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Breathalyzers are typically associated with blood-alcohol level and law enforcement, but a team of Chinese doctors created a breathalyzer with a more direct life-saving purpose: the early detection of lung cancer.
In the future, we will all smell good.
The world is full of dubious dating techniques, but is it possible to experience the sweet smell of success by spraying pheromones on ourselves? We investigate.
Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Medical researchers have known that essential oils found in plants can inhibit the growth of certain cancer cells, and a new study from German researchers has uncovered new details on the exact mechanism behind this protection. Published in the journal Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics, the new study looked at a number of terpenes, the active ingredients in essential oils with respect to cancer research. Terpenes can set off...
People find the smell of blood unpleasant, but for predatory animals it means food. When behavioral researchers at Linköping University wanted to find out which substances of blood trigger behavioral reactions, they got some unexpected results.
New research from the University of California, Davis has identified the precise odorant receptor in mosquitoes that bonds with DEET and results in the bugs being repelled, according to a new study in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
The way in which male moths locate females flying hundreds of meters away has long been a mystery to scientists.
A fly’s sense of smell could be used in new technology to detect drugs and bombs, new University of Sussex research has found.
Studies have found many predictors of death in the elderly, including broken hips, love handles and nocturia. For older adults, a loss of smell is also a strong predictor of death within five years, according to University of Chicago researchers.
Polyester clothes smell worse than cotton, following intensive exercise by their wearers, because bacteria that cause odor grow better on polyester
The nose is the organ that extends outward in the middle of the face between the eyes and mouth. Formation and Orientation The shape and look of the nose is dependent on the ethmoid bone and the nasal septum which is the cartilage that separates the two nostrils. The evolutionary hypotheses of nose development in humans propose that noses are alterations of the angles of the skull because of bipedalism. Because of the change in diet that has come with modern time and the change of...
- A morbid dread of being buried alive. Also spelled 'taphiphobia'.