Lela Nargi

All Stories by Lela Nargi

  1. Brain

    Taste good? Senses inform the brain — but don’t tell everyone the same thing

    Whether something tastes appetizing depends on what a host of different sensory nerves collectively tell the brain. Warning: Sometimes they aren’t dependable — or even truthful.

  2. Health & Medicine

    Explainer: Taste and flavor are not the same

    What’s behind a food’s flavor? More than what we taste, it turns out.

  3. Science & Society

    Legalizing pot may confuse teens into thinking it’s safe

    A growing number of teens think marijuana is no big deal, a new study finds. And that may encourage many to experiment with its use.

  4. Health & Medicine

    Umbrella’s shade doesn’t prevent sunburn

    Sunblock may be sticky and uncomfortable, but it blocked more of the sun's harmful rays than did an umbrella, a new study found.

  5. Brain

    Stuttering: Blood flow in the brain may play a role

    A new study shows people who stutter have less blood flow to a language center in the brain known as Broca’s area.

  6. Health & Medicine

    Simpler way to screen for hidden hearing loss?

    Many teens today walk around with undiagnosed hearing damage. But some Boston-based researchers have come up with a low-tech approach to screening these individuals so they can get help.

  7. Health & Medicine

    ‘Ringing’ in the ears may signal serious ear damage

    A persistent ringing in the ears, also known as tinnitus, has become common in teens — and may point to eventual, permanent hearing loss.

  8. Materials Science

    Nanowires could lead to super-long-lived battery

    Scientists have long been looking for ways to make rechargeable batteries that last forever. They now may be close. Their solution: gel-dipped nanowires.