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How the Sugar Industry Gums Up Science

Big Sugar is lying to win a battle for your bulge.

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The Brain Knows When There Are Carbs in Your Mouth

Our mouths have a secret sense—one that can detect sugar, even if there’s no flavor.

 

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Distracted Dining Increases Desire for Sugary, Salty Foods

New research finds that foods that would otherwise seem sufficiently sugary or salty come across as bland if we’re eating while mentally distracted.

 

Sour on the Sugar Bailout

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Robert Lustig

Is Sugar the Next Tobacco?

It will be if Robert Lustig has anything to say about it.

 

Self-Control Slipping Away? Rinse. Spit. Repeat.

Australian researchers find rinsing one’s mouth with a glucose solution helps restore depleted self-control.

 

High Fructose Cram Session

Processed sugar isn’t just a recipe for obesity—it may also hurt your ability to learn.

 

Sweetener Death Match: Sugar vs. Syrup

The corn industry goes toe-to-toe with the sugar industry, for the use of the word “sugar.”

 

Don’t Expect Soda Tax to Curb Obesity

A new study finds only the middle class — not the rich or the poor — are likely to change their behavior with a soda tax.

 

Of Obesity, Sweets and Numb Tongues

Corpulence leads to an increased craving for sweets, and it may be because our taste receptors need an extra jolt.

 

Sugar Addiction is Real

A Princeton University presents evidence that sugar can be physically addictive.

 

Health Food to the ‘Hood

Can government incentives bring something besides fast food to South L.A.?

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How a CEO’s Fiery Battle Speeches Can Shape Ethical Behavior

CEO war speech might inspire ethical decisions internally and unethical ones among competing companies.

Modern Technology Still Doesn’t Protect Americans From Deadly Landslides

No landslide monitoring or warning systems are being used to protect vulnerable communities.

The Link Between Carbs, Gut Microbes, and Colon Cancer

Reduced carb intake among mice protected them from colon cancer.

The New Weapon Against Disease-Spreading Insects Is Big Data

Computer models that pinpoint the likely locations of mosquitoes and tsetse flies are helping officials target vector control efforts.

People Are Clueless About Placebos

Doctors know that sometimes the best medicine is no medicine at all. But how do patients feel about getting duped into recovery?

The Big One

Today, the United States produces less than two percent of the clothing purchased by Americans. In 1990, it produced nearly 50 percent. July/August 2014

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