Cooking Bacon with Lasers

From precision fabrication to denim distressing, laser-cutting has seen its fair share of applications. Now, Tokyo-based professor and tinkerer Kentaro Fukuchi is turning to laser technology to alter the way we prepare (and experience) food. Using a laser-cutting machine, he’s able to accurately cook only the fatty sections of a piece of bacon, leaving the rest of the meat raw—creating two contrasting flavors. Watch Fukuchi …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Saying goodbye to legendary figures, Google's self-driving car, the scientific lure of bacon and more in our weekly look at the web

1. Massimo Vignelli Remembered The world lost a true visionary this week in Italian designer Massimo Vignelli. Working with his wife Lella, the Modernist creator’s formative works will have a lasting legacy across a wide range of design fields, from homewares to logos. In this republished story, former Vignelli Associates employee Michael Bierut (now partner at Pentagram) recounts his experience working in the designer’s space …

Word of Mouth Denver: Cannabis and Culinary Culture

The mile-high city comes into its own with regulated recreational marijuana and an equally thoughtful boom in the food scene

The hype surrounding the highly regulated legalization of retail marijuana in Colorado has subsided in the last six months, with tax revenue forecasts being taken down a notch and the absence of statewide hysteria confirming what may have motivated many of the majority voters: it’s really not that big a deal. When it comes to Denver, cannabis culture isn’t exploding with the modified laws so …