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Cracking Open a Cold One with the Flies

December 3, 2018

Crack open a beer outside and it is a safe bet that you will soon be defending it…
Researchers Induce Sense of Smell via Electrical Stimulation for the First Time

November 27, 2018

For the first time ever, a group of researchers from Massachusetts Eye and Ear have deployed electrodes to…
Smell and behaviour: the scents of taking action

November 6, 2018

In all animals, including humans, smell – the oldest of the five senses – plays a predominant role…
Stop and smell the fruit

April 22, 2018

Needing to smell different food sources may have been the evolutionary force causing certain primates to keep genes…
When Neurons are ‘Born’ Impacts Olfactory Behavior in Mice

December 8, 2016

New research from North Carolina State University shows that neurons generated at different life stages in mice can…
Olfactory glomeruli have a unique structure

September 22, 2016

Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in Jena, Germany, have now quantified and mapped the…
NSF awards $15 million to crack the olfactory code

September 22, 2015

Since the early 19th century, scientists have worked to unravel the mystery of olfaction, the sense of smell.…
Victims May Be Able to Identify Violent Offenders Based on Body Odour

January 28, 2015

Despite being only 45 to 60 per cent accurate, the eyewitness line-up is still a standard procedure in…
Fruit flies can indirectly smell antioxidants

January 28, 2015

Antioxidants are natural food ingredients that protect cells from harmful influences. Their main task is to neutralize so-called…
A novel neuronal mechanism to efficiently code odorant concentration

January 23, 2015

Olfactory signals characterized by odor identity and concentration are intermittently distributed in the environment. Odorant concentration is a…
Neuronal circuit for olfactory navigation identified

January 22, 2015

Researchers at the University of Tokyo have revealed a neuronal pathway for pheromone orientation from sensory input to…
Study suggests that smell can help to find like-minded romantic partner

September 16, 2014

Scent of a woman can reveal her political attitudes. This is the conclusion of the new study carried…
Chemical vapor detection using insect olfactory receptor complex

August 21, 2014

Professor Shoji Takeuchi and former Project Lecturer Koji Sato at the Institute of Industrial Science, the University of…
Elephants have twice as many olfactory receptor genes as dogs

August 12, 2014

Olfaction is essential for the survival of many animals. The ability to distinguish different odors depends on the…
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