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High-Tech Cooking: The Mad Genius of Chefs Dave Arnold and Nils Norén

Cooking is its own special kind of alchemy, and chefs Nils Norén and Dave Arnold -- who write the brilliant Cooking Issues blog -- make an art of blending technology and science with delectable comestibles. How about some habanero-flavored vodka, or ice cream that you can fry? Hell to the yes. We had a chance to sit down with Dave and Nils at the acclaimed French Culinary Institute (FCI...

Format Wars: A History of What-Could-Have-Been, From Betamax to Dvorak

Other than the frenzied anticipation for the coming breed of tablet PCs, the one topic that dominates the mindspace of the technorati these days is the world of e-readers. More specifically, a great debate is brewing; each of the e-readers and their associated online book stores favor differing standards and file formats, and we may have another good ole fashioned format war on our hands. (Nothin...

Sci-Nonfi: The 10 Best Science Shows to Watch Online

Share Back-to-school season leaves us feeling bittersweet. Sure, we're psyched that we'll never have to cram for another final or tweak the margins of a term paper, but a part of us actually misses the atmosphere of academia. We don't think we're alone in saying that, after a few years out of school, we actually miss the relatively hassle-free life of learning for learning's sake. Since we aren't...

Why Robots Make Better Prostate Surgeons (Video)

Dr. David Samadi may look like he's playing a video game when he's at work, but he's actually performing robotic prostate surgery. The Chief of the Division of Robotics and Minimally Invasive Surgery at New York's Mt. Sinai Medical Center is one of only a half-dozen or so United States surgeons who can perform robotic laparoscopic surgery, which uses a special 3-D control system to operate the ...

Tech Vs. Nature -- Who Is the Winner?

This past July, Bill Gates announced his intention to do battle with one of nature's most destructive forces -- the hurricane. Thankfully, Gates has no intention of donning a wrestling singlet and cape, and defending the Gulf Coast. Instead, the Microsoft founder is putting the power of human ingenuity to perhaps its greatest test in the protracted war between science and nature. Of course, thi...

The 6 Most Famous UFO Sightings in History

Share Anything's possible in this age of Photoshop and CGI, but before all that came some pretty crazy pictures. Whether you believe or not, these possibly extraterrestrial newspaper sensations, seen by many and photographed by few, mark some of the world's greatest mysteries....

Are Your Gadgets Making You Sick?

Remember the old Stephen King flick 'Maximum Overdrive,' in which all machines suddenly go berserk and start murdering humans? While we're not quite there yet, lots of casual technology users are paying a very high price for the modern conveniences that their gadgets afford them: Their health, and, in some cases, even their lives, are in jeopardy. The next time you visit the doc (or a mortician) ...