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FYI: Why Does Some Food Taste Bad To Some People And Good To Others?

People who have a lot of papillae—the bumps on our tongue, most of which house our taste buds—often find flavors overwhelming. They're "supertasters," and as such they add cream to their coffee and order food mild instead of spicy. Subtasters, on the other hand, have low papillae density and prefer …

Top 4 keys to mastering moon phases

The most important key is to think of the moon as a world in space, with a day and night side.<p><b>Why does the moon seem to change its shape every night?</b> …

Astronomy

FYI: Will People Ever Evolve Out of Craving Unhealthy Food?

Maybe, but it's going to take a long time. For the past 200,000 years or so, fatty and sugary foods were hard for humans to come by and well worth gorging on. Fats help maintain body temperature, sugars provide energy, and craving such food is hardwired: Eating fats and sugars activates reward …

Starwatch: What's the dark matter?

If we could look back at our Milky Way galaxy from deep space then we might view something very like this Hubble image of the galaxy NGC 5754. Both …

How Better Plane Design Is Making Crashes Less Deadly

How the decades-old concept of "crashworthiness" saves lives<p>During the early days of flying, planes weren't built to crash. They could fly, sure, but when something went wrong, there wasn't much to protect a pilot or passengers from impending doom. In 1917, a young pilot named Hugh DeHaven, flying …

The World's End: meet Edgar Wright

When Edgar Wright was 19, he and his friends went on a pub crawl in his hometown, Wells in Somerset. "Out of 13 pubs, I managed to get through six …

Pacific Rim: mass destruction and modern cinema

The Golden Gate Bridge first met its big-screen demise in 1955, torn apart by a giant stop-motion octopus in It Came From Beneath The Sea. This …