We're a nation of snackers, and a lot of those snacks - from buffalo wings to the latest food truck offerings - are finger foods. If only there was a tool that let us grip those foods without getting our fingers sticky...
It's been a busy week for beer can designs. Budweiser just announced a new can that mirrors their signature bow-tie logo, and hopefully gives drinkers a better grip, but craft brewer Sly Fox may have just done them one better. They've adopted the "360 Lid," which takes the conventional pull-tab and expands it to encompass the entire top of the can.
What we all need in the morning is a hot cup of coffee and a fully charged cellphone. But if your coffee is hot and your phone is dead, a new innovation promises to bring that gadget back to life. The Epiphany onE Puck looks like a high-tech coaster, and inside is a Stirling engine that converts heat to electricity. Leave a steaming mug of joe on it, and it'll send a standard 5 watts of power coursing into your phone.
We've all heard an old-timer tell us, at one time or another, how cheap things used to be. But soon, you could be regaling your friends with similar stories about a beer you bought... an hour ago. For better or worse, we've noticed the beginnings of a trend toward by-the-minute price changes developing in the nightlife scene.
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Scientists have made an interesting discovery: caffeine can greatly improve your performance and memory – if you’re a honeybee. That’s right, it turns out a little bump in the morning helps bees remember the odors of flowers, boosting their ability to find those flowers again, and ensuring a steady supply of food.
Already in a bad mood? Step away from the Krispy Kremes – they will only make matters worse, according to a new study by researchers at Pennsylvania State University.
Apparently people in a bad mood are doomed to experience an even worse mood after indulging in high sugar, high fat comfort foods. One culprit could of course be a sugar crash, but we can’t place all the blame there – it turns out some commonly eaten comfort foods are chemically similar to mood enhancing drugs.
Did you know that how you perceive taste may have more to do with what you see than what you’re tastebuds are sensing? According to Oxford experimental psychologist Charles Spence, vision (along with smell) plays a much more important role in determining overall taste perception than the actual sense of taste. “Half the brain is visual in some sense,” says Spence, “versus just a few per cent for overall taste senses. So in cortical real estate, vision is always going to win.”
Sure, you’ve got your Weight Watcher’s apps and even your little Alli pedometer, but lets be real – neither of those are really as interactive as they could be.