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New smell test could aid early detection of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s

October 11, 2017

Nisha Pradhan was seven when she began to suspect she was missing out on something. Her sister seemed…
Sniffing out stem cell fates in the nose

May 12, 2017

Adult stem cells have the ability to transform into many types of cells, but tracing the path individual…
A nose for smells? Practice makes perfect!

March 8, 2017

The human brain has the ability to recognise and process a very wide range of sensory stimuli, from…
Sniffing Like a Dog Can Improve Trace Detection of Explosives

December 3, 2016

By mimicking how dogs get their whiffs, a team of government and university researchers have demonstrated that “active…
Mice can smell oxygen

December 2, 2016

The genome of mice harbours more than 1000 odorant receptor genes, which enable them to smell myriad odours…
Locating the cause for lost sense of smell

November 13, 2016

A group of researchers at the University of Tokyo and their collaborators found clues for identifying different types…
Engineers to use cyborg insects as biorobotic sensing machines

June 29, 2016

A team of engineers from Washington University in St. Louis is looking to capitalize on the sense of…
Smell tells intruder mice how to behave

June 25, 2016

Male mice appear to be precisely wired to know when they are intruders in another male’s territory, according…
Hawk moths have a second nose for evaluating flowers

May 30, 2016

Flowers without scent produce fewer seeds, although they are visited as often by pollinators as are flowers that…
Snails select sources of food based on dislike for smells rather than taste

May 10, 2016

Harnessing naturally occurring chemicals could be used as a means to protect crop seedlings being eaten by common…
Why Bearcats Smell Like Buttered Popcorn

April 15, 2016

The bearcat. The binturong. Whatever you call this shy, shaggy-haired creature from Southeast Asia, many people who have…
Same switches program taste and smell in fruit flies

February 3, 2016

Findings help explain how complex nervous systems arise from few genes A new study sheds light on how…
What a moth’s nose knows

February 1, 2016

Moths sniff out others of their own species using specific pheromone blends. So if you transplant an antenna…
Ooh That Smell: Plants Use Emissions for Self-Defense

January 28, 2016

Pity the poor plant. When faced with danger, animal species have their fight-or-flight response, but vegetation has no…
Following their noses to Lake Victoria – seagulls use smells to navigate

November 25, 2015

There’s not much you can teach seagulls about navigation. On their migratory journeys, they cover thousands of kilometres…
3D printing aids in understanding food enjoyment

November 17, 2015

Tasting food relies on food volatiles moving from the back of the mouth to the nasal cavity, but…
How a mutant worm’s reaction to a foul smell could lead to new treatment avenues for disease

November 12, 2015

Several years ago, University at Buffalo biologists noticed something odd. They were studying how a worm called C.…
Team chart flavor’s favored flow

November 10, 2015

The sweetness of a peppermint candy can be experienced with the nose pinched shut, but flavor is detectable…
Trouble in the air?

October 21, 2015

Among the earliest warning signs of the 2014 West Virginia chemical spill were widespread reports of a peculiar…
New ASU research on sense of smell could help pinpoint causes of brain diseases

September 24, 2015

Like most animals, we rely on our sense of smell for survival. It’s critical to our health and…
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.…
For worms, positive thinking is the key to finding food

September 15, 2015

Caenorhabditis elegans, a tiny roundworm, spends much of its lifetime searching for soil bacteria to eat. This humble…
Antarctic fur seals have unique ‘scent profile’ to recognise their pups

August 11, 2015

Researchers studying Antarctic fur seals have discovered their scent has a unique ‘profile’ which enables them to recognise…
The Nose Knows

July 30, 2015

Froot Loops mascot Toucan Sam knew what he was talking about when he exhorted cereal lovers to “Follow…
Researchers show that the mosquito smells, before it sees, a bloody feast

July 18, 2015

The itchy marks left by the punctured bite of a mosquito are more than pesky, unwelcomed mementos of…
Researcher disputes claim that humans can distinguish 1 trillion odors

July 8, 2015

An Arizona State University researcher is calling into question recent findings that the human nose is capable of…
Fingerprinting our sense of smell

July 1, 2015

Each of us has, in our nose, about six million smell receptors of around four hundred different types.…
Researchers discover how petunias know when to smell good

June 30, 2015

Good timing is a matter of skill. You would certainly dress up for an afternoon business meeting, but…
Why wet dogs stink (and other canine chemistry)

June 23, 2015

They’re our best four-legged friends, and they’re the stars of many an Internet video. No, not cats. In…
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