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Body odor reveals age

Reporting their findings in the journal PLoS ONE, researchers from the Monell Center say that humans can estimate the age of other humans based only on differences in body odor. The Monell Chemical Senses Center is a non-profit research institute working to better understand the mechanisms and functions of taste and smell. The research paper […]

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Simplicity of brain’s odor encoding revealed

In the real world, smells don’t happen one odor at a time. Animal movements distort plumes of odor molecules that constantly drift, changing direction as the wind disperses them. Now, by exploring how animals smell odors under natural conditions, Rockefeller University scientist Maria Neimark Geffen reveals that the brain encodes these swirling and complex patterns […]

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