Michaeleen Doucleff appears in the following:
Tuesday, December 03, 2013
A cookie in the oven almost looks like a monster coming alive. It bulges out, triples in size and then stiffens into a crisp biscuit. So how does an oven turn raw dough into a delight? A new animation explains the chemistry behind great baking so you, too, can unleash your inner mad scientist in the kitchen.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
So you know how, if someone comes by and taps the top of your open beer bottle, a volcano of brewski will explode? Well, it turns out that the physics involved are the same as what causes an atomic bomb to form a mushroom cloud. A scientist explains how it works.
Monday, November 25, 2013
Making your own cheese and yogurt is all the rage these days. Now a scientist has taken the DIY craze to an entirely new level. She and an artist have made cheeses using the microcritters on their own skin, as well as those from famous folks. The curds are on display at a museum.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
What would it take for people to like using condoms? Inventors say it's all about the fit and feel. The 11 winners in a competition sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation include one condom made from beef tendons, and another that's heat-activated for a glove-like fit.
Thursday, November 07, 2013
Doctors have long overlooked a tiny band that connects two bones in the knee. Now Belgian surgeons say that's a mistake. The obscure structure is a full-fledged ligament. When it malfunctions, people recovering from anterior cruciate ligament injuries may run into trouble.
Wednesday, November 06, 2013
Children conceived by in vitro fertilization have the same chance of developing leukemia and brain cancers as their peers, a large study in the U.K. finds. There was a slight increase in risk for two rare cancers. But overall the findings are good news, reaffirming the safety of the fertility treatment.
Monday, November 04, 2013
A ham and cheese sandwich floats in midair. A Weber grill is sliced in half to expose a burger sizzling inside. The Photography of Modern Cuisine is both a visual feast and a practical guide to food photography.
Friday, November 01, 2013
All that beard tugging during the World Series got us thinking: Does facial hair actually make men more attractive? One recent study looked at four levels of beardedness, from a clean shave to full coverage. The effect was subtle, but a clear preference emerged.
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Health officials said that they were mistaken about a polio outbreak in Somalia spreading to South Sudan. Despite previous reports, South Sudan has not recorded any polio cases this year. The new information means that the spread of the virus around the Horn of Africa is more limited than previously thought.
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Known as the "affliction with little dragons," Guinea worm is a nasty parasite that can grow up to 3 feet inside a person. A decades-long campaign to eliminate the worm is starting to pay off. There were only about 500 cases worldwide in 2012, and 89 cases in the first half of 2013.
Monday, October 21, 2013
The new method might allow doctors to increase the quantity of hair on your head, instead of just moving it around. But don't get too excited. A cure for baldness is not around the corner. The method has been tested only in mice and can produce only a small amount of strange-looking hair.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Looks like culinary genius can run in the family. Historians have stumbled upon a 350-year-old English recipe for a frozen chocolate dessert that's a cross between sorbet and a frappe. The author is the great-grandfather of the inventor of the sandwich.
Monday, September 09, 2013
America is in the midst of a rye whiskey renaissance. Lovers of the spirit say it's spicier, edgier and less sweet than bourbons. But when scientists look at the flavor signatures of American whiskeys, what matters the most isn't always the grain in the bottle.
Sunday, September 08, 2013
Scientists offer a glimmer of hope that a treatment for humans with the deadly disease might be on the horizon. Two drugs commonly used to treat other viral infections reduced the symptoms of the Middle East respiratory syndrome in a small number of monkeys.
Friday, September 06, 2013
Ever wondered how Dustin Hoffman's character in Rain Man quickly counted all those toothpicks on the floor? Scientists have found a region of the brain that allows us to estimate quantities at a glance. Unlike Hoffman's Ray, though, most people are accurate up to only about five toothpicks.
Tuesday, September 03, 2013
The world's most expensive coffee can cost $600 a pound, and it comes from — there's no delicate way to put it — civet poop. But how do you know if what you're shelling out for is the real deal? Chemists have come up with the world's first cat poop coffee test.
Thursday, August 29, 2013
People are much worse at solving puzzles when they're first reminded of money problems, scientists say. Fretting about about finances can slow down your thinking as much as losing a night's sleep, researchers say.
Sunday, August 25, 2013
Surprisingly enough, people have been poaching salmon in their dishwashers for decades. Now one Italian cook has expanded the technique to meats, side dishes and desserts. And she's found a trick to make the method more environmentally friendly.
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Looks like our prehistoric ancestors were bigger foodies than we realized. Archaeologists have found evidence that hunter-gatherers added a hot, mustard spice to their fish and meat thousands of years ago. So meals weren't just about consuming calories. Taste and flavor were important, too.
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Just a fragment of genes in bat guano was enough for researchers trying to find out how a deadly new virus spreads. It's the first time the Middle East respiratory syndrome virus has been found in an animal, and offers strong evidence that bats carry the virus.