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This is my own variation of a simple Bengal style vegetable dish. It is quick and uncomplicated to prepare and should make for a delicious introduction to cooking with Punch Pooran.

Also known as Panch Puren, Panch Phoron or simply "five spice" in English, Punch Pooran is a famous Bengal style blend of seeds for cooking. The blend contains equal parts of cumin (Jeera), fennel, fenugreek (Methi), nigella (Kalonji), and yellow mustard seeds. The special thing about Punch

A bush robot is a hypothetical form of robot formed simply of repeatedly branching limbs. One trunk divides into three, three into nine, nine into 27... and so on, potentially down to nanotech scales.

This type of robot has appeared in science fiction novels in various forms for decades, but it was formally explored for NASA by Hans Moravec, so it is often called a Moravec bush, and sometimes --…

Designer babies are a currently hypothetical problem of the future; genetically modified human beings that parents tweak to be a bit better than the average human. As we inch ever closer to allowing gene therapy in sperm, eggs, and embryos, two views of the future are ever more frequently brought up for ethical hand-wringing.

One possibility is that genetic modification will allow for the elimination of diseases such as cystic fibrosis, Tay-Sachs, Huntington’s disease,…

Pronounced something like moy-YET-as, molletes are a delicious breakfast food with roots in Mexican cuisine. They consist of a bun with refried beans and shredded cheese on top. The beans are layered on top of the bun, and the cheese placed atop the beans, The mollete-to-be is then broiled until the cheese has turned crispy. The 'true' mollete is made with bolillos, a Mexican bun which is the shorter cousin of a baguette. This is a fairly simple recipe, in that the description almost covers it.…