Cats prefer free meals over working for food

Unlike most animals, cats will usually choose a free lunch over having to complete a task to get their food, researchers say.

Andy Fell-UC Davis • futurity
yesterday ~3 min

Tags: food pets motivation cats featured science-and-technology

Team finds paint, baby formula, and more in oysters

"We were particularly surprised to find three different brands of milk powder formula, which comprised 14% of the microdebris contaminants."

Tom Vasich-UC Irvine • futurity
July 31, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: bacteria pollution food oceans earth-and-environment health-and-medicine plastics oysters

The pandemic may change what we eat

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted food supply chains and raised awareness of how food production harms the planet, an expert says.

Pat Harriman-UC Irvine • futurity
July 30, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: covid-19 agriculture food earth-and-environment health-and-medicine

Loss of bees threatens US crop yields

Declines in populations of bees and other pollinators threatens crop yields of apples, cherries, and blueberries in the US, researchers say.

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
July 29, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: conservation bees food pollinators crops earth-and-environment

FDA and consumers might go for ‘cell-based seafood’ label

New research identifies a possible terms for food made from the cells of fish or shellfish, rather than whole animals: cell-based seafood.

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
July 29, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: sustainability food fish marketing meat consumers society-and-culture earth-and-environment

For accurate food studies, ask for pee instead of honesty

Many food studies hinge on the honesty of participants about what they've eaten, as well as the accuracy of their memories. Testing urine might work better.

Ida Eriksen-U. Copenhagen • futurity
July 28, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: food research health-and-medicine honesty urine

High-fat diet and antibiotics combine to up pre-IBD risk

"Until now, we didn't appreciate how different environmental risk factors can synergize to drive the disease."

Nadine Yehya - UC Davis • futurity
July 15, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: inflammatory-bowel-disease food antibiotics gut-bacteria microbiomes biomarkers featured health-and-medicine

Stuff in capers activates key proteins in brain and heart

A compound in pickled capers called quercetin can directly regulate proteins required for heartbeat, thought, muscular contraction, and more.

Anne Warde-UC Irvine • futurity
July 13, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: food plants brains epilepsy proteins featured health-and-medicine hearts

Stuff in capers activates brain and heart health proteins

A compound in pickled capers called quercetin can directly regulate proteins required for heartbeat, thought, muscular contraction, and more.

Anne Warde-UC Irvine • futurity
July 13, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: food plants brains epilepsy proteins featured health-and-medicine hearts

How mezcal bubbles reveal its booze level

Artisanal makers of mezcal use tiny bubbles to determine when the alcohol level is right. Fluid dynamics researchers investigated how it works.

Kevin Stacey-Brown • futurity
July 8, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: physics alcohol food science-and-technology bubbles liquids

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