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2010-11-24 08:55:00

In a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal, USC College's Emily Liman reveals what is behind all the puckering -- how people perceive sour flavors This Thanksgiving, when you bite into the cranberry sauce and the tartness smacks your tongue as hard as that snide comment from your sister, consider the power of sour. Neurobiology researchers at the University of Southern California have made a surprising discovery about how some cells respond to sour tastes. Of...

2010-10-25 09:54:00

DAVIS, Calif. and TOKYO, Oct. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- The US Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and Ajinomoto Company have announced a joint research project to explore whether the regular inclusion of dietary sodium glutamate (MSG) used to enhance the taste of foods, has beneficial effects on eating behavior and body weight management. The trial, which will be conducted by ARS' Western Human Nutrition Research Center (WHNRC), will assess in overweight women...

2010-10-12 09:28:00

- Croatian banks extend additional credit to Kali Tuna of $11.6 million, proceeds to be used as working capital for growing inventories - Finalizes line of credit of $15 million with its major shareholder - Finalizes term loan with new investor of $5 million gross proceeds NEW YORK, Oct. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The Board of Directors of Umami Sustainable Seafood Inc. ("OTC Bulletin Board: UMAM") (the "Company") today announced credit facilities of $11.6 million from Croatian banks to be used...

2010-10-07 06:30:00

EWING, N.J., Oct. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Redpoint Bio Corporation (OTC Bulletin Board: RPBC), a company focused on the development of healthier foods and beverages and new approaches to the treatment of diabetes and obesity, announced that it has advanced its discovery program for all-natural enhancers of salty taste. The program was initiated in response to consumers increasing demand for products that are both healthful and that include all-natural ingredients. The objective of the salt...

2010-08-24 09:22:00

LAKE FOREST, Calif., Aug. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- WineMatch.com releases combined sensory, chemistry and winery data web site to help consumers find matches to wines they already enjoy. This is a new concept in the evaluation of wines for the average consumer called Wine Profiling. This data-base driven, multi-point, wine-matching engine is the first of its kind. Using more real data and less subjectivity, WineMatch.com is a place for both wineries and consumers. Wine Submission Portal....

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2010-06-16 08:12:31

Low-salt foods may be harder for some people to like than others, according to a study by a Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences food scientist. The research indicates that genetics influence some of the difference in the levels of salt we like to eat. Those conclusions are important because recent, well-publicized efforts to reduce the salt content in food have left many people struggling to accept fare that simply does not taste as good to them as it does to others, pointed out John...

2010-06-15 16:13:42

Blocking hormone lowers sensitivity to sugar, opening door for food additives or drugs A hormone that helps to regulate blood sugar levels may also influence a person's sensitivity to sweet-tasting foods, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. They found that blocking the tongue's ability to respond to the hormone known as glucagon decreases the taste system's sensitivity to sweetness. That is, changing the actions of the hormone glucagon...

2010-06-09 11:06:00

ST. CLOUD, Minn., June 9 /PRNewswire/ -- How do you revolutionize the timeless tradition of wine tasting? Pair a charismatic cork dork with a media-savvy computer geek. That's what St. Cloud, Minn.-based Cru Wine Online has done to create a multimedia experience that takes Web-based wine education to a new level with high-end production and a fun-forward approach. The site, http://cruwineonline.com started taking memberships June 9 and lets enthusiasts learn about wine through live...

2010-05-27 17:26:53

Researchers have discovered a chemical that specifically blocks people's ability to detect the bitter aftertaste that comes with artificial sweeteners such as saccharin. The key is a molecule known only as GIV3727 that specifically targets and inhibits a handful of human bitter taste receptors, according to a report published online on May 27th in Current Biology, a Cell Press publication. The finding of what the researchers say is the first commercially relevant small-molecule bitter taste...

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2010-05-19 08:55:00

Wine aficionados are better able to resist misleading advertising if they are provided with accurate sensory descriptors, according to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research. "Wine is a complex, sensory-driven product, which is difficult to master based on regular consumption alone," write authors Kathryn A. LaTour and Michael S. LaTour (both University of Nevada, Las Vegas). In two experiments, they investigated ways aficionados can learn from their direct wine-tasting experiences....


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lunula
  • A small crescent-shaped structure or marking, especially the white area at the base of a fingernail that resembles a half-moon.
This word is a diminutive of the Latin 'luna,' moon.
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