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Why I Cook The Same Recipes Over and Over


There is a collection of recipes that I cook again, and again, and again,

If it’s not the same five dinners on high rotation, it’s the same snacks, or the same lunch box fillers that I make every single week.

That used to drive me totally bonkers, but not any more.

Lately I’ve made a big effort to ditch the frustration in favour of caring less about unimportant things and making things as easy as possible.

There are very valid reasons for these twelve recipes to be on high rotation at our house…

  1. They taste good
  2. They are easy to make
  3. Everyone eats them.

There is no way I am slaving away in the kitchen if something doesn’t taste good when I’m done. In fact, there is no way I am slaving away in the kitchen at all most days, if it’s not easy to make then I’m not making it!

And we all know that last point is the holy grail of family food. When everyone in the house eats something, without whining, or even (gasp!) with pleasure, that item is going to be served up again and again and again. I’m totally fine with that, because I’m going for easy right now – ‘stress free, simple, no whining, let’s eat Tacos every damn night’ kind of easy.

I also refuse to waste time caring about what terrible thing may happen because we are eating the same meals over and over.

Guess what!?!?
Nothing terrible is going to happen!

This is good, homemade, healthy (for the most part) food, so I can deal with the lack of variety if I’m also dealing with a lack of stress!

I haven’t totally given up on variation. Our monthly meal plan still contains meals that are not all time family favourites, and every once in a while, when I have time and motivation I head over to pinterest and have a go at something totally new. It’s good for us to try something new every once in a while. But I have given up on the guilt, and the stress, and found my zen with our high frequency meals.

So I bet you are wondering which recipes I cook over and over? Well here they are…

12 recipes I cook again and again!

Click on the image, or the link underneath to check out the full recipe.

Do you have a list of recipes that are on high rotation at your house?

Are you frustrated by the lack of variety of have you found your high frequency dinner zen?
I’d love to hear what things you cook again and again, maybe I’ll find something new to add to my list. Leave a comment below and feel free to link to your own family favourite recipes!

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Exoplanet imaging, DNA nanothermometers, Protein assembly tools, 3D printing robot spiders, Superfluid helium blackholes.

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SciTech Digest 18/2016

1. One Gene, Many Proteins
It used to be thought that each gene encoded for and produced just one single protein; this latest ambitious study has blown that paradigm apart and made it very apparent that there is far more nuance and complexity here than first thought https://www.quantamagazine.org/20160426-one-gene-many-proteins/. This thorough study looked at 1,500 human genes, found how many produced multiple proteins, and ran binding studies to 15,000 other proteins to determine whether different proteins from the same gene shared the same or different functions; they generated surprisingly variable results. Different proteins can be formed from the same gene by combining different gene segments (exons) in different sequences. This will ideally be repeated for all genes and proteins. I think the take-away here is simply recognising such seemingly chaotic complexity as a measure of evolutionary robustness.

2. Imaging Exoplanets at 1km Resolution
A new proposal for a space-based telescope positioned 11 times further away than Pluto utilises the gravitational lensing of our Sun to achieve kilometer scale resolution of candidate exoplanets orbiting other stars in our local vicinity https://www.technologyreview.com/s/601331/a-space-mission-to-the-gravitational-focus-of-the-sun/. All you need is (i) a means to block out the Sun’s light, (ii) account for the Sun’s corona, (iii) improve pointing accuracy by an order of magnitude to 0.1 nanoradians, (iv) design a propulsion system able to account for orbital motion, (v) better software and optics to account for blurring, and (vi) filtering light from the planet’s parent star. Do this and you’ll get 10,000 times more light from the exoplanet. Sounds like a worthwhile project. I only wonder about such a telescope being overtaken by technological development during a lengthy commute to 600AU or so.

3. DNA Origami Nanothermometers
Specific DNA sequences can now be used to produce DNA origami structures that are programmed to function as nanothermometers http://www.nouvelles.umontreal.ca/udem-news/news/20160427-chemists-use-dna-to-build-the-worlds-tiniest-thermometer.html. The technique produces DNA structures that fold and unfold at very specific temperatures and adding optical reporter molecules results in 5nm wide structures that produce an easily-detectable signal as a function of temperature. Applications in intra-cellular biology, testing biological machines and enzyme “overheating”, and in nanoelectronics to measure temperatures of very small areas.

4. Advanced Protein-Based Tools
First, a new set of modular proteins has been designed and tested that can be customised to specifically bind arbitrary RNA sequences, and so allowing a versatile mechanism to control and image specific RNAs in the cell http://news.mit.edu/2016/controlling-rna-living-cells-0425. This is a versatile modular code for generating custom proteins able to bind specific RNA sequences from 6 to 18 bases long, with applications in future molecular assembly lines and precise measurements of how often RNA is being translated in the cell. Second, another engineered protein naturally self-assembles carbon buckminster fullerene molecules into ordered lattices and suggests a pathway to proteins able to organise nanomaterials by design http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-04/dc-rca042516.php.

5. More Versatile Optogenetics
Optogenetics is increasingly being used to control pain in test animals by using viruses to functionalise neurons responsible for conveying pain and sensation signals, and then using light - either implanted or in this case external to the skin for peripheral neurons - to turn pain transmission on or off in very localised and specific areas https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/channels/news/brighter-prospects-chronic-pain-260515. New optogenetics tools now also include the ability to be activated by red light that can penetrate deeper into tissues, and also be combined with other proteins and receptors to drive other cellular processes with light http://ist.ac.at/news-media/news/news-detail/article/red-light-controls-signaling-in-human-cells/6/.

6. 3D Printing with Robot Spiders
A new prototype 3D printing technology involves the use of robotic spiders able to move around with an in-built portable 3D printer, extruding plastic instead of silk in specific patterns to collaboratively build up printed structures - accuracy of localisation is a key hurdle https://www.technologyreview.com/s/601330/robot-spiders-weave-products-from-plastic-in-a-new-spin-on-3-d-printing/. In related 3D printing news the rise of custom-made, personalised, 3D printed medical implants is accelerating and increasing in sophistication https://www.technologyreview.com/s/601305/the-key-to-repairing-your-bones-may-come-out-of-a-printer/.

7. Interesting Deep Learning Developments
A new platform called OpenAI Gym has been launched as a toolkit for developing and comparing reinforcement learning algorithms for applications such as teaching agents to play games and navigate environments https://gym.openai.com/. Movidius has released a neural net accelerator called Fathom on a USB stick that uses only 1 watt of power to run powerful, typically computationally intensive image recognition neural networks with wide applications including allowing every robot to have cutting-edge vision capabilities http://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/computing/embedded-systems/movidius-puts-neural-network-on-a-usb-stick. Meanwhile Drive.ai launched from Stanford’s AI Lab to test autonomous vehicle systems based on deep learning http://spectrum.ieee.org/cars-that-think/transportation/self-driving/driveai-brings-deep-learning-to-selfdriving-cars, and talking of autonomous vehicles self-driving trucks are really building momentum https://www.eutruckplatooning.com/News/495554.aspx?.

8. HAPTIX: The Prosthetic Hand that Can Feel
Here’s a good overview of efforts within DARPA’s HAPTIX program to develop prosthetic hands that allow amputees to regain a sense of touch and sensation, at least through some of the most recent prototypes http://spectrum.ieee.org/biomedical/bionics/creating-a-prosthetic-hand-that-can-feel. The latest prototypes incorporate direct neural interfaces that convey tactile sensory information from sensors located on the prosthetic hand, and resulting in the patient consciously perceiving sensations from those areas as if it were their own hand, and drastically improving sensitive tactile manipulation tasks from 43% to 93% success rate. Slowly getting towards a system that makes the person momentarily forget they lost the hand.

9. Blackholes, Superfluid Helium, & Phonons
New insights into the existence and behaviour of Hawking radiation at Blackhole event horizons are being made with related phenomena involving rapidly rotating superfluid helium and phonons http://www.sciencealert.com/physicists-have-created-a-black-hole-in-the-lab-and-it-could-finally-confirm-the-existence-of-hawking-radiation. The rapidly rotating superfluid helium forms a barrier through which sound waves should not be able to leave, yet the experiment detected phonons, small packets of sound wave energy, leaking out of this sonic blackhole as a sonic analogue to Hawking radiation leaking from a conventional blackhole. The work is undergoing peer review, confirmation, and debate.

10. Regeneration of Brain and Other Tissues

Recent experiments demonstrate that simply inserting a microneedle into the hippocampus of mice with Alzheimer’s Disease helps induce the hippocampus to regenerate, repair damage, and reduce the beta-amyloid plaques characteristic of the disease http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-04/ctco-mii042616.php. Another recent study demonstrates the use of a cocktail of nine different chemicals able to transform skin cells into beating heart or neural stem cells (different cocktail for each), that when transplanted into animals helped to regenerate damage and restore normal function to those organs https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/04/160428152117.htm.

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Yunguisaurus liae Cheng et al., 2006

Late Triassic
Falang Fm (Carnian)
Guizhou, China

Length: 4 m

This is the first Pistosauroid known from an almost complete skeleton. Some characteristics such as the high number of cervical vertebrae made comparable to the later Plesiosauroids, other traits are more primitive.

April 30, 2016

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Putin “taking notes” during Obama’s speech.

If obama was speaking I’d do the same thing

While it’s very possible he’s doodling, let us not forget that Russian Cursive apparently looks like this:

So it is very possible he just has messy handwriting (look at how he’s holding the pen) and is in fact taking notes.

Or he could just be doodling.

I’ve never seen Russian cursive and now I can’t stop laughing. 

This kind of thing is why cursive is a horrible idea.

Russian doctors notes written in cursive. Pretty sure Putin is actually taking notes.

My eyes….

i guess their writing looks like they were rushin