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Tea Tuesdays: The Chemis-Tea Of Pouring The Perfect English-Style Cuppa

The British are very specific about how they take their tea: black, with milk and sugar. But steeping the optimal cup requires a surprising amount of chemistry. Here's a guide to the science.
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House Of Carbs: A Big Ball O' Carbohydrates Is Good Eating In Ghana

Our Peace Corps correspondent meets the giant ball of carbs that floats in many a Ghanaian stew. She takes a pinch (using her right hand only). And she learns to almost love it.
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Army Corps Project Pits Farmland Against Flood Threat

A levee project would cordon off lucrative farmland along the Mississippi River in southeastern Missouri. But towns in Illinois say that puts them at risk of flooding while protecting rich farmers.
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Acidifying Waters Are Endangering Your Oysters And Mussels

Many coastal communities that harvest shellfish could soon be hurt by ocean acidification, a study finds. The Pacific Northwest and New England are hot spots, as are estuaries along the East Coast.

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Good News: More Crops! Bad News: More Plague!

Tiny patches of Tanzanian farmland contain more rats than do nearby forests. These rats are more likely to carry the bacteria that cause the plague in humans.
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Feeding Babies Foods With Peanuts Appears To Prevent Allergies

Babies who ate the equivalent of about 4 heaping teaspoons of peanut butter weekly were about 80 percent less likely to develop a peanut allergy by their fifth birthday. So finds a landmark new study.
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Freight Farms: How Boston Gets Local Greens, Even When Buried In Snow

Big metal shipping containers are often used to import food from around the globe. Now, two Boston entrepreneurs are modifying those containers to grow local produce hydroponically, 365 days a year.
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Lamb Dumplings, Lentils And A Bittersweet Taste Of Home

One of Syria's most famous restaurants is bringing the tastes of Damascus to Iraq, where hundreds of thousands of Syrians have fled from war, and are hungry for a reassuring slice of home.
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Visual Feast: If The World's Major Cities Were Made Of Food

A charming photo series called BrunchCity re-creates metropolises in miniature, with famous local noshes as part of the architecture.
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Have Big-Box Superstores Helped To Make Us Fat?

A study argues that the density of restaurants and large-scale food retailers in parts of the U.S. has been a major factor in the rise of obesity. But some see it as a "chicken and egg" problem.

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