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Human Nose Can Distinguish More Than 1 Trillion Scents
2014-03-21 04:48:03

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online For decades, experts have claimed that people were capable of detecting 10,000 different odors, but new research appearing in the March 21 edition of Science suggests that the actual number of scents detectable by the human nose is considerably higher. In fact, according to an experiment led by Andreas Keller of the Rockefeller University Laboratory of Neurogenetics and Behavior, human noses and brains are sensitive enough to...

Mosquitoes Lose Their Sense Of Smell After Genetic Mutations
2013-05-30 05:45:43

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) have altered the way insects respond to odors, including the smell of humans and the insect repellant DEET, in one of the first successful attempts at genetically engineering mosquitoes. The findings, published in an issue of Nature, demonstrates that mosquitoes can be genetically manipulated using the latest research techniques. The results also pave the way to understanding...

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2008-04-14 10:45:00

Scientists find that insects use fast-acting ion channels to smell odors, a major break with the ideology of the field -- and evolutionDarwin's tree of life represents the path and estimates the time evolution took to get to the current diversity of life. Now, new findings suggest that this tree, an icon of evolution, may need to be redrawn. In research to be published in the April 13 advance online issue of Nature, researchers at Rockefeller University and the University of Tokyo have joined...


Word of the Day
baudekin
  • A rich embroidered or brocaded silk fabric woven originally with a warp of gold thread.
'Baudekin' seems to be an alternative form of 'baldachin,' from the Italian 'Baldacco,' Baghdad, the city where the material was made.
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