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Seth Roberts’ Final Column: Butter Makes Me Smarter

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Note: Seth Roberts submitted this column to Betabeat before his untimely death. We publish it now with a heavy heart and per his request will be making a donation to Amnesty International.

A few weeks ago my sister sent me a link to an article (“Butter is Back”) by Mark Bittman, the New York Times food writer. I told her I’d clicked on a link to the article but had forgotten to read it. She was incredulous. How could you not want to say “I told you so”? Read More

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Kids Become Psychos When They Bite Chunks Out of Food, Science Says

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Sometimes, when there’s nothing on TV and all its friends are busy, Science gets really bored and comes up with experiments like this: do kids act more aggressively when they bite chunks out of their food with their front teeth, or when their food is cut up?

Apparently, kids who use their teeth to tear off bites of food tend to behave twice as aggressively as those who eat food cut up with a knife and fork, the Daily Mail reports. Read More

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Food Inventor Creates Viagra Ice Cream

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If you thought chocolate covered strawberries and oysters were aphrodisiacs, wait until you’ve tried Viagra ice cream.

After bringing us roast beef, horseradish and glow-in-the-dark jellyfish ice cream, food inventor Charlie Harry Francis of the Lick Me I’m Delicious blog decided to take the gelato game to the next level, the Latin Times reported.

On his blog, Mr. Francis describes creating a champagne-flavored, Viagra-laced ice cream upon a special request from an anonymous A-list celebrity. Read More

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Nutella-Like Chocolate Beer Spread Finally Invented

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Sometimes when you’re enjoying a nice cold one, the only logical thought is, “I wish this would congeal so I could put it on toast, maybe with a mild soft cheese.”

Well, a couple of saintly Italians have combined their magical powers of making chocolate and making beer, creating a thick paste that is both beer and chocolate and for some terrible reason did not exist until now. Read More

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Science Says Girls Pretend to Be Anxious About Math Because Society Tells Them To

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Researchers have just proven that not only is Mean Girls the greatest movie of all time, but it’s also scientifically accurate.

As reported on Motherboard, a recent study called “Do Girls Really Experience More Anxiety in Mathematics?” proves that—contrary to disturbingly popular belief—girls aren’t actually intimidated by math; they just think they should be. Thanks, society. Read More

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New Research Claims We All Actually Came to Earth on a Meteorite from Mars

This is where I spent my childhood, you guys.

If a geochemist’s much-talked-about new research is true, human life began not on Earth, but on Mars—meaning that technically, we’re all Martians.

Today in Florence, Italy, at the annual Goldschmidt Conference on geochemistry, Professor Steven Brenner of the U.S.A. will attempt to prove that early life forms (like amoebas and such) originated on Mars, and then hitched a ride on a meteorite and trucked on over to Earth, which is something that maybe, definitely, probably happened on an episode of The Magic School Bus. Read More