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Science Tuesday: 3D Printing for Chocolate Because, Chocolate, Right?

Chris Lisinski, Staff Writer
@chrislisinski

Soon your chocolate will be more scientific than you/ PHOTO VIA Flickr user Dan4th Nicholas

Soon your chocolate will be more scientific than you/ PHOTO VIA Flickr user Dan4th Nicholas

When 3D printing technology first grabbed headlines, most consumers were wondering what the future held. Now, finally, the day of salvation is near: We will soon be able to print chocolate.

Legendary chocolatiers at The Hershey Company have teamed up with 3D Systems to develop the candy-printing system, according to a Thursday press release. The technology will be used to bring the confectionery business to a state reflecting our wildest sci-fi sweet-tooth dreams.

“Whether it’s creating a whole new form of candy or developing a new way to produce it, we embrace new technologies such as 3D printing as a way to keep moving our timeless confectionery treats into the future,” said Hershey Vice President William Papa in the release.

But despite all of the futuristic hubbub, 3D printing technology has actually existed since the 1980s — it has however only recently become accessible and commercially feasible.

The basic principle is that 3D printing is an “additive” process based on a digital model. Rather than use tools to chip away at a block of marble or to cut wood and glue it together, 3D printers creates its product by laying down layer after layer of material according to the computer design. The computer programming allows for significant customization.

3D Systems unveiled the ChefJet, what it calls “the world’s first and only professional-certified, kitchen-ready 3D food printer,” earlier this month in Las Vegas, the Huffington Post reported on Jan. 10. Now, Hershey’s candy printer falls under the same line of product design.

If we are lucky, when the candy bars of tomorrow arrive, five of them are wrapped with golden tickets so we can take a tour and learn how they are made (sans nightmare-inducing psychedelic trip on a boat, please).

We can only hope the next step is for Hershey to hire an eclectic, bipolar hermit with a penchant for purple top hats and glass elevators.

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Science Tuesday: Another Reason to Eat Chocolates (HALLELUJAH!)

By Sanah Faroke, Staff Writer
@sanahfaroke

Eating chocolates increases brain function. That’s right. Go crazy./PHOTO VIA Flickr user peter pearson

You know how people always say to avoid stereotypes because we’ll probably be wrong about the person? Well, we kind of misguidedly judged one of our best friends. Its name is chocolate.

My mom always told me, “Sanah, don’t eat that extra piece of chocolate, you’ll get fat,” and I believed her. In fact, I believed this myth for the longest time, but in article from the journal Neurology, researchers found that chocolate can actually help older people think sharper and keep their brains healthy. The participants in the study that drank two cups of chocolate-based drinks for 30 days had an 8.3 percent increase in blood flow to the brain. It even helped with memory and cognitive exams.

The study, funded by Mars, Inc. (the chocolate company), made a connection with the flavanols in cocoa. The adults consumed some form of cocoa in a drink every day for eight weeks and researchers found that those who consumed more flavanols did better not only on cognitive tests, but also completed the exams more quickly and remembered more of the information. So you know what that means — walk into your next exam like a boss while eating chocolate. You know all those mornings of taking your Vitamin D, that gross fish oil and a piece of dark chocolate did you well and you should feel good about it.

Cocoa consumption, along with making you a smart (chocolate chip) cookie may reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke, according to a 2012 study produced by Oscar Franco from the University of Cambridge in England.

Another positive? Eating chocolate can make you slimmer. Cue the “HALLELUJAH!” According to a 2012 study published in the journal, Archives of Internal Medicine, people who ate chocolate five times a week had a lower Body Mass Index than people who avoided chocolate.

But here’s the deal with chocolate. Like most things, it needs to be done in moderation. So don’t go raiding Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. Also, remember: the darker the chocolate, the healthier it is for you. The dark chocolate is what has all the ingredients that keep you healthy, like fiber, magnesium and antioxidants. So get on that chocolate jungle fever and enjoy that Godiva bar.

MUSE: 10 Eating Places Near BU You Must Try

By Noëmie Carrant, Staff Writer

Dear Freshmen,

Welcome to Boston. As a seasoned eater at Boston University, let me tell you right now that you will get sick of the fast food places that grace our campus. When you do, I highly suggest leaving Commonwealth Avenue, taking the T and trying to find other places to go to. Fortunately for you, we at the FreeP, make traveling a lot easier by presenting you with a guide of restaurants, markets and cafés to try out.

1. Yamato 

GSU sushi is nice, but $10 for a couple of maki and sushi can definitely add up. As an alternative, enter a sushi heaven, where for $16, you can eat ALL THE SUSHI IN THE WORLD…at lunch time. Never fear though, there is a dinner special. All-you-can-eat for dinner will cost you from $22 to $24 depending on what day you go.

Address:

117 Chiswick Road

Brighton, MA 02135

2. Super 88 Market 

Super 88 is not just an Asian grocery but hosts a lot of authentic Asian cuisine (ie. Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, Indian and Korean.) Imagine all the fresh, exotic fruit and frozen and packaged goods – the Korean instant ramen Shin Ramyun is spicy, delicious and is always a classic choice. More than that, the food is both filling and cost-efficient.

Address:

1 Brighton Avenue

Allston, MA 02134

3. Trident Booksellers and Café

The Trident is a wonderful, cozy combination of a bookstore and a café and is a 10 minute walk from Kenmore Square. This bookstore/restaurant is on Newbury Street, one of the most iconic shopping districts in Boston. Trident has some delicious sandwiches (try the Turvacado), an excellent breakfast selection and the Chocolatino, which saves lives in the winter. Really.

Address:

338 Newbury Street

Boston, MA 02115

4. L.A. Burdick Chocolate

Though there’s tea, coffee and cakes, L.A. Burdick is most renowned for its variety of hot chocolate. L.A. Burdick has three flavors: dark, white and milk hot chocolate. Each sip of all the rich and dense liquids is a delight and almost guarantees a higher standard in hot chocolate.

Address: 220 Clarendon Street

Boston, MA 02215

ALSO

52 Brattle Street – Harvard Square

Cambridge, MA 02138

5. Gourmet Dumpling Café

Boston’s Chinatown is very decent and Gourmet Dumpling Café is one of its landmarks. It’s a busy little place but it’s worth the wait. There are plenty of classic dumplings, dim sum and other Chinese options to choose from.

Address:

52 Beach Street

Boston, MA 02111

6. Flour Bakery + Café

Flour has four locations all around Boston, because it’s that wonderful. Everything, from the sandwiches (the roasted lamb sandwich is exquisite) to the pastries and cakes (two words: banana bread) is good. Also, they make their own version of pop tarts with puff pastry and raspberry jam that changes lives.There is greatness in every single breadcrumb and chocolate chip. The people bake with love, and as you bite into whatever you order, you can taste it.

Address:

Back Bay

131 Clarendon Street (entrance on Stanhope Street)

Boston, MA 02116

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South End

1595 Washington Street

Boston, MA 02118

ALSO

Fort Point Channel

12 Farnsworth Street

Boston, MA 02210

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Central Square

190 Massachusetts Avenue

Cambridge MA 02139

7.  J. Pace & Son

This Italian deli is the must-visit of the North End. There’s a vast selection of imported goods and an excellent catering service, where you can grab a sandwich, a salad, some pasta, etc. Try the hearty Big Dip sandwich and be Italia.

Address:

42 Cross Street

Boston, MA 02113

8. Mike’s Pastry OR Modern Pastry

You’ll often hear people clashing in heavy debate about which is better, is it Mike’s Pastry or Modern Pastry? Which establishment has the best cannoli? Which establishment has the most variety? Personally, Mike’s Pastry wins my heart, but I’ll let you decide for yourself.

Address:

Mike’s Pastry

300 Hanover Street

Boston, MA 02113

Address:

Modern Pastry

257 Hanover Street

Boston, MA 02113

9. James Hook & Co. Lobster

Visit this place and get one thing: the lobster roll. It’s $14, but it will be the best lobster roll of your life. Fresh and juicy lobster meat, covered in a celery and mayo dressing, tucked in a doughy bun. Simplistic and classic all in one roll.

Address:

15-17 Northern Avenue

Boston, MA 02110

10. Mr. Bartley’s Gourmet Burgers

Right next to Harvard Square is a nice little burger joint. The interior is fitted with a retro vibe with dimmed lighting to match. The burgers are gigantic and all have whacky names. Try the fries with the homemade pepper jam.

Address:

1246 Massachusetts Avenue

Cambridge, MA 02138

Though if you’re really set on staying within the boundaries of campus and/or have a tight budget, here are a few tips to spare: West Campus has the best pizza, Warren has The Sandwich Guy and The Omelet Lady and Bay State has the best of everything else.

Oxytocin: Love potion?

By Kimberly Clark, Features Staff Writer

Valentine’s Day is one of those holidays some love and the rest love to hate. I don’t care what people claim; there is no middle ground. If you happen to be one of the lucky ones blissfully in love when Feb. 14 rolls around, all the single people out there are really happy for you. They just wish you would keep all the red and pink and chocolate romance to yourself Continue reading