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Browsing Archive: September, 2016

New Device Could Help Improve Taste of Foods Low in Fat, Sugar, and Salt

Posted by Admin on Thursday, September 29, 2016, In : Olfaction 

Scientists may be closing in on a way to let consumers savor the sweet taste of cake, cookies, and other culinary delights without the sugar rush.


In preliminary tests using a new device developed in-house that allows them to screen for odor compounds in real foods, they have isolated several natural aromatic molecules that could be used to trick our brains into believing that desserts and other foods contain more fat, sugar, or salt than they actually do.


“Most consumers know that they s...


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The human tongue has a sixth sense, and it loves carbs

Posted by Admin on Wednesday, September 28, 2016, In : Taste 

The taste of carbs has a home on the human tongue.


Scientists have long recognized five types of taste buds on the tongue, used for sensing sweet, sour, salty, bitter, and umami flavors. A recent study by researchers at Oregon State University claims humans can detect a sixth flavor: starch.


Technically, the evidence shows we can taste some polysaccharides, including maltodextrin, which is derived from starch and used in lots of processed foods, including soft drinks, candies, potato chips,...


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New Zealand universities confirmed as world-class

Posted by Admin on Monday, September 5, 2016, In : Interesting! 


QS World University Rankings are in, and New Zealand's eight universities remain in the top 3% globally.


Despite competition internationally, six of New Zealand's eight universities improved their rankings while the other two largely held their places.


This year the University of Auckland defended its position as New Zealand's top ranked university, currently standing at 81 internationally.


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Introvert Hangovers Can Be Really Rough

Posted by Admin on Sunday, September 4, 2016, In : Interesting! 

"An “introvert” hangover is a pretty terrible thing to experience. It starts with an actual physical reaction to overstimulation. Your ears might ring, your eyes start to blur, and you feel like you’re going to hyperventilate. Maybe your palms sweat. And then your mind feels like it kind of shuts down, building barriers around itself as if you had been driving on a wide open road, and now you’re suddenly driving in a narrow tunnel. All you want is to be at home, alone, where it’s qu...


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