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Taste Receptor Gene Determines How Well We Sense Food
2014-05-28 09:07:16

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Some people’s sense of taste is so perceptive, they have a strong dislike for food that a majority of people enjoy, such as spicy foods or ‘hoppy’ beers. According to a new report published in the journal Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience, these so-called supertasters get their increased sensitivity from a variation in the taste receptor gene TAS2R38 – not a higher than normal amount of taste buds as had been previously...

taste test longevity
2014-05-20 05:30:02

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online How food tastes can influence healthy habits by encouraging or discouraging us from eating certain foods, but can taste do more? According to two new studies published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS), taste may play a role in our longevity as well. Our taste buds control our longing for sweet, salty or bitter foods, but the research teams from the University of Michigan, Wayne State University and...

How Do Honeybees Taste?
2014-02-05 11:29:13

Frontiers New research on the ability of honeybees to taste with claws on their forelegs reveals details on how this information is processed, according to a study published in the open-access journal, Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience. Insects taste through sensilla, hair-like structures on the body that contain receptor nerve cells, each of which is sensitive to a particular substance. In many insects, for example the honeybee, sensilla are found on the mouthparts, antenna and the...

2014-01-24 11:19:56

Researchers at Tokyo Institute of Technology identify links between the palatability of various tastes and circulation in different parts of the face. Tastes deemed 'pleasant' increase blood flow in the eyelid according to a recent study by Hideaki Kashima, Yuka Hamada and Naoyuki Hayashi from the Prefectural University of Hiroshima, Kyushu University and Tokyo Institute of Technology. The research identifies links between the subjective perception of palatability with circulatory...

How Do Fruit Flies Detect Sweet Foods?
2014-01-14 10:01:27

University of California - Riverside UC Riverside research opens door for investigations into taste receptors of mosquitoes and other deadly insects Insects represent remarkable diversity and have adapted to all sorts of ecological nooks and crannies. For example, they have taste receptors — novel proteins — with which they taste chemicals and make important choices about not only foods but also mates and where to deposit their eggs. These receptors are widely seen as being at the...

Bitter Taste Gene May Have Been Beneficial To Human Evolution
2013-11-12 13:31:37

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online It can be puzzling sometimes when someone else finds the taste of your favorite food to be disgusting, but research has shown we all perceive the taste of various compounds differently. A new study from researchers at the University of Pennsylvania has found a genetic mutation making certain people more sensitive to the taste of a bitter compound could have been beneficial for certain human populations in Africa, resulting in the...

Instagram Pictures Can Eventually Ruin Your Appetite
2013-10-04 04:01:45

[ Watch the Video: Instagram And Pinterest: An Easy New Weight Loss Plan ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online In the social media age, it is common for people to snap and share photos of tasty-looking culinary creations before dining, but new research from Brigham Young University (BYU) cautions that looking at too many pictures of food could actually make it less enjoyable to eat. According to study co-author and BYU marketing professor Ryan Elder, the...

2013-09-09 23:23:41

Humorcials.com has just released a humorous video review of the amazing miracle berry that temporarily makes sour things taste sweet. Vancouver, BC (PRWEB) September 09, 2013 Max and Marlo of Humorcials.com review the effect of the Miracle Fruit that causes sour things to taste sweet. In the video review, Max and Marlo try a Miracle Fruit Tablet with 14 various food and drinks; limes, clam juice, and beer are among the items sampled. The video includes genuine reactions for each item...

Diet Experience Can Alter Taste Preferences Demonstrated By Fruit Flies
2013-09-09 08:18:08

University of California - Santa Barbara If you've ever wondered how you learn to like a food you dislike, a new study conducted by UC Santa Barbara's Craig Montell, Duggan Professor of Neuroscience in the Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, may offer an answer. The work addresses a central question in neurobiology — how experience can alter animal behavior. The research, just published in Nature Neuroscience, was conducted by Montell's team, which includes lead...

2013-08-13 10:12:23

Published findings advance taste science by training rats to be expert taste testers Scientists at Opertech Bio, Inc. have developed a proprietary apparatus and methodology for high-throughput taste evaluation. The work points to approaches that have the potential to greatly improve the process for discovering new flavor ingredients, measuring palatability and optimizing flavor formulations. The findings appear in the August 12, 2013 issue of the peer-reviewed journal PLOS ONE. The...


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omadhaun
  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
This word is partly Irish in origin.