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Lack of Taste

By | February 17, 2015

Scientists pinpoint how penguins may have lost their ability to sense sweet, umami, and bitter flavors.

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How a Memory Is Made

By | November 13, 2014

Transcription factor levels dictate which neurons in a network store a memory.

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How Hummingbirds Taste Nectar

By | August 21, 2014

Hummingbirds perceive sweetness through a receptor with which other vertebrates taste savory foods. 

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Vampire Bats Lack Bitter Taste

By | June 25, 2014

With a diet of blood, the flying mammals have largely lost the ability to taste bitter flavors.

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Roach Motel Vacancies Explained

By | May 23, 2013

Scientists discover why certain cockroaches avoid eating insecticide-containing sugary bait.

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Sensing Calories Without Taste

By | April 22, 2013

Rodents and fruit flies appear to be able to sense nutrients even when they can’t taste the food they’re eating. Now, researchers are trying to figure out how.

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A Scientist Emerges

By | August 1, 2012

At age 16, Alexandra Sourakov has her first scientific publication, on the foraging behavior of butterflies.

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Sweet and Sour Science

By | February 1, 2012

Japanese researchers unravel the mystery of miracle fruit.

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Cat Cravings

By | January 1, 2012

A mutated feline receptor for sweet tastes explains why cats don’t love sugar but do dig mushrooms.

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A Truly Happy Return

By | December 1, 2011

After a roller-coaster of an October, The Scientist resumes publication under new ownership.

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