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2012-03-12 19:52:43

Animals live in surprisingly different sensory worlds Scientists from the Monell Center report that seven of 12 related mammalian species have lost the sense of sweet taste. As each of the sweet-blind species eats only meat, the findings demonstrate that a liking for sweets is frequently lost during the evolution of diet specialization. Previous research from the Monell team had revealed the remarkable finding that both domestic and wild cats are unable to taste sweet compounds due to...

2012-03-05 23:27:16

Does fat have a taste? About five years ago, animal studies first revealed the presence of entirely novel types of oral fat sensors or receptors on the tongue. Prior to this time, it was believed that fats were perceived only by flavor and texture cues. With this new information, “everything that we thought we knew about fat perception got turned on its head,” said Beverly Tepper, a professor in the Department of Food Science at Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological...

2012-02-24 10:00:00

NEW YORK, Feb. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Buoyed by the extraordinary social success of this year's Super Bowl and Grammy Awards, New York-based startup Umami TV (http://www.umami.tv) today unveiled major enhancements to its free companion TV app for the iPad that are designed to make the conversation around TV more visual, fun and accessible for TV viewers. "FreezeFrame" allows users to instantly capture and share images from the shows they're watching with their friends and followers on...

2012-02-09 21:22:34

Like to save the best for last? Here´s good news: If it´s the last, you´ll like it the best. That is the finding of a new study published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. “Endings affect us in lots of ways, and one is this ℠positivity effect,´” says University of Michigan psychologist Ed O´Brien, who conducted the study with colleague Phoebe C. Ellsworth. Graduation from college, the last kiss before...

2012-02-03 08:00:00

In collaboration with one of Tasmania´s finest winemaker´s, Treasury Restaurant is hosting a lavish degustation dinner in conjunction with award-winning Bay of Fires wines on 23rd February 2012. Melbourne, Victoria (PRWEB) February 03, 2012 The grand Treasury Restaurant at The Sebel Melbourne hotel will be abuzz as guests feast on a delectable 6-course degustation menu showcasing renowned Tasmanian produce, matched with Bay of Fires wines. Menu highlights include King Island beef...

2011-12-26 06:23:18

(Ivanhoe Newswire) — Infants around six months of age who have been introduced to starchy table foods- which often contain salt- have a greater preference for salty taste than do infants not yet eating these foods. The exposed infants consumed 55 percent more salt during a preference test than infants who weren´t introduce to starchy foods. At preschool age, the same infants were more likely to consume plain salt, demonstrating the enduring influence of early dietary exposure....

Preference For Salted Foods Imprinted In Early Childhood
2011-12-21 11:42:21

Researchers from the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia, report that infants as young as 6-months of age who have been introduced to starchy table foods have a greater preference for salt than do infants not yet eating these foods. Table foods such as crackers, bread and cereals contain high levels of salt, Jenny Hope reports for The Mail Online. The exposed infants consumed 55 percent more salt during a preference test than did infants not yet introduced to starchy foods. By...

2011-12-21 11:38:25

Biologists have learned in recent years that wild chilies develop their trademark pungency, or heat, as a defense against a fungus that could destroy their seeds. But that doesn't explain why some chilies are hot and others are not. New research provides an answer: Hot chilies growing in dry areas need more water to produce as many seeds as non-pungent plants, but the Fusarium fungus is less of a threat in dryer environments so chilies in those areas are less likely to turn up the heat. In...

2011-12-13 22:28:07

New pentrometer provides accurate crispness data for apple breeding programs When it comes to apples, consumers like a crisp bite. Apple breeders know that crispness is one of the most important "sensory attributes" in apples. Because new apple varieties must be tested for these attribute before being introduced to consumers, breeders are constantly searching for methods to accurately measure traits like taste and crispness. Most breeders test the "old-fashioned" way–using panels of...

2011-12-09 16:48:00

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA), the leading Democratic appropriator for scientific research and author of the just-enacted neuroscience research initiative, will visit two research laboratories in Philadelphia's University City Science Center on Monday morning and explore their cutting-edge research in the neurosciences. The labs are Monell Chemical Senses Center and The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Congressman Fattah is the...