Do you have a magnetic compass in your head?
Your brain's sensory talents go way beyond those traditional five senses. A team of geoscientists and neurobiologists explored how the human brain monitors and responds to magnetic fields.
As people age, their sense of smell can decline.
Our ability to smell is a function of the brain, so it makes sense that an impaired sense of smell can point to cognitive decline. The good news is training our noses may be effective.
Virtual reality can bring historical sites to life.
Virtual reality can be more than a mirror that gives you a realistic simulation of the current world: it can bring the past into the present.
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.
Smelling odours that aren't there can be annoying. It can also be a sign of a serious underlying condition.
Blind people don't have superhuman ears but their brains can rewire themselves to give them an edge over those who can see.
Print advertising increasingly makes use of linguistic and visual syneasthesia to create multisensory experiences.
Author Tim Edwards’ dog Tui is part of a team of canines being trained to detect lung cancer in breath and saliva samples.
University of Waikato
Researchers are training dogs to detect lung cancer in breath and saliva samples, with the aim of developing early-detection screening and a functional “electronic nose” for diagnosing lung cancer.
AI will be able to analyse compounds in your breath.
Compounds in your breath could help AI detect illnesses, including different cancers.
Sensorium Tests, 2012, 16mm film, 10 minutes.
© Daria Martin, courtesy Maureen Paley, London
Synaesthesia – a rare experience where the senses merge – comes in many different forms.
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.
A honeybee (left), a scarab beetle (middle), and a fly (right) feeding on flowers of the white rock rose in a Mediterranean scrubland.
Rather than trying to out-compete each other, flowers may work together to attract bees en masse. It's the sort of approach that is effective in the world of advertising too.
Knismesis occurs from a light touch, like a feather touching you and can happen on the skin anywhere on the body.
People have wondered for years and scientists still don't know for sure.
Today’s sharks are known to use electroreception to find their prey.
Many living vertebrates have the ability to detect electric fields, especially in other animals when hunting. But what can the fossil record tell us about the origins of this sensory system?
See it, touch it, smell it, buy it.
They engage with your senses and subconscious.
Did I just hear ‘danger’…or ‘container’?
We can see at a finer resolution than the spacing between individual photo-receptors in the eye – and it's all down to our brains.
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.
Dogs can reliably sniff out human blood, even after two years of environmental degradation.
Blood-detection dogs work paw in hand with scientists and Australia's police to solve crimes and missing persons cases.
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.
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.