100 Days Project

Nanogirl: Star Science

Nanogirl wants to find 100 friends to do science experiments with her to prove that no matter who you are or what your education level, you can always have fun with science.

Day 55:

8 year old Eve is a super-taster!

Eve is 8 and tonight she used a bit of food colouring to find out how many taste buds she has.

To do the same, all you need is some food colouring, a cotton bud, a key & a magnifying glass. Using the cotton bud, swab some food colouring onto the tip of your tongue. Then place the key on your tongue & count the pink dots within the keyhole. The pink dots are your fungiform papillae which house your taste buds & don't take up the food colouring. On average, non-tasters have less than 15 papillae in that area, while people who are 'super tasters' have over 30.

Thanks to Eve's Mum Siouxsie for helping with this experiment.