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2012-03-23 13:15:08

While high-fat foods are thought to be of universal appeal, there is actually a lot of variation in the extent to which people like and consume fat. A new study in the March issue of the Journal of Food Science, published by the Institute of Food Technologists, reported that two specific genes (TAS2R38—a bitter taste receptor and CD36—a possible fat receptor), may play a role in some people's ability to taste and enjoy dietary fat. By understanding the role of these two genes,...

Brain Handles Odors In A Different Way
2012-03-22 05:44:48

Researchers from the Stowers institute for Medical Research have traced individual odor molecules in the brain to create a new model of how our sense of smell works. While once thought to cluster related smells, researchers have know discovered that the brain reacts to smells in a broader sense. Previous research has shown that the brain handles the senses in a very orderly way. Things that we touch were thought to be mapped together in the somatosensory cortex, things that we heard...

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...

2012-02-09 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 19:00:20

A preference for fatty foods has a genetic basis, according to researchers, who discovered that people with certain forms of the CD36 gene may like high-fat foods more than those who have other forms of this gene. The results help explain why some people struggle when placed on a low-fat diet and may one day assist people in selecting diets that are easier for them to follow. The results also may help food developers create new low-fat foods that taste better. "Fat is universally...

2012-01-18 22:53:48

A nurse's tender loving care really does ease the pain of a medical procedure, and grandma's cookies really do taste better, if we perceive them to be made with love - suggests newly published research by a University of Maryland psychologist. The findings have many real-world applications, including in medicine, relationships, parenting and business. "The way we read another person's intentions changes our physical experience of the world," says UMD Assistant Professor Kurt Gray, author...

2012-01-12 21:43:00

Why do we like fatty foods so much? We can blame our taste buds. Our tongues apparently recognize and have an affinity for fat, according to researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. They have found that variations in a gene can make people more or less sensitive to the taste of fat. The study is the first to identify a human receptor that can taste fat and suggests that some people may be more sensitive to the presence of fat in foods. The study is available...

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....

Harvard Researchers Use Facebook To Study How Friendships Form
2011-12-22 05:04:05

Long-term study analyzes social selection and peer influence in online environments New research funded by the National Science Foundation and published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by three Harvard University sociologists examines how we select our friends and the role that friendship plays in transmitting tastes and new ideas. Relationships are basic building blocks of society, and understanding who befriends whom can therefore provide insight into...


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  • 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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