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This Seaweed Tastes Like Bacon and Has "Twice the Nutritional Value of Kale"

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The cravings of bacon-lovers are insatiable. The craze for the greasy snack has inspired lotteries, art, and even a Stanley Cup replica. If you really wanted to, you could smell like bacon or get drunk on the taste. The only thing holding (reasonable) people back are the health concerns. That's where dulse, a healthy alternative, can help.

Dulse is a sea vegetable that grows on the coasts of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Like bacon, it has a red hue and, more importantly, a salty, meaty taste when fried. The intriguing plant is not exactly new: the people of Iceland and Ireland have been enjoying it since the 12th century. Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center has been researching and growing the plant for 15 years and now they have created and patented a new strain.

This exciting food grows extremely quickly, is packed with vitamins, and tastes delicious. “Dulse is a superfood, with twice the nutritional value of kale,” said Chuck Toombs, a faculty member in OSU’s College of Business. “And OSU had developed this variety that can be farmed, with the potential for a new industry for Oregon.”

There is no commercial operation growing edible dulse in the U.S. just yet, but the Hatfield Marine Science Center has received a grant from the Oregon Department of Agriculture to explore it as a “special crop.”

[h/t: TIME]

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Whether you drink it on its own or use it as stock, bone broth is the perfect recipe to master this winter. Special thanks to the Institute of Culinary Education

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Why Can Parrots Talk and Other Birds Can't?
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If you've ever seen a pirate movie (or had the privilege of listening to this avian-fronted metal band), you're aware that parrots have the gift of human-sounding gab. Their brains—not their beaks—might be behind the birds' ability to produce mock-human voices, the Sci Show's latest video explains below.

While parrots do have articulate tongues, they also appear to be hardwired to mimic other species, and to create new vocalizations. The only other birds that are capable of vocal learning are hummingbirds and songbirds. While examining the brains of these avians, researchers noted that their brains contain clusters of neurons, which they've dubbed song nuclei. Since other birds don't possess song nuclei, they think that these structures probably play a key role in vocal learning.

Parrots might be better at mimicry than hummingbirds and songbirds thanks to a variation in these neurons: a special shell layer that surrounds each one. Birds with larger shell regions appear to be better at imitating other creatures, although it's still unclear why.

Learn more about parrot speech below (after you're done jamming out to Hatebeak).

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