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How pumpkin spice flavor was created in a lab


How to make scientifically perfect ice cream

It's all about balancing the equation.


How yeast makes bread bubbly and delicious


How to make fluffy, delectable meringue using science

A scientific look at the power of eggs.


The Science Behind Crunchy Fried Chicken


How flavor chemists designed the controversial pumpkin spice

A little nutmeg has caused so much drama.


How to create the perfect scoop of ice cream — with science

When one element goes up, the other must come down.


Mastering sourdough with the science of yeast

How to use the magic microorganisms that make bread rise to create a golden brown loaf.


Why science is so important for the decadent pavlova

Pavlovas are a decidedly retro dessert named after a Russian ballerina.


How to get the crunchiest, juiciest fried chicken using science

A food scientist lays out the process of “flash evaporation” to achieve a crispy, dry exterior with a satisfying bite.


Beer + Chicken = Slammable Chicken

Cooking with beer can be easy — if you follow a few basic scientific laws.


How to turn the volume way up on a classic ceviche using science

A culinary scientist talks about the power of cooking with acid in the kitchen.

Going back

What ancient feces can tell us about our modern diet

A new analysis reveals the gut microbiome we may have lost for good.

galaxy quest

A mysterious, subtle signal is emanating from the interstellar medium

Plus: Ancient bacteria reveals what early humans actually ate.

Family tree

Ancient bacteria reveals the critical food early humans ate

Mineralized dental plaque preserved ancient microbial information.

Feast Your Eyes

7 sustainable "future foods" you need to eat

Longevity Hacks

Pizza test reveals a weird link between diet and immune cells

This is what happens when the “powerhouse of the cell” gets salty.

Check, please!

Food scientists debunk a wasteful myth about expiration dates

“There’s no industry standard for best by, sell by, or use by dates.”

mighty morphing

Ikea-like pasta is the Earth-friendly food of the future

Check, please!

Biologists debunk an 80-year-old myth about carrots

Can carrots give you super-eyesight? Maybe not.

liquid lunch

5 liquids that technically won’t break a fast

Science says so.

mushroom meds

Do mushroom supplements work? I tried 5 so you don't have to

Medicinal mushrooms aren't really magic.

Check, please!

Food scientists debunk a dangerous myth about moldy food

Coffee Crisis

This bean is going to save coffee from the climate crisis

One full-bodied bean is equal parts reslient and delicious.