The Brazil Nut Effect Is The Mysterious Reason Big Nuts End Up On Top
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Everyone knows what "mixed nuts" really means: a decidedly un-mixed tin with a layer of small peanuts and cashews on the bottom and massive walnuts and Brazil nuts on top. This spontaneous snack sorting is due to the peculiarities of fluid dynamics, and it has a name: the Brazil nut effect.
Sorry, But The Crab In Your California Rolls Is Probably Just Fish
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What's your favorite type of sushi? If you're a maki lover, you might be partial to the California roll. Mmm...the delicious cucumber, avocado, and processed, colored fish paste. That's right: that tender "crab" in your roll is real seafood, but it likely isn't real crab. Instead, it's imitation crab, or "crab stick." In Japanese, crab stick is called "surimi," which means "ground meat." Every time you eat imitation crab, you're actually eating a paste of Alaska pollock, Atlantic cod, Tilapia, or another mild white fish.
Gujō, Japan Is The Capital Of Artificial Foods
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Have you ever looked at a restaurant's menu and wished you could see the food before you order? Is the lobster ravioli worth the price, or will you be stuffing your face on fast food later? Perhaps, instead, you've traveled to a new country and had no idea what you were ordering, opting to trust your blind intuition. The Japanese have figured this out, and it comes in the form of beautiful and lifelike artificial foods.In the ancient city of Gujō, Japan, one of the top tourist attractions is the world-renowned food replica factory. Yes, you read that correctly. The artificial food, or sampuru, business began in 1917 in Gujo Hachiman (now Gujō), Japan. There's a romanticized legend that Japan's father of fake food, Takizo Iwasaki, simply had an epiphany one day as he sat with his ill wife by candlelight and was inspired by the melting wax. The more likely story is that he wanted to replicate the success of the wax skin and organ replicas that were used for medical studies at the time by being a pioneer in the food industry.
Postprandial Somnolence Is The Scientific Term For Food Coma
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"I can't believe I ate the whole thing!" That's how it starts. How it ends: a nap on the couch, or at least a very unproductive afternoon. In everyday language, it's known as a food coma, carb coma, or the itis. In scientific terms, it's called postprandial somnolence ("postprandial" means after a meal, "somnolence" means drowsiness. Scientists are so fancy). But why does it happen?
International Flavors & Fragrances Is At The Center Of Thousands Of Products
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You've probably never heard of International Flavors & Fragrances. But what if we told you that you come in contact with this company's stuff every day? International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF) is a massive, global, multibillion-dollar corporation that is singlehandedly responsible for providing the scents and flavors for thousands of products. Annually, the company imbues more than 38,000 products with their signature smells and tastes. Chances are, the scent of the clean laundry on your body right now was probably manufactured in an IFF lab. But the jobs of IFF employees goes way beyond making sure you smell good.