Fear of eating beans may be overblown

“People’s concerns about excessive flatulence from eating beans may be exaggerated.” That conclusion emerges loud and clear at the end of a study published recently in the Nutrition Journal. Donna Winham [pictured here], of Arizona State University, and Andrea Hutchins, of the University of Colorado, call their report Perceptions of Flatulence From Bean Consumption Among Adults in […]

What the dog ate. What the scientist reported.

A dog at a scientist’s lab work. The scientist then wrote a report about the dog eating the scientist’s lab work. The report is: “Thallium toxicosis in a dog consequent to ingestion of Mycoplasma agar plates,” Birgit Puschner [pictured here], Marguerite M. Basso and Thomas W. Graham, Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation, vol. 24 no. 1, […]

A shorts course in cooking, inspired by neutrinos

Len Fisher [pictured here], who was awarded the 1999 Ig Nobel Prize in physics for calculating the optimal way to dunk a biscuit, has advice for a scientist who is confident to his very shorts that the neutrinos-travel-faster-than-light reports will turn out to be in error. Dr. Fisher wrote a letter that’s published in The Guardian (on Nov 25): If […]

Verdi’s Gastromusicology

The Bibliore blog reports: In opera, eating and drinking function largely as they do in society—they define social relationships…. [Some] gastromusicological laws may be deduced from Verdi’s operas: A meal is never sad. Hunger is never happy. A shared meal or drink is a socially cohesive event. The presence of food or drink precludes immediate catastrophe (unless poison is involved)…. […]