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Archaeologists have found 7000-year old cheese in Neolithic pottery, and believe this represents the birth of the dairy industry.

Sleeping at the wrong time can have an impact on our health – and it seems that disordered eating could as well.

Cockroaches have evolved to taste sugar as bitter, helping them to avoid poisoned bait – they will spit it out like a baby trying something new.

Read the paper in Science.

A rare inherited disease, called trimethylaminuria, means that the sufferer’s body fluids and breath smell of fish. This is because they cannot break down trimethylamine, which is naturally found in food, and it build up in their bodies.

You can make a living out of the science of smells, but it does have its downsides…

Researchers have found the gene for a protein that keeps the head on beer stable – so you can thank the fermentation gene CFG1 (Carlsbergensis foaming gene) and the cell wall protein Cfg1p for the foam on your pint.

See the original paper in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

The barley genome has 5.3 billion bases (letters of genetic code) – this makes it almost twice the size of the human genome. This is the first complex grass genome to be sequenced and annotated.

It’s not only Venus fly traps that eat insects. White pine trees collaborate with fungi to ‘eat’ springtails – the fungi kill the insects and the trees absorb the nutrients through their roots, and many other plants may play this rather grisly game too.

Read the abstract.

We can taste five main tastes – sweet, salty, sour, bitter and umami (a savory flavor found in soy sauce, tomatoes, and other high-glutamate foods. There are umami taste receptors in the gut as well as on the tongue.

From 20 Things You Didn’t Know About… Taste from Discover Magazine


A recent study seems to show that people that eat chocolate every day lose more weight. But before you go off and stuff your face, this is an early study and there may be other things that the people who eat chocolate also do.

ChocolatePeople who eat chocolate also seem to have fewer strokes.

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