Menu marketing tricks could lead to healthier meals

What’s in a name? Research from Stanford recently found it is human nature to prefer the unhealthy option. Measuring the habits of ~28,000 diners in the university cafeteria showed that vegetables prepared exactly the same fared quite differently among consumers when given different names. An indulgent name, like “twisted citrus-glazed carrots” sparked 25% more people to select the vegetable when compared to its basic name “carrots,” and 41% more people selected the indulgently named veg when compared to a healthy restrictive name like “carrots with sugar-free citrus dressing.” How do we use this info for good, not evil? We recommend names like sinful sweet potato alfredo and a 22 oz. slab o’ cow flesh.

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Do you really need your beauty sleep?

Ever roll out of bed and look in the mirror after a few late nights in a row and just think “Gross?” Unfortunately, you’re right. Everybody thinks you’re gross. According to a study by The Royal Society, acute sleep deprivation and looking tired are related to decreased attractiveness and health, as perceived by others. Researchers took photos of participants after both good and bad nights of sleep, then had those photos rated by strangers, judging the subject’s attractiveness, health, and trustworthiness. The images after bad nights of sleep scored lower on attractiveness and health, as well as the strangers noting they would be less likely to socialize with tired looking individuals. So go take a nap. InsightCity said it’s ok. How much do you sleep?

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3. That time you had an alien in your stomach

Researchers at MIT have designed an origami meat robot (their language, not ours!) to patch stomach wounds, deliver medicine, and remove dangerous foreign objects (perhaps ancient alien parasites) from patients.  Built from a type of dried pig intestine used in sausage casings, the robot is folded into an ice capsule that melts on its way into position in the patient’s stomach.  Once in position, and with the capsule fully dissolved, the robot unfolds.  A physician then guides the robot into position using a magnetic field.  The robot responds to changes in the field by rotating and pivoting on small fixed feet.  In tests within a pig’s stomach, the robot has been able to attach itself to and remove swallowed batteries.  Aliens, you are next!

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