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Japanese Discover Kokumi, the Sixth Taste (Sort Of)

Oct 27th 2010 3:33AM Isn't yeast extract Vegemite? Is this why Australians like it so much?

Japanese Discover Kokumi, the Sixth Taste (Sort Of)

Oct 27th 2010 3:31AM Enhancing flavor to calorie ratio does not make food more healthy to consume; research on the psychological impact of flavor-calorie associations suggests that the more flavor per calorie, the more the food increases the appetite of the eater. This is why the proliferation of diet sodas hasn't done a thing to reduce our obesity epidemic. If anything, it has only gotten worse.

There's a book called "The Shangri-La Diet" that talks about this effect. Scientific studies suggest that flavor-calorie associations increase a person's set-point (the weight their body wants to be at). Conversely, bypassing any flavor-calorie association seems to be a surprisingly easy drug-free way to get the body to lose weight by making it want to be at a lower weight. I recommend the book for insight into the unconscious sensory and psychological aspects of weight control, if for nothing else.

Food Safety Scofflaws in China to Face Death Penalty

Sep 21st 2010 1:44PM China seems to have one tool in its toolbox when it comes to making people behave.

Green Refrigeration for Supermarkets

Sep 11th 2010 5:41PM Re: 'CO2 hardly screams "good for the ozone," '

CO2 doesn't harm the ozone layer. You're confusing CO2 with CFCs (chlorofluorocarbons).

Wife of Tesla CEO demands 10 percent of his stock in company, $6M cash, Roadster and more in messy divorce

May 18th 2010 6:24AM I read that Elon Musk screwed Martin Eberhard (one of the founders) out of the company.
http://www.treehugger.com/files/2009/06/tesla-motors-martin-eberhard-sues-elon-musk-ceo-electric-cars.php
If Musk is the royal prick Eberhard claims him to be, this may just be him reaping what he sowed.

TAK Studio thinks up turbine-powered street lights, again

Feb 17th 2010 5:47AM This is not entirely true; it is actually a matter of scale. At the extremely large scale, vertical axis wind turbines (VAWTs) are impractical, and are much more material intensive than horizontal axis wind turbines (HAWTs), but they have been proven extremely practical at the medium scale and at the small scale for several reasons:

1) They can take wind from any direction without being steered into the wind. A horizontal wind turbine resists being steered when its rotor is rotating because the angular momentum of the rotor tends to keep it pointed in the same direction. (This is the same reason rifle bullets are spun as they travel down the barrel to increase accuracy and group tightness.) In many medium scale applications, especially near roads, the wind direction changes too much for HAWTs.

2) VAWTs that generate torque by semi-drag/semi-lift such as Savonius turbines are self-starting in low winds. The high efficiency HAWTs must be spun up to speed before they can draw any power out of the wind.

3) small VAWTs are dominated by Savonius turbines, which are silent and don't kill birds like lift based HAWTs.

Examples of medium scale VAWTs in action:

The Quiet Revolution turbine, in use in a city environment where HAWTs are impractical:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6s3nbmmmPs

An example of a silent, non-bird killing Savonius turbine:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9flSPAdOLk

Here's a street light that uses a small Savonius turbine in combination with small solar panels:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJOICSrTNPw

TAK Studio thinks up turbine-powered street lights, again

Feb 17th 2010 5:33AM It would cause minimal light pollution if the lights are down-lights that only illuminate the road.

'The Next Iron Chef' - The Thrill of Victory, the Agony of Jeffrey

Nov 24th 2009 12:27AM Steingarten is the Simon Cowell of Iron Chef. He's such a jerk. I can't believe he gets paid to eat haute cuisine and spew his opinions.

'The Next Iron Chef' - Too Much Is Never Enough

Oct 13th 2009 5:50AM Those were *unlaid* eggs, not *unhatched* eggs. And the stringy things weren't umbilical chords, those were fallopian tubes still connected to the ovaries.

Deep-Fried Butter Update

Sep 10th 2009 6:00AM How does the butter not just all melt away?

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