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June 26, 2020

Flag of Antarctica

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Who knew?

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A walk on my running trail

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Helpful Hints from joeeze: The way you cut an onion affects its flavor

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Who knew?

Long story short: If you cut onions into rings (above), they'll be more pungent than doing it the other way.

The crack research team over at the Cook's Illustrated test kitchen investigated; below, their findings.

Taming Raw Onion Flavor

We took eight onions and cut each two different ways: pole to pole (with the grain) and parallel to the equator (against the grain).

We then smelled and tasted pieces from each onion cut each way.

The onions sliced pole to pole were clearly less pungent in taste and odor than those cut along the equator.

Here's why: The intense flavor and acrid odor of onions are caused by substances called thiosulfinates, created when enzymes known as alliinases contained in the onion's cells interact with proteins that are also present in the vegetable.

These reactions take place only when the onion's cells are ruptured and release the strong-smelling enzymes.

Cutting with the grain ruptures fewer cells than cutting against the grain, leading to the release of fewer alliinases and the creation of fewer thiosulfinates.

June 26, 2020 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

First powered flight on Mars

[An animation depicting the test flight of NASA's Ingenuity helicopter on Mars.]

From the New York Times:

Mars Is About to Have Its "Wright Brothers Moment"

As part of its next Mars mission, NASA is sending an experimental helicopter to fly through the red planet's thin atmosphere.

If it works, the small helicopter, named Ingenuity, will open a new way for future robotic explorers to get a bird's-eye view of Mars and other worlds in the solar system.

"This is very analogous to the Wright brothers' moment, but on another planet," said MiMi Aung, the project manager of the Mars helicopter at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory over the past six years.

Flying on Mars is not a trivial endeavor.

There is not much air there to push against to generate lift.

At the surface of Mars, the atmosphere is just 1/100th as dense as Earth's.The lesser gravity — one-third of what you feel here — helps with getting airborne.

But taking off from the surface of Mars is the equivalent of flying at an altitude of 100,000 feet on Earth.

No terrestrial helicopter has ever flown that high, and that's more than twice the altitude that jetliners typically fly at.

The copter will hitch a ride to the red planet with Perseverance, which is to be the fifth robotic rover NASA has sent there.

The mission is scheduled to launch on July 20, one of three missions headed to Mars this year.

The body of Ingenuity is about the size of a softball with four spindly legs sticking out.

Two sets of blades, each about 4 feet from tip to tip, spin in opposite directions.

It weighs just 4 pounds and stands about one and a half feet high.

June 26, 2020 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Portable Washing Machine

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From the website:

For washing clothes by hand in bucket, sink

Ever thought it was too hard to wash clothes by hand?

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The Minimal Wash Muro Portable Washing Machine takes the hard work out of washing clothes by hand.

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You just put it in a bucket or sink/basin, attach it to the side, and then let the motor do everything else.

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It has four settings, so your delicates are safe and it can even clean those super-dirty clothes you don't want to mix in with a full load.

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Portable and light, you can take this device anywhere — so no more trips to the laundromat while on vacation.

Features and Details:

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$83.

June 26, 2020 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2)

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