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Food Technologist Tom Yang works for the U.S. Army and he makes amazing stuff – food that lasts up to three years, even in places where the temperature regularly climbs over 110° F. As Tom says, he wants the soldiers who eat his food to feel like it’s “mom-cooked.” And the fact of the matter is that it does taste pretty good. I’m not particularly a fan of beef jerky, but if I’m going to eat jerky (instead of just being jerky), I’ll eat Tom’s military ration jerky. It’s tasty and less salty than the kind you get at the Quik-E-Mart.

By night, Tom Yang is a GANGSTER.

Now in our infinite “Secret Life” wisdom, we decided to premiere Tom right around Thanksgiving because we figured he uses science to make food… and what do people do on Thanksgiving? Eat ridiculous amounts of food! And what do people do after Thanksgiving? Eat ridiculous amounts of food! Nothing like a leftover turkey (or for that matter – jerky) sandwich after you get back from the carnage at the mall.

So there’s the food.

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Tom Miller

    Tom Miller is the producer of “Secret Life” and co-editor of the site’s blog. His job involves interviewing scientists and engineers, getting them to tell their amazing stories and occasionally trying to get them to sing. It’s a fantastic gig and Tom is extremely grateful for it.