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Not to be missed

Stuart Rosenthal, Publisher

Who will be the lucky winner of a 10-day vacation for two to China? One lucky attendee at the 2016 Beacon 50+Expos, that’s who! For the 17th year in a row, the Beacon Newspapers expects to attract thousands of area residents to its two free 50+Expos — annual events featuring great speakers, health screenings, informative resources, technology education, and entertainment geared to older adults and their families. This year’s events will take place at two locations this fall: on Sunday, Sept. 11, from noon to 4 p.m., at the Silver Spring Civic Center in downtown Silver Spring, Md., and on Sunday, Sept. 25, from noon to 4 p.m., at Springfield Town Center in Springfield, Va.

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A matter of taste

Stuart Rosenthal, Publisher

Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to perceive. Yes, I know. That last word, if I was truly quoting Sir Walter Scott, should be “deceive.” That was my topic last month — how the practice of lying is so central to socializing among humans. But this month, I’m talking about perception, which evidently (or should I say, apparently?) weaves no less tangled a web. I recently read about several studies of flavor perception that found an interrelationship between our personalities and our taste buds. They are small studies, certainly not definitive. But they seem to be onto something. For example, researchers have found that people (and rats, for that matter) who are particularly sensitive to

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