Dogs have been constant companions to many during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Dogs process the sensory world very differently than humans, but love in a way that is entirely familiar.
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?
There is abundant evidence that a sudden loss of smell is related to COVID-19.
Many study participants reported they had smelled an absent partner’s clothing because it made them feel relaxed or secure.
Smelling a romantic partner's clothing is common behaviour, and research shows that it may improve sleep quality, and ease stress levels.
Favourite treats might not taste the same as they once did as we age.
As we get older, the way we experience taste can change drastically – but it's not all down to one sense.
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.
Chishuru, a male African elephant, indicates a target scent during trials.
Elephants have the highest count of olfactory receptor genes of any species tested to date. This suggests that they may be the best smellers in the animal kingdom.
The smell of daffodils is a treat for most people, but some cannot experience the joy because they have lost their sense of smell.
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Our senses of taste and smell are linked to one another in ways that experts are continuing to explore. See if you can answer some questions for which experts have discovered some surprising answers.
Plastic trash on San Francisco’s Ocean Beach.
A new study shows that anchovies – key food for larger fish – are attracted to plastic trash because it smells like food. This suggests that toxic substances in plastic could move up through food chains.
Anosmia prevents people from smelling any odors.
People with anosmia have no sense of smell, and there is no cure for the condition.
Part one: morning sickness, sense of smell, and forgetfulness.
Smells good – but how does it work?
New research couldn't find evidence for a controversial theory of how our sense of smell works.
Sugar is not the secret to sweetness.
Strawberries and cream are symbolic of Wimbledon and appreciated worldwide for their oh-so-sweet flavour. Researchers at the University of Florida, including myself, studied more than 30 varieties of strawberries…
Incoming message: Nice glass of rioja and a baked camembert.
Even though we are communicating in more ways than ever using online technology, we remain largely confined to the audiovisual when we do it. An app that has been on sale in Japan for some time aims to…
There are 10 different categories of smells according to a new study conducted by a team of US scientists. The categories…
Mice have developed a single gene that allows them to avoid predators through their sense of smell. The gene, TAAR4, helps…