Food

Loss of Bees Could Mean Loss of Crops, Life for Humans

After having recorded a podcast on colony collapse disorder in January, I've felt a lot like I really have my finger on the pulse of the global bee population. My eyes are open. Thanks to Xenophilia for posting a recent article in the Telegraph about the decline in pollination among bees over the past few years. Thanks to colony collapse disorder, a mysterious condition where entire bee populations abandon the hive and, researchers believe, go off to die.

The New Reason Why Your Mother Doesn't Want You Wasting Food

Probably nothing characterizes excessive consumption at the American dinner table more than the strange and frequent phenomenon of how being uncomfortably full of food can dampen the sound of a mother's voice articulating the idea that kids in China would love to have the second helping of dinner on your plate that will soon meet its end in the trash. Having been raised in the post-Depression consumer era in the United States, I can attest that the portion sizes here in the States tend to be insanely large. Rich and poor alike in the U.S. overindulge at just about every meal; it's the type and quality of the food, not the quantity, that differs.

Who exactly was the first person to realize that one could pluck an unfertilized egg from beneath a hen, crack it and spill its contents into a hot pan and eat it? What was the context where the event took place? It wouldn't appear to be starvation, as one might imagine the person would have just eaten the chicken, unless of course it was a starving person with such tremendous foresight as to first test his curiosity before proceeding with the chicken slaughter.

Podcast Goodness: Agent Orange and Competitive Eating

Hello there, fine folks of the SYSK nation. I hope everyone has had a stellar week - I know Dr. Clark and I have. Let's carry that into the weekend, shall we? This week on our little podcast, we covered a couple of topics that couldn't be more different -- Agent Orange and competitive eating contests. Yeah, that's right.

If one is so inclined, one may look around and find all manner of everyday threats to our health. There is bisphenol-A (BPA) in plastic water bottles (a recent Harvard study found that people drinking from these bottles for a week showed an increase in BPA in their urine by as much as 69 percent). The food we eat will definitely kill us. A survey of national chain restaurants in the U.S. found that slow-food places like Applebee's or T.G.I. Friday's are the unhealthiest, so much so that fast-food places didn't even register in the top 10. (The Cheesecake Factory's Chicken and Biscuits entree, for example, has about 2,500 calories -- the same as an eight-piece bucket and five biscuits at Kentucky Fried Chicken.) Plus, there are plenty of buses. If you weren't a trembling blob of death-fearing jelly already, here's some more bad news.

The cookie is on the kitchen floor and it's decision time. Is there any scientific truth to the five-second rule? Chuck investigates and finds some interesting studies about this well-entrenched social code.

When it comes to survival, food and water are pretty much non-negotiable. How long can you go without them? What happens to your body when you cross that threshold? Lend your ear to this HowStuffWorks podcast to find out.