Feature

Twenty year old blue carpet

I walked into a university classroom about five minutes early for a public lecture. I found a seat in the back and plunked down into a creaky armchair. The room was nearly full of students, many of whom had removed their shoes and were wiggling their toes into the well-worn speckled blue carpet. I kept my sneakers on. The overhead fluorescent lights gave me a headache so I closed my eyes and took some deep breaths to relax. The air … [Read More...]

Noteable

Smell impacts first impression

Do your hands smell like onions? Flowers? Nothing at all? Smell manipulates … [Read More...]

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NGT Real Travel: Smell makes better memories

One way to make travel more memorable is by paying more attention to … [Read More...]

Aromatic map of stinkiest block in NYC

What's that stink? is the question that writer Molly Young asks of two olfactory … [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

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Vibration theory of smell makes a comeback

Fifteen years ago Luca Turin, now in biophysics department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, first hypothesized that … [Read More...]

Policy

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Rise of fragrance free policies across the US

Fragrance free policies have proliferated in the past 10 years in the US, starting in 2001 with the Brigham and Women's Hospital in … [Read More...]

Riffs

Happy Thanksgiving

Taking the holiday off. Hope yours is filled with wonderful aromas! … [Read More...]