Cricket Bars & Petri Dish Meat
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Cricket Bars & Petri Dish Meat

Insects. They’re nutritious, less resource-intensive than livestock, and according to a third of the world’s population, delicious. Despite advocacy by activists and the United Nations, eating insects just isn’t catching on in the West. Icelandic entrepreneur Búi Bjarmar Aðalsteinsson and his company Crowbar Protein hope to change that with their protein bar, Jungle Bar. This protein … Continue reading

Bitterness Blockers & Crispr-Mushrooms
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Bitterness Blockers & Crispr-Mushrooms

A production facility in Aurora, Colorado is producing a powder which binds to the taste receptors on your tongue and blocks bitter flavors. The product could have a health impact on the United State’s sugar-addicted society. This powder, interestingly enough, is made from mushrooms. Also in mycology news, a variety of button mushrooms have been engineered … Continue reading

Citrus Greening Vaccines & Gluten Allergy Studies
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Citrus Greening Vaccines & Gluten Allergy Studies

In Florida, the famous orange industry has been experiencing a major decline ever since citrus greening appeared in their groves. This disease, affecting only citrus trees, is caused by a bacteria which Florida’s orange trees have no resistance against. To save the billion of dollars lost every year, the fifth-generation farmers leaving their groves, and importantly, the state’s signature fruit, … Continue reading

Duncan Grapefruits & Chemistry Court
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Duncan Grapefruits & Chemistry Court

The Duncan grapefruit has been described as “the finest, sweetest grapefruit” in the world, but after 187 years as the reigning  of the American breakfast, the grapefruit inexplicably disappeared from grocery shelves. After only a few decades, it seems like the Duncan is making a comeback in Maitland, Florida. Over in the courtrooms, a conflict over … Continue reading

Mind Control & Alternative Burgers
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Mind Control & Alternative Burgers

“Given humankind’s long history of struggling to find food, it makes sense that people are highly motivated to hunt it down, and that we experience intense pleasure when we finally eat it.” According to Lauri Nummenmaa, a neuroscientist at Aalto University in Finland, this evolutionary drive to secure food could also mean that fatty foods affect … Continue reading

Chili Pepper Travels & Turmeric Medicinal Chemistry
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Chili Pepper Travels & Turmeric Medicinal Chemistry

How obsessed with spicy are you? Ecologist Joshua Tewksbury from the University of Washington is willing to travel thousands of miles to Amboró National Park in central Bolivia just to answer one burning question: Why are chilies spicy? For those who prefer a different kind of spicy, a study in the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry can shed light … Continue reading