SCIENCE NEWS: Science serves up super snacks

By Michelle Bryner
Popular Science

You still think you need your cup of coffee to wake up in the morning … or to stay awake during mid-morning or afternoon break? To avoid your eye-lids follow the law of gravity?

You better think again as”CNN.COM” tells you about something which MAY solve your problems in a MOST delicious way so …

By Michelle Bryner
Popular Science

(PopSci.comexternal link) — Now you can one-hand that coffee-and-doughnut breakfast.

Robert Bohannon of Environostics, an R&D firm in North Carolina, has concocted a caffeine-laced doughnut that packs a jolt equal to two cups of coffee.

Normally, caffeine in baked goods imparts a bitter taste. Bohannon has concealed the drug in tiny, edible capsules that dissolve in your stomach, not in your mouth. Look for caffeinated snacks within six months.

More science news …

Bacteria could soon add “freshly squeezed” taste to processed juice. Scientists at HortResearch in New Zealand have identified the genes in apples, kiwis and berries that encode for flavor and spliced them into microbial DNA.

The modified bacteria churn out concentrated flavor chemicals identical to the natural versions. These can be added to drinks to replace the real fruit flavors that evaporate in the juicing process.

Roughly three million Americans suffer from peanut allergies. Now University of Florida researchers have taken the first major step toward creating a risk-free peanut. They’ve identified a key mutation that renders one of the worst peanut- protein allergens harmless.

The goal is to selectively breed the mutant peanut or engineer a hypoallergenic nut that won’t turn your face into a big red balloon.



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