Links for 8/13/05

What Does Fat Taste Like?Probably nothing. Most scientists think that pure fat has no taste at all. That applies to trans fats, other unsaturated fats like sesame and corn oil, and saturated fats like butter and lard. The mouth senses five basic flavors: sweet, salty, sour, bitter, and umami (or glutamate, like MSG). Though some evidence suggests rodents can taste the flavor of fat, researchers haven’t conclusively shown that human beings can detect fats with their taste buds.

Stoned scientists-Marijuana and psychedelics have inspired many of the modern world’s greatest minds. (via Kottke)

LJ Friendsmap Generator-LJ friends on a Google Map.

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