Aficionados use words like "oaky" to describe some wines, or "hoppy" when talking about certain beers. But for rum--a product with over 1,000 different varieties -- putting the words together to describe what imbibers are smelling and tasting is a bit more difficult.
Antibiotics are lifesaving drugs, but overuse is leading to antibiotic resistance, one of the world's most pressing health threats. Scientists identified 11 genetic markers in blood that accurately distinguished between viral and bacterial infections 80 to 90 percent of the time. The finding is important because physicians don't have a good way to confirm bacterial infections like pneumonia and more-often-than-not default to an antibiotic.
Food scientists have found that people with a diminished ability to taste food choose sweeter -- and likely higher-calorie -- fare. This could put people on the path to gaining weight.