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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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Kalettes, Broccoflower And Other Eye-Popping Vegetables For 2015

Kalettes, Broccoflower And Other Eye-Popping Vegetables For 2015

| December 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

Kale’s days as the superfood-du-jour may be numbered. Next up: Kalettes? It’s a cross between kale and Brussels sprouts, and it’s one of a few bewitching hybrid vegetables that could go big in 2015.

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Is The Food Babe A Fearmonger? Scientists Are Speaking Out

Is The Food Babe A Fearmonger? Scientists Are Speaking Out

| December 4, 2014 | 12 Comments

The food system is awash in chemicals and additives. One woman has made a career out of investigating them. But a cadre of critics says she’s creating more confusion than clarity about food.

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Inhalable Chocolate? Ingestible Ideas From A Lab For The Senses

Inhalable Chocolate? Ingestible Ideas From A Lab For The Senses

| November 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

A real-life Willy Wonka invites scientists, designers, composers, artists and chefs to collaborate on novel foods and other cultural confections.

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The Ancient Art Of Cheese-Making Attracts Scientific Gawkers

The Ancient Art Of Cheese-Making Attracts Scientific Gawkers

| November 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

In England, cheese-making is an art stretching back hundreds of years. But recently, scientists have become interested in the microbes that make the country’s artisan cheeses so tasty.

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Scientist Who Invented CorningWare Glass Dies At 99

Scientist Who Invented CorningWare Glass Dies At 99

| November 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

S. Donald Stookey created a synthetic ceramic glass in 1952 — the fortuitous outcome of an experiment gone wrong.

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Apps Aim To Guide You On ‘Sustainable Food’ (Whatever That Means)

Apps Aim To Guide You On ‘Sustainable Food’ (Whatever That Means)

| October 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

Consumers who care about how their food is produced have a growing number of apps they can turn to at the supermarket. The problem? Nailing down just what sustainability means when it comes to food.

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Banned Drugs Still Turning Up In Weight-Loss Supplements

Banned Drugs Still Turning Up In Weight-Loss Supplements

| October 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

Just because the Food and Drug Administration recalls a supplement because it contains dangerous substances, doesn’t mean the product disappears from the market.

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New GMOs Get A Regulatory Green Light, With A Hint Of Yellow

New GMOs Get A Regulatory Green Light, With A Hint Of Yellow

| October 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

Farmers will be able to plant types of corn and soybeans that can tolerate doses of two weedkillers. It may be one of the most significant developments the world of weedkilling in more than a decade.

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Eating Comfort Foods May Not Be So Comforting After All

Eating Comfort Foods May Not Be So Comforting After All

| October 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

It’s tempting to seek out the mac and cheese or a pint of ice cream after a terrible, horrible, no good day. But fresh research suggests such comfort foods might not be mood boosters after all.

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VIDEO: Glimpse The History Of Life In A Beer

VIDEO: Glimpse The History Of Life In A Beer

| October 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

It took more than a billion years of evolution to yield the biology behind a beer. Here, we bring you a video celebration of the science in a cold one.

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From Kale To Pale Ale, A Love of Bitter May Be In Your Genes

From Kale To Pale Ale, A Love of Bitter May Be In Your Genes

| October 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

Researchers have found a gene that affects how strongly you experience bitter flavors. And those who aren’t as sensitive eat about 200 more servings of vegetables per year.

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Scientists Step Up Food Fraud Efforts Following Horse Meat Scandal

Scientists Step Up Food Fraud Efforts Following Horse Meat Scandal

| September 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

The latest report in response to the horse meat scandal of 2013 reminds us that the potential for fraud in the food supply is high. But scientists are working to predict and prevent the next incident.

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Before You Take A Bite Of That Mushroom, Consider This

Before You Take A Bite Of That Mushroom, Consider This

| September 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

Guess what scientists found lurking inside a common-looking packet of supermarket porcini? Three entirely new species of fungi. That’s what happens when you sequence the DNA of your dinner.

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