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20 Things You Didn’t Know… Taste
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20 Things You Didn’t Know… Taste

No doubt you're an expert on which foods taste delicious and which ones taste disgusting to you. But have you ever thought about why foods taste different? And why is it that other people sometimes love foods you hate?

Sample the science behind taste, including how your taste buds help you enjoy the many flavors of food. Then investigate why your tastes may change as you grow older.

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Amazing Animal Senses

Amazing Animal Senses

Did you know butterflies taste with their feet and earthworms with their entire body? Or that chameleons and seahorses have eyes that can move in different directions? Uncover more sensational senses. More...

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Experiments to Try

Experiments to Try

Take a walk on the smelly side. Explore the limits of touch. And put your senses to the test with this collection of fun experiments. More...

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Can I Eat That?

Can I Eat That?

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Orange Juice and Toothpaste

Orange Juice and Toothpaste

Have you ever drank orange juice right after brushing your teeth? If so, then you know it tastes, well, odd. Find out how one of the ingredients in toothpaste affects your sweet taste buds. More...

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What Are Your Senses?

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Seasoning: Your Sense of Taste

Seasoning: Your Sense of Taste

It's not just sweet, salty, sour, and bitter that your tongue detects. It also registers "umami." Discover this fifth flavor, as well as how your taste cells work. More...

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Exploratorium
Dinner Fix-It Quiz

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Ever added too much salt while making soup? Challenge yourself with this fun quiz about the science of taste and discover how to fix cooking bloopers. More...

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Savory Science: Jelly Bean Taste Test

When it comes to tasting a feast of flavors, what role does your nose play? Find out with this "scent-sational" experiment. More...

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Science of Supertasters

Are you a non-taster, a supertaster, or somewhere in between? The answer depends on your sensitivity to a certain bitter chemical. Check it out. More...

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Understanding: Taste Buds

It's the red spots not the bumps on your tongue that hold your tastebuds. Examine the role that taste plays in ensuring that we eat the right things. More...

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Nervous System: Taste

Nervous System: Taste

Your sense of taste helps protect you from poison and maintain the chemical balance of your body. Find out what else it does. More...

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Science Cooks!

How can you make your favorite comfort foods more nutritious? Join the SciGirls in the kitchen to find out. More...

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