Implant uses light to tell your brain you’re not hungry

A new wireless medical implant stimulates the endings of the vagus nerve, which is responsible for the regulation of food intake.

Texas A&M University • futurity
Jan. 11, 2021 ~6 min

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You’re not alone in eating more comfort food during COVID

A new survey shows that food-secure people didn't change their diets much, but many are turning to more comfort food than usual.

Brad Buck-Florida • futurity
Jan. 6, 2021 ~6 min

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People from different places don’t taste bitter stuff the same way

A new study finds Danish and Chinese people taste bitter stuff like broccoli and chocolate differently, suggesting ethnicity may play a role in taste.

Maria Hornbek-Copenhagen • futurity
Jan. 5, 2021 ~6 min

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Stuff in sunscreen may play a part in breast cancer

A particular diet and an ingredient in sunscreen called benzophenone-3 may have a role in breast cancer tumor development, new research with mice indicates.

Michigan State • futurity
Jan. 4, 2021 ~7 min

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Hungry sea anemones snack on algae under their own skin

When food becomes scarce, sea anemones turn to their Plan B: Relying on their symbiotic relationship with algae under their skin.

Rahasson Ager - UC Irvine • futurity
Dec. 31, 2020 ~5 min

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Decaying Red Sea tanker could be an oil spill time bomb

"The time is now to prevent a potential devastation to the region's waters and the livelihoods and health of millions of people..."

Gregory Filiano-Stony Brook • futurity
Dec. 30, 2020 ~5 min

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These two kinds of seafood are most often mislabeled

New research looks mislabeled seafood and finds the most likely culprits to be shrimp and Atlantic farmed salmon.

U. Washington • futurity
Dec. 29, 2020 ~7 min

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Mealworms vs. grasshoppers: Which fails the ‘yuck’ test?

Insects, like mealworms and grasshoppers, are a sustainable, climate-friendly food source. But for kids at least, grasshoppers fail the "yuck test."

Katherina Killander-U. Copenhagen • futurity
Dec. 21, 2020 ~5 min

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Gene edit could get oil from plant leaves

New research with CRISPR suggests vegetable oil could come from the leaves of plants like sorghum or soybeans.

Austin Fitzgerald-Missouri • futurity
Dec. 18, 2020 ~4 min

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Is cadmium a factor in flu, pneumonia, COVID death rates?

New research suggests a link between cadmium exposure and deaths from influenza, pneumonia, and possibly COVID-19.

Nardy Baeza Bickel-Michigan • futurity
Dec. 17, 2020 ~7 min

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