Take a mathematical look at the shapes of pasta, elaborating the shape into formulas and computer images, via Wall Street Journal. 

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Here are some interesting food myths debunked or verified, such as the truth behind the 5 second rule, via The Daily Meal. 

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Scientists may soon be able to grow artificial meat in labs by merging pig stem cells and horse foetus serum.  Frankenburger Lives, via the Telegraph UK.

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A recent article from the British Medical Journal calls attention to how chocolate can decrease one’s risk of stroke and heart disease, via The Atlantic.

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Last April, I wrote a post about leaving stock out on the stove top claiming that it would be safe to eat provided that you brought it to a simmer before eating. Indeed I’ve been doing this for a decade with no ill effects. On twitter and on the post itself, I received voluminous responses. One response, from a large-animal veterinarian, noted that it was entirely possible for heat-stable toxins, not bacteria, to persist, making the stock unsafe. I revised the post with the vet’s valid warnings with links to the CDC’s warnings on the particular bacteria. But the response was so strong, I suggested in an email to NYTimes food section editor Pete Wells, that this would be a great story.  I’ve left stock out on the stove top for up to three days Read On »

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