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Maggie Koerth-Baker
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Science Editor at BoingBoing.net, columnist for New York Times Magazine
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Drunk Science: In which intrepid science journalist Charles Q. Choi explains speciation (and also orcs) with the help of an awful lot of whiskey. http://boingboing.net/2013/07/24/drunk-science-charles-q-choi.html

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Steam train ride to Duluth! 

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Meet the animals that scientists use to define whole species http://boingboing.net/2013/05/01/in-the-leech-library-behind-t.html

A behind-the-scenes tour through the American Museum of Natural History's "leech library". 

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BoingBoing and the Encyclopedia of Life are hosting a fantastic contest called Armchair Taxonomist.

 If you can research and write a short description of a plant, animal, fungus, or bacteria then you have the chance to win awesome prizes ... including a VIP, behind-the-scenes tour of the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History!

 http://boingboing.net/2013/04/22/armchairtaxonomist.html

A recipe for food
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First, buy a tub of vegan "cream cheese"
Second, slice a whole onion and carmelize the bejeezus out of it (I also add salt, fresh rosemary, and pepper)
Third, mash the hot carmelized onion into the vegan cheese and blend it all together with a fork
Fourth, let sit in the fridge overnight so that the cream cheese firms back up
Fifth, put the spread on toast or crackers, top with slices of tomato and cucumber.
Sixth, OM NOM NOM

I'm not vegan. This is amazing. And, for some reason, it doesn't work as well with actual cream cheese. 

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Anne of Green Gables had herpes (and you probably do, too) 
http://boingboing.net/2013/01/24/fun-science-fact-anne-of-gree.html

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I had a real adventure last night that I wanted to share! 
So, I finally gave in to the Minneapolis madness and went biking in winter for the first time. Did about 11 miles altogether (with a break in between) in 16-degree weather. It was, freakishly, kind of pleasant. In fact, the only part of me that was uncomfortable was my hands, because my gloves weren't thick enough. You guys, I hate to tell you this, but the bike hipsters are right. 

Anyway, advice if you want to try it: I didn't use a special bike. Just my normal whatever-many gear Trek that I got from the police bike auction a few years ago. I borrowed a lot of gear from my husband, though, and that was pretty damn essential. A pair of long underpants (top and bottom). Cycling overalls. Another shirt. A windbreaker. Big, thick wool socks and winter boots. Gloves. A skullcap. A balaclava over the top of that. And, here's the real important part, goggles. Those goggles are what made the difference between fun and misery. I'm certain of it. 
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So, I finally gave in to the Minneapolis madness and went biking in winter for the first time. Did about 11 miles altogether (with a break in between) in 16-degree weather. It was, freakishly, kind of pleasant. In fact, the only part of me that was uncomfortable was my hands, because my gloves weren't thick enough. You guys, I hate to tell you this, but the bike hipsters are right. 

Anyway, advice if you want to try it: I didn't use a special bike. Just my normal whatever-many gear Trek that I got from the police bike auction a few years ago. I borrowed a lot of gear from my husband, though, and that was pretty damn essential. A pair of long underpants (top and bottom). Cycling overalls. Another shirt. A windbreaker. Big, thick wool socks and winter boots. Gloves. A skullcap. A balaclava over the top of that. And, here's the real important part, goggles. Those goggles are what made the difference between fun and misery. I'm certain of it. 
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