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Quantum Smell May Exist
2013-01-28 19:48:08

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The majority of the scientific community has embraced the idea of different smells being based on the olfactory receptors´ ability to detect various shapes of odor molecules. However, a new study in the open access journal PLOS ONE has given credence to a less popular theory; that the sense of smell is based on the molecules´ different vibrations, not their shapes. The idea of a quantum, or vibration, basis for...

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2011-03-25 06:35:38

A controversial idea that sense of smell can be explained by quantum physics is gaining traction in the science world, according to researchers. Researchers, reporting at the American Physical Society meeting in Dallas, say the key to proving how such a theory would work revolves around tiny packets of energy -- or quanta -- lost by electrons. The scientists performed experiments using tiny wires and showed that as electrons move on proteins within the nose, odor molecules could absorb...


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