Try This Experiment on World Science Day (Nov 10)!

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November 10 is World Science Day! Are you ready to experiment with science? Celebrate World Science Day for Peace and Development with a fun experiment. World Science Day for Peace and Development aims to raise awareness about the relevance of science and its impact on our daily lives.

Science is a way of life. Science is a perspective. Science is the process that takes us from confusion to understanding in a manner that's precise, predictive and reliable - a transformation, for those lucky enough to experience it, that is empowering and emotional. Brian Greene, American theoretical physicist and string theorist. Professor at Columbia University.

Below is an experiment you can try at home. Let us know what you think.  

Taste Testing Without Smell ( from sciencekids )

We all know that some foods taste better than others but what gives us the ability to experience all these unique flavors? This simple experiment shows that there's a lot more to taste than you might have first thought.

What you'll need:
  • A small piece of peeled potato
  • A small piece of peeled apple (same shape as the potato so you can't tell the difference)
Instructions:
  1. Close your eyes and mix up the piece of potato and the piece of apple so you don't know which is which.
  2. Hold your nose and eat each piece, can you tell the difference?
What's happening?

Holding your nose while tasting the potato and apple makes it hard to tell the difference between the two. Your nose and mouth are connected through the same airway which means that you taste and smell foods at the same time. Your sense of taste can recognize salty, sweet, bitter and sour but when you combine this with your sense of smell you can recognize many other individual 'tastes'. Take away your smell (and sight) and you limit your brains ability to tell the difference between certain foods.