Eyespy: April 2005
Music has the power to affect us in many ways, but most people don't taste or see it. Synaesthetes are people whose senses for certain types of stimuluses involuntarily cross over. Seeing colours for different notes is quite common for synaesthetes, but associating specific tastes with different notes or intervals is rarer. Unfortunately, reports of this phenomenon say that it isn't always a pleasant experience. A musician in Switzerland who can taste sounds describes one pop song as disgusting and tasting of mown grass and low fat cream. Eyespy gets this feeling also, when she hears The Verve (Nature 2005;434:38).
Non-smoking areas in bars, restaurants, and nightclubs make little difference to concentrations of tobacco smoke. Researchers measured nicotine concentrations in public places, such as hospitals, airports, schools, bars, and discos, in seven European cities. Exposure to secondhand smoke while dancing in a nightclub for four hours was the same as