Usually the enticing smell of food is associated with hunger pangs, but researchers in the Netherlands think that foods can be engineered to release satiating aromas during chewing. This would help combat obesity by stimulating areas of the brain that signal fullness.
It’s been said there’s no accounting for taste, but if Japanese researchers have their way, there soon will be. Research initiatives underway in various corners of Japanese agriculture will remove taste from the subjective realm and create objective standards for flavor that consumers can use as a yardstick--without ever having tasted a product at all.
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.