Carnivorous Sponges

Carnivorous Sponges

Starved sponges in the deep sea have a unique taste. A newly-discovered species off the coast of California prefers meatier meals. More »

New food rules: How healthy?

New food rules: How healthy?

What are the safety fundamentals of the giant American food system? What do the new rules say? Who will (and maybe should) escape More »

Farming in the city

Farming in the city

Urban farms are sprouting in the most unlikely places. Advocates say they help with nutrition, obesity and job training. More »

How a fly detects a poison

How a fly detects a poison

Animals spend a lot of energy avoiding toxic chemicals in their food. A new type of gene that does this in fruit flies reinforces the More »

Mechanical mouth makes debut

Mechanical mouth makes debut

To measure the molecules that give food taste, you need a standardized eating machine. Meet the mechanical masticator! More »

Chinese products: How safe?

Chinese products: How safe?

Amid a flood of contaminated Chinese imports, we ask: what is going on? How dangerous are these foods and medicines? Is this normal? More »

Fish and Crabs

Fish and Crabs

Surprise: Crabs prefer fish fresh, just like you and me! Study shows that odor of rotten fish repels stone crabs; shows evolutionary More »

GM Crops: How Hazardous?

GM Crops: How Hazardous?

Do GM crops work as advertised? Do they kill only pest insects? Do they keep their modified genes to themselves? More »