Science is making killer (tasting) tomatoes again

From the “Day of the Killer Tomatoes” department comes this curious story from the AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY about food science and making tomatoes great again…at least the store bought ones. Why are so many supermarket tomatoes tasteless and rock hard? In the 1990s, breeders developed a tomato that produces less of the hormone ethylene, so…

A medical case for ‘hotness’

This came up in my feed today, and while it isn’t our usual fare about “heat”, but given the benefits touted by the study, I thought it was a good fit for our “curious things” section. The ‘heat’ adds years to life. From the UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT and the department of flaming hot, comes this…

Eat Chocolate. Save the Planet.

Guest essay by Charles Rotter aka “Charles the Moderator” (Note from Anthony: Working behind the scenes all these years, Charles has earned the right for a little self promotion here, in my opinion. I hope readers will agree.) One of the slightly lesser talked about issues in Climate Change discussions is the effect of methane…

New nano-scale sensors may sniff out terrorists

From the MOSCOW INSTITUTE OF PHYSICS AND TECHNOLOGY Nanosensors on the alert for terrorist threats Scientists interested in the prospects of gas sensors based on binary metal oxide nanocomposites Scientists from the Semenov Institute of Chemical Physics of the Russian Academy of Sciences (ICP RAS) and the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) have demonstrated…

Seeing death skulls in hurricane #Matthew

I couldn’t help but notice this headline on the Drudge Report today: Here is the actual satellite image of Hurricane #Matthew, as Tweeted by The Weather Channel’s Stu Ostro: This is a classic case of the human propensity to see faces in things where there aren’t any. For example, the famous “face on Mars” Above: A 1976…