Amazing thought for the day: a group of scientists are currently working on a menu for a planned journey to Mars in the 2030s—and it involves astronauts cooking for themselves, and tending a greenhouse! What does a Mars-bound menu look like? Check it out:
Quick beer-brewing lesson: most beer is made from barley. Barley contains gluten. Therefore, most beer is not gluten-free. This is why I am absolutely fascinated by this new process by which the Craft Brew Alliance and Widmer Brothers Brewing in Oregon have made a barley-based gluten-free beer. It's science meets craft brewing in the best possible way.
On a scorching summer day, you're probably more likely to grab an iced coffee than a steaming cup of joe. But a study has shown that drinking a hot beverage on a hot day actually can cool you down. How?
Your sense of taste is one of the most important tools you use in the kitchen, but it isn't always as dependable as your favorite wooden spoon. In fact, there are a number of ways to damage your sense of taste, either temporarily or permanently — and this list includes quite a few everyday habits.
Why are some tomatoes so tasteless? It's due to disregarded seasonality, yes, and long, chilled shipments (both of which destroy flavor), but plant geneticists have discovered an imbedded source: the gene mutation that makes tomatoes bright red, and which was deliberately bred into tomatoes by plant breeders, is now known to to stifle the gene that makes tomatoes tasty! So red tomatoes = tasteless tomatoes. Who knew?
Many health-conscious eaters opt for low-fat or non-fat dressings on their salads, but according to a study by Purdue University, eating a salad without fat is actually less healthy. That's because fat is needed by our bodies to absorb the nutrients in vegetables — but not all fats are alike. Researchers discovered one type of fat in particular is the best choice for salad-eaters who are watching their weight.
A UK-based food industry market research company was given the challenge to create the world's healthiest meal, incorporating as many scientifically-proven health claims as possible. As a further challenge, they were tasked with making it an airline meal. How do you think they did? And would you eat it?!
The future of meat substitutes is getting brighter: Beyond Meat, a startup that manufactures protein-packed vegan meat products that purportedly taste and feel like real meat (but with no cholesterol or saturated fat) has some high profile backers, including Obvious Corporation, a company owned by Twitter's co-founders. So what's all the buzz about?
The tomato genome has been decoded! Plant geneticists from 14 different countries spent the last nine years mapping the genetic makeup of the tomato, and have discovered that the tomato contains 31,760 genes - that's 7,000 more genes than a human being!
There are a few techniques for getting the last few drops out of the ketchup bottle — storing the bottle upside-down, repeatedly hitting the "57" on the Heinz bottle logo — but none works as impressively as LiquiGlide, a new food-safe, slippery coating developed by a team of scientists at MIT. When it's used on the inside of a condiment bottle, ketchup and mayonnaise magically slide out, as you can see in the video demo below.