When bitter taste receptors found in the noses of supertasters were exposed to a bacterial chemical, they started fighting it off, while the receptors of others with normal taste perceptions did not detect the chemical's presence.
Katie Deremiah and Ron Fitzgerald of Des Moines thought it was cool when their son was born on Sept. 10 last year — offering the sequence: 9, 10,11 Now they've had a daughter. She weighed 8 lbs. 9 oz., was born on Oct. 12 at 13:14 military time. That makes her sequence: 8,9,10,11,12,13, 14.
In 1947, Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier. On Sunday, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports, he did it again. At age 89, he climbed in the back seat of an Air Force jet. The plane ripped past the speed of sound, 65 years to the minute after Yeager first did it.
Arlen Specter, reviled by the right, mistrusted by the left and ever unpredictable, was nonetheless a major force in the U.S. Senate for three decades. He cast what were often crucial votes on everything from judicial nominations to economic policy.
Parents of young players are increasingly anxious about concussions. Many continue to participate — albeit more cautiously. Others worry about whether the youth leagues will eventually halt altogether. In Texas, the risk of injury is putting families at odds with a sport many consider a religion.
Early voting is underway in Iowa, a battleground state where the most recent polls give President Obama a very narrow lead in a tight race. Four years ago, Obama carried Iowa with help from a massive ground organization that far outpaced what the GOP was doing. This year, Republicans say that won't be repeated.
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