another great lost in 2020

The 305-metre radio telescope at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico survived decades of hurricanes, including Hurricane Maria in 2017, and earthquakes, including unusually strong ones in early January 2020. It also survived attempts by its owner, the US National Science Foundation, to reduce its funding. But in the early […]

How ‘The Great British Baking Show’ Overcame COVID-19, But Revealed the Franchise’s Unsavory Side

The temperature in the tent reached fever pitch this season, and it wasn’t just chocolate mirror glazes that melted in the heat. Every season of “Great British Baking Show” (or “The Great British Bake Off” to folks across the pond) has included controversial eliminations, baking disasters and emotional highs, but […]

The Great Biscuit Fake Off: Homemade Chocolate Hobnobs

A store-bought chocolate Hobnob and a homemade Hobnot. Can you tell the difference? My teenage Anglophilia started with music—The Smiths, New Order, The Wedding Present—and quickly spread to sweets, particularly the Brits’ delightful array of candy and cookies, or biscuits. As I was about to order some sugary imports during […]