Monthly Archives: November 2012

Scientists Discover Five Things That Smell Good To Nearly Everyone Popular wisdom holds that good smells are in the nose of the sniffer. You like the scent of roses; I like fresh coffee. But a scientific study using a robotic “eNose” proves that pleasant smells are universal – and … Continue reading

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Scientists invent the perfect odor Tim Barribeau We already have white noise, and now there an equivalent for smell. Scientists in Israel believe they’ve identified “olfactory white”, a blend of dozens of components that smells — well — totally neutral. They created olfactory white by … Continue reading

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Live Fast, Die Young: Urban Plants Are More Closely Related and Live Shorter Lives Than Plants in the Countryside ScienceDaily (Apr. 18, 2012) Cities in both, the US and Europe harbor more plant species than rural areas. However, plant species of urban areas are more closely related to each other and often share similar functions. Consequently, urban ecosystems … Continue reading

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Scientists Discover an Organizing Principle for Our Sense of Smell Based On Pleasantness ScienceDaily (Sep. 26, 2011) The fact that certain smells cause us pleasure or disgust would seem to be a matter of personal taste. But new research at the Weizmann Institute shows that odors can be rated on a scale … Continue reading

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Why Do Smells Make Some People Sick? ScienceDaily (Jan. 22, 2012) Do you get a headache from the perfume of the lady next to you at the table? Do cleaning solutions at work make your nose itch? If you have symptoms prompted by everyday smells, it … Continue reading

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Chemical in Personal Care Products (Phthalates) May Contribute to Child Obesity ScienceDaily (Jan. 22, 2012) Researchers from the Children’s Environmental Health Center at The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York have found an association between exposure to the chemical group known as phthalates and obesity in young children — … Continue reading

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Dog-inspired scent detector sniffs out explosives and narcotics

From By Dario Borghino November 21, 2012   Combining nanotechnology and microfluidics, researchers at UC Santa Barbara have created a high-performance detector that draws inspiration from the anatomy of a dog’s nose to accurately identify substances – including explosives and narcotics – … Continue reading

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How the smell of fresh bread makes us kinder

Story found at IT’S comforting, homely and – to almost all of us – undeniably delicious. They found that shoppers were more likely to alert a passer-by that they had dropped a belonging if, at the time, they were … Continue reading

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