Scientists Explain the Physics of the Perfect Pancakes

Have you ever wondered why your pancakes sometimes have ugly craters, or a weird ring around their edges? A new analysis of pancake recipes could help you exploit physics to make the perfect pancake — and possibly one day save your sight.

Source: Scientists Explain the Physics of the Perfect Pancakes

There’s an interesting section in “The Food Lab,” a hybrid science/cook-book, about how the ideal amount of baking powder to use in pancake batter so that pancakes end up a nice golden-brown. It also includes a buttermilk pancake recipe that I’ve tried a few times and which I found pretty tasty. It suggests separating out the egg whites and whipping them in order to make a fluffier pancake.  This also works great when making sweet potato pie.

A Real Tear-Jerker: Device to Alleviate Dry Eye

Michael Ackermann, PhD, knows how to make you cry.

But this is a good thing for the more than 20 million Americans who suffer from a painful condition in which the lacrimal glands don’t create enough tears to lubricate the surface of the eye.

…With every blink, healthy eyes are lubricated with tears — a mixture of oils, water, proteins and mucus. This fluid helps protect and moisturize the eyes, and the thin film that it creates is necessary for clear vision. Dry eyes become vulnerable to painful abrasions of the cornea, which can distort vision.

Source: A real tear-jerker: Team creates device to alleviate dry eye

The implant doesn’t actually provide a permanent fix to the patient’s condition – it’s on-demand, with the user’s actual tears.  It’s controlled remotely, so all that’s needed is a push of a button.  It’s already in clinical trials.

…or you could chop onions… 😉