smell

  • How do antiperspirants and deodorants work?

    The science that keeps you smelling sweet and sweat-free for hours.

    “Deodorant” and “antiperspirant” are often used interchangeably. This is for good reason, as they're often offered in...

    Chemistry January 5, 2022
  • Why gyms need to not smell like gyms

    It could provide motivation in more ways than one.

    Scientists have put forward a couple of new reasons why gyms need to smell a bit different. The first is a study ...

    Body and Mind November 27, 2020
  • Is that meat fresh? Check your phone

    Colour-changing barcode behind novel e-nose.

    Your phone might soon be able to do a sniff test for you.Credit: NTU SingaporeResearchers are working on an a...

    AI November 12, 2020
  • How COVID-19 can affect our sense of smell

    Study finds key enzyme in only one area of the nose.

    US researchers think they have discovered why people with coronavirus sometimes lose their sense of smell, even when ...

    Health August 20, 2020
  • It’s the nose that makes sense of scents

    Cells help the brain distinguish between competing odours.

    Perfume makers have long known that certain smells can mask or enhance others. Now US researchers say they have uncov...

    Biology April 13, 2020
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    Why bad smells stick around

    Minimising odour depends on the stage you choose to target.

    Ever wondered why something smells the way it does – good or bad – and why some odours just hang around no matter wha...

    ASC Edits April 10, 2020
  • Linking scents to memories

    Smell could be a valuable tool in memory-related mood disorders.

    This image isn’t one of paint, it’s of pyramidal cells in a mouse prelimbic cortex (shown in blue) that were active d...

    Biology March 19, 2020
  • Algorithm sniffs solution to problem of smell

    Scientists seek to turn complex arguments into common scents.

    Smell is a messy business. In 2004, American author Chandler Burr described at length just how complex the subject is...

    Biology March 18, 2020
  • How can you smell that?

    Typical olfactory bulbs might not be necessary, case study suggests.

    By Nick CarneCan humans smell the world around them even if they don’t have olfactory bulbs?That’s not a question...

    Biology November 6, 2019
  • Sniffing out clues to our sense of smell

    US study finds similarities between species.

    This image shows a section of the front part of the piriform cortex, an area of the brain involved in the sense of sm...

    Biology July 19, 2019
  • Olfactory receptors are nothing to sniff at

    Proteins essential to smelling are found throughout the body – but their function remains mysteri...

    Proteins in the nose that bind to odorants, facilitating the sense of smell, are also found in many other parts of th...

    Biology July 15, 2018
  • What’s that smell?

    Responsible for widespread difficulties in describing odours.

    Although the argument shows little sign of dying down, recent research confirms that the Inuit people do indeed have ...

    Society January 18, 2018
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