Monday, June 18, 2018
News Roundup

The skinny: To curb sugar, trade cake for sweet music?

Some tasty research

To curb sugar, trade cake for sweet music?

Playing "sweet" sounding music over dinner could allow you to lower the amount of sugar in food without changing the taste in a phenomenon dubbed "sonic seasoning" by experimental psychologists at Oxford University, the Daily Telegraph of London reports. According to the researchers, listening to certain sounds increase the sense of taste. It works by tricking the brain into perceiving that a flavor is more salty, sweet or sour than it actually is because of the sounds. Charles Spence, professor of experimental psychology at Oxford University, believes that it could allow cooks to cut down on unhealthy ingredients without losing any of the richness.

Calm and peaceful

Odd couples hit it off at this zoo

Animals in the zoo in Tbilisi, Georgia, are not allowed to be lonely, even if it means they end up with rather unusual companions. A female rhinoceros called Manuela has made friends with donkeys, after failing to hit it off with either zebras or goats, while a lion cub neglected by his mother has bonded with a puppy. Tbilisi Zoo spokeswoman Mzia Sharashidze said Manuela got depressed after the death of her mate and became aggressive toward her caretakers. They tried putting zebras in her enclosure, then goats. No deal. The donkeys had an instant calming effect. Nearby, lion cub Shamba lives happily with a puppy. Sharashidze said they "are watching how long the friendship will last."

A muddy episode

Firefighters save day for stuck horse

Firefighters and others in Oregon worked for three hours to rescue a horse that had fallen into a muddy hole that held it like quicksand. The horse named Missy apparently fell off an embankment into a shallow creek where she was trapped by mud up to her sides. The Statesman Journal reports that firefighters from Marion County Fire District No. 1 and a front-end loader extricated a sedated Missy from the mud and placed her on stable ground.

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