Plants can take-up microplastics – should we be happy about it? [new study]

“Waiter, there’s plastic in my lettuce” isn’t a phrase you’d expect to hear very often. Nevertheless, several studies have now shown that plants can, and do, take-up microplastics [MPs] from the soil and incorporate them into stems, roots and leaves. Should we be worried – or happy? The latter is a possibility that should be […]

Innovative Scientists Talk About Their Childhood (13): David Hu and his mom and squishy food

Here’s David Hu talking about watching his mom make squishy food—an experience that, when he was a child, excited David in a way that led to his eventual unusual career. David uses math and physics—and experiments—to try to understand some of the seemingly simply, scientifically mystifying things that happen in nature every day. ABOUT THIS […]

Validating Self-Reported Munchy-ism During Cannabis Intoxication

Some people who go to cannabis decriminalization advocacy events say, when questioned, that they do, when cannabisized, sometimes consume junk food: “Manipulation Checking the Munchies: Validating Self-Reported Dietary Behaviors during Cannabis Intoxication,” Jessica S. Kruger [pictured here], Alexis Blavos, Thomas S. Castor, Amy J. Wotring, Victoria R. Wagner-Greene, Tavis Glassman, Daniel J. Kruger, Human Ethology, […]

The impact of a quality table cloth in a restaurant [new study]

Does a high quality (e.g. fabric as opposed to paper) tablecloth affect customers’ enjoyment of a meal in a restaurant? Surprisingly perhaps, up until 2019, this question had not been scientifically examined. But now a team from the Department of Food Science, at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark and the Center for Food and Hospitality […]