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Leo Bear-McGuinness

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Leo is a science writer with a focus on environmental and food research. He holds a bachelor's degree in biology from Newcastle University and a master's degree in science communication from the University of Edinburgh.

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PFAS Identified in Pesticides Used on British Fruit and Veg

In a new investigation, Pesticide Action Network UK says it identified 10 different PFAS-containing pesticides used on UK fruit and vegetables.
Lobsters on the grill.

Shrimp and Lobster Dishes May Come With Elevated PFAS Risk

The researchers warn that safety standards for PFAS are urgently needed in seafood.
Herring in a pile.

Swapping Red Meat For “Foraged Fish” Could Save 750,000 Lives a Year

The researchers estimate that, by 2050, a global dietary shift from red meat to seafood could help avoid 500,000–750,000 annual deaths from ischemic heart disease (IHD), strokes and other diseases associated with meat consumption.
The word "keto" spelt in food.

Keto Diet Helps Treat Bipolar and Schizophrenia

Researchers found that a four-month-long low-carbohydrate, high-fat diet improved the majority of participants’ mental health scores.
Burger in hands.

Humans Are Losing Key Microbes That Turn Fiber Into Food

Researchers have discovered that the more urbanized the person, the less cellulose-degrading bacteria found in their gut.
Different beers.

AI Can Now Predict the Taste of Beer

Researchers from the Leuven Institute for Beer Research in Belgium have developed AI models that can predict how a beer will taste based on its chemical makeup.
A glass being filled with tap water.

Testing London’s Water for PFAS

This World Water Day, we hear from a project testing London's tap water for forever chemicals.
Petri dishes in gloved hands.

Scientists Engineer a New Mold-Burger

Despite the unappealing origins of the fake meat, burgers derived from different fungi species have become supermarket staples in recent years thanks to rising consumer interest in environmental sustainability and meat-free lifestyles.
Takeout sign at night.

AI Predicts the Unhealthiness of Menus in the UK

After researchers at the University of Cambridge trained the AI on menus taken from the food delivery website Just Eat, the computer model predicted the unhealthiness of 177,926 dine-in and take-out restaurants across Britain.
Eggs in a box.

Researchers Uncover How Tryptophan, a Common Amino Acid in Food, Can Lead to Arthritis

Now, researchers from the University of Colorado say they have identified the means in which bacteria in the digestive system can break down tryptophan into an inflammatory chemical that primes the immune system for arthritis.