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Japanese e-commerce site allows customers to choose by aroma

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A Japanese company that designs and develops small odour-imaging sensors is in the final stages of testing what it claims to be the world’s first e-commerce website on which consumers can search and select products by aroma.

According to the team, the process has the potential to enable 720,000 tonnes of biodiesel to be produced each year from spent coffee grounds. ©iStock

Spent coffee grounds: Unlocking a greener biofuel potential

Marcia Pires, polymer science researcher, Braskem.

Braskem packaging changes color if a product is unfit for consumption

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Tea genome: How a single leaf can produce so many flavours

In addition to standard beverages, a number of other caffeinated products, such as maple syrup, beef jerky, and donuts, have entered the market, suggesting substantial consumer interest in diverse sources of caffeine. ©iStock/ratmaner

Storm in a teacup? Review deems four coffees a day as safe

Braskem Amppleo polypropylene resin. Picture: Braskem.

Braskem presents ‘I’m green’ plastic packaging for coffee

Brewers tend to ignore yeast's potential - a mistake given its impressive biodiversity, says Renaissance BioScience. Pic:iStock/AkkharatJarusilawong

Breeding improved brewer’s yeast – and brewing quality beer

Although the cardiovascular safety profile of caffeine has been relatively well established, there is little published literature on the physical changes linked with multi‐ingredient energy drinks.©iStock

Energy drinks trigger ‘life threatening’ heart activity, study suggests

Dr Jonathan Coleman with the printable smart label. Picture: AMBER.

Scientists create printed transistors for interactive smart food labels

Defra’s Family Food Survey published in March, found sales of regular soft drinks fell by 34.6% between 2010 and 2014. Low-calorie drinks purchases increased by 35.8%. The survey stated that 38% of all soft drinks consumed were fully sugared, ©iStock

Artificial sweeteners raise stroke and dementia risk, study claims

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