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The Right Temperature Makes Tasty Treat For Fruit Flies
2013-08-08 06:23:32

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists call it the Goldilocks Principle. Animals can survive and breed only if the temperature is just right -- too hot and they will overheat; too cold and they will freeze. Animals have evolved very sensitive temperature sensors, which allow them to detect the relatively narrow margin in which they can survive. Until recently, very little was known about how these sensors worked. A new study from Brandeis University has...

Spicy Food Personality
2013-07-18 14:41:00

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Anyone who's ever dared to eat the 'Suicidal' chicken wings at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, NY knows the painful rush that comes with every deliciously fiery bite, and a new study from Penn State researchers suggested that the thrill-seekers among us are the most inclined to like the spicy stuff. According to the report, which was presented at the 2013 Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Annual Meeting and Food...

Do Size, Weight, Shape And Color Matter For Cutlery?
2013-06-26 10:26:29

BioMed Central The appearance of cutlery can affect perception of a food's taste, reports BioMed Central's open access journal Flavour. Food tastes saltier when eaten from a knife, and denser and more expensive from a light plastic spoon. Taste was also affected by the color of the cutlery. The crockery we use has been shown to alter our perception of food and drink. Beverages in cold colored glasses were rated more refreshing and the weight and color of a plate can alter how dense,...

FruitFliesSaltIntake_061413
2013-06-14 10:21:40

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online It´s a natural instinct to want to swat a fruit fly in your kitchen, but a group of researchers led by UC Santa Barbara´s Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology (MCDB) and the Neuroscience Research Institute (NRI) say don´t. According to their new study, that fly could have a major impact on our progress in deciphering sensory biology and animal behavior. And that might someday provide a better...

Food Preferences Vary By Region And Culture
2013-04-18 18:38:20

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online A new study shows how the country we reside in and culture in which we grew up helps define what tastes we prefer. The scientific community largely believes children's favorite foods across the board are fatty and sugary. However, scientists writing in the Food Quality and Preference journal contradict this theory. The team analyzed whether or not all children prefer the same types of food, such as chips, candy and sugary...

Eating With Your Eyes
2013-04-12 09:00:49

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online It has been said that people “eat with their eyes” before taking their first bite of any meal and a new study presented at the 245th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS) suggests that the eyes can be even more important than the tongue when it comes to perceiving the flavors of foods. "There have been important new insights into how people perceive food flavors," said Cornell...


Word of the Day
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.