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Physics of food

Ensuring a pot of the famous melted cheese dish has the right material properties is key to enjoying it.

Catherine Meyers, Editor

The bright colors of a variety of citrus fruits, including lemons, limes and other tart fruits fill the foreground of the image. The background includes white lines of the DNA double helix.

Scientists identify two genes behind plant cell pumps that produce sourness -- and variation in flower color.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

The photo shows more than 15 lettuce plants growing atop two rows of boxes with black tops, green leaves spreading out from the center, as tubing curls between the boxes.

Scientists are trying to perfect a technique for growing crops in space so that astronauts have enough food to get to Mars and back.

Benjamin Plackett, Contributor

New research reveals how wet porous materials collapse under pressure.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

The science of heat transfer confirms the wisdom of Italian pizzaiolos.

Brian Owens, Contributor

Food scientists are developing food for astronauts that stays nutritious and fresh for at least three years.

Rebecca Boyle, Contributor

Researchers detect presence of proteins in the saliva of people who ate bitter foods.

James Gaines, Contributor

Researchers found that adding a full twist made it possible to break spaghetti in half.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

Growing interest in minimally processed wines is shaking up the wine industry.

Joel Shurkin, Contributor

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