Potatoes are also typically piping hot which means you’re going to burn the crap out of your hands. That’s why you have to try this effortless method.
Did you guess potatoes as one of them? Because we’re eating a lot of potatoes.
Forget instant oatmeal, in the outdoors you should be eating like a king. Here's how to cook the breakfast of bearded champions: bacon, eggs and fried potatoes over a campfire.
Leo Morten Lund has a great trick to peel an entire two-pound sack of potatoes in less than a minute. All he needs is a drill, a round (clean) toilet brush head, a hose, and a bucket full of water.
Any mischief-maker worth his property damage knows a thing or two about using spud-based projectile weaponry.Our good pal Joerg Sprave is no different, though his weapon of choice uses wood and rubber bands instead of PVC and hairspray.
Sometimes you just don't have the right resources to make a decent drink. But if you get enough sober, thirsty minds focused on the problem, humans can find some pretty creative ways to come up with alcohol.
I love potatoes as much as the next guy. Maybe even more than the next guy. But I cross the line at putting a bucket on my head to cook a few spuds. Well, unless I was cooking au gratin potatoes.
Potatoes have been dieter's bugaboo for quite some time now — enemy to Atkins, provider of "empty calories," nothing but high-carb fat causers. Well, hold the phone — it looks like they may have swung back to being good for you again. New research pegs them as significantly lowering blood pressure — with some massive…
Potato chips might come in every flavor under the sun these days, but all the jalapeño-cheddar dust in the world won't make up for a soggy bag of tater goodness. And here's the secret to the DIY crunch you crave.
Seems like only yesterday I was powering an LCD clock with a potato and now Israeli researchers are using a similar approach to create a battery that could help solve the developing world's energy problems.
A group of German bargain hunters, obviously thinking they had stumbled upon the iPod deal of the century, would do best to stop bargain hunting because they're about as dumb as the sack of potatoes they now possess.
Hungry and stupid? Sit down, my friend, as I have a dish that's perfect for you: Chinese purple space potatoes! Grown from seeds that were mutated when exposed to cosmic radiation while up in a Chinese spacecraft, these wacky spuds can't be any more dangerous than a bag of Doritos and a 2-litre bottle of Pepsi, but…
Anyone who graduated high school should know that potatoes can be used to generate electricity. One person, however, took that idea to the next level by stringing together 500 pounds of potatoes together, generating five volts in the process. The potato battery then powered a small audio system, which neighbors got…