Category Archives: Fun Stuff

CAN A $200 BEARD-GROWING KIT MAKE YOU COOL? WE GAVE IT A TRY

Traditionally when you think of a beardsman you think of, like, a biker or an outdoorsman or a lumberjack. But Eric Bandholz, the founder of a men’s-grooming company called Beardbrand is set to change that perception and give professional expert help to urban beardsman. Bandholz’s company is tapping into a growth market where beards have a made a huge comeback over the past few years, and lots of new beardsmen are eager for products to help tend the bush. Between 2009 and 2013, the number of men with face fuzz increased 21%, and men’s grooming products in general are booming: Bandholz is looking to capitalize on the same by offering upscale grooming products which he does via his website, Tumblr, and YouTube channel. Research firm Mintel has estimated the category could hit $3.2 billion in sales by 2016, as compared to $2.2 billion in 2006.Read More>>

How to make a diamond from scratch – with peanut butter

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“If we want to understand how the Earth was formed, then one of the things you need to know is what planet is made out of,” explains Frost, A scientist at the Bayerisches Geoinstitut in Germany. Frost’s research involves attempts to mimic the conditions of the Earth’s lower mantle. As part of this work, Frost has found some surprising ways to make diamonds – from carbon dioxide and a bizarre ingredient peanut butter. His institute is looking at whether they can make artificial diamonds with different properties; doping the diamonds with boron might make better semiconductors for electronics that don’t heat up with use, for instance– one of the biggest wastes of energy in electronics at the moment. Read More>>

 

Astronomers solve puzzle about bizarre object at the center of our galaxy

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For several years, astronomers have quizzed the presence of a bizarre object in the center of the Milky Way that was believed to be a hydrogen gas cloud headed toward our galaxy’s enormous black hole. The object is now widely known as G2 by UCLA astronomers who have studied it during its closest approach to the black hole.

The body of G2 has fascinated many astronomers in recent years as it appears to be in an inflated stage. Astronomers believe that they are witnessing a phenomena about black holes that haven’t been watched anywhere else in the universe; a breakthrough into physics in a way that has never been possible before. Read More>>

This French startup will dispatch a professional chef to your home

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In the fast paced world people don’t have the time and patience to cook and La Belle Assiette, a French startup is looking to take advantage of this fact. The startup has raised $1.7 million and are looking to expand in the near future. The startup lets you search chefs by food type, popularity, and other criteria, and book one for a specific time. Your chef brings the ingredients, cooks, and cleans up before leaving. Meals range from $30 per person (ingredients included) to a lot more depending on who and what you order. The average booking is for six people at $55 per head. Read More>>

You Call This Thai Food? The Robotic Taster Will Be the Judge

Thailand’s prime minister, Yingluck Shinawatra realized in one of her global expeditions that the Thai cuisine available abroad were unworthy of the name. The issue was distressing enough to be raised at a cabinet meeting and the government has decided to unveil a robot to standardize the art of Thai food.

This state of the art robot consists of a boxy contraption filled with sensors and microchips which was developed over a budget of 30 million baht, around $1 million.  It produces a chemical signature, which it measures against a standard deemed to be the authentic version.

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approach to measure food which results in a direct rating of the same. Because even computers cannot judge taste, the food is compared with a standard derived from a database of popular preferences for each dish with 80 being the standardized rating. Read More>>