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It's like Taking Candy from a Baby and Giving it to a Snail

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Halloween came early for a selection of lucky pond snails in Canada. A duo at the University of Calgarychocolate bar bite lazy lobster decided that the best way to test the affects chocolate may have on memory was to feed it to snails. The snails may not have spines but they at least have suitable brains for purposes of this research!

Lee Fruson, an undergraduate student, wanted to test the affect flavonoids have on memory. Specifically the flavonoid called epicatechin which is found in green tea, wine, and cocoa. Humans can be poor test subjects for memory studies because there are many factors that affect our memories.  

Since it would have been inhumane to get snails drunk (besides inebriation has been known to impair memory), and green tea just wasn’t on the menu that day so they decided to use chocolate.

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Happy Easter!

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“Here comes Peter Cottontail
Hoppin’ down the bunny trail
hippity hoppity
reducing his carbon footrprint
along the way!”

Tomorrow is Easter and Peter Cottontail asks in his famous song that you: “Try to do the things you easter eggs kayrieshould!” He also mentions you should be “extra good” and if so “he’ll roll lots of Easter eggs your way.”

Here are some tips to make Easter egg-stra special and green! That was the only and last egg pun that will be in today’s post.

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Chocolate is a Comfort Food

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Today is the last day of the American Chemical Society’s (ACS) annual meeting, which has brought usalvinmann chocolate fascinating news of biomimetics, a capsule that can clean up radioactive materials from liquids, and the most relieving news of all: chocolate is still good for you.

Yesterday, at a symposium called, “Cocoa: Science and Technology,” eighteen reports from international chocolate experts about the food’s main ingredient (cocoa) were given about the health benefits of practically everyone’s favorite candy.

“Chocolate is one of the foods with the greatest appeal to the general population,” said Sunil Kochhar, Ph.D., a Cocoa symposium participant. “The luscious aroma, taste and textures of chocolate have delighted the senses of people in many parts of the world for centuries and make it a well-known comfort food.”

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Choose Ethical Chocolate Today

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on Tuesday, 14 February 2012
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Did you know that white chocolate isn’t real chocolate? White chocolate contains no chocolate liquor which is the main ingredient the treat would need to be considered real chocolate. What it does have is cocoa butter and the FDA says it must have at least 20% cocoa butter and no more than 55% sugar to be called white chocolate. Who other than Willy Wonka could have known that chocolate is a complicatedbox_of_candy confection?

Dark, bitter and semisweet chocolate is required to have 35% chocolate liquor while milk chocolate must contain 10% chocolate liquor.  Anything less is not up to the FDA’s standards and is likely labeled “chocolate flavored” or could be made of carob

Carob has a different texture and taste than chocolate but contains the same amount of calories. It is commonly used in gourmet dog treats to give them a harmless taste of chocolate.

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1944: Camano Class Light Cargo Ship was laid down for the US Army as FS-289 at Wheeler Shipbuilding in Whitestone, NY.

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1945: Delivered to US Army.

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1950: Acquired by the US Navy on July 1, 1950 and placed in service as USNS New Bedford (T-AKL-17).

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1954: The movie, Mister Roberts, was made on the USNS New Bedford (T-AKL-17).

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1955 - 1963: Used as a cargo supply ship for the Texas Towers, a network of advanced radar stations located off the Eastern Seaboard. In 1957, Capt. Sixto Mangual was commander of the AKL-17 and in 1961 it was rechristened the USNS New Bedford. The New Bedford, sailing out of State Pier, was keeping vigil when Texas Tower No. 4 callapsed off the New Jersey coast during a January 1961 nor'easter.

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1963: Reclassified as Miscellaneous Unclassified (IX-308).

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1971: The New Bedford (IX-308) served as a Torpedo Test Firing Vessel in the Puget Sound area.

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1994: Ceremony in New Bedford.

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1995: The ship was struck from the Naval Register on April 4.

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2004: The Sea Bird's current disposition is a tuna long liner (fishing boat) out of San Diego, CA.

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2006: Design of the Tesla Turbine began on June 11, 2006. The Sea Bird was sold by Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service for commercial service.

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2007: The Sea Bird was drydocked for renovations.

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2008: The Sea Bird setting sail to Sea-Tac in Seattle, WA.

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2009 - 2010: The Sea Bird is currently docked at Seattle Sea-Tac.

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