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Acidifying Waters Are Endangering Your Oysters And Mussels

Acidifying Waters Are Endangering Your Oysters And Mussels

| February 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

Many coastal communities that harvest shellfish could soon be hurt by ocean acidification, a study finds. The Pacific Northwest and New England are hot spots, as are estuaries along the East Coast.

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Salty, Sweet, Sour. Is It Time To Make Fat The Sixth Taste?

Salty, Sweet, Sour. Is It Time To Make Fat The Sixth Taste?

| February 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

Fat has a lot in common with the five basic tastes: salty, sweet, sour, bitter and umami. But while people easily recognize the texture of fat, scientists say they can’t quite perceive the taste.

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How Marijuana Highjacks Your Brain To Give You The Munchies

How Marijuana Highjacks Your Brain To Give You The Munchies

| February 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

Where there’s pot, there’s often an insatiable hunger. Now researchers have a big clue why: Cannabinoids, the drug in marijuana, appear to flip a neural circuit that normally tells us we’re full.

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Gardener’s Twofer: First Ketchup ‘N’ Fries Plant Hits U.S. Market

Gardener’s Twofer: First Ketchup ‘N’ Fries Plant Hits U.S. Market

| February 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

British horticulturalists have figured out how to graft a tomato plant onto a potato plant. This plant, called Ketchup ‘N’ Fries, has crossed the pond and is now available to gardeners in the U.S.

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California’s Strawberry Feud Ends, But Who Will Breed New Berries?

California’s Strawberry Feud Ends, But Who Will Breed New Berries?

| February 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

Strawberry farmers have dropped a lawsuit against the University of California, Davis, and the university has hired a new strawberry breeder. But the future of academic berry breeding is uncertain.

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How Unboiled Eggs Could Help Fight Food Waste

How Unboiled Eggs Could Help Fight Food Waste

| February 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

No yolk: Researchers have discovered how to unboil egg whites. The chemical technique could help the food industry and others utilize more enzymes for cheese or beer with less waste.

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Why Dump Treated Wastewater When You Could Make Beer With It?

Why Dump Treated Wastewater When You Could Make Beer With It?

| January 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

An Oregon company has developed a high-tech process for turning sewage into pure drinking water. Now it’s asking the state for permission to give its recycled water to a group of home brewers.

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Five Foods You Shouldn’t Put in the Fridge

Five Foods You Shouldn’t Put in the Fridge

| January 26, 2015 | 7 Comments

Why refrigerating foods like chocolate, potatoes and basil can mess with attributes such as taste, nutritional integrity and shelf life.

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GMO Potatoes Have Arrived. But Will Anyone Buy Them?

GMO Potatoes Have Arrived. But Will Anyone Buy Them?

| January 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

New GMO potatoes don’t bruise as easily, and, when fried, they have less of a potentially harmful chemical. Yet some big chip and french fry makers won’t touch them because of the stigma of GMOs.

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The Future Strawberry: Will the Loss of a Major Pesticide Help the Industry to Go Green?

The Future Strawberry: Will the Loss of a Major Pesticide Help the Industry to Go Green?

| January 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

When it comes to growing strawberries, Farm Fuel, Inc., a Watsonville, California-based company, is on the cutting edge.

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Bringing Back the Bees: How One Bay Area Company is Using Wildflowers to Create a More Sustainable Food System

Bringing Back the Bees: How One Bay Area Company is Using Wildflowers to Create a More Sustainable Food System

| January 6, 2015 | 2 Comments

Bay Area based company Seedles wants to strengthen our food system by bringing back the bees. They’ve created gumball-sized seed balls that can be thrown anywhere to plant wildflowers and increase bee pollination.

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Tapping Into Turmeric’s Superfood Powers

Tapping Into Turmeric’s Superfood Powers

| January 1, 2015 | 3 Comments

A guide to reaping the health benefits of curcumin, the ingredient found in this ancient spice that’s gaining new recognition for its proven anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

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Hangover Helper: Tips To Prevent A Horrible Headache

Hangover Helper: Tips To Prevent A Horrible Headache

| December 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

Champagne and other booze flow freely on New Year’s Eve. But if you want to wake to a new year without the side effects of alcohol, don’t fret: Science offers some guidance.

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How Peppermint Tricks Us Into Feeling (Deliciously) Cold

How Peppermint Tricks Us Into Feeling (Deliciously) Cold

| December 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

We have the chemical menthol to thank for the wonderful mouth-feel of peppermint. Scientists now know that menthol fools the brain by activating receptors involved with sensing cold.

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