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Doctor Celebrates ‘Major Milestone’ of World’s First Malaria Vaccine

25th April 2017

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Still won’t make up for the millions who died because of Rachel Carson.

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The 3-D Printer That Could Finally Change Manufacturing

25th April 2017

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And about time, too.

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Caterpillar Found to Eat Shopping Bags, Suggesting Diodegradable Solution to Plastic Pollution

24th April 2017

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Scientists have found that a caterpillar commercially bred for fishing bait has the ability to biodegrade polyethylene: one of the toughest and most used plastics, frequently found clogging up landfill sites in the form of plastic shopping bags.

The wax worm, the larvae of the common insect Galleria mellonella, or greater wax moth, is a scourge of beehives across Europe. In the wild, the worms live as parasites in bee colonies. Wax moths lay their eggs inside hives where the worms hatch and grow on beeswax – hence the name.

As always when the eco-fruits panic about something, Nature can cope. Trust Nature.

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Experts Excited by Brain ‘Wonder-Drug’

23rd April 2017

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In 2013, a UK Medical Research Council team stopped brain cells dying in an animal for the first time, creating headline news around the world.

But the compound used was unsuitable for people, as it caused organ damage.

Now two drugs have been found that should have the same protective effect on the brain and are already safely used in people.

“It’s really exciting,” said Prof Giovanna Mallucci, from the MRC Toxicology Unit in Leicester.

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Imitating People’s Speech Patterns Precisely Could Bring Trouble

23rd April 2017

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More troubling, any voice—including that of a stranger—can be cloned if decent recordings are available on YouTube or elsewhere. Researchers at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, led by Nitesh Saxena, were able to use Festvox to clone voices based on only five minutes of speech retrieved online. When tested against voice-biometrics software like that used by many banks to block unauthorised access to accounts, more than 80% of the fake voices tricked the computer. Alan Black, one of Festvox’s developers, reckons systems that rely on voice-ID software are now “deeply, fundamentally insecure”.

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Seven Things You Didn’t Know About Medieval Dragons

23rd April 2017

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What’s more medieval than a dragon? From Smaug to Drogon to Dungeons & Dragons, the look, menace, and sheer presence of dragons is one of the most iconic legacies of the western Middle Ages. Not without reason: the easy go-to embodiment for Satan was so popular among medieval people that by the thirteenth century, dragons were nevertheless pressed into service in religious art to represent Jesus. Why were dragons so popular—and what was a dragon in the Middle Ages, anyway? Here are a few things you might not know about medieval dragons.

The meat didn’t keep well prior to refrigeration.

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‘Tooth Repair Drug’ May Replace Fillings

23rd April 2017

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The team at King’s College London showed that a chemical could encourage cells in the dental pulp to heal small holes in mice teeth.

A biodegradable sponge was soaked in the drug and then put inside the cavity.

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Common Cold Vaccine Patent Registered by Scientist Who Discovered Body ‘Fights Disease in Wrong Way’

23rd April 2017

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The common cold is considered difficult to treat and protect against because it has so many different strains.

But Professor Valenta told The Independent the body’s immune system tends to attack the centre of the virus, which isn’t the most effective way to fight the disease.

Instead, his vaccine focuses on the virus’s shell, which facilitates infection by attaching itself to mucous membranes in the mouth, throat, nasal passages and stomach.

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Startup’s ‘Farm From a Box’ Kit Grows Enough Food for 150 People

22nd April 2017

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We’ve seen many a clever shipping container building, but rarely one that so effectively combines transportability with community impact. But here comes Farm From a Box, essentially a shipping container starter kit that holds everything you need (minus the two-acre land itself) to operate a small farm with enough produce to feed up to 150 people.

If, of course, that’s what you want to do.

Think of it as Blue Apron for Tom & Barbara Good.

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Nuclear Scientist Says Advanced Reactors Will Be Great for Planet

22nd April 2017

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If the eco-Nazis will let them be used; after all, for them it’s not sufficient that the planet be saved, it’s also necessary that humanity suffer.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

22nd April 2017

Novel Ultra-Low-Energy Consumption Ultrasonic Clothes Dryer.

Darth Vader Mask BBQ and Fire Pit.

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Bridgestone Launching ‘Airless’ Bicycle Tires in 2019

22nd April 2017

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The non-pneumatic features a ring of flexible composite spokes — connected to a smaller, solid inner hub — that both hold its shape and provide cushioning on par with an air-filled tube. A conventionally-shaped tread is mounted to the outside.

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Number of Illegals Entering Canada in March Triples From January

20th April 2017

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Y’all keep on steppin’, heah?

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Discovery May Help Decipher Ancient Inca String Code

20th April 2017

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When it’s not pushing its left-wing agenda, National Geographic sometimes talks about geography.

A discovery made in a remote mountain village high in the Peruvian Andes suggests that the ancient Inca used accounting devices made of knotted, colored strings for more than accounting.

The devices, called khipus (pronounced kee-poos), used combinations of knots to represent numbers and were used to inventory stores of corn, beans, and other provisions. Spanish accounts from colonial times claim that Inca khipus also encoded history, biographies, and letters, but researchers have yet to decipher any non-numerical meaning in the cords and knots.

Now a pair of khipus protected by Andean elders since colonial times may offer fresh clues for understanding how more elaborate versions of the devices could have stored and relayed information.

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Ranchers Stunned as Beaver Herds 150 cattle

18th April 2017

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Curious heifers marched after beaver, rancher calls event a very Canadian moment.

Yeah, I’d say so.

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Mexican ‘Refugees’ Arriving in Canada in Greater Numbers

17th April 2017

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And we encourage them to do so.

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The Royal Garrison School of Medieval Martial Arts

17th April 2017

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Or you could just join the SCA for a lot less money.

 

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Redshirts Aren’t Likeliest to Die — and Other ‘Star Trek’ Math Lessons

16th April 2017

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That claim, in fact, is false — more “redshirts” died on-screen than any other crew type (10 gold-shirted, which are command personnel; eight blue-shirted, who are scientists; and 25 red-shirted, Grime said), but that calculation fails to take into account that there are far more redshirts on the ship to start with than any other crew type.

In other words, we’re looking at the probability that you are a redshirt if you die (58 percent) — what we want to know is the probability that you die if you’re a redshirt, Grime said.

I’ll bet you didn’t know that.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

15th April 2017

Flippin’ Fantastic.  Apparently this works for both (small) pancakes and eggs.

LOT subscription clothing service.

Canvas military tool bag.

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Edible Water: How Eating Little Balls of H2O Could Be the Answer to the World’s Plastic Pollution

14th April 2017

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You first.

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Buckshot vs. Birdshot For Home Defense

14th April 2017

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Just in case you were wondering. I know I was.

I should think it would depend on whether you wanted to defend yourself against bucks or birds.

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Get 3D-printed Sandals Molded for Your Feet Using Just Your Phone

14th April 2017

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You first.

Coming soon: ‘Send us a picture of you holding a ruler and we’ll send you a complete wardrobe.’

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New Solar-Powered Device Can Create Water Out of Thin Air, Even in Deserts

14th April 2017

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Notice how nobody ever tries creating stuff out of thick air. Wonder why that is.

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Books on Monasticism

12th April 2017

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Archaeologist Explains Innovation of ‘Fluting’ Ancient Stone Weaponry

11th April 2017

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In their most recent article published online in the Journal of Archaeological Science, Eren and his co-authors from Southern Methodist University (Brett A. Story, David J. Meltzer and Kaitlyn A. Thomas), University of Tulsa (Briggs Buchanan), Rogers State University (Brian N. Andrews), Texas A&M University and the University of Missouri (Michael J. O’Brien) explain the flint knapping technique of “fluting” the Clovis points, which could be considered the first truly American invention. This singular technological attribute, the flake removal or “flute,” is absent from the stone-tool repertoire of Pleistocene Northeast Asia, where the Clovis ancestors came from.

Hey, tenure doesn’t grow on trees, you know.

“It was risky and couldn’t have been easy to learn how to do this effectively,” Eren explained. “Archaeological evidence suggests that up to one out of five points break when you try to chip this fluted base, and it takes at least 30 minutes to produce a finished specimen. So, though it was a time-consuming process and risky technique, successfully fluted Clovis points would have been extremely reliable, especially while traveling great distances into unknown regions on a new continent. They needed points that would hold up and be used over and over again.”

I’ll bet you didn’t know that.

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Shetland Islands Could Go Independent if Scotland Leaves UK, Former Chancellor Claims

9th April 2017

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And why not? The world is full of piss-ant little island ‘nations’, what’s one more?

In fact, let’s go one further and give it back to Norway. That’ll fix both of them.

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Tanks a Bullion! Man Finds Gold Bars Buried in Military Vehicle

9th April 2017

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A tank fanatic got a new model in a £30,000 [$37,000] trade-in — and found more than £2million of gold bullion hidden in the fuel tank.

Nick Mead, 55, discovered the five gold bars in the Russian T54/69 while restoring it to add to his collection of 150 military vehicles.

He added: “We didn’t know what to do. You can’t exactly take five gold bullion bars down to Cash Converters without questions being asked, so we called the police.”

Nick runs Tanks-a-Lot, giving petrolheads the chance to drive any of his tanks on his farm in Helmdon, Northants.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

8th April 2017

Stair-Climbing Wheelchair.

Wazer desktop waterjet cutter.

Ravin R9 Crossbow. Review here.

Kevlar Cut-Resistant Sleeves. I got yer knife fight, right here.

 

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Old Books Actually Smell Like Chocolate and Coffee

7th April 2017

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I’ll bet you didn’t know that.

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The Complete Guide to Jewish Food, and What on Earth That Means

7th April 2017

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It means good eatin’, I can tell you.

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Is This the World’s First Christian Country?

7th April 2017

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Armenia is a small country in south-west Asia with a population of only 3 million people. But it has a sizable place in spiritual history: most historians believe that in 301 AD, it became the first country in the world to adopt Christianity.

Today, around 95% of Armenians are Christian, and the country’s pious history can be traced back through some of its ancient sites and monuments. (Credit: Rodolfo Contreras)

Yeah, the ones that weren’t exterminated by the Turks in the 19th and 20th centuries.

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This Graphene Filter Could Make It Cheaper to Drink Seawater

7th April 2017

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If, of course, that’s what you want to do.

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Crowdfunding Campaign for a Crusader Castle

4th April 2017

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An international team of researchers are seeking 7500 euros to finance excavations sand specialized research at the Castle of Belvoir, located in northern Israel. The fortress was built by the Knights Hospitaller in the second half of the twelfth-century.

Anna Josephsson, one of the members involved in the project, explained that they launched the campaign “to extend and accelerate the work on the site (excavations, lapidary, architectural study and valorisation toward public ). We particularly want to progress in the 3D documentation and the planned full-scale reconstruction of the chapel (in collaboration with the Israel Antiquities Department and the National Parks authorities.)”

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These 10 Companies Control Everything You Buy

4th April 2017

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Well, not really — just food and drink. Still….

Got some money to invest? These are the ones to buy.

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Found: Fresh Clues to Mystery of King Solomon’s Mines

3rd April 2017

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Keep an eye out for Richard Chamberlain.

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Student Rights Group Begins Litigating ‘Free Speech Zones’

3rd April 2017

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The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, or FIRE, helped Los Angeles Pierce College student Kevin Shaw file a lawsuit after he was told he could hand out U.S. Constitutions only in a tiny sector of campus. FIRE calculated the size of the free speech zone at Pierce College to be equivalent to an iPhone on a tennis court.

Last November, Shaw tried to pass out Spanish-language versions of the Constitution in an attempt to recruit new members for Young Americans for Liberty, a right-leaning student organization. As he was doing so, an administrator told him he could not hand out literature outside of the campus free speech zone—and that if he wanted to do it there, he would have to fill out a permit. He was also told he would be kicked off campus if he did not comply.

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Navy chemists developed and patented transparent armor

2nd April 2017

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And they didn’t even need to talk with a Scottish accent to do it.

“Heating the material above the softening point, around 100 degrees Celsius, melts the small crystallites, enabling the fracture surfaces to meld together and reform via diffusion,” said Dr. Mike Roland, senior scientist, NRL Soft Matter Physics. “This can be accomplished with a hot plate, akin to an iron, that molds the newly forming surface into a smooth, flat sheet with negligible effect on integrity.”

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

1st April 2017

Ook Pro Picture Hangers

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Children Have a Stable Home Environment and Perform Better at School if Their Biological Father Lives With Them (But the Same Benefits Do Not Apply When a Stepfather Moves In)

29th March 2017

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Amazing how much impact a ‘social construct’ can have.

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Farmers Are Manipulating Microbiomes to Help Crops Grow

27th March 2017

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Cue freak-out by the eco-Nazis.

Thousands of types of bacteria may live on plants; only dozens or maybe hundreds live inside. But the very fact that bacteria live inside plants is surprising. “It catches almost everybody off guard,” says Indigo CEO David Perry. And these bacteria that plants allow inside their roots, leaves, and stems can be beneficial, allowing them to, for example, capture nutrients from the air. Plants even pass along their endophytes via seeds, packaging their beneficial bacteria up into a convenient packet for their offspring. Because fewer bacteria live inside the plant than outside, endophytes also face less competition, meaning they’re more likely to be effective as a product for farmers.

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Scientific Breakthrough: Malaria Could Be a Thing of the Past

27th March 2017

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Scientists working at Queensland’s Griffith University have developed what they claim is the world’s first long term effective Malaria vaccine. If this new, cheap vaccine lives up to its promise, it will save millions of poor people who cannot afford Malaria drugs.

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New Wind Turbines Could Power Japan for 50 Years After a Single Typhoon

27th March 2017

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Atsushi Shimizu is the inventor of the world’s first typhoon turbine—an extremely durable, eggbeater-shaped device that can not only withstand the awesome forces generated by a typhoon, it can convert all that power into useable energy. Shimizu’s calculations show that a sufficiently large array of his turbines could capture enough energy from a single typhoon to power Japan for 50 years.

If, of course, that’s what you want to do.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

25th March 2017

Chop2Pot Foldable Cutting Board.

Ollie collapsible chair.

Foldable Step Stool.

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Physicist Invents First Ever Drip-Free Wine Bottle

24th March 2017

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Hey, tenure doesn’t grow on trees, you know.

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Company Introduces ‘Snowflake Test’ to Weed Out ‘Whiny, Entitled’ Millenial Candidates

23rd March 2017

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And about time, too.

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Former Boston Drummer Collapses and Dies Onstage During Show

23rd March 2017

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It’s the way he would have wanted to go.

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Want to Examine Your Semen? There’s a Device for That

23rd March 2017

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Assuming, of course, that’s what you want to do.

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Rescue Dog Saves Life of Three-Year-Old Girl Found in a Ditch

23rd March 2017

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Let that be a lesson to us all.

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Large Hadron Collider Turns Up Five New Particles

21st March 2017

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Boffins poring over data from the Large Hadron Collider’s “Beauty” experiment are blinking in surprise, having turned up five new particles in one hit.

The “hiding in plain sight” articles in data from the “LHCb” are all excited states of the baryon Omega-c-zero, ?c0, and the CERN boffins saw the five new particles from its decay states (?c(3000)0, ?c(3050)0, ?c(3066)0, ?c(3090)0 and ?c(3119)0, with bracketed numbers showing mass measured in mega-electron-volts).

Ever since ?c0 was first observed in 1994, scientists have predicted states like the five now spotted by CERN, but they needed LHCb’s sensitivity to watch their brief life.

No word on when they’ll be available at the local WalMart.

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Science Is Making Killer (Tasting) Tomatoes Again

21st March 2017

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For example, most supermarket tomatoes have a genetic mutation that partially delays the production of ripening hormones, thereby adding one to two weeks of shelf life. An unintended consequence of the mutation, however, is that flavor and sugar production are also diminished. Meanwhile, when breeders selected for fruit with a uniform red color, they did not realize that the splotchy green patches on wild and heirloom varieties that they got rid of contain chloroplasts essential for sweetness and flavor production, Giovannoni says.

The new study builds on these discoveries by taking a genome-wide look at the chemistry and genetics of hundreds of tomato varieties and connecting the fruit’s chemistry with people’s preferences. The researchers also discovered that when breeders selected for larger fruits, the added girth came at the expense of sweetness: The enzymes required for sugar production got redirected toward bulking up.

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