McDonald’s french fries are doused with extremely toxic chemical to kill aphids that cause discoloration

If you've ever wondered how McDonald's manages to make its french fries look so "appealingly" consistent in color, the answer is likely to make you never want to eat them again. It turns out that the reason the fast food giant is able to serve fries that look almost unnaturally perfect has to do ...

The great nutrient collapse

Irakli Loladze is a mathematician by training, but he was in a biology lab when he encountered the puzzle that would change his life. It was in 1998, and Loladze was studying for his Ph.D. at Arizona State University. Against a backdrop of glass containers glowing with bright green algae, a biolo...

Scientists have discovered a simple way to cook rice that dramatically cuts the calories

Rice, the lifeblood of so many nations’ cuisines, is perhaps the most ubiquitous food in the world. In Asia, where an estimated 90 percent of all rice is consumed, the pillowy grains are part of almost every meal. In the Caribbean, where the starch is often mixed with beans, it’s a staple too. Ev...