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How to use a centrifuge

Up next in Professor Shane Eaton's white-coat lab tour is the centrifuge – an expensive piece of kit, but one that produces compelling results, he says.

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The science of flavour pairing

Prof Charles Spence delves into the mysterious world of food and drink matching.

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Supertasters - do they actually exist?

Professor Charles Spence tackles the uncomfortable question of how well tastemakers actually taste.

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How magic and drinks have always shared a stage

The art of illusion has long been associated with the bar world. Charles Spence goes behind the scenes.

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A guide to the sous vide

Professor Shane Eaton’s lab tour takes us to the sous vide. There are few tools better for fast infusion, he says.

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Why people choose the drinks they do

As some bars challenge traditional methods of helping people to choose their drinks, Prof Charles Spence looks at how aesthetic preferences may be linked. 

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The effect of Covid-19 on taste is the issue under our noses

If smell can be impaired by age and illness, so can guests' appreciation of our drinks. Professor Charles Spence sniffs out the truth

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Does vulnerability change our drinking choices?

Professor Charles Spence questions whether the instability of the world around us has an effect on the psychology of taste

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Humans crave novelty but shouldn't deliciousness be our guiding principle?

The pursuit of unusual flavours has led chefs and mixologists alike down some interesting roads – but Prof Charles Spence wonders if that’s the right path for cocktails. 

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The science of ice

Professor Shane Eaton explains the exact science that leads to clear blocks of ice, he says.

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Spherification in drinks

Edible packaging has its place, says Professor Charles Spence, but is that place really in alcoholic drinks?

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A guide to carbonation

Carbonation not only adds bubbles, but changes taste. Professor Shane Eaton talks us through the science between cocktails and CO2.

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A guide to the ultrasonic homogeniser

If you're looking for super-fast infusions, the sonicator or ultrasonic homogeniser might be the answer. Professor Shane Eaton explains how.