Although it’s a bit of a divergence from “seared steak,” “hot metal, “sulfur,” and “welding fumes”–all other ways space explorers have described the smell of the great unknown–it fits in with the general theme of: unpleasantly pungent. … [Read more...] about What Does Space Smell Like?
How are senses of taste and smell alike
I said I’d had what had seemed like one of my worst colds ever at the end of February, including muscle aches and a cough that kept me awake at night, but had not lost my sense of smell or taste or had any trouble breathing.The doc said he’d put in for the test, adding “let’s hope it’s positive.” Minutes later, PlushCare sent an e-mail with a test-order PDF to print and take to the nearest Quest Diagnostics location. … [Read more...] about Here’s what it’s like to get a coronavirus antibody test
And yet, June is taking something important away from the cooking process: the home cook’s ability to observe and learn. The sizzle of a steak on a pan will tell you if it’s hot enough. The smell will tell you when it starts to brown. These are soft skills that we gain through practice over time. June eliminates this self-education. Instead of teaching ourselves to cook, we’re teaching a machine to cook. And while that might make a product more valuable in the long term for a greater number of users, it’s inherently less valuable to us as individuals, if for no other reason than that even in the best-case scenarios of machine learning, we all have individual tastes. And what averages out across millions of people may end up tasting pretty . . . average. … [Read more...] about This $1,500 Toaster Oven Is Everything That’s Wrong With Silicon Valley Design
In the faceoff between human and microbe, Gado said he was more determined than ever to use his cartoons to make audiences not only laugh and think, but reimagine their world. If he can challenge people’s perceptions and bring about even a bit of change, he said, that will be the “ultimate joy.” … [Read more...] about Coronavirus pandemic | Tanzanian cartoonist uses medium to keep up fight against misinformation
The result, as you may know all too well from your neighborhood Starbucks, was kind of an interior design frappe, in which the distinct components that might cut through the monotony of a global retailer’s thousands of stores were blended into a single concoction by the whirring blades of corporate efficiency. In this way, Starbucks’s design ethos, such as it was, became a harbinger for other problems that were coming to light in the business in the mid-2000s. Starbucks’s identity, formulated as a simulacrum of the Italian cafe, was being lost to a relentless focus on growth and profitability rather than experience. Lines backed up as baristas made a growing list of complicated blended drinks, often incorrectly. The joy of a morning coffee with a smile was lost as automated machines took over for the humans. The air grew rank with the stink of egg sandwiches. And Starbucks stock took a tumble, too. … [Read more...] about Can Starbucks Make 23,000 Coffee Shops Feel Unique?