It's been ten years since the term was coined. Here's what researchers know so far.
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?
Your faithful friend's view of the world is different than yours, but maybe not in the way you imagine.
Imagine being able to detect a smell from more than a kilometre away. Dogs can sniff out things from a greater distance than that.
Many respiratory viruses cause us to temporarily lose our sense of smell. But SARS-CoV-2 isn't like those other viruses. Researchers are now exploring how it differs and whether patients recover.
Mmmmmmm. That smells delicious. Wait, how do you know that?
With dreaded, invisible germs lurking on surfaces and in people, our surroundings are seen as a minefield – and we end up dulling one of our most valuable senses.
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.
It's hell to lose your sense of smell.
Odd findings in a brain scan of a 29-year-old woman have scientists asking new questions about how our sense of smell really works.
If artificial intelligence can amaze us with its prowess, there are many areas where it falls flat when compared to human and animal intelligence.
Brain functions integrate and compress multiple components of an experience, including sight and smell – which simply can't be handled in the way computers sense, process and store data.
New multisensory approaches to presenting visual art propose solutions to barriers that limit access for marginalized audiences.
Designating an object with the movement of a finger is at the heart of human communication, yet precisely why we point isn't clearly understood. A new paper indicates that it may be related to touch.
Fossil flies from what is now Denmark reveal some striking similarities between insect eyes 54 million years ago, and our own vision today.
Our sense of touch lets us know how hard or soft something is, how solid or pliable it is to handle. That's an important skill if you want robots to handle things safely.
As climatic conditions change, plants’ odours are altered, with direct consequences for pollination, especially by bees.
New research involving temporary 'finger amputations’ raises hope for more effective stroke rehabilitation.
As we get older, the way we experience taste can change drastically – but it's not all down to one sense.
Would you rather lose your sense of touch or your vision? Here are the pros and cons of each, according to science.