Raising Tastier Sea Urchins For Foodies And The Environment

A scientist in Birmingham, Ala., is trying to help overharvested sea urchins, considered a delicacy in many parts of the world, find their way back to a restaurant near you. He’s developed an urchin farm to help grow them more sustainably and a special feed that gives them a sweet umami taste.

Raising Tastier Sea Urchins For Foodies And The Environment

A scientist in Birmingham, Ala., is trying to help overharvested sea urchins, considered a delicacy in many parts of the world, find their way back to a restaurant near you. He’s developed an urchin farm to help grow them more sustainably and a special feed that gives them a sweet umami taste.

The Cotton Candy Grape: A Sweet Spin On Designer Fruit

Grapes that taste like cotton candy? No, it’s not a GMO experiment but rather the result of good old-fashioned plant breeding techniques. One scientist has already brought these sweet treats to the market and hopes our grape choices will one day be as varied as our apple choices.

The Cotton Candy Grape: A Sweet Spin On Designer Fruit

Grapes that taste like cotton candy? No, it’s not a GMO experiment but rather the result of good old-fashioned plant-breeding techniques. One scientist has already brought these sweet treats to the market and hopes our grape choices will one day be as varied as our apple choices.

Jack Longino, ‘The Astonishing Ant Man,’ Finds 33 New Species

All told, the scientist has discovered 131 new species of animals in his career, and some are so scary-looking, he’s named them after demons. It’s a task that’s taken more than 30 years of crawling through rain forests to accomplish, and Longino says he’s still only scratched the surface.

Phil Mickelson Takes a Swing at Science

Scientists are studying the brains and bodies of golfers to determine why amateurs aren’t on par with the pros. Sports scientist Mark F. Smith explains the latest findings, while PGA golfer Phil Mickelson, just back from winning the British Open, talks about his passion for math and science on and off the green.

A Scientist Debunks The ‘Magic’ Of Vitamins And Supplements

Physicians are partly to blame for the increasing popularity of untested treatments, says Dr. Paul Offit. Rather than pushing back against misguided patient demand, he says, doctors have “acted like waiters at a restaurant, simply asking, ‘What would you like?’ “

What Makes Rituals Special? Join Us For A Google+ Conversation

From savoring a morning coffee to lighting a candle each night, people employ rituals all over the world. NPR science correspondent Shankar Vedantam speaks with behavior scientist Francesca Gino and Slate columnist William Saletan about the role of rituals in human life.

Let Them Eat Wood! (If It’s Turned Into Starch)

A scientist has developed a technology to turn the cellulose in nonfood plants like trees and grasses into edible starch. Sounds zany, but guess what? Cellulose products are already commonly used as food additives in hundreds of processed and fast food items.