Feature

Citrus cleaner

The lime tree potted in my front yard has started to bare fruit. I picked a ripe lime and carried it to my kitchen for squeezing into a soup. On the way I scratched the rind with my thumb and delighted at its bright, sunny aroma. Later in the day I was cleaning my kitchen with a citrus cleanser. It smelled vaguely like the lime's rind. I decided to compare the odors of these two citrus items and plunked both of them down on the kitchen … [Read More...]

Noteable

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Island Scene: Smell loss important signal

A loss of sense of smell could signal a more serious health condition, such as … [Read More...]

Do scented candles cause harm?

Are scented candles harmful? A recent study suggests that cheaper candles made … [Read More...]

Man lost smell, then taste

Jason Feifer lost his sense of smell as a child, and shortly afterward, his … [Read More...]

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NYTimes: Zinc nasal spray may harm smell

Users of a popular cold remedy have reported damage to the sense of smell, and … [Read More...]

Science

Common chemical sense

I've heard of common sense, but common chemical sense? Turns out that the human sense of smell includes a third pathway, called the … [Read More...]

Policy

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Should you wear scented products to work?

Employers have begun asking workers to refrain from wearing and using scented personal and cleaning products at work. Now there are at … [Read More...]

Riffs

Stew season

With cooler weather upon us, it's the perfect time of year to break out the enameled cast iron pot and make some stew. So tonight I did … [Read More...]