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2012-09-11 23:08:29

John Neumann for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Researchers have long known that ants live in some of the most complex social structures of any animal. With the division of labor and communication between individual ants and the ability to solve complex problems, the reason for such complex structures may be the increased number of smells that ants can discern. A team of scientists, led by Lawrence Zwiebel and his research team at Vanderbilt, recently completed the first full...

Sense Of Smell In Mice Restored From Gene Therapy
2012-09-07 14:10:09

A team of scientists from Johns Hopkins and other institutions report that restoring tiny, hair-like structures to defective cells in the olfactory system of mice is enough to restore a lost sense of smell. The results of the experiments were published online this week in Nature Medicine, and are believed to represent the first successful application of gene therapy to restore this function in live mammals. An expert in olfaction, Randall Reed, Ph.D., professor of molecular biology and...

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2012-09-04 19:01:38

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Scientists have finally confirmed what most have already known for generations and generations, men and women see things differently. Scientists reported in the journal Biology of Sex Differences that men have greater sensitivity to fine detail and rapidly moving stimuli, but women are better at discriminating between colors. Researchers from Brooklyn and Hunter Colleges of the City University of New York compared the vision...

Sense Of Smell Restored With Gene Therapy
2012-09-03 05:40:16

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Individuals who were not born with an olfactory sense, or who lost the ability to smell due to a disease, could someday once again take in the sweet smells all around them courtesy of new research from the University of Michigan Medical School. Dr. Jeffery Martens, an associate professor of pharmacology, and colleagues were, for the first time, able to cure the condition, known as congenital anosmia, and restore the sense of smell...

Electronic Nose Prototype Can Sniff Out Harmful Substances
2012-08-23 07:55:23

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online No one denies that a sense of smell is important. People have trained themselves to smell the subtle differences in foods and wines and perfumes. We have trained dogs that can smell explosives and drugs and even the changes in a person's body when they are going to have a seizure. With this much emphasis on smelling, is it any wonder that someone has developed an electronic nose? Research by Nosang Myung, a professor at the...

Gene Mutation In Male Moth Allows It To Detect Female Even When Scent Is Altered
2012-08-15 13:54:51

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Because of a single gene mutation on the antenna of a male moth, he is able to receive a female moth´s Hail Mary pheromone pass from end zone-to-end zone even if she were to alter its scent. According to a report published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), a team of researchers led by Montana State University entomologist Kevin Wanner identified the gene in male moths responsible for...

What’s That Smell? Space of Course!
2012-07-23 14:53:15

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online While most of us on Earth are more curious about what it´s like working in an environment without gravity, a new curious element of the abyss has risen up.  What is that smell? As astronauts return from spacewalks, they enter the airlock, remove their helmets, and are overwhelmed by a peculiar smell. According to the account of a few astronauts who have experienced this, space apparently smells.  The aroma space...

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2012-07-12 13:28:12

John Neumann for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Every kid knows that we taste with our tongues, however those in the know, understand that this is a very rudimentary viewpoint. When it comes to flavor, the tongue is very basic. Most of our experience of flavor comes from our olfactory system: our nose and sinuses. Professor Barry Smith, director of the Centre for the Study of the Senses at the University of London, explains, “Not only is it not just about your tongue. Very...

2012-07-09 23:00:38

Just a Drop is an innovative, bathroom odor product that eliminates embarrassing personal toilet odors before they enter the air. White Plains, NY (PRWEB) July 09, 2012 Just a Drop, an innovative bathroom odor product that actually eliminates embarrassing personal odor rather than just masking it, is experiencing record sales. On July 2, 2012, a popular talk show host, on his national television show, demonstrated the science behind how Just A Drop works. In addition, celebrities and...

Odor Perception In Terrestrial Hermit Crabs Increased By Humidity
2012-07-05 09:13:27

Olfaction in land crabs is still in an early transitional stage between life in water and on land Max Planck scientists have found out that the olfactory system in hermit crabs is still underdeveloped in comparison to that of vinegar flies. While flies have a very sensitive sense of smell and are able to identify various odor molecules in the air, crabs recognize only a few odors, such as the smell of organic acids, amines, aldehydes, or seawater. Humidity significantly enhanced electrical...


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2013-03-05 14:47:26

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...

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cacodemon
  • An evil spirit; a devil.
  • A nightmare.
  • In astrology, the twelfth house of a scheme or figure of the heavens: so called from its signifying dreadful things, such as secret enemies, great losses, imprisonment, etc.
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