It is very hard to say. In February, the editors of The Guinness Book of World Records announced that the Infinity chili, grown by Nick Woods, the proprietor of a hot-sauce company in Lincolnshire, England, was the hottest pepper ever—more than 250 times as hot as Tabasco sauce. Just two weeks later, Guinness declared that the Infinity had been unseated by another British-grown hybrid, the Naga Viper.
I cannot even think about this long enough to make a joke: Japanese scientists have developed stink-free underwear for astronauts to wear for extended periods in space.
Also in today's links: a link between obesity and ADHD, a debate over the population of the Galapagos, and a remarkable climate-change contrarian.
Scientists discover that chili peppers produce actual heat
By Jason DaleyPosted 08.14.2008 at 1:55 pm 2 Comments
We all know that eating hot peppers can burn your tongue and make you sweat, but up till now researchers thought the process was a result of chemicals stimulating neurons rather than the actually production of heat. But Yasser Ahmed Mahmmoud at Denmark’s University of Aarhus has discovered something surprising—chili peppers can actually turn up the temperature, a finding that may have significant uses in the future