How Our Bodies Sense the World is Misunderstood

Perhaps one of the first things you learned in kindergarten was that you had five senses: sight, taste, smell, hearing, and touch. But the actual number is probably way more than that, maybe in the 30s. And there’s a whole lot we don’t know about the senses that we do have. Read More >>

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Why Does Dog Poo Smell Bad to Us but Good to Dogs?

There are some things we can all agree on. For instance: the fact that shit smells bad. There are some contrarians out there—fetishists, middle school class clowns, etc.—but for the most part this issue transcends the usual divisions. Read More >>

Your Sense of Smell Is Not as Terrible as You Think

Watch a dog sniff its way around town, smelling grass, fire hydrants and bums along the way. You might think “wow, I’ll never be able to do that.” But why not? Have you even tried? Read More >>

Uranus Smells Like Farts

Scientists have lots of questions about Uranus. Why does Uranus look the way it does, why did Uranus form the way it did, why does Uranus differ so much from other gas giants, like Jupiter and Saturn? But I had a more important question. Read More >>

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We May Soon Have a Colour Wheel for Smell

Whenever you say a colour name, you’re referring to specific properties of light waves. Sounds work the same way, but with properties of compression waves. But what about smell? With all of the different scented chemicals out there and their complex interactions, it’s been impossible to create a simple scale to describe the odours or noses detect. Read More >>

What it’s Like to Lose Your Sense of Smell

Losing your sense of smell takes away more than scents and flavours – it can fundamentally change the way you relate to other people. Read More >>

How Stinky is Your Post Code?

You might soon be able to research how much the air around your posh new city pad smells of cars before agreeing to rent it in return for 85 per cent of your salary, thanks to mappers who are collating image tags to build smell maps of urban areas. Read More >>

What a Comet Smells Like (Spoiler: Really Bad)

Now we've come closer than ever to a comet in space, we can start answering serious scientific questions, like... err, what such a thing smells like? Read More >>

What Cities Smell Like, Visualised

It's easy to notice on a street corner, but hard to track as you navigate an entire city: smell, despite being a crucial stimulus, is much harder to quantify than other sensory cues like sound or light. But that hasn't stopped Kate McLean from trying. Read More >>

Meet the Guy Who Smells Things for a Living for NASA

George Aldrich has been working with NASA for nearly 40 years doing one job: he smells things that are about to go to space. Seriously. Aldrich uses his nose to its full potential, sniffing everything around him to give NASA a report on what is allowed to go to space and what is not. Read More >>

Why Your Armpits Smell So Bad

Why do armpits smell so bad? Well, those millions of bacteria have to live somewhere. Read More >>

Science Confirms That Old People Really Do Have a Smell

Think back to when you were a child visiting your grandparent's home. Do you recall a distinct scent when you walked through the door? Many people do and as it turns out, it's not just in your head. Read More >>

Smell-O-Vision Might Actually Be Happening, But Who Even Knows Anymore

Doesn't it seem like being able to smell a TV show would be undesirable a lot of the time? Alex Trebek's cologne would be wafting around your grandma's all through Easter dinner and then your house would smell like blood after the Game of Thrones premier. Read More >>

Would You Trust an Electronic Nose App to Diagnose Your Ills?

Well this is cool. A professor of chemistry at Caltech, Nate Lewis, is developing something called sensory vapour technology, in essence is an electronic way to sniff out bombs and certain illnesses and even something like Anthrax, avoiding any of the risks such scenarios would pose to an actual human-flesh nose. Read More >>