From the archive: using misinformation to fool predators into leaving bird nests alone. Listen to The Conversation Weekly podcast.
Plus a new technique to protect birds from predators – using fake smells. Listen to episode 10 of The Conversation Weekly podcast.
Not all flowers smell good, to people at least, but their scents are a way to attract pollinators.
The stench was once thought to originate from plants, but scientists have now pin-pointed its true origin.
Hyperosmia is relatively rare, but there are many reasons a person might develop this condition – even temporarily.
Sweaty feet and certain cheeses have something in common that makes them reek – can you guess what it is?
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.
A weather expert explains where petrichor – that pleasant, earthy scent that accompanies a storm’s first raindrops – comes from.
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.
Sound, color and special effects transformed the moviegoing experience. These inventions decidedly did not.
Ten questions. On your marks. Get set. Go.
The question of whether your reaction to asparagus is down to your stomach or your nose is a 300-year-old mystery.
OK, it doesn’t smell great. But skunk cabbage has a unique secret weapon to help it be one of the first plants to emerge from the snow at the end of winter.
After a handshake, we learned this week that we sniff our hands. But why? Hand smells are not all that interesting in themselves. This points to possibilities that you might not want to hear.