Useful Tips and Reads

Preparing a sibling for a new baby– the first part of a two parter.  I happen to know that the doula who writes here received a check from one of her clients, and the client wrote ‘for being awesome’ in the memo line of the check.

Science is facing a “reproducibility crisis” where more than two-thirds of researchers have tried and failed to reproduce another scientist’s experiments, research suggests. This is frustrating clinicians and drug developers who want solid foundations of pre-clinical research to build upon.

From his lab at the University of Virginia’s Centre for Open Science, immunologist Dr Tim Errington runs The Reproducibility Project, which attempted to repeat the findings reported in five landmark cancer studies.

“The idea here is to take a bunch of experiments and to try and do the exact same thing to see if we can get the same results.”

You could be forgiven for thinking that should be easy. Experiments are supposed to be replicable.”

How to cut an onion, plus this:

  • Cutting an onion widthwise, or against the grain, will give it a sharper taste.[4]
  • Cutting an onion lengthwise, or with the grain, will give it a milder flavor.[5]

Your missing rice cooker cup: You know how rice cookers come with that very specific little measuring cup that is always going missing?  My good friend took a sharpie and wrote on her rice cooker!  She measured how much rice that little cup holds, and then worked out and wrote on the rice cooker itself how much rice to add for each level.  Brilliant.  Just brilliant.

Super charming altoid tin secret gardens made with miniatures, glue, scraps, what looks like fimo or sculpey clay, and a ton of talent.  Or just put some tissue paper or a sponge in the bottom, some watercress seeds, keep it damp, and harvest some watercress for your sandwich in 3 days.

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