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Bai: The future of the flavor with tastebud hacking

You don’t have to be Proust to know how smell invokes a memory – or how touch changes mood. Our senses are connected and clearly shape our awareness. Taste is no different and it’s all powered by the brain. Knowing this, scientists, psychologists, and restauranteurs are looking to engineer the way we enjoy food – taste hacking, if you will. …

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Bai: The quantified diet

Just as the connected home syncs all of our necessary and leisure devices together to our own personal harmonies, the quantified self movement helps keep tabs on all of behavior – from measuring our finances and sleep patterns to exercise regiments and eating habits. Per the latter, a number of hardware innovations like Garmin’s Fitness Band and Jawbone’s UP keep …

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Bai: Food and music pairings

If you’ve ever heard a sound and had it trigger a sense of color – or seen a color and suddenly tasted a flavor, you have synesthesia, a rare and often misunderstood neurological phenomenon in which one sense triggers another one. Less than 0.2% of the population experiences real synesthesia – for the rest of us, the closest we’ll get …

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Intel: Space weather predicts conditions on Earth

Studying weather in space helps researchers predict weather here on Earth.  The idea of studying weather might call to mind local meteorologists pointing at a big map, reporting school delays and igniting community ire when good science proves imperfect. But studying the weather can also reveal valuable lessons about life on our planet, and other planets too. The National Oceanic and …

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Intel: Can tech break the distraction addiction?

Using technology to become more mindful seems like a contradiction, but new apps try to cure our distraction addiction. You’re waiting in line at the grocery store with time to kill or at the bar waiting for a friend. Instinctually, you reach for your smartphone to catch up on cat photos in your Facebook feed or any given new outrage …

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Intel: A mobile device can predict my life

Several in-the-works applications combine sensors and computing to make smart, connected devices that dial in to our deepest emotions.  Any sci-fi fan, or really anyone familiar with the phrase “I’ll Be Back,” has cited the fictional Skynet from “Terminator” as the point at which technology becomes too smart. Well, we haven’t achieved sentient technology with its own set of emotions …

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Altered Zones: Artist Profile on Sun Araw

Sun Araw, the “sacred retreat” of Cameron Stallones, once again rides fleeting moments of spiritual clarity out to the end of the astral plane on his recently Zoned In Ancient Romans. Here, Stallones comes out guns blazing with his most sonically acrobatic and, depending on your taste, accessible material yet. It’s the type of work that, if our God is …

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Altered Zones: Artist Profile on Woodsman

After spreading the gospel within the Rhinoceropolis DIY scene of their native Denver, Woodsman unleashed a steady torrent of brain burning 7”s and cassettes throughout last year with the help of trusted sources like Mexican Summer and Lefse. On their new full length, Rare Forms, Woodsman takes full advantage of one of Germany’s finest exports – the mechanical apache beat. …

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Altered Zones: Artist Profile on Leyland Kirby

Under The Caretaker moniker, Berlin-based British sound artist James Leyland Kirby has taken on the heady (no pun intended) subject of memory and mental illness. His 2005 effort Theoretically Pure Anterograde Amnesia— originally released as a downloadable collection of 72 free mp3s– was a journey into the unimaginable confusion of short-term memory disintegration. While Kirby says his primary inspiration was the ballroom scene in …

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Intel: Tech driving craft and home brewing

This weekend is the sold-out Great American Beer Festival in Denver, a celebration of craft beer and the delicious results offered when the mighty quartet of hops, grains, yeast and water collide. Though humans have brewed beer since the time of Mesopotamia, it wasn’t until recently that beer moved from a populist elixir to a gourmet beverage via the microbrewery …