PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A mysterious clear liquid tastes like water to some, but when KYW’s Karin Phillips tried it, it tasted more like nail polish remover.

The experiment is part of the Flavor Tripping Cafe held by the Monell Center that studies taste and smell. The café is one of many “science cafes” that will be featured during the first-ever Philadelphia Science Festival next month.

Danielle Reed, a behavioral geneticist at Monell, said, “Food and science is really all about how we perceive and then how we eat because we eat what tastes good.  And if we don’t understand how we taste, we can’t crack the code of how to make ourselves push toward something better for us.”

In addition to Flavor Tripping, there are also cafes on the science of chocolate, the science of cheese and the science of beer. 

Gerri Trooskin, the festival’s director, said, “One of the things that we’re trying to do with the Science Festival in general is to showcase the importance of science and how it affects us on a daily basis.”

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Reported by Karin Phillips, KYW Newsradio 1060