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Wylie Dufresne

Friday, April 10, 2009

The trendy New York restaurant wd-50 is a destination for foodies, thanks to chef Wylie Dufresne. Dufresne is a leader in the culinary movement called molecular gastronomy. Using surprising chemicals like liquid nitrogen, Dufresne invents dishes that both charm and confound. Kurt visits wd-50’s kitchen laboratory, ...

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Taste Test

Friday, April 10, 2009

Kurt sits down for our meal du jour with two eating experts: biopsychologist Marci Pelchat, of the Monell Chemical Senses Center, and John Willoughby, the Executive Editor of Gourmet Magazine. Dr. Pelchat identifies secret ingredients of Dufresne’s dishes: emotion, memory and nostalgia. 

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Web Bonus: Michael Pollan

Friday, April 10, 2009

Michael Pollan is a food journalist who's made waves criticizing America's eating habits. His latest book is In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto. Kurt spoke with Pollan about the lures and hazards of the organic bandwagon.

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Going Chemical

Friday, April 10, 2009

Wylie Dufresne makes his unique Eggs Benedict, featuring a strange creation all his own: deep-fried hollandaise sauce. Food scientist John Coupland explains how the inventions of cutting-edge chefs sometimes find their way to the frozen food aisle of your supermarket. 

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Egg Farm

Friday, April 10, 2009

Knoll Krest Farm, in New York's Dutchess County, supplies organic cage-free eggs to WD-50 and many other fine restaurants. Kurt and agricultural scientist Cynthia Shelly visit the farm. Kurt learns that life isn't so easy for chickens, especially when a fox gets in the henhouse.

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Design for the Real World: The Whisk

Friday, April 10, 2009

Wylie Dufresne loves state-of-the-art equipment, but his favorite kitchen tool is modest: the whisk. We asked an expert, Gourmet Magazine’s style director Corky Pollan, what makes a whisk really mix and beat. 

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Mister Jalopy

Friday, April 03, 2009

As we all attempt to adopt the thrifty lifestyle, one man is way ahead of the curve. Mr. Jalopy transforms garage sale junk into extraordinary machines. He's a hero to the Maker's Movement -- a community of DIY-ers who mix science, technology, and art. Kurt spent an afternoon ...

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From Desktop to Stovetop

Friday, March 27, 2009

Last year Marc Matsumoto got laid off from his marketing job at a technology company. So he decided it was time to embrace his passion: cooking. Produced by Gretta Cohn.

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Recession Design

Friday, March 27, 2009

With fewer customers these days for new desks and kitchenware, manufacturers are nervous. Industrial and product designers are on the case. They're trying to come up with new designs that directly respond to the public’s mood. Produced by Kaomi Goetz.

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Videogames' New Wave

Friday, March 20, 2009

Jenova Chen is breaking open the head of videogame design. Instead of stealing cars and waging war, he wants players to commune with nature. Kurt talks with Chen about his new game "Flower" -- the #1 downloaded game in February for Playstation 3.

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Foldit

Friday, March 20, 2009

Biochemist David Baker helped create a computer game called "Foldit" that thousands are playing around the world. But it's not about commercial success. Baker wants to analyze the structure of proteins, and it turns out that humans are a lot smarter at this than supercomputers. The ...

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Design for the Real World: Slots

Friday, March 13, 2009

You put your coins in, they disappear forever ... and somehow you don't mind. We sent Hammad Ahmed to Atlantic City to find out what makes a slot machine spin.

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Three Fundred Million Dollar Man

Friday, March 13, 2009

Conceptual artist Mel Chin has made a career turning toxic landfills and abandoned buildings into things of beauty. Lately he's been concerned with the poisonous levels of lead in the soil of New Orleans. Cleaning up a problem like this is a huge undertaking that requires an enormous ...

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No Time for Tea

Friday, January 30, 2009

The tea ceremony is a 400-year-old ritual for making and presenting green tea. But in Japan's fast-paced techno-centric society - one increasingly fueled by coffee - we wondered how the tea ceremony can survive. Studio 360’s Jenny Lawton talked with tea masters, old and young, to find ...

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Ask a Harvard Psychologist

Friday, January 02, 2009

Howard Gardner, who developed the theory of multiple intelligences, joins Kurt and Sarah on stage for a session of free advice. He analyzes audience members’ big life-changing moments, and gets Sarah to fess up about how her impersonation skills came in handy when playing hooky from ...

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Photoshop Detective

Friday, December 26, 2008

He's officially in digital forensics, but Hany Farid is really a Photoshop detective, inventing software to catch what the eye can’t. Farid gives Douglas McGray, an Irvine fellow at the New America Foundation, a glimpse at his current caseload – from fraud in cancer ...

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Alien Fact-Checker

Friday, December 12, 2008

Kurt asks Dr. Seth Shostak about how he advised the filmmakers on the set of the new movie "The Day the Earth Stood Still." As the Senior Astronomer for SETI, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, Shostak believes that aliens will contact us, and he can’t wait.

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Mars Rover

Friday, December 05, 2008

NASA launched two Mars Rovers in 2004, not knowing how long they'd last or what they'd find, but, almost five years later, the rovers’ discoveries have exceeded all expectations. Studio 360's Sarah Lilley looks at how the Mars Rover pictures changed the way ...

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The Death Ray

Friday, November 28, 2008

Mike Daisey completes his life story of Tesla with this tale about the scientist’s real Dr. Strangelove moment: inventing the ultimate superweapon. But did it work? The government thought it might, and the Cold War got hotter.

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Mr. Spock and Dr. Strangelove

Friday, November 28, 2008

Samantha Hunt describes the turning point in Tesla’s life when he began acting like a mad scientist, almost taking a page from the movies. And biologist Vincent Pieribone thinks that Hollywood’s most dangerous fantasy about “mad scientists” is that scientists have any power at ...

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