Develop a model to describe how food is rearranged through chemical reactions forming new molecules that support growth and/or release energy as this matter moves through an organism.

  1. Health & Medicine

    Food supplements can make you sick

    Drugs must past safety testing before they can be sold. But food supplements don’t have to meet the same standards.

  2. Health & Medicine

    Sugar makes mice sleepy

    Sugar may amp up sleep-promoting cells in the brain, a new study in mice finds.

  3. Health & Medicine

    For better weight control, fiber up!

    Certain types of fiber suppress appetite, at least in mice. Found in fruits, vegetables, oats and barley, this fiber breaks down in the gut to release acetate. That travels to the brain, where the chemical prompts the release of hunger-fighting hormones.

  4. Chemistry

    Urine may make Mars travel possible

    On Earth, urine is a waste. En route to Mars, it could be a precious renewable commodity: the source of drinking water and energy.

  5. Health & Medicine

    Some of chocolate’s health benefits may trace to ‘bugs’

    Dark chocolate offers people a number of health benefits. A new study finds that the breakdown of chocolate by microbes in the human gut be behind some benefits.

  6. Health & Medicine

    Low protein, longer life — for some

    Eating less protein can lengthen life and improve health. That’s the message from new studies in mice and in people.

  7. Earth

    Intel STS finalist brings earthworms to the big time

    Earthworms and charcoal help plants resist infections, according to research by Anne Merrill, a finalist in the 2014 Intel Science Talent Search.

  8. Health & Medicine

    Building a food pyramid

  9. Humans

    A human migration fueled by dung?