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2010-04-26 14:11:15

University of Montreal study debunks urban legend An ongoing study by Mathilde Beaulieu-Lefebvre, a graduate student from the University of Montreal Department of Psychology, has debunked the myth that the blind have a more acute sense of smell than the sighted. Vision loss simply makes blind people pay more attention to how they perceive smells. "If you enter a room in which coffee is brewing, you will quickly look for the coffee machine. The blind person entering the same room will only...

2010-04-21 06:34:21

What does the smell of a good meal mean to you? It may mean more than you think. Specific odors that represent food or indicate danger are capable of altering an animal's lifespan and physiological profile by activating a small number of highly specialized sensory neurons, researchers at the University of Michigan, University of Houston, and Baylor College of Medicine have shown in a study publishing next week in the online, open-access journal PLoS Biology. Recent research in model organisms...

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2010-04-17 16:30:00

These findings have implications for automated environmental toxicity monitoring and transmitting scent digitally Weizmann Institute scientists have 'trained' an electronic system to be able to predict the pleasantness of novel odors, just like a human would perceive them "“ turning the popular notion that smell is completely personal and culture-specific on its head. In research published in PLoS Computational Biology, the scientists argue that the perception of an odor's pleasantness...

2010-04-01 09:43:14

Traditional Chinese acupuncture (TCA), where very thin needles are used to stimulate specific points in the body to elicit beneficial therapeutic responses, may be an effective treatment option for patients who suffer from persistent post- viral olfactory dysfunction (PVOD), according to new research in the April 2010 issue of Otolaryngology "“ Head and Neck Surgery. Olfactory dysfunction can arise from a variety of causes and can profoundly influence a patient's quality of life. The...

2010-03-24 15:47:29

Montreal -- The ability to taste and smell can be lost or impaired after a head injury, according to a new study by scientists from the Universit© de Montr©al, the Lucie Bruneau Rehabilitation Centre, as well as the Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation of Greater Montreal. Published in the journal Brain Injury, the investigation established that mild to severe traumatic brain injury could cause olfactory loss. "The study clearly demonstrates that olfactory...

2010-03-23 17:27:00

MONTPELIER, Vt., March 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Even the panel of "odor specialists" resisted the urge to cover their noses as pungent smells emanated from the most offensive sneakers in this year's Annual National Odor-Eaters Rotten Sneaker Contest(SM). Ready to be judged, nine kids, ages six to sixteen, from across the country have arrived in Montpelier today, selected as national finalists, wearing the decrepit and odorous rubber-soles that won them regional recognition. To view the...

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2010-03-23 10:37:26

Two recently diverged populations of a southern California songbird produce unique odors, suggesting smell could contribute to the reproductive isolation that accompanies the origin of new bird species. The Indiana University Bloomington study of organic compounds present in the preen oils of Dark-eyed Juncos is described in this month's Behavioral Ecology. "There's so much we don't know about the role of smell in bird behavior," said biologist Danielle Whittaker, the study's lead author....

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2010-03-09 11:05:56

Desert ants perceive odor maps in stereo and use this information for navigation Scientists of the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in Jena have investigated another navigational skill of desert ants. These ants are already well-known for their remarkable visual orientation: they use a sun compass along with a step counter and visible landmarks to locate their nest after foraging for food. After the research team from Jena recently discovered that these ants also use olfactory cues...

2010-03-01 17:24:00

NEW YORK, March 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Nalls Studio is pleased to announce the release of inkblot_2, an Aromatic Experiential Edible by artist Gayil Nalls. Inkblot_2 will make its public debut in the exhibition Scents & Medical Sensibilities at the Smith Farm Center for Healing and the Arts Gallery, 1632 U Street, NW, Washington, DC, from March 3-May 1, 2010. The candy-like amuse-bouches of inkblot_2 are made of multiple botanical plant essences, each having its own distinguishing...

2010-03-01 09:20:00

CHICAGO, March 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Alan Hirsch, MD, founder and neurologic director of the Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation, presented his research on Odor-Induced Pseudodystonia at the 3rd International Congress on Gait and Mental Function in Washington, D.C. on February 27. As a neurologist who specializes in the sense of smell and taste, Dr. Hirsch has treated patients with a variety of odor-induced behavioral and physical disorders, spanning asthma, claustrophobia,...


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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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  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
This word is partly Irish in origin.