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November 12, 2018

Art Institute of Chicago puts 52,000 High-Res Images Online


Fair warning: 










[via Kottke]

November 12, 2018 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Experts' Experts: How to store tomatoes


Below, Cook's Illustrated spells it out.


Lengthening the Life of Tomatoes

We've heard that storing a tomato with its stem end facing down can prolong shelf life.

To test this theory, we placed one batch of tomatoes stem-end up and another stem-end down and stored them at room temperature.

A week later, nearly all the stem-down tomatoes remained in perfect condition, while the stem-up tomatoes had shriveled and started to mold.

Why the difference? We surmised that the scar left on the tomato skin where the stem once grew provides both an escape for moisture and an entry point for mold and bacteria.

Placing a tomato stem-end down blocks air from entering and moisture from exiting the scar.

To confirm this theory, we ran another test, this time comparing tomatoes stored stem-end down with another batch stored stem-end up, but with a piece of tape sealing off their scars. The taped, stem-end up tomatoes survived just as well as the stem-end down batch.

Tomatoes should always be stored at room temperature, never in the fridge.

November 12, 2018 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)



You've heard of watching paint dry?

Here's the aqautic equivalent, located at the Birch Aquarium in La Jolla, California, part of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.

"Explore an amazing diversity of fish and invertebrates that make their home within the kelp forest, a crucial ocean ecosystem. Our High Definition Kelp Cam lets you take a dive without getting wet. Discover leopard sharks, garibaldi, eels, barracuda, giant sea bass, and more within our two-story, 70,000-gallon tank."

"Tune in during our weekly dive shows: 12:30 p.m. (Pacific Time) on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2 p.m. on Saturdays, and 10:30 a.m. on Sundays."

Steve Zissou, call your office.

[via Joe Peach, who knows algae from an algorithm]

November 12, 2018 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Reflective Buttons


"Easy to pin on and easy to see. Stay safe at night by simply pinning these reflectors to your clothes, bag, or bike."


Set of two: $3.

November 12, 2018 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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