When you sniff a particular scent, your brain cells fire in a recognizable pattern.
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Brains recognize a smell based on which cells fire, in what order – the same way you recognize a song based on its pattern of notes. How much can you change the ‘tune’ and still know the smell?
Cookies taste so good. Smell tells us that before we even take a bite. How?
Mmmmmmm. That smells delicious. Wait, how do you know that?
Can you smell this?
Patients who later test positive for COVID-19 are reporting early loss of smell and taste. Researchers are now trying to understand if this could be an early sign of the disease.
The sense of smell helps us know what and where things are, like yummy food. R. Suarez.
The parts of the brain that get ‘smell signals’ from the nose also do other things, such as storing memories or provoking emotions. That is why some smells can bring back old memories.
One of the signature fragrances of spring comes after the consumption of asparagus.
Perhaps you’ve noticed something unusual in the bathroom after you consume this healthy spring vegetable. A Speed Read explains there’s two parts to the stinky puzzle: production and perception.
It’s time to stop being sniffy about the human sense of smell.
Move over, dogs. The latest evidence suggests humans can match most other animals when it comes to smelling – and even outperform them for certain scents.
Beekeeper inspecting a frame of honeycomb.
Honey bees are in decline and the current method of keeping them can be disruptive to a colony. But new designs allow beekeepers to monitor a hive remotely, even sniff out disease and pests.
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Familiar everyday odours such as coffee and red wine are produced by a blend of different substances. Given that we know aroma is nothing but a mix of volatile chemicals, can we understand them enough…