Bad Blood, Elizabeth Holmes, and Why Biology Is Harder Than Silicon Valley Thinks

I can't remember when I first heard about Theranos and its founder, Elizabeth Holmes, but there rarely goes by a month when I haven't thought about them since. I'm not alone: the tale has gripped many and been spun into a book, a documentary, and at least two podcasts. Although, having spent the better part …

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How to lose an audience: or when I learned that I should not have updated that app

Metrics seem to be everywhere these days. From the well-known details tracking of Amazon's internal systems to Fitbits and Apple Watches, it seems like the quantified self movement has come to the forefront everywhere. So after hearing a recommendation from Kevin Rose a few years ago, I gave Tally a try. For several years, it …

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Book Review – The Kingdom of Fungi by Jens H. Petersen

Ever since I learned about koji from The Noma Guide to Fermentation, I have developed a deeper fascination for all things fungi. So I picked this book up after seeing it recommended during several internet searches. Each page has stunning pictures of the wide variety of fungi that are known. Additionally, though the text is …

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Trompe-l’œil à la Saint-Jacques: or How to Make a Multi-Course Scallop Meal without Scallops

Since I first learned how to cook by binge-watching all of Good Eats almost fifteen years ago, I've enjoyed coming up with creative cooking endeavors. More than anything, I like when there are specific constraints that require me to come up with interesting solutions. This began with early Lentil and Alphabet Challenges, although arguably the …

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