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Stories by Layla Eplett

Into Thin Air: Weight Loss At High Altitudes

In addition to a lack of oxygen, there may be another reason its called thin air–researchers have been exploring the relationship between weight loss and high altitudes.

January 21, 2014 — Layla Eplett
Face Off! A Debate About Eating Anything With A Face

Face Off! A Debate About Eating Anything With A Face

Is it healthier to be a vegetarian? Or an omnivore? And how much of an environmental impact does livestock really have? These questions can spark a lively debate and thats exactly what happened last week when Intelligence Squared presented Dont Eat Anything With A Face...

December 10, 2013 — Layla Eplett
Organic Synthesis: Towards An Inclusion Of African Americans In Organic Farming

Organic Synthesis: Towards An Inclusion Of African Americans In Organic Farming

  George Washington Carver is widely known for his contributions to agriculture in the twentieth century. In the South, crops were predominantly monocultures such as cotton but Carver advocated a change to a polyculture that included more diverse crops including peanuts, soybeans and pecans...

November 5, 2013 — Layla Eplett
Pitch/Fork: The Relationship Between Sound And Taste

Pitch/Fork: The Relationship Between Sound And Taste

Sometimes a toffee sounds really good–not just the suggestion of it, but the actual toffee itself. That’s according to a study that found altering the pitch and type of instruments used in an accompanying soundtrack can modify the way food tastes...

September 4, 2013 — Layla Eplett

Rub a Dub Dub, Is It Time to Eat Grubs?

Excuse me, waiter, but there’s not a fly in my soup. Increasing the prominence of insects on menus is just one of the suggestions made in a report recently issued by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) The recommendation to consider the untapped potential of insects as food comes at a time when there is looming concern regarding food security...

June 4, 2013 — Layla Eplett

Second Helpings: Recycling Cairo's Food Waste

Forget about candy bars and potato chips--if current trends continue, the term “junk food” might have an entirely new meaning. In January, a report by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers found that of the four billion tons of food produced globally, approximately half becomes waste...

May 13, 2013 — Layla Eplett

Exploring the DromeDairy: Camels and Their Milk

Got camel milk? This may or may not be a strange question, depending on where in the world you live. Although camels and their milk are most commonly associated with the desert landscapes of the Middle East and North Africa, the camel’s origin can be traced back to the Protyplus , an animal similar in size to a hare that inhabited North America nearly forty million years ago.Thirty six million years later, the camel set off in search of not exactly greener pastures...

January 23, 2013 — Layla Eplett

Fava-the Magic Bean

A friend of mine once recounted his evening of clubbing after taking magic beans, describing them as transporting him to an entirely new place. I could see why he did it; if I was surrounded by adults sucking on pacifiers and hula hooping to techno beats, I’d want out of there, too...

August 8, 2012 — Layla Eplett

Viral Videos and Infectious Disease-Healing in Northern Uganda

Invisible Children's video, Kony 2012 recently went viral with over 100 million views, earning both praise and criticism from Ugandans. A vast amount of complexity surrounds the Lords Resistance Army (LRA), and it has been suggested to use the attention as a platform to raise awareness about another issue in the region, Nodding disease...

March 23, 2012 — Layla Eplett

When Sparks Fly: Aphrodisiacs and the Fruit Fly

If your partner has ever given you anything like this......or might be wondering things like: how am I supposed to react to this? Or, should I re-evaluate this relationship?Researchers have also asked questions regarding reactions and relationships when examining the connection between foods and sexual desire.Historically, sex, appetites and the intersection of sexual appetites have spanned the globe for centuries...

March 13, 2012 — Layla Eplett
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