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Pumpkin Hub

Today is the first day of fall, but at coffee shops and grocery stores, it has been peak autumn for weeks, thanks to the early arrival of pumpkin spice, the ubiquitous flavor that has come to signal the season's unofficial start.

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Two Johns Hopkins University perception researchers say a key to understanding why people love pumpkin spice is the smell of it. Those notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger trigger deeply rooted cozy memories of autumn.

She points to evidence that just reading smell-related words, for instance pumpkin spice, will spark activity in the area of the brain that processes olfactory stimuli, the piriform cortex. Even when people merely expect a smell, that neural zone fires up. When you consider how close this brain region is to the area responsible for memory, it's no wonder the mere mention of a pumpkin spice latte can trigger warm fuzzies.

However, for such an evocative sense, people have a very hard time identifying smells they encounter, particularly without other sensory input to help. Like if someone was handed a pumpkin spice drink in a generic cup, they might think it smells familiar, but not quite be able to place it. But once they know what it is, they will perceive the taste and smell even more distinctly, Cormiea says.

The base was initially modeled after a standard seasonal pumpkin patch as you might find in many cities in October, particularly in America. The Origins update rendered the planet's flora extinct. This included the flora which this base was built around, the orange, gourd-like flora of the B. Coffgugreum (Hubpumpkins) species. However, the planet retained a creepy appearance with its bioluminescent, Living Ship-like minerals and its tendril-like flora.

The base's most striking feature is the strings of orange lanterns, which were created using a glitch building technique demonstrated here. These illuminating strands are strung between nearby flora and metal posts topped with pumpkin statues. A number of two-dimensional art installations may be found here, including a few which follow you with their red eyes. The base also features a Hubpumpkin Shack containing the Hubpumpkin Sale Drone, Hubpumpkin weighing arm, Save Point, and payment screen.

Roughly crush the cumin and coriander seeds, peppercorns and chilli flakes with a pestle and mortar before mixing in the garam masala and oil. Rub all over the pumpkin, especially on the flesh side, and bake in the oven for 45 minutes, or until you can put a knife through the flesh of the squash easily.

When the pumpkin is soft, take out of the oven and scoop out nearly all the flesh, leaving a 1cm (1/2in) border of flesh around the inside of each squash half. Mix the scooped-out squash with the filling and pop it all back into the grooves you have just carved out.

The competition, which aims to teach engineering concepts bydesigning an enclosure to protect the pumpkin from damage when dropped from theroof of the building, was judged by WallyVenable, associate professor emeritus. Venable has judged the competition eachof the past 30 years.

For those of you new to the Department or unfamiliar with the event, teamsparticipating in the contest sign up in advance, and arrive the day of theevent with tools in hand, and carve the greatest pumpkin of all time. Teamsmust pay 6$/team, which covers the cost of the pumpkin (which we will provide)and prizes. Please sign-up by visiting (with the money) Katie Pagnucco(Redpath Room 303 on the third floor), Scott DeVito (Stewart N5/5; dial 7488),Chelsea Chisholm (Stewart N3/5; dial 6428), Mary-Rose Bradley Gill (Bellini232; if nobody there, look in lab 270 or call 3565), or Kate Krivy (Bellini232; if nobody there, look in lab 270 or call 3565) by Tuesday, October 30thso we can purchase supplies. 041b061a72

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