Color and Texture Matter Most When it Comes to Tomatoes

A new study in the Journal of Food Science, published by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), evaluated consumers’ choice in fresh tomato selection and revealed which characteristics make the red fruit most appealing.

– Institute of Food Technologists (IFT)|21-Oct-2014 11:00 AM EDT

Backpack Physics: Smaller Hikers Carry Heavier Loads

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Hikers are generally advised that the weight of the packs they carry should correspond to their own size, with smaller individuals carrying lighter loads. Although petite backpackers might appreciate the excuse to hand off heavier gear to the larger members of the group, it turns out that they may not need the help.

– American Institute of Physics (AIP)|21-Oct-2014 11:00 AM EDT

Exploring X-Ray Phase Tomography with Synchrotron Radiation

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X-ray phase tomography is an imaging technique that uses penetrating X-rays to create volumetric views through "slices" of soft biological tissues, and it offers strongly enhanced contrast compared to conventional CT scans, yet scientists do not know which X-ray phase tomography methods are best suited to yield optimized results for a variety of conditions. To answer this question, a large group of researchers in Europe set out to compare three different X-ray phase tomography methods.

– American Institute of Physics (AIP)|21-Oct-2014 11:00 AM EDT

Triplet Threat from the Sun

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The most obvious effects of too much sun exposure are cosmetic, like wrinkled and rough skin. Some damage, however, goes deeper—ultraviolet light can damage DNA and cause proteins in the body to break down into smaller, sometimes harmful pieces that may also damage DNA, increasing the risk of skin cancer and cataracts. Understanding the specific pathways by which this degradation occurs is an important step in developing protective mechanisms against it.

– American Institute of Physics (AIP)|21-Oct-2014 11:00 AM EDT

Memory Decline Among Menopausal Women Could Be Next Research Frontier for Hypnotic Relaxation Therapy

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Memory decline — a frequent complaint of menopausal women — potentially could be lessened by hypnotic relaxation therapy, say Baylor University researchers, who already have done studies showing that such therapy eases hot flashes, improves sleep and reduces stress in menopausal women.

– Baylor University|21-Oct-2014 10:10 AM EDT

Animal Therapy Reduces Anxiety, Loneliness Symptoms in College Students

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Animal-assisted therapy can reduce symptoms of anxiety and loneliness among college students, according to researchers at Georgia State University, Idaho State University and Savannah College of Art and Design.

– Georgia State University|21-Oct-2014 10:00 AM EDT

Mock Campaign Gives Iowa State Students New Perspective on Political Process

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A textbook or class lecture cannot replicate the pressure of giving a stump speech to voters or responding to a crisis. To expose students to that environment, Kelly Winfrey turned her campaign rhetoric class into a mock U.S. Senate campaign.

– Iowa State University|21-Oct-2014 10:00 AM EDT

Big Black Holes Can Block New Stars

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Massive black holes spewing out radio-frequency-emitting particles at near-light speed can block formation of new stars in aging galaxies, a study has found.

– Johns Hopkins University|21-Oct-2014 9:25 AM EDT
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