Why a White Cup Makes Your Coffee Taste More Intense 

If part of your morning routine involves coffee, it's likely that you have a very specific ritual about which cups you use. Now, an Australian scientist has taken it upon himself to find out whether there's any scientific basis for thinking that taste is influenced by cup color—and it turns out, the color of your cup… » 11/26/14 4:00pm 11/26/14 4:00pm

Why Toothpaste Makes Things Taste So Awful

You may think it might be the common mint flavor of toothpaste clashing with other flavors, but in the case of orange juice and many other things, this isn't actually what's going on. The culprit here is thought to be two compounds almost universally added to toothpastes -sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium lauryl ether… » 3/11/14 6:00am 3/11/14 6:00am

How Flavors Are Linked, Visualized

If you've ever wondered why certain foods taste great together—tomato and basil or, hell, peanut butter and jelly—then wonder no longer. This amazing visualization from Scientific American shows how flavors are linked, and explains why certain combinations work so well. » 8/23/13 4:03am 8/23/13 4:03am

Magic Potion Magically Transforms Vodka Into Any Liquor You Like

You have tons of vodka lying around. Maybe your friends left it. Maybe it was on sale. Maybe you bought it because it's cheap and you heard you could make it into whatever booze you want. What? » 6/22/12 5:00pm 6/22/12 5:00pm

Is Cilantro Hating Genetic?

There are a small, but vehement, group of people that hate cilantro with a passion. But it turns out that they might not be fussy; instead, they might just be unlucky enough to be beneficiaries of a curious genetic mutation. » 5/18/12 7:35am 5/18/12 7:35am

Milky Way Could Taste Like Raspberries, Astronomer Says

Those drunks scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy are at it again. While looking for amino acids in the Sagittarius B2 region they found how the galaxy tastes. It wasn't chicken. » 4/22/09 4:40pm 4/22/09 4:40pm

Pur Water Purifying Fruit Flavor Cartridges Are Both Fantastic and…

As if drinking regular water isn't enough for kids these days, Pur is introducing Pur Flavor Options, which is a fruit cartridge you can stick into their Pur water filter systems. The upshot? Now you can flip a switch and get filtered fruit-flavored water from your tap, which has the taste of water you used to rinse… » 5/15/07 10:15pm 5/15/07 10:15pm