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2012-09-20 16:09:49

Blunted ability to identify all five tastes may affect quantity of foods eaten Obese kids have less sensitive taste-buds than kids of normal weight, indicates research published online in the Archives of Disease in Childhood. This blunted ability to distinguish all five tastes of bitter, sweet, salty, sour, and umami (savory) may prompt them to eat larger quantities of food in a bid to register the same taste sensation, suggest the authors. They base their findings on 94 normal...

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2012-09-09 08:23:15

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Many people consider coffee to be in their top two favorite brewed beverages, but a group of scientists has found that this popularity might be due to a bit of false advertising. Have you ever noticed that a sip of the freshly brewed beverage can never quite match the smell of roasted beans wafting around your favorite coffee house? That´s because as the coffee passes your tongue, a puff of aroma molecules stream up...

2012-09-06 23:02:38

The 2012 Grapes in the Garden wine and food tasting event is scheduled for the afternoon of September 30. Grapes in the Garden raises awareness and funds to support programs offered by Mary Washington Hospice. Fredericskburg, VA (PRWEB) September 06, 2012 Grapes in the Garden is the annual wine and food tasting event to raise awareness and funds to support the following programs offered by Mary Washington Hospice:     Free Community Grief Counseling & Support...

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2012-07-12 13:28:12

John Neumann for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Every kid knows that we taste with our tongues, however those in the know, understand that this is a very rudimentary viewpoint. When it comes to flavor, the tongue is very basic. Most of our experience of flavor comes from our olfactory system: our nose and sinuses. Professor Barry Smith, director of the Centre for the Study of the Senses at the University of London, explains, “Not only is it not just about your tongue. Very...

Bees Have A Sweet Tooth Too
2012-07-01 10:00:42

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online According to scientists at Arizona State University, honey bees may hold clues to human taste perception and metabolic disorders. Gro Amdam, an associate professor, and Ying Wang, a research scientist, in the School of Life Sciences in ASU´s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences conducted genetic tests on honey bees and identified connections between sugar sensitivity, diabetic physiology and carbohydrate metabolism. Bees and...

2012-06-21 02:08:43

Wine and cheese. Sour cream and salsa. A burger and fries. Humanity's age-old preoccupation with food pairing is turning a new corner – and fostering some very strange new plate-fellows – as scientists and chefs try to make sense of an idea called "flavor-pairing theory." That controversial theory about why some foods taste good together is the topic of an article in the current edition of Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), the weekly news magazine of the American...

2012-06-06 23:03:16

River and Trail Outfitters offers outdoor enthusiasts with a thirst for wine and music the ultimate fun multi-adventure day of kayaking on the Potomac River, followed by wine tasting and live music at Virginia´s top-rated Tarara Winery. Knoxville, MD (PRWEB) June 06, 2012 River and Trail Outfitters has teamed with Tarara Winery, named “Best Winery in Loudoun County” for eight consecutive years, to create the ultimate fun multi-adventure day for outdoor enthusiasts with a...

2012-06-01 10:12:57

Bitter taste receptors for Stevia sweeteners discovered The human tongue has just one receptor type for detecting sweetness but about25 different ones for bitter flavors. Scientists at Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM) and the German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbruecke (DIfE) have now identified the two receptors, hTAS2R4 and hTAS2R14, that detect the bitter after taste of Stevia. Extracts from the subtropical plants are up to 300 times sweeter than conventional sugar....


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Cthulhu
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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