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Color really does impact our perception of taste — even if the ingredients are otherwise the same, scientists say. It's something candy companies use to their advantage. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Researcher Elizabeth Currid-Halkett says celebrity can be boiled down to a simple formula. Caiaimage/Sam Edwards/Getty Images/Caiaimage hide caption

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Never Go To Vegas, And Other Unspoken Rules Of Being An A-Lister

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Jamie Bartlett: What Goes On In The Secrecy Of The Dark Web?

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How Scientists Are Growing Mini Brains In Petri Dishes For Experiments

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Cavitation produces a bubble that rapidly collapses and becomes hotter than the sun's surface. The mantis shrimp uses it, and now so do food and drink firms, to improve flavors — from yogurt to beer. Reinhard Dirscherl/ullstein bild via Getty Images hide caption

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Ben Anderson collects grass samples in Western Australia. Spinifex tastes to some like salt and vinegar chips — but it's so hard and spiky that scientists say collecting samples can be painful. Courtesy of Matt Barrett hide caption

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Dishwashers have come a long way since this 1921 model, which was designed mainly to help minimize the drudgery of housework. But today's sleek models are also designed with water conservation in mind. Bettmann/Bettmann Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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Mileha Soneji: Can Simple Innovations Improve The Lives of Parkinson's Patients?

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Amos Winter: How Do You Build An All-Terrain Wheelchair For The Developing World?

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Myriam Sidibe: Would Fewer Children Die of Disease If They Just Washed Their Hands?

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Brain Scientists Look Beyond Opioids To Conquer Pain

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NPR intern Kevin Garcia endures the sour taste of Warheads hard candy. Why are we tempted by candy that pretends to be made of hazardous chemicals, that threatens to nuke our taste buds, or that dares us to be disgusted? Photo illustration by Josh Loock/NPR hide caption

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Scientists And Surgeons Team Up To Create Virtual Human Brain Cells

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Predictably Unpredictable: Why We Don't Act Like We Should

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