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Officials last week revealed that the U.S. contribution to ITER could cost $3.9 billion by 2034—roughly four times the...
An experimental hepatitis B drug that looked safe in animal trials tragically killed five of 15 patients in 1993. Now,...
Using the two high-quality genomes that exist for Neandertals and Denisovans, researchers find clues to gene activity...
A new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concludes that humanity has done little to slow...
Astronomers have discovered an Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone of a red dwarf—a star cooler than the sun—500...
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ScienceShot: Unexpected Cutlery Makes Food Taste Bad
25 June 2013 8:00 pm
Looking to lose weight? Don't buy low-fat products—just change your spoon. A new study reveals that the type of cutlery we use can have a dramatic impact on how food tastes. Researchers gave volunteers plain Greek yogurt and asked them to eat it with either a white plastic spoon, a darker colored plastic spoon, or a heavier plastic spoon that looked like the white one. Those using the white spoon said that the yogurt tasted better and more expensive. The others reported that the yogurt tasted bitter and less pleasant. Reporting today in the journal Flavour, researchers chalk up the reason to familiarity: When confronted with something unexpected—an odd color or weight—our brains translate an odd experience into an unpleasant one. Whatever the reason, it's certainly cheaper than going to the gym.