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Aug. 27, 2010

The Science of Smell

What goes on in the nose and brain when we smell a smell?

smell, aroma, scent

Jul. 13, 2012

Look, Listen, Taste

Can your eyes and ears affect your taste buds?

taste, senses, sensory, neurology, smell, sight, Marc Abrams, Improbable Research

Mar. 11, 2011

Getting a Sense of How We Taste Sweetness

Research looks at newly-discovered pathways for sensing sweet flavors.

taste, senses, flavor, sweet

Oct. 23, 2009

Now Hear This

We'll talk about research into how people hear, from the tiny hair cells within the ear, to the body's ways of dealing with loud noises.

ear, hearing, brain, sound

Apr. 17, 2009

Night Vision and DNA

Why do some animals have much better night vision than others? We'll talk about new research tracing the root of improved night vision to the architecture of the DNA inside the photoreceptor rod cells of the animals' eyes.

eye, vision, dna, genetics

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Michael Pollan Talks Plants and Food

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How Humpbacks Hunt With Bubbles

Humpback whales blow bubbles around schools of fish to concentrate them for easier capture. It's called a bubble net, says David Wiley, research coordinator for Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, and it's visible as a ring of bubbles at the surface. Now, with underwater digital tracking tags and custom visualization software, whale researchers can see what the whales are doing underwater when they're bubble-netting.

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