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A New Technology Makes Sugar Twice As Sweet, So You Can Eat Half As Much

Trick your tongue into thinking you’re having a much sweeter treat that isn’t nearly as bad for you.<p>Maybe you won’t actually have to give up your Twinkie habit to lose weight. New food technology makes ordinary sugar twice as sweet–so food tastes exactly the same with half the calories, and without …

Why Cellphones Make Humans Sound Like the Speak & Spell Robot

Beep boop.<p>When I wrote about why we should blame our hatred of phone calls on equipment and infrastructure rather than human habits, I talked about the digital-switching infrastructure called pulse code modulation (PCM), which was rolled out starting in the 1960s.<p>But there’s another factor I didn’t …

Compress

The Coddling of the American Mind

In the name of emotional well-being, college students are increasingly demanding protection from words and ideas they don’t like. Here’s why that’s disastrous for education—and mental health.<p><b>S</b>omething strange is happening at America’s colleges and universities. A movement is arising, undirected and …

New Jersey

Watermelon May Be the Most Unnatural, Yet Delicious Fruit

The watermelon, according to Australian chemist James Kennedy, may just possibly be the most unnatural fruit in the world. What Kennedy means is that the watermelon, in the hands of humans, has been changed so significantly that it’s now nothing like the original fruit.<p>Fans of the British sci-fi …

More Kids, More Problems

Many of the states with the fastest-growing youth populations are also the ones that produce the weakest outcomes for kids.<p>It seems that America’s biggest nurseries are failing at their job.<p>Those “nurseries”—the states with the largest-growing youth populations—tend to produce the worst outcomes …

Demographics

Are Microbes Stealing Your Mind?

Could bacteria hold the answer to an Alzheimer’s cure? Some researchers say yes.<p><i>Time moves in one direction, memory in another. — William Gibson</i><p>One …

People Sometimes Like Stinky Things—Here’s Why

<i>Updated September 30, 2015</i><p>A corpse flower smells like a heady mix of rotten fish, sewage, and dead bodies. It’s a stench meant to draw flies, but just as surely, it draws tourists. Braving a blustery Chicago night, thousands of people lined up Tuesday for a whiff of a corpse flower named Alice at …

What a ‘Tree of 40 Fruit’ Tells Us About Agricultural Evolution

Compass, Mirabelle, Long John, and Early Golden—they’re not a fleet of ships headed for the high seas. These are actually a few of the plum varieties artist Sam Van Aken worked with while creating his “Tree of 40 Fruit,” which as its name suggests, bears 40 varieties of stone fruit, including …

From famine to food basket: how Bangladesh became a model for reducing hunger

A recent UN report on global hunger highlights Bangladesh – a onetime food basket case – for having cut chronic hunger by more than half since …

Agriculture

How Libraries Can Compete With Google and Amazon

The one population that libraries can serve better than anyone else is low-income Americans.<p>Visit the Central branch of New York City’s Queens Library at 12:55 p.m. on a Tuesday, and you’ll see about 100 people outside, waiting for the doors to open. At 1 p.m. they file in: Some settle in the comfy …

Now You Can 3-D-Print With Food Waste, Just Like You Always Wanted

Then. when you’re done with the printed object, you can compost it.<p>As the number of 3-D printers grows, so does the amount of plastic goo used inside them, and the piles of potentially useless plastic doodads they create. One designer has come up with an alternative material for printing: food …

How Same-Sex Marriage Advocates Won America

For more than 20 years, the cam­paign to leg­al­ize same-sex mar­riage na­tion­wide has been inch­ing stra­tegic­ally to­ward the Su­preme Court. And …

LGBTQI