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Why so Sugary, Why so Sweet? - Unlocking the Secret of Sweet Tastes

Posted by Hannah Doucet-Roche on Friday, April 15, 2011

Photo: Stephanie Foden

It's not really a sweet tooth that makes us want to buy up every cake in the bakery. It's that squishier organ - our tongue.

Scientists have now dramatically increased our knowledge of how taste cells detect sugars, unlocking some of the tongue's mystique.

Researchers from the Monell Chemical Senses Center have learned that the way we taste sweets isn't fully explained by our current knowledge of how sugar receptors work. "The taste system continues to amaze me at how smart it is and how it ...

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Organic Maple Syrup Could Bring on Buyers Remorse

Posted by Kelly Greig on Wednesday, April 13, 2011

photo: Danielle Scott/flickr

An iconic product, maple syrup is touted as "all natural" and "purely Canadian." The technology used to produce it has advanced, but the product still tastes the way it did hundreds of years ago. Nevertheless, there's a new trend on the rise - organic maple syrup.

"It's my opinion that there’s not much of a difference between organic and regular maple syrup," says Simon Trepanier, director of the Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers.

"Most of the maple syrup producers are organic, but ...

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Longer Ragweed Season in the Works

Posted by Lesley LeRoux on Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Photo:SCA Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget/flickr

After reading this you may want to buy stock in - or stock up on - Kleenex. Ragweed pollen is lingering in the air for more than a month than it did in 1995, says a study published last month in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The increase is accredited to rising temperatures and delayed fall frosts in northern regions. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), this means that the allergy season will also end much later in the year.

"One of the biggest challenges ...

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From Breadbasket to Barren Land - Could Global Food Shortages Affect Canada?

Posted by Adam Shoalts on Friday, February 4, 2011

Photo: rogerimp/flickr

Though it may seem hard to believe, in ancient times Egypt was known as a land of seemingly limitless agricultural bounty. "The gift of the Nile" made Egypt the ancient Mediterranean’s largest exporter of grain, supplying nearby civilizations, the Greeks and Romans, with food.

Historians call it the "breadbasket of antiquity." But looking at Egypt today, a more astonishing reversal of fortune could scarcely be imagined. The "breadbasket" has become the world’s largest importer of grain. A massive ...

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Degrees of Change: Climate Warming and the Stakes for Canada

Posted by Graham Lanktree on Friday, December 17, 2010

Photo: flickrstevendepolo

"Climate change is real and happening now," says the arms-length federal organization the National Round Table on the Environment (NRTEE). "Looking ahead, we can expect more pervasive and pernicious climate impacts on Canada and Canadians."

To combat these changes, the organization is releasing Degrees of Change: Climate Warming and the Stakes for Canada, a document to help Canadians visualize exactly how climate change will impact them and their communities.

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