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Making Sense of Taste
The Sciences

Making Sense of Taste

How do cells on the tongue register the sensations of sweet, salty, sour and bitter? Scientists are finding out and discovering how the brain interprets these signals as various tastes

By David V. Smith and Robert F. Margolskee

A Sharper View of the Stars

A new generation of optical interferometers is letting astronomers study stars in 100 times finer detail than is possible with the Hubble Space Telescope

By Arsen R. Hajian and J. Thomas Armstrong

Sculpting the Earth from Inside Out

Powerful motions deep inside the planet do not merely shove fragments of the rocky shell horizontally around the globethey also lift and lower entire continents

By Michael Gurnis

If Humans Were Built to Last

PERSON DESIGNED FOR A HEALTHY OLD AGE might possess the features highlighted here, along with countless other external and internal adjustments.

By Bruce A. Carnes, Robert N. Butler and S. Jay Olshansky


  • Fighting the Darkness in El Dorado

  • Sprawling into the Third Millennium

  • Evolution: A Lizard's Tale

  • The Geography of Poverty and Wealth

  • Sound Proof

  • From the Editor

    The Future of Human Evolution

  • Letters

    The Mail

  • Recommended

    Who Owns Your Body?

  • 50, 100 & 150 Years Ago

    50, 100 and 150 Years Ago: Before Technical Outerwear, Canals on Mars and Open Sore

  • Wonders

    The Needy Porcupine

  • In Brief

    Data Points: March 2001

  • In Brief, March 2001

  • Mathematical Recreation

    Easter is a Quasicrystal

  • Amateur Scientist

    Geotropism, One Last Time

  • Science and the Citizen

    Pour Me Another

  • Skin So Fixed

  • Trapped over a Chip

  • Out in the Cold

  • Scotchgard Scotched

  • Volcanic Accomplice

  • Music of the 'Spheres

  • Scratching an Old Theory

  • Sloppy Feeding

  • Copernican Counterrevolution

  • Working Knowledge


  • Connections

    French Leave

  • Cyber View

    To Protect and Self-Serve

  • Technology and Business

    Plenty to Sniff At

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March 2001

The Antidote to Anti-Intellectualism