The strange genetic twist in Campbell's tomato soup

New research solves a long-standing puzzle.

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  • Breeders found a genetic tweak that made tomatoes easier to pick, but they didn't grow as well.
  • Modern technology has revealed an ancient surprise hidden in the fruit.
  • New research showcases how much we're still learning about crop gene editing.
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How to use tea to biohack your mood, stress, and productivity

Ancient beverages such as tea and chamomile can heighten your modern-day performance.

  • Tea was cultivated in China nearly 5,000 years ago.
  • Its molecular makeup makes it the perfect biohack for regulating mood, alertness, and concentration throughout the day.
  • Tea may not be a panacea, but studies suggest promising long-term health benefits.
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Scientists create genetically-modified houseplant that removes carcinogens from air

A new genetically-modified pothos ivy plant is exceptionally skilled at removing dangerous pollutants, such as benzene and chloroform, from the surrounding air.

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  • Houseplants are rumored to be natural air purifiers, but most research suggests their benefits are only marginal.
  • Genetically-modified plants might change that because they're able to produce special proteins that absorb and break down particular compounds.
  • The results of the recent research show promise for future applications of the technique.
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We can assess the health of coral reefs by the sounds algae make

Tiny bubbles talk photosynthesis.

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  • During photosynthesis, algae produces a symphony of little "pings."
  • The sounds are produced by oxygen bubbles breaking away from the plants.
  • Monitoring reef health through its sound is a new avenue for acoustic ecology.
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The first list of antidepressant foods restructures the "standard" American diet

The first list of antidepressant food scores restructures the "standard" American diet.

  • Leafy greens, cruciferous vegetables, and oysters top the list of depression-fighting foods.
  • Organ meats are also near the top of nutrient-dense food sources that should be included in your diet.
  • Researchers focus more on what to eat rather than what to remove from the standard diet.
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