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Honey Laundering and Authenticity

It's hard to find just one or two things to excerpt from Jessica Leeder's great investigation into the large amount of global crime that has grown up around something as simple as honey. It turns out that, in response to U.S. and E.U.

Tracking a Taco Around the Globe

Apples 67, Oranges 109—Fight!

Kale, ANDI-1000. Broccoli, ANDI-376. Carrots, ANDI-240. It seems so familiar, yet so bewildering. What are these signs, and why is the answer on the tip of my tongue as I roll through the produce section of my local Whole Foods? Should I hunt around for some explanatory sign?

Transparency informs smarter food choices. Or does it?

Business Week reports that when nutritional information is available on fast-food menus, parents choose about 100 fewer calories per meal for their children. It quotes the lead researcher's apt observation that,

One hundred calories over time is actually a significant amount in terms of weight gain, given the rates of fast food consumption and childhood obesity in our country.

The Future of Finding Nothing

Systems Biology has begun to gain attention as one of several new life sciences aimed at fundamentally reshaping the ways we understand how humans function at a cellular level. But a recent project from the field--called the Negatome--offers up a simple but clever idea to advance not just their own field, but other research disciplines: A database of negative results aimed at improving the scientific process.

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