Our friends over at Deadspin have undertaken one of the most pressing and important scientific experiments of our time: to eat decades-old candy bars branded with the faces of Kirby Puckett, Ken Griffey, Jr., and more, and see if they die. Plus, some interesting info in there about what actually happens to candy over time, and whether old packaged food like this really can be toxic (or whether it at least tastes good, unlike this stuff). Check it out here.
For Halloween, Modernist Cuisine's Johnny Zhu and his young son teamed up to make olive-oil-flavored worm-shaped candies that wriggle in mounds of chocolate dirt. The gummy worms are formed of sugar, gelatin, and gum, and shaped in molds made for fishing lures.
Rarely do the worlds of nanotech and carnival cuisine overlap, but when they do the results can be pretty sweet. A team of engineers has created a technology for fabricating nanofibers that's half high-speed centrifuge, half cotton candy machine, spinning and stretching out ultra-thin nanofibers that measure just 100 nanometers in diameter.
The next time someone tries to argue that all M&Ms are the same, no matter the color, you can tell them about the blue M&M. The candy (like Gatorade and other products) gets its color from a food dye similar to Brilliant Blue G (BBG) -- a compound that, as it turns out, is medically useful. Building on earlier research, scientists at the University of Rochester Medical Center have found that injections of BBG can relieve mice of secondary spinal cord injuries. In September, they will start conducting human clinical trials.
Want to see a real sugar high? Launch a model rocket with Oreo cookies
By Theodore GrayPosted 05.08.2006 at 2:00 am 17 Comments
by Mike Walker
A rocket speeds away, fueled by an oxidizer and Oreo cookie filling.
Food contains an amazing amount of energy. If you don't believe it, feed candy to some kids and watch them bounce off the walls. Of course, tot-baiting is only one way to turn food energy into noise and destruction.