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Lobsters have been a mystery to scientists and fishermen for years. Researchers have puzzled over how to determine their age, and how they reproduce. This week we look for answers.

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What’s the real difference between cheap and luxury vodka? We make our own, and send it to a lab, to find out.

We explore the surprising origins of the names of two foods — ketchup and rocky road — with help from the podcast Science Diction, which tells the science stories behind everyday words.

What are “natural flavors” and why are they shrouded in secrecy? Why doesn’t lemon-flavored seltzer contain lemon juice? A flavor chemist explains it all.

We visit a legendary pizzeria with a famously long line, then talk to scientists to try to figure out whether waiting to eat makes our food taste better -- or worse.

In cooking and eating, sound is the forgotten sense. But you can tell whether you're cutting scallions correctly, or how good your chocolate is, by the sounds they make.