Feature

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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 primary smell perception occurs via electron tunneling in the olfactory nerves. His theory challenged the existing idea that humans detect odors according to the shape of molecules. Understanding Turin's theory requires expertise in several disciplines of science-namely biology, chemistry and physics. Because … [Read More...]

Noteable

Aromatic map of stinkiest block in NYC

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

Fragrance makes nightclubbers party harder

Music and lights are the typical mood modifiers found in nightclubs, but … [Read More...]

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Science Daily: Training improves sense of smell

Most people with a great sense of smell aren't born with it. Rather, they learn … [Read More...]

Man lost smell, then taste

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

Science

What does the moon smell like?

I've never smelled moondust, and I was intrigued by this question posted at Nasa.gov: What does the moon smell like? Gunpowder, … [Read More...]

Policy

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How to ask for a fragrance policy

Want to approach an agency, business, faith community, or healthcare facility and ask them consider starting a fragrance policy? Follow … [Read More...]

Riffs

Signs of an olfactory comeback

I have all but given up on my fierce olfactory sense returning. But then something strange happened. I was on an airplane a few days … [Read More...]