• At Le Laboratoire in Paris, creatives from fields of art and science work together on artworks and design products. Le Lab Cambridge, now open in Boston, MA, is conducting experiments in interdisciplinary learning while also exhibiting and selling the works generated by its French counterpart. [1 of 3]
 

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culture 20 Oct 2014

Sonia Epstein is an interdisciplinary translator working at the intersection of science and the culture. Past projects include work on Eric Kandel’s book The Age of Insight and on the Charlie Rose Brain Series, and she is currently the Program Associate for Science & the Arts at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. INSTAGRAM  TUMBLR

 
  • If you ever find yourself near Dresden, don’t miss the Deutsches Hygiene-Museum. Far from the traditional, kid-friendly science museum, this German institution is dedicated to exploring the truths of the human body. It programs special exhibitions on dying, or the passions of the soul, and is host to a permanent collection that includes ear muffs letting you experience the hearing loss of old age and a transparent glass cow with its innards on display. [2 of 3]
 
  • Entering the National Museum of Mathematics, or MoMATH, on 26th street in Manhattan you encounter math in unexpected ways—while riding a bike with square wheels or by trying your hand at a revolving slate of puzzles over lunch. [3 of 3]
 
 

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food 17 Oct 2014

Dan Lewis on food-related disputes that the courts had to decide.

culture 15 Oct 2014

Scent critic Chandler Burr shares his favorite olfactory art blogs.

culture 13 Oct 2014

Daniel Handler, aka Lemony Snicket, shares his writing playlist.

 


  • Is a tomato a fruit or a vegetable? In Nix v. Hedden, a case from 1893, the Supreme Court had to figure that out, to see which tariff applied. (They said it's a vegetable -- the everyday culinary usage trumped the botanical definition of "fruit.") [1 of 3]
 

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food 17 Oct 2014

Dan Lewis is the creator of Now I Know, a daily newsletter of incredible things, and now a collection in book form. TWITTER

 
  • Is a burrito a sandwich? A Panera Bread had the exclusive right to sell sandwiches at a mall in Massachusetts, but the mall wanted to add a Qdoba to its restaurant offerings. Panera sued, claiming that Qdoba served burritos; burritos were a type of sandwich; and therefore, Qdoba's menu violated Panera's rights. The judge said nope -- a burrito isn't a type of sandwich. [2 of 3]
 
  • Was there a mouse sealed in some guy's Mountain Dew? Again, nope. A guy sued claiming he found mouse parts in his soda; the court said no way, because the mouse wouldn't still be intact -- it would have turned into a jelly-like gloop. [3 of 3]
 
 

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culture 15 Oct 2014

Scent critic Chandler Burr shares his favorite olfactory art blogs.

culture 13 Oct 2014

Daniel Handler, aka Lemony Snicket, shares his writing playlist.

food 10 Oct 2014

Mandy Aftel indulges in feasts for the senses.

 


  • Perfume Shrine is the brainchild of Elena Vosnaki (Athens), a perfume expert with an astonishingly encyclopedic knowledge of every aspect of the art. Fascinating. [1 of 3]
 

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culture 15 Oct 2014

Chandler Burr is the former New York Times scent critic and founded the Department of Olfactory Art at the Museum of Arts and Design. He collaborates with great chefs to give scent dinners around the world, like this one in London. TWITTER

 
 
  • Designer Simone Shitrit (São Paulo) creates perhaps the most quixotic of the blogs, mixing movies, painting, politics, and design with perfume. [3 of 3]
 
 

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culture 13 Oct 2014

Daniel Handler, aka Lemony Snicket, shares his writing playlist.

food 10 Oct 2014

Mandy Aftel indulges in feasts for the senses.

culture 8 Oct 2014

Magali Duzant on small spaces and proof of our existence.

 


  • Watch experimental-yet-square jazzbo multi-instrumentalist Lloyd Miller on Iranian TV–– this was big in my playlist when writing "All The Wrong Questions." [1 of 3]
 

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culture 13 Oct 2014

Daniel Handler is a columnist for The Believer. This fall, he will host the National Book Awards in New York, and tour nationally for Lemony Snicket’s All The Wrong Questions #3: Shouldn’t You Be In School? His new novel, We Are Pirates, is coming soon. TWITTER

 
 
  • These are the opening credits for a mysterious, local California music TV show with a non-speaking, organ-playing host that used to rerun in my childhood (and in my childhood nightmares). [3 of 3]
 
 

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food 10 Oct 2014

Mandy Aftel indulges in feasts for the senses.

culture 8 Oct 2014

Magali Duzant on small spaces and proof of our existence.

style 6 Oct 2014

Jewelry designer Nora Koganshares some of her style inspiration.

 


  • The food at two Michelin-starred restaurant Coi in San Francisco is a scented feast. Chef/Owner Daniel Patterson understands the pivotal role of aroma in flavor and creates uniquely delicious food. [1 of 3]
 

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food 10 Oct 2014

Mandy Aftel is an internationally known artisan perfumer and the author of six previous books, including Essence and Alchemy: A Natural History of Perfume and most recently Fragrant: The Secret Life of Scent. Aftel lives in Berkeley, California. TWITTER  FACEBOOK  INSTAGRAM

 
  • The Cocktail Lab by Tony Conigliaro has drinks that are inspired by perfumes, considerations of the shape of the glass, and charming illustrations of drinks deconstructed. Tony is part artist and part mad scientist and focuses on the aromatic experience when you lift the glass to your nose. [2 of 3]
 
  • Day of the Dead is a feast for all your senses in the magical city of Oaxaca, Mexico. From the sea of bright orange marigold flowers to the fanciful sugar skulls and colorful parades, it is a celebration of life. [3 of 3]
 
 

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culture 8 Oct 2014

Magali Duzant on small spaces and proof of our existence.

style 6 Oct 2014

Jewelry designer Nora Koganshares some of her style inspiration.

culture 3 Oct 2014

Chris Taillie on some music you have to see to believe.