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Stephanie Seneff interview

May 16, 2014
By Ari

Stephanie Seneff is a senior research scientist at MIT. Based in the university’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Seneff’s focus is, according to her web page, “the intersection of biology and computation.” She is also, according to many in the science community, a “quack,” meaning a poser at the business of science, and...

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When Yolk is a Chain

May 16, 2014
By Ari
When Yolk is a Chain

Talk to a backyard chicken farmer long enough, and you’ll eventually hear about the color of their egg yolks, and how those of the two dollars-a-dozen commodity eggs literally pale in comparison. You’d think hipster hen keepers invented brightly-colored yolks, but consumers have shown yolk color preferences for at least a century. And egg...

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Getting emotional about mayo

May 16, 2014
By Ari
Getting emotional about mayo

The emotion of disgust can be triggered by many things, including politicians, certain sexual practices, and even one’s favorite sports team. But in the literal sense, disgust is a food-related emotion. The word breaks down into the components ¬≠dis-(bad) and -gust (taste). But disgust turns out to be a bit more complicated than simply...

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GMOs, Red Flags, Red Herrings

May 16, 2014
By Ari

In case you missed it, there has been an interesting discussion about genetically modified food over at Grist.org. It began with a series of posts by Nathaneal Johnson in which he dissected, in impressively neutral and skeptical fashion, most of the argument for or against GM food that you’ve ever heard. Johnson’s posts managed...

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Garden Mandala

May 16, 2014
By Ari
Garden Mandala

With the days getting longer and seed catalogs replacing holiday cards in the mailbox, a gardener’s thoughts inevitably turn to that blank patch of dirt where, if all goes well, he or she will spend an inordinate amount of time this summer. Why we do this is not a simple question. If all you...

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Bullish on Bone Broth

May 16, 2014
By Ari