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Scientists are gauging how mood influences eating habits
This week at the annual conference of the American Psychosomatic Society, USC researchers are presenting details of how specially-programmed smartwatches monitor family member's emotions and eating behaviors for a study on obesity. (2017-03-15)

The strangeness of slow dynamics
In a recent article published in Physical Review Letters, researchers from the Nanomagnetism group at nanoGUNE reported so-far unknown anomalies near dynamic phase transitions (DPTs). Such anomalies do not exist in corresponding thermodynamic phase transitions (TPTs), and thus, they constitute a distinct difference between DPTs and TPTs, even though their equivalency was the key outcome of more than two decades of research by many groups around the globe. (2017-03-15)

'No fat' or 'no sugar' label equals no guarantee of nutritional quality
Terms such as no-fat or no-sugar, low-fat or reduced-salt on food packaging may give consumers a sense of confidence before they purchase, but these claims rarely reflect the actual nutritional quality of the food, according to a new study led by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. (2017-03-15)

PolyU launches The D. H. Chen Foundation Nobel Laureate Lecture Series
In celebration of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU)'s 80th anniversary, we are honoured to launch the PolyU 80th Anniversary ? The D. H. Chen Foundation Nobel Laureate Lecture Series. (2017-03-14)

Money, not access, key to resident food choices in 'food deserts'
A new study finds that, while access to healthy foods is a significant challenge, the biggest variable limiting diet choices in so-called 'food deserts' is limited financial resources. (2017-03-14)

Cooking at home tonight? It's likely cheaper and healthier, study finds
People who cook at home more often, rather than eating out, tend to have healthier overall diets without higher food expenses. Lack of time often prevents people from preparing their own nutritious meals. People with larger households and more children were more likely to cook at home. Income and education did not influence who was more likely to eat fast food. (2017-03-14)

After Deepwater Horizon spill: Which animals weathered the disaster
A new study from a Coastal Waters Consortium team of researchers led by Rutgers University postdoctoral researcher, Michael McCann, has found which birds, fish, insects and other animals affected by the Deepwater Horizon explosion should be given top priority for conservation, protection and research. (2017-03-13)

Organic is only one ingredient in recipe for sustainable food future
Many people choose organic thinking it's better for humans and the planet, but a new UBC study finds that might not always be the case. (2017-03-10)

Biodegradable packages will keep your food fresh
KTU researchers are creating biodegradable food packaging materials, which, in addition, will also keep food fresh for longer. This innovation would solve two problems at once: assist in cutting down packaging waste and in reducing the number of food-borne illnesses. (2017-03-10)

Could fast radio bursts be powering alien probes?
The search for extraterrestrial intelligence has looked for many different signs of alien life, from radio broadcasts to laser flashes, without success. However, newly published research suggests that mysterious phenomena called fast radio bursts could be evidence of advanced alien technology. Specifically, these bursts might be leakage from planet-sized transmitters powering interstellar probes in distant galaxies. (2017-03-09)

Study: Health agencies need clear rules for disclosing foodborne illness outbreaks
Food safety researchers are calling on public health agencies to develop clear guidelines on when to inform the public about foodborne illness outbreaks -- something which is often handled on an ad hoc basis at the local, state and federal levels. (2017-03-09)

Sub-second system seizures
Fall 2016 brought a fundamental change to the United States. Its fastest and largest network -- the decentralized network of electronic market exchanges -- began to experience its first ever intentional delay. Specifically, a 38-mile coil of fiber-optic cable was embedded into a new exchange network node, which, given the finite speed of light, introduced a systematic 350-μs (microsecond) delay in signal transmission (1). The future impacts this might have at the systems level are unknown. (2017-03-08)

Photos show promise as dietary assessment tool, but more training needed
Research at Oregon State University suggests that photographs of your food are good for a lot more than just entertaining your friends on social media -- those pictures might help improve your health and also national nutrition policy. (2017-03-07)

Dartmouth study finds modern hunter-gatherers relocate to maximize foraging efficiency
As bumblebees forage for nectar, at a certain point, they will move to another area once their search for food becomes too inefficient -- a behavior, also observed among other animals, which conforms to the 'marginal value theorem.' In like manner, groups of modern hunter-gatherers do the same according to a Dartmouth study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study 'provides insight on how our hominin ancestors might have moved as groups across ancient landscapes.' (2017-03-06)

Growing Australian agriculture through the Internet of Food
QUT welcomes the $210 million Food Agility CRC announced today by the Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science Senator Arthur Sinodinos. The CRC for Food Agility will drive the digital transformation of the agri-food industry in Australia. (2017-03-06)

NASA scientists demonstrate technique to improve particle warnings that protect astronauts
Scientists have proven that the warning signs of one type of space weather event can be detected up to 17 minutes before it arrives at Earth -- critical time that could help protect astronauts in space. (2017-03-02)

Food subsidies and taxes significantly improve dietary choices
A new systematic review and meta-analysis finds that lowering the cost of healthy foods significantly increases their consumption, while raising the cost of unhealthy items significantly reduces their intake. (2017-03-01)

Miniature organisms in the sand play big role in our ocean
In the Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, Jeroen Ingels, a researcher at the FSU Coastal and Marine Laboratory, explains that small organisms called meiofauna that live in the sediment provide essential services to human life such as food production and nutrient cycling. (2017-02-28)

Inadequate access to affordable, nutritious food may increase stroke risk factors
Food insecurity -- the state of being without reliable access to adequate amounts of affordable, nutritious food -- is a common issue and may lead to increased stroke risk factors, such as diabetes and high blood pressure. (2017-02-23)

Widely accepted vision for agriculture may be inaccurate, misleading
'Food production must double by 2050 to feed the world's growing population.' This truism has been repeated so often in recent years that it has become widely accepted among academics, policymakers and farmers, but now researchers are challenging this assertion and suggesting a new vision for the future of agriculture. (2017-02-22)

Study finds consumers willing to pay more for 'all-natural' labeled foods
A study published in the Journal of Food Science found that expectations of product quality, nutritional content and the amount of money consumers were willing to pay increased when consumers saw a product labeled 'all-natural' as compared to the same product without the label. (2017-02-22)

Brightest neutron star yet has a multipolar magnetic field
Scientists have identified a neutron star that is consuming material so fast it emits more x-rays than any other. Its extreme brightness can only be explained if the star has a complex multipolar magnetic field, the researchers say. (2017-02-21)

New window into the nanoworld
For the first time ever, scientists have captured images of terahertz electron dynamics of a semiconductor surface on the atomic scale. The successful experiment indicates a bright future for the new and quickly growing sub-field called terahertz scanning tunneling microscopy (THz-STM), pioneered by the University of Alberta in Canada. THz-STM allows researchers to image electron behaviour at extremely fast timescales and explore how that behaviour changes between different atoms. (2017-02-21)

Fifth of world's food lost to over-eating and waste, study finds
Almost 20 per cent of the food made available to consumers is lost through over-eating or waste, a study suggests. (2017-02-20)

Only one-third of parents think they are doing a good job helping kids eat healthy
If you know healthy eating is important for your kids but you also feel like it's easier said than done, you're not alone. (2017-02-20)

Astronomers propose a cell phone search for galactic fast radio bursts
Fast radio bursts seem to come from distant galaxies, but there is no obvious reason that, every once in a while, an FRB wouldn't occur in our own Milky Way galaxy too. If it did, astronomers suggest that it would be 'loud' enough that a global network of cell phones or small radio receivers could 'hear' it. (2017-02-14)

Climate change responsible for the great diversity in horses
Changing environments and ecosystems were driving the evolution of horses over the past 20 million years. This is the main conclusion of a new study published in Science by a team of paleontologists from Spain and Argentina. The team analyzed 140 species of horses, most of them extinct, synthesizing decades of research on the fossil history of this popular group of mammals. (2017-02-09)

Lack of transportation limits healthy food access among Washington State residents
Having convenient or reasonable access to supermarkets is often associated with healthier diets and a lower risk for obesity among neighborhood residents. However, simply improving residents' proximity to grocery stores may not be as consequential as some previous studies have reported. Researchers from the Washington State Department of Health investigated the food environment in Washington State, assessing the impact of access as well as proximity. They concluded that programs for improving nutrition should consider broader interventions to increase access to healthy food. (2017-02-08)

Detecting early onset of metastatic disease using FAST disc
A new study, affiliated with South Korea's Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, has introduced a new technique that efficiently isolates circulating tumor cells from whole blood at a liquid-liquid interface. (2017-02-07)

Making a scavenger -- the meat-thieving traits that have stood the test of time
Any animal -- living or dead -- can be placed on a 'scavenging scale' based on variations in a few key biological traits and the environment at hand. This scale suggests that long-extinct Tyrannosaurs and death-eater bats have a lot more in common with hyenas and albatrosses than meets the eye. (2017-02-07)

SNAP benefits increase household spending on food, study finds
A new study by two Brown University economists at the Rhode Island Innovative Policy Lab finds that Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits increase a household's overall spending on food each month and that an equivalent cash benefit would lead to much smaller increases in food spending. (2017-02-06)

CUNY researchers seek to improve welfare in captive birds of prey through olfactory enrichment
For the first time, researchers are exploring ways to improve welfare in captive birds of prey through olfactory enrichment -- or using scent cues to alleviate boredom and encourage species-appropriate behavior. A new study appearing in Zoo Biology found that birds of prey, which had learned to associate the presence of food with the scent of peppermint oil, interacted more with peppermint-scented 'sham' packages (i.e. without food) than unscented 'sham' packages. (2017-02-06)

Research connects overeating during national sporting events to medical problems
People who overeat during national holidays and national sporting events -- like this weekend's Super Bowl -- are 10 times more likely to need emergency medical attention for food obstruction than any at other time of the year, according to a new study led by a University of Florida researcher. (2017-02-03)

Some fast-food packaging contains potentially harmful fluorinated compounds
Grease-proof packaging has helped make pizzas, burgers and tacos on-the-go a less messy proposition. However, a new study in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology Letters has found that some fast-food packaging from across the US contains a variety of fluorinated compounds -- a few of which have been linked to potential health effects. (2017-02-01)

Fast food packaging contains potentially harmful chemicals that can leach into food
A comprehensive analysis of fast food packaging in the US shows that many restaurants use food packaging containing highly fluorinated chemicals, or PFASs. The findings suggest that fast food packaging may be a source of exposure to toxic chemicals, raising concerns about potential health effects. (2017-02-01)

New study finds extensive use of fluorinated chemicals in fast food wrappers
Previous studies have linked the chemicals to kidney and testicular cancers, thyroid disease, low birth weight and immunotoxicity in children, among other health issues. (2017-02-01)

Animals retain long-term memory of the biggest and best sources of food
New research shows that red-footed tortoises can remember the location of their favourite food sources and the biggest stashes for at least 18 months. (2017-02-01)

A way out of the junk-food eating cycle
Context can lead to poor food choice and perpetuate junk-food eating. But with the right cues, the bad habit can be broken, study shows. The results in rats show how entering an environment where a certain food type is routinely consumed can bias future decisions, with relevance for people and simple interventions. (2017-01-27)

Why people are so good at spotting product downsizing and so bad at judging supersizing
Consumers drastically underestimate portion supersizing but are incredibly accurate at spotting downsizing, making it difficult for food marketers to cut giant portions. But there is a way to make customers more receptive to smaller portions. (2017-01-27)

Nanoparticle fertilizer could contribute to new 'green revolution'
The 'Green Revolution' of the '60s and '70s has been credited with helping to feed billions around the world, with fertilizers being one of the key drivers spurring the agricultural boom. But in developing countries, the cost of fertilizer remains relatively high and can limit food production. Now researchers report in the journal ACS Nano a simple way to make a benign, more efficient fertilizer that could contribute to a second food revolution. (2017-01-25)

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