No, Taking Your Coffee Black Does Not Mean You’re More Likely to be a Psychopath

Is that friend who always very politely turns down your offers for cream or sugar very possibly hiding a dark secret, as haters around the internet have been insisting recently? No, probably not—but here’s why some people are saying taking your coffee black means you’re more likely to be a psychopath. »10/12/15 8:30pm10/12/15 8:30pm


Cat owners may claim that their pets love ice cream and doughnuts, but it's the fat they enjoy.

Cat owners may claim that their pets love ice cream and doughnuts, but it's the fat they enjoy. The taste receptor for sweet is encoded in two genes. In cats, a chance mutation appears to have broken one of these genes. That's why tigers, lions, and your kitty will never have a sweet tooth. »8/15/14 1:52pm8/15/14 1:52pm

The Experiment That Required Scientists to Eat Butterflies

For decades, entomologists assumed that birds didn't eat monarch butterflies because they didn't like the taste. Until in 1957, one scientist decided to test that theory, using the same logic that parents of recalcitrant kids use to coax them into eating their spinach. You don't know you don't like it until you try it! »5/29/13 2:31pm5/29/13 2:31pm

10 Limits to Human Perception ... and How They Shape Your World

Every human has limits. You can only run so fast, jump so high, and go for so long without water. But what about restrictions upon our five senses, those tools that we use to perceive and understand our surroundings? Here are ten limitations on human perception that have a direct impact on how we understand the world. »7/17/12 1:26pm7/17/12 1:26pm

Why dolphins, cats, and other carnivores can't taste sweets

Most mammals — humans included — have taste receptors that can detect sweet, salty, sour, bitter and savory flavors; but the bottlenose dolphin pictured above has lost its ability to detect sugars. In fact, newly published research reveals that the dolphin is just one of many carnivores that has lost its ability to… »3/13/12 10:25am3/13/12 10:25am