Some experts are concerned about the rise in surgery to treat the common condition known as tongue-tie, when the tissue under the tongue is short, thick or tight. Here's a guide to your options.
Your tongue has special parts, bundled together as taste buds, that pick up flavour. But your other senses also help your brain work out how something tastes.
Your tongue, saliva and nose work together to help you taste your food.
A domestic cat grooming its fur.
Image courtesy of Candler Hobbs (Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta).
Domestic cats spend a quarter of their waking hours grooming. But that tongue action on the fur does more than keep fur clean – it also helps keep a cat cool.
Gotcha, five times faster than the blink of an eye.
Candler Hobbs/Georgia Tech
How do a frog's tongue and saliva work together to be sticky enough to lift 1.4 times the animal's body weight? Painstaking lab work found their spit switches between two distinct phases to nab prey.
It’s unclear just how many infants are undergoing these procedures.
Breastfed infants diagnosed with "tongue tie" are being unnecessarily treated with deep laser or scissors cuts under both their tongue and upper lip in the first weeks and months of life.
Taste receptors for salty, sweet, bitter and sour are found all over the tongue.
Tongue via www.shutterstock.com.
We can thank scholarly misinterpretation for the well-known but inaccurate map of the tongue.
What in the world ..?
Say ahhh. How mathematicians are looking at a baffling tongue condition that spirals around your tongue.
If some foods weird out your taste buds, read on to see if you fall in the ‘supertaster’ quarter of the population.
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