The Scentinelle

Hello, world.

My name is Genevive Bjorn, a nerdy science reporter. But that's just my day job. You see, I have a secret power that I hide from most people around me, a power of olfaction that I sometimes find hard to control. Call me the Scentinelle. It all started in August 2009 when I went to the Amazon rainforest. I couldn't imagine what so much biodiversity looked like and wanted to see for myself. I immersed in earth's navel, but it came at a … [Read More...]


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