Ben Wasserman

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How to hack your taste buds

Why does toothpaste give orange juice a weird aftertaste? It’s one of many surprisingly easy ways to trick your tongue – and your brain – into experiencing strange flavours, says Veronique Greenwood. What's going on?<p>Your tongue is not a blank slate. What you've just eaten can change the flavour of …

West Africa

Weird Animal Question of the Week: What's the Most Toxic Snake?

Technically, it's the inland taipan—but other snakes are more dangerous.<p>Snakes are sneaky-even questions about them can wiggle right out of your grasp.<p>When Arocha Musa of Kampala, Uganda, wrote in asking, "What makes the cobra the most dangerous snake?" we quickly realized two things: Cobras aren't …

What’s the secret to holding your breath?

Some can manage five minutes, others barely one. But the trick to holding your breath is actually rather surprising<p>How long can you hold your breath? I’m trying it right now. The first 30 seconds are easy. I’m ready to give up at 45 seconds but I push on through, and it seems to get easier for a …

Pregnant Snake Prepares For Motherhood By Eating Toxic Toads

Some expectant mothers prepare for the arrival of their babies by reading books of parenting tips, painting nurseries, and buying a pram. The tiger keelback snake takes a different approach. When females get pregnant, they slither into the forest to eat as many poisonous toads as they can find.<p>The …

Bee brain hints at how we make memories - Futurity

Understanding how honey bees form memories could eventually suggest new ways to address disorders such as dementia and autism, scientists say.